DONA International is committed to developing an organization that fosters anti-racism and cultural sensitivity for our members & the families and communities that we serve. To contribute to the many efforts to eradicate the perinatal mortality crisis in the U.S. we recognize an immediate need to helping to diversify the doula profession.
We aim to make an I.M.P.A.C.T. in the field of perinatal and child health by improving access to quality doula training and certification through scholarships and support.
We are not accepting applications at this time. Application submissions will reopen October 1, 2022-October 31, 2022.
If you have questions, please send an email to the Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Kelli Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The I.M.P.A.C.T. Program is for people who want to be doulas, but face barriers and need financial assistance to cover the costs of a doula workshop, certification costs & fees, and membership fees for one year. This program is for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), Asian, Hispanic/Latine, or first generation immigrant applicants who reside in geographic areas where the perinatal health disparities and inequities are resulting in a high rate of death of birthing and postpartum people of color at disastrous rates such as King’s County (New York), Tarrant County (Texas), the entire state of Georgia (U.S.) and southern states within the U.S.
About the Program
The I.M.P.A.C.T. Program is complete financial assistance, educational and mentoring support for a person seeking to become a doula with DONA International. The I.M.P.A.C.T. Program covers the costs of one DONA Approved doula workshop, certification process (fees & books), and membership fee for one year.
Each selected person will receive fee waivers along with monthly mentoring support through a piloted candidate certification program from DONA International. The commitment by the selected person is the completion of the certification process within one year.
- You self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC), Asian, Hispanic/Latine or first generation immigrant
- You are committed to working with BIPOC and under-resourced communities
- You are committed to becoming a DONA Certified Doula within one year*
- You are experiencing financial hardship*
- You agree to adhere to the DONA International Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice*
*These items are strongly considered for applicants. If all the statements above apply to you, we encourage you to submit your application for this program. Applicants who have time to commit to one full year of steady and intense progress towards doula certification are encouraged to apply.
Our 2021 I.M.P.A.C.T.hers!
The DONA International Board of Directors is excited to offer this scholarship opportunity to eligible applicants. We encourage all who meet the criteria to apply. By creating the I.M.P.A.C.T. Program’s path of support for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), Asian, Hispanic/Latine, and first generation immigrant people who are pursuing a doula career, DONA International is working to further the vision of “a doula for every person who wants one”.