We’re Doula Trainings International (DTI), a professional membership organization that offers trainings and certifications for birth professionals while focusing on issues of justice. We’re dedicated to building a movement that’s revolutionizing the world of birth and reproductive rights for all birthing persons.
Born in 2011, DTI came into the world fully aware of its purpose: to offer a new model of education and training for birth professionals that was inclusive and accessible to all. Over the past seven years, DTI has trained over 1200 birth and postpartum doulas.
Across the United States, Indigenous communities and communities of color are impacted by infant mortality at a rate that is more than twice as high as their white counterparts; in particular, African-American families are disproportionately affected by both infant and maternal mortality. The cumulative impact of racism, sexism, historic and current structural inequalities are at the heart of this critical issue.
Birthworkers (doulas, childbirth educators, lactation support specialists) play an important role in changing this story and shifting the birth outcomes these communities. At DTI, we have hundreds of members doing amazing work in their communities and making a difference with their presence.
DTI has developed programs for birth professionals including: A Professional Membership, Birth and Postpartum Doula Trainings, Childbirth Educator Trainings, Lactation Support Specialist trainings and on-going professional development. Advanced doula workshops range from business development to compassionate cesarean awareness for both birth pro’s and parents. DTI’s in-person presence is profound but with the addition of online courses we are able to reach communities that would otherwise not have access to our offerings (www.wearedti.com).
For the past six years DTI has offered four full scholarships for each in-person training (including scholarships for indigenous people, people of color, trans and nonbinary doulas). This year DTI has added community based trainings to our schedule in collaboration with ATNSC: Center for Healing and Creative Leadership (www.atnsc.org) We believe creating an intentional learning space for birthworkers interested in shaping a culturally relevant practice to attend to the specific needs of their community, with other burgeoning birthworkers of color will deepen the learning, increase support for birthworkers of color and build a strong foundation for a sustainable practice--how we enter matters. We can’t do this without your help.
Consider donating to the DTI scholarship fund!
Circle of Health International (COHI) works with organizations around the world to ensure quality care to mamas and babies and is proud to drive awareness and support for Doula Trainings International (DTI) as their fiscal host. To learn more about COHI visit cohintl.org.
Proceeds from this campaign goes towards funding indigenous people and people of color (including the LGBTQIA communities) to take the DTI Doula Trainings. Funds raised offer full scholarships to these communities, pay educators from these communities and create more opportunity for leaders in these communities. Buy a t-shirt, donate to the fund or do both!
1.) The United States is the only industrialized nation where the maternal and infant mortality rate has not decreased over the past 20 years.
2.) Black birthing people are four times more likely to die during childbirth or just after childbirth than white women in the United States.
3.) Chronic stress, racial bias and structural barriers to healthcare contribute to racial disparities in maternal health.
4) Our world needs more birth workers, with different backgrounds, experiences and identities, if we truly want to combat maternal mortality and give all birthing individuals the right to choose.