Register NOW for any of our 2020 workshops!
Our workshops usually get FULL well before the registration deadline, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!
Go here to register and pay through PayPal,
or contact us if you would prefer to register by mail. Registration deadline: ten days before the start of any workshop, or until the workshop is full.
Work-study applications are accepted at any time. Curious about our work-study program? Go here for more information!
Ready to apply? Download the application here in WORD or PDF format.
“Amazing course. I learned more on the first day of the course than I have in the last year of research.”
“I learned so much! I really appreciated the time spent on scope of practice. That clarified for me what a doula really does!”
Sign up for the birth doula workshop to complete the workshop and intro to childbirth classroom requirements for DONA Birth Doula certification (view overview of certification requirements here).
Birth Doula Training Workshop [including Introduction to Childbirth Education] $600
*Includes a tour of a Hospital Birthing Suite with hands on practice opportunities
Covid-19 update: we are keeping a close eye on the trends in new cases in Alabama and in our county (Jefferson County). The June workshop was an in-person/virtual hybrid due to the size of the group. We hope to hold the next workshops mostly in person by restricting group size to 10. We will continue to follow recommendations of county health professionals and epidemiologists for Jefferson County. For this reason, plans are subject to change.
2020: January 23rd – 26th
June 18th – 21st [registration deadline June 8th]
Sept. 10th-13th [registration deadline Sept. 1st]
Nov. 5th-8th [registration deadline Oct. 26th]
Covid-19 schedule for September Birth Doula workshop (subject to change):
Day 1: Thursday in-person training 8:30am – 5:30 pm
Day 2: Friday in-person training 8:30-12:30. Zoom training 2-5.
Day 3: Saturday in-person training 8:30-5:30
Zoom movie night 7:30-9:00pm
Day 4: Sunday in-person training 8:30-5:30
Makeup day: if the weather is a problem (too hot or too stormy for outdoor training) or if Covid rates are TOO high for in-person training, even outside, then we will have to shift to more Zoom meetings and shorter days, and will need to add hours on Monday, so please be prepared for this possibility.
We will be meeting in an outdoor space; a covered patio. We will all wear masks and stay physically distant except for when we practice hands-on techniques. Hand washing will be frequent. Each person will have ONE person they are paired with for hands-on activities.
Participants will be responsible NOT to attend if they have any (even very mild) symptoms or have been exposed to someone with Covid-19!
This training will meet all requirements for DONA Intro to Childbirth AND Birth Doula Workshop.
The Breastfeeding class will be virtual as scheduled: November 11th, 8:30-12:30.
The Perinatal Health Advocate Training will be virtual: November 12th from 9am-12:30 pm
In person training location: TBD
Birth Doula Workshop Training normal schedule for 2020 workshops:
Day 1: Thursday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Day 2: Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Day 3: Saturday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Day 4: Sunday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Breastfeeding Class : Supporting Breastfeeding in a First Food Desert $50
2020: January 29th, June 24th (virtual), September 16th (virtual), November 11th
TIME: 8:30am – 12:30pm
to register online for only this class go here, or register by mail here.
This class meets the breastfeeding education requirement for DONA certification.
Perinatal Health Advocate Training $40 ($30 if you choose to volunteer with BirthWell)
2020: January 29th, June 25th from 9am to noon (virtual), September 17th 9am to 12:30 (virtual), November 12th
TIME: 9am-12:30pm Virtual
to register online for only this class go here.
This class is not required for DONA certification. However, it is a great opportunity to broaden your understanding of maternal and infant health disparities in our communities, and to learn how a doula can help address these problems. This class IS required for all BirthWell Partners volunteer doulas.
Training location: In Birmingham.
Locations may change due to Covid-19
We usually meet at
East Lake United Methodist Church
7753 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35206
REGISTER ONLINE HERE
Work-study applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Download application forms here in WORD, or PDF formats.
Our work-study program is available for residents of The Greater Birmingham Area, Anniston and Tuscaloosa! See our work-study information page for details on how to apply.
BirthWell also holds a Doula Orientation associated with every training. The orientation and the Perinatal Health Advocate Training are requirements for all Doulas and Doula trainees wishing to doula with our organization; attending births with low resource clients.
“Today was a whirlwind of information… I realized that doulas play an incredibly important role in empowering women to choose how they birth!”
Birth Doula Workshop, including DONA required Intro to Childbirth $600.00
Breastfeeding class $50.00
Perinatal Health Advocate Training $40.00
($30 for BirthWell Partners volunteers)
BWP Doula orientation FREE ($30 for background check)
To see all the requirements to become certified as a DONA birth Doula visit the DONA web site here
“So grateful to Dalia and Susan for my doula journey through BirthWell Partners. It has been a wonderful experience. I loved my training and the support I have received from them”
About the Birth Doula Workshop:
Nuestros cursos son en Inglés, para información acerca del curso en Español click aquí
This course is for anyone interested in supporting families during pregnancy, the birth experience and the first hours and weeks after their baby is born. It is designed to help participants become expert labor support providers. We use hands-on instruction supported by texts and supplementary literature, DVDs, and practical skills. You won’t be sitting around during this workshop! Activities and discussions are designed to prepare you to attend births with confidence!
Attendance constitutes one step in the process of becoming a DONA Int’l.-certified Doula
On completion of the intensive 28-hour workshop, participants will be able to:
-Identify the significance of birth to a family.
-Define the role of the doula, and the doula’s scope of practice.
-List benefits of a doula on obstetrical outcomes from current research.
-Describe emotional and physical needs of people in labor, and those of their support people.
-Demonstrate helpful labor positions, recognize onset of labor and identify progress during labor.
-Demonstrate non-pharmaceutical pain reduction methods.
-Discuss VBACs and Cesarean delivery and the role of the doula.
-Describe the doula’s role in the prenatal period.
-Describe the doula’s role in the postpartum period.
-Discuss DONA International certification process and membership benefits.
“I learned how all the hormones work in conjunction with each other and how interrupting this process can effect a lot of things!”
“The training was amazing! It was overwhelming at times because of all that I was learning, however, it really helped me to realize that being a doula was the right choice for me.”
This workshop includes a guided tour of a Labor and Delivery Suite in Birmingham.
About the Trainer:
Dalia Abrams, M.A., M.P.H., BDT (DONA) CD(DONA),
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, CLC
Dalia has been a Childbirth Educator since 1997, a Doula since 2008, a Doula trainer since 2013 and a breastfeeding counselor since 2005. Dalia is the co-founder of BirthWell Parnters and owner of BirthWise in Birmingham, the longest running doula and childbirth educator group in Birmingham. She is a DONA International Approved Doula trainer, a DONA certified birth doula and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.
“My training was invaluable. A super amazingly huge part of my difficult healing process and preparation for my second child’s birth.”
Registration: Go here to register through our secure PayPal account
To receive a full refund (minus a $50 handling fee), cancel by 20 days before your first class. After that date you may apply your payment toward any future BirthWell Partners training within one year from the date you cancel, or transfer your registration to a friend. If you do not attend and you do not cancel as above, you are responsible for the entire payment.
If you are a Doula we would love for you to be a doula with BirthWell Partners. Contact us and we’ll get you set up.
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