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.
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.
The LOHM has partnered with Commonsense Childbirth for our second installment of The Doula Initiative, where we train women impacted by the criminal legal system to become industry-certified doulas that can work in traditional birthing environments as well as prisons and jails.
Commonsense Childbirth is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1998 by Jennie Joseph who has dedicated her life to helping women and families have better birth experiences and is on the forefront of a shift to invest in studying and addressing racial disparities in maternal care and is one of the world’s most respected midwives and authorities on women’s health: healthy pregnancies, healthy deliveries, and healthy babies.
Additional Program Benefits
- A year-long membership to The Lonely Entrepreneur
- A year of complementary 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
- Women and non-binary individuals with wombs who are systems-impacted
- Have reliable internet service and devices to attend live training sessions
- Able to commit to 8-week virtual sessions and complete program homework
- Training sessions will be held on Mondays from 6-9 PM EST, October 3, 2022, until November 21, 2022.
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