Holistic Birth Doula Training

Based on more than thirty years of collaboration with community health workers, neighborhood clinics and maternal and child health advocates throughout the United States, HealthConnect One now offers a birth doula training for individuals, as a first step towards DONA certification.

What to Expect

HealthConnect One’s training prepares you to become a birth doula, using our unique equity lens and incorporating a trauma-informed perspective.

We cover:

  • Labor and Birth Support
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Childbirth Education
  • Introduction to Equity Framework
  • Orientation to Trauma-Informed Care

This training meets all DONA requirements for a foundational training, and our trainers will provide ongoing mentorship as you manage the next steps on your doula pathway.

Let us doula you to become a doula!

For more than 30 years, HealthConnect One has supported parents and families during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting, primarily in communities of color and low-income communities. We have created programs and delivered trainings with and for community clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, tribal organizations, and numerous other community groups all across the country.

Over time, our doula training has come to be seen as the gold standard.

Our Community-Based Doula Program Model was recognized as a Best Practice by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in 2016, and was featured in the 2018 Home Visiting Yearbook by the National Home Visiting Resource Center.

HealthConnect One has the only doula program that has been replicated across the country.


We love HealthConnect One! Tikvah and Brenda were unbelievably skilled trainers and joy to work with. We would highly recommend them to any other organization in the country.

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Alli Cuentos, Sisterweb

I could not have made the link between doula work and social justice work without the wonderful people of HealthConnect One. They taught me about race and class and birth. They gave me a health equity lens through which to view my biases, my assumptions. They taught me how to zoom out and look at the bigger picture. They pushed me, made me go outside my comfort zone, and then held my hand and said you are not alone. We are doing this together.

Georg’ann Cattelona
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Doula Training News & Resources

HC One Trains Emerging Birth Workers In Milwaukee, WI

During this pandemic, HealthConnect One (HC One) continues to provide training and consulting to organizations across the country. The rise in COVID-19 cases makes community-based doulas, even more, important in supporting moms and babies especially “pregnant Latina and Black women who are infected at significantly higher rates than white women.”  Data shows that community-based doulas

Report focuses on midwifery model

Similar to community-based doula programs and policies, midwifery-based models face a lack of understanding and support. Aiming to change that is a May study by Institute for Medicaid Innovation that reports “Hospitals that incorporate midwives have a 74% lower rate of labor induction and a 12% lower rate of cesarean deliveries.”   The IMI is

Reports highlight community-based doulas’ role vs. maternal health crisis

One new report out of Washington, D.C. highlights that racism is the driving force of disparities in maternal mortality and doulas and midwives are key to the solution. Another from a Native women-led organization in New Mexico analyzes the living-wage pay scale of, and recommends a greater role for, community-based doulas.  Taken together, both reports

New Webinar: April 30 – Supporting Birthing Families During COVID-19

Update: here’s a video of the webinar featuring Dalvery Blackwell presenting on African-American Breastfeeding Network’s birth work in Milwaukee during COVID-19.     COVID-19 virus has been deemed a public health pandemic by the World Health Organization in January. During this time, birthing communities of color and African-American families need continuity of support, affirmation and