Doula Initiative

The LOHM Doula Initiative

The Doula Initiative is the first installment of our EPIC REPRO+Justice, which 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 will be provided with the skills necessary to offer peer support along the perinatal continuum and establish, operate and market a successful doula business.

Our Partner

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The LOHM partnered with Common Sense Childbirth Inc. whose mission is to inspire change in maternal-child health care systems and re-empower the birthing mother, father, family, and community by supporting the providers, practitioners, and agencies that are charged with their care. They improve birth outcomes and save lives by offering training and certification programs for healthcare professionals, para-professionals, maternity care systems, and medical institutions interested in creating perinatal safety for at-risk populations.

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.

Additional Program Benefits

  • 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


The virtual doula training program focused on reproductive justice and birth equity will prepare participants to be trauma-informed doulas, equipped to work in traditional birthing environments as well as prisons and jails. The 8-week intensive program is a pathway to industry-recognized certification.

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