Birth Professionals’ Training Programs

This Page Lists Training Programs for Birth Professional. It is in no way exhaustive, and will be updated as we are made aware of new programs training those interested in caring for and easing the way for new mamas and their babies.

Birth Arts International

Birth Arts International trains wise women doulas, postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, midwive’s assistants and breastfeeding educators, in flexible education programs. They provide a mentoring student support network through workshops, home study programs, and online programs and discussion groups.

The Childbirth and Post Partum Professional Association CAPPA professionals approach their work with expectant families during the perinatal year with a desire to educate, support, and to see all families succeed. The CAPPA Approach is built on the CAPPA Vision, which supports four cornerstone tenets. These cornerstones are:

• Using evidence-based information in practice

• Embracing positive mental attitudes

• Approaching all situations with a loving, non-judgmental mindset

• Building bridges amongst support and healthcare professionals

CommonSense ChildBirth

Founded and run by Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM CommonSense Childbirth teaches aspiring birth professionals how to assist, support and in the case of midwives, manage prenatal patients in “The JJ Way” a registered method of childbirth attending developed and perfected by Jennie Joseph. Interested candidates can study to become,

  • A Licensed Midwife (LM) or Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
  • A Certified Childbirth Consultant
  • A Certified Lactation Consultant
  • A Certified Doula
  • A Certified Childbirth Educator

DONA International

DONA International began in 1992. DONA was created as an organization that supports doulas who strive to help women and their partners to have satisfying childbirth and postpartum experiences. Doulas support childbearing families emotionally, and help them feel comfortable and nurtured. Doula care has been studied extensively in scientific trials and the results show remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby.

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing

The mission of ICTC is to increase the number of Black midwives, doulas, and healers to empower families, in order to reduce infant and maternal mortality.

Their mission is to enhance the health and well being of women and their families and to develop and preserve the traditional role of the midwife in the Black community. ICTC honors midwifery as an ancient tradition and as a healing art. From its intergenerational circle, they pass healing arts on to the black community. ICTC recognizes that the health status of the Black community is in crisis. They also recognize that there is an urgent need for Black health care providers who offer a holistic approach to reproductive health/rights for women and their families.

ICTC offers the following training programs:

  • Full Circle Doula Training Program
  • Sistah Care Program (Trains young teenaged African American women to support and care for their peers).