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Doula Trainings 

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BirthWell Partners is committed to growing the doula workforce in Alabama. We host multiple, DONA-Approved Birth Doula Trainings each year. Those with financial need can apply to our Work-Study program to receive FREE training, mentoring, and hands-on experience with clients. Work Study priority areas for 2023 include: residents of the City of Birmingham, residents of rural counties, and Certified Recovery Support Specialists. 

DONA-Approved Birth Doula Training:

Birth Doula Training- meets DONA's certification requirements for attending an "Approved Birth Doula Workshop" as well as the "Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas"

Breastfeeding Support Training- meets DONA's certification requirement for a "Basics of Breastfeeding" class

Together, these meet all classroom education requirements for certification with DONA International.

The Perinatal Health Advocate Training is required for doulas providing services to BirthWell clients, and recommended for anyone interested in supporting under-resourced and/or marginalized families to address inequities in health outcomes. This class is not required for DONA certification.

This is an IN-PERSON training
taking place in Birmingham, AL

Interested in hosting a workshop for your organization or group? Contact us at 205-614-3297.

Thank you to our 2023 workshop sponsor
Adrian Ward, LMT Relaxation Room

Volunteer Doula Opportunities- Gain experience while serving our community. Prospective volunteers must attend our Breastfeeding Support Training, Perinatal Health Advocate Training and attend an Orientation.

Birth Doula Training

Birth Doula training

Learn how to support individuals through pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. This multi-day workshop is one step in the process of becoming a DONA International Certified Birth Doula.

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Do you want to be a Birth Doula?

This training meets 2 of the education requirements for DONA Birth Doula Certification: a DONA-Approved Birth Doula Workshop and Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas

Birth Doula Trainings are held multiple times a year in Birmingham.

Cost: $650

What you'll learn:

  • Why birth matters

  • What doulas do before, during, and after labor & birth

  • The proven benefits of doula support

  • Labor support techniques

  • The evidence on common labor practices

  • Pain coping techniques

  • and MUCH more

Who should take this course?

Anyone who works with people during their childbearing years:

Doulas, nurses, midwives, community health workers, WIC providers, social workers, Early Head Start/Head Start staff, support group facilitators and more...

Work-Study- If the cost of doula training is a barrier, you may qualify for a work-study position. Recipients receive free training in exchange for providing doula services for up to 3 BirthWell clients

Breastfeeding Training

Breastfeeding support Training 

"Encouraging and Supporting Breastfeeding

in a First Food Desert."

Learn how to help new parents get breastfeeding off to a great start! This training addresses barriers to breastfeeding, how to maximize influence to promote breastfeeding and tips for supporting continued breastfeeding success.

This 4-hour training meets the breastfeeding class requirement for DONA certification.

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What you'll learn:

  • Why breastfeeding is important

  • Skills to get breastfeeding off to a good start

  • How to identify an effective latch 

  • Ways to meet clients where they are and provide useful information about breastfeeding

Who should take this course?

Anyone who works with people during their childbearing years:

Doulas, lactation specialists, nurses, midwives, community health workers, WIC providers, social workers, Early Head Start/Head Start staff, support group facilitators and more...

Do you want to support breastfeeding success?

BirthWell Partners Doulas must attend our Breastfeeding Support Training.

Breastfeeding Support Trainings are held 2-3 times a year in conjunction with our regular Birth Doula Trainings.

Cost: $50

Perinatal Health Advocate

Perinatal Health Advocate Training

A Perinatal Health Advocate is a Community Health Worker who focuses on connecting families with resources and support for pregnancy, birth and for parenting. 

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What you'll learn:

  • Awareness of Maternal and Infant Mortality rates, both how they are calculated and how our community compares nationally and internationally

  • How the environment in which a parent lives affects their pregnancy and birth

  • How to connect families to the resources they need to complete healthy pregnancies

Who should take this course?

Everyone who is concerned or wants to learn more about health inequity: Doulas, lactation specialists, nurses, midwives, community health workers, WIC providers, social workers, Early Head Start/Head Start staff, support group facilitators and more...

Do you want to be a Perinatal Health Advocate? 

Perinatal Health Advocate Trainings are held 2-3 times a year in conjunction with our regular Birth Doula Trainings.

BirthWell Partners Doulas must attend a Perinatal Health Advocate Training.

Cost: $40

About the trainer:

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Executive Director of Program Operations

Dalia Abrams, M.A., M.P.H. 

BDT(DONA), CD(DONA), LCCE, CLC

Dalia is the co-founder of BirthWell Partners. She is a DONA International approved Birth Doula Trainer, a DONA certified Birth Doula, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, and a Certified Lactation Counselor. She has been engaged in birth work, supporting growing families since 1996.

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Volunteer

Volunteer with Us!

Gain hands-on experience, benefit from mentoring and support from Birthwell Partners staff, and serve families that cannot afford the cost of a doula. Volunteers are the HEART and HANDS of BirthWell Partners!

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How to volunteer:

  • ​Complete our DONA approved Birth Doula Training, or, if you are already certified or have completed a doula training, contact Dalia to see if you can join us!

  • Attend Perinatal Health Advocate Training

  • Attend Breastfeeding Support Training (or get a waiver from Dalia)

  • Attend a BirthWell Partners Doula Orientation 

  • Have a Valid Driver's License and proof of automobile insurance

  • Complete a background check 

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