The Long Beach Birthworkers of Color Collective is based is Long Beach, CA, and offers people of color (POC) only doula training. They teach full spectrum support, and are unapologetically trans, queer, and POC centered. According to their website, in training they “discuss birthwork as activism, trauma informed care, birth disparities, how to support pregnant people through all pregnancy outcomes, inclusive language, and so much more.” A limited number of scholarships are available, and donations from allies to help provide said scholarships are welcome.
Their next training is being held in October, so hurry and sign up by emailing them at POCDoulaTraining@gmail.com if you’re interested!
Birth Advocacy Doula Trainings offers online courses teaching doula skills including supporting trans and queer birth and lactation, trauma informed care, supporting loss, and the realities of racial disparities in health outcomes relating to birth. The online courses include ongoing support as you work through the course with the rest of your cohort, and business training in addition to labor support skills. The course description states a goal of creating “a supportive, close-knit and radical community of doulas that are advocates, activist and change makers.”
The next scheduled course can be enrolled in here.
Cornerstone Doula Trainings teaches courses for aspiring birth and postpartum doulas, as well as teaching business skills for birthworkers and a course specifically about support trans and gender nonconforming people who are giving birth. They offer courses that are open to the general public, as well as trainings specifically for birthworkers of color. Courses are offered in both Oakland, CA and Portland, OR. Topics covered in their trainings include trauma informed care, and the effects of systematic racism on birth outcomes.
You can sign up for one of their courses here.
Ancient Song Doula Services teaches full spectrum doula support for both birth and the postpartum period. According to their website, the trainings they offer are “focused on the ‘whole’ and not just its parts and seeing birth as a human right incorporating an intersectional lens that encompasses reproductive and birth justice framework into our trainings centered on communities of color and pregnant and parenting individuals.” The associated doula service offers standard doula support, as well as bereavement doula support, and prison doula services. Ancient Song puts a focus on serving low income communities, families of color, and undocumented birthing people. Trainings are available in both Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA.
To see Ancient Song Doula Service’s schedule, or register for a training, click here.
Best Doula Training offers doula, childbirth educator, and placenta encapsulator trainings all over the USA. They have upcoming training dates in Texas, Utah, Louisiana, Tennessee, New York, and more. Best offers scholarships for POC and queer birthworkers. To check out their upcoming trainings, click here.