Doula Training for women of color

This Spring we will be holding a doula training for women of color in Charlottesville, VA who are interested in supporting mothers and babies to have the best pregnancy and birth outcomes possible.

The Sisters Keeper Collective is a project of Mother Health International’s Mama Baby Task Force to reduce racial disparities and perinatal health outcomes for women of color. Doulas help mothers access quality prenatal care, provide childbirth and nutritional education, provide hands on support and advocacy throughout labor & birth, and the postpartum period. Studies have shown that when doulas attend a birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

In order to qualify for membership in the collective, you must complete this intensive 29-hour course that covers prenatal, labor & birth, and postpartum support. Training is free of charge. Childcare will be provided.

The training will be held on the following dates (you must attend all dates):
Saturday, April 27th 2019
Sunday, April 28th 2019
Saturday, May 4th 2019
Sunday, May 5th 2019
All training days run from 9am - 5pm.

Email us at for an application form!

Why we need doulas of color

  • African-American women are three to six times more likely to have a pregnancy-related death than white women.

  • Black babies are three times as likely to be born too soon, too small, and too sick to survive.

  • All women of color are disproportionately affected by poor outcomes and lack of access to quality care.

  • Community Doulas are activists. Our Birth Sisters understand the issues that women of color face and acknowledge birth as a human rights issue. We support women in understanding options so that they can make informed decisions about birth.

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This training is sponsored by Mother Health International