In childbirth, systemic racism is the root cause of disparities leading to higher maternal mortality rates for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Doula support from people from the BIPOC community improves outcomes and makes a difference in more positive birth experiences. Doulas are an essential part of collaborative, respectful quality care. Debra is committed to offer scholarships to individuals who identify as BIPOC and have shown:
~ A commitment to addressing racial and/or social justice
~ Have a financial need for scholarship assistance
~ Will use doula skills to support their community
Debra is hosted at many workshops throughout the year, please reach out to the relevant workshop for scholarships details. If you feel that you meet the criteria, below are some questions that you may be asked:
- Why do you want to become a Birth or Postpartum Doula and what do you hope to gain from this training?
- In what capacity would you like to serve birthing people and their families?
- How do you see yourself creating change through birthwork?
- How will this scholarship help you with your future goals?
- Do you identify as BIPOC?