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.

To host this training in your community, or tailor this training for your group:

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About HealthConnect One

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.

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

We here at BMBFA would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a truly fabulous, informative, perception changing three days. You have given us all of these amazing training techniques and tips and we will use them in the most effective way. Thank you again, from all of the BMBFA participants, for your willingness to share such wonderful energy and expertise on both a professional and personal level.

Ebony Thomas
Former Project Manager, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Project, Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association

Let us doula YOU to become a doula.