Doula Initiative

The LOHM Doula Initiative

The Doula Initiative, the first installment of EPIC REPRO+Justice, focuses on improving maternal health outcomes and building pathways to economic empowerment for women and non-binary individuals who are impacted by the criminal legal system. Participants obtain the skills necessary to offer peer support along the perinatal continuum and establish, operate and market a successful doula business.

The virtual doula training program focused on reproductive justice, and birth equity will prepare participants to be trauma-informed doulas. The training program is a pathway to industry-recognized certification and offers ample entrepreneurship support as participants launch and grow their doula businesses.

What is a doula?


A doula provides continuous physical and emotional support as well as education and advocacy for birthing people, before, during, and after birth. Doulas are non-clinical professionals who work alongside their clients to achieve the best possible birth and postpartum outcomes.

The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM)

How it Works


The LOHM Doula Initiative is a multiple-week virtual course. Students will learn about applied birth justice by studying the history of birth work, client advocacy, and self-care practices for clients and doulas.

The course prepares participants to work in traditional birthing environments as well as prisons and jails. By attending the virtual sessions and live births, our students will graduate as certified doulas who are skilled in working with a diverse range of clients.

Additional Program Benefits

  • A year-long membership to The Lonely Entrepreneur
  • A year of complimentary therapy from Talk Space
  • Option to join the Faces of Women Imprisoned Speakers Bureau and be connected to paid engagement opportunities to raise awareness about pregnancy, birthing conditions behind bars,  mistreatment from healthcare professionals, and the lack of maternal health education in marginalized communities
  • Work with The LOHM to advocate for systemic, legislative change to laws across the country that affect incarcerated birthing people