Doulaing the DoulaDONA International Birth Doula Training Workshops

Course Policies

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Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration more than three weeks prior to the workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $30.00 administrative fee. There will be no refunds within three weeks of the start of the workshop unless there is a waiting list and your space is filled. You may also send a qualified substitute who meets the requirements to take your place.

For a $75.00 transfer fee, you may apply your tuition to a future Doulaing the Doula Basic Doula Training Workshop within the next twelve months. If you pay your tuition and do not contact me ahead of time and do not show up to attend the workshop, your deposit of $175.00 will be forfeited. Even with only a few days notice, with payment of the transfer fee it is usually possible to change your registration to a future workshop date.

If your space is not filled and you do not wish to transfer and it is within 21 days of the start of the workshop, the $175 deposit will be retained and the rest of the tuition will be refunded.  All refunds will be given by check because Pay Pal refunds incur additional fees.

Introduction to Childbirth Class: Refunds will be given by check within 14 days of the start of the class. Within 14 days, refunds are at the discretion of the instructor. It depends on the location of the class, how many other students are attending and so forth.

Babies

Infants under four months are usually able to attend if they are quiet and non-mobile. Advance approval is required.  Please call (608) 255-4738 or Amy Gilliland.

Meals

Meals are not provided with the workshop, but hot tea, soda, and fresh food are available.

Inclusion

All people (races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, genders, and other identities) are invited to participate in DTD trainings. Youth ages 16 and 17 may also attend; contact me and we’ll chat. Accommodation for differing abilities is also possible, depending on the site and your learning needs.

Person of Color Scholarships

The way to use white privilege to end racism is to provide opportunity.”   -DeRay McKesson

The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”  -Viola Davis, 2015 Emmy acceptance speech

 

Partial and full scholarships are reserved for people of color who could not otherwise afford to attend a doula training and who expect to attend births of people in their own communities. If you receive assistance from FoodShare or Badgercare, you automatically qualify for a full or partial scholarship.

“Person of color” means that you identify with a racial or ethnic group that has a heightened risk of unborn babies and infants dying during pregnancy and the first year of life. In Dane county, Wisconsin, that is Black and/or African American people. However, members of Tribal Nations and Latinx communities also live with these same circumstances.  Doula support can make a difference in outcomes, and lead to more involved and passionate mothering.

Women of different ethnic and racial groups have always attended my trainings and found it to be an empowering experience. You are welcome to take what I know about doula support and adapt it for your own community.  Please call (608) 255-4738 or Amy Gilliland to discuss options.

People attending the doula training who do not need a scholarship are welcome to donate to the scholarship fund. Your dollars will be matched one on one, increasing the number of doulas of color in the world and spreading the power of personalized caring labor support.

Claudia Booker, recognized for her accomplishments as a doula and midwife by the international organization Human Rights In Childbirth, has said she would not be where she is today if she had not received her doula training for free.  That started the whole cascade of making a HUGE difference in perinatal care for Black women.  Read more:  Five Black Women Birth Workers You Should Know About

Amy brings practical wisdom, a sense of being well grounded and a juicy sense of humor! She is very clear about the importance of informed choices and gives great examples.