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Community Based Doula Training


2022 Community Based Doula Training Schedule:

Richmond, Virginia – January 28- January 30

Lynchburg, Virginia January 27- January 29

Richmond, Virginia March 3- March 5 Sign up

Hampton Roads, Virginia May 12- May 14

Charlottesville,Virginia  June 23- June 26

Roanoke, Virginia July 28- July 30

Lynchburg, Virginia August 4- August 6

Now that you have completed your doula training, you will be added into our mentorship program. Professional development is learning to earn or maintain professional credentials to formal coursework, attending conferences, and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. It has been described as intensive and collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage.

For more information send an email to: hello@birthincolorrva.org

Community-Based Doula Training


While poverty and inadequate resources certainly affect quality of life, levels of chronic stress, and health, a singular focus excludes the burden of racism, gender oppression, obstetric violence, and institutional policies that negatively affect pregnant people of color. Birth workers of color are responding to the maternal health crisis with doula care that is reflective of the needs of families in their local communities.

Communal responses to disparities reveal the activation of pregnant people raising their families in environments where resources, dignity, quality care, support and humane treatment are scarce. Solutions for mortality and morbidity in birth reside in the resilience of people facing inequity every day. Racism and implicit bias continue to drive health inequity in the United States. Community-based doula care reflects an organized, collective framework where African American, African immigrant/refugee, Latinx, Indigenous or historically underserved individuals formalize and implement programs with the specific aim of serving their own communities.

Fundamental values of support are rooted in individual wisdom and self-determination. These programs are culturally infused, generationally informed, and responsive to years of ongoing oppression resulting in trauma informed actions that pull families together in crisis.

Professional Development- You’re a doula now what?

Now that you have completed your doula training, you will be added into our mentorship program. Professional development is learning to earn or maintain professional credentials to formal coursework, attending conferences, and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. It has been described as intensive and collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage.

For more information send an email to: hello@birthincolorrva.org

Are you interested in becoming a doula?

Scholarships are available. Complete this scholarship application form.


    We have several trainings planned for 2022. All trainings require 15-20 hours of dedicated self-guided study. The first initial training is 3 days which are comprehensive followed by mentorship program for 120 days. All students who are accepted into the program will be required to complete weekly meetings and a 8 hour in person session monthly. It is the student’s responsibility to complete their own self-paced learning and all requirements. If you have questions please email hello@birthincolorrva.org




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