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Breaking News for Black Owned Doula Training Companies

New Doula Legislation May Impact Your Business

Based on federal and state doula legislations that are brewing and passing, Mama Hakima Payne and Shafia Monroe felt the need to bring owners of Black doula training companies together.  There is increasing legislation happening at the state and federal level for the advancement and regulation of the doula profession.

Black business owners have created a Facebook group to discuss how legislation will:

  • Impact the reach of Black owned doula training companies
  • Support access to Black owned doula training programs
  • Recognize Black owned doula training companies who certify for Medicaid reimbursement
  • Affect certified doulas who were trained by Black owned doula training companies
  • Adopt the scope of practice determined by Black owned Doula training curriculums

In addition, there is interest in having a political presence and uplifting Black owned doula training programs to be at the decision-making table with a political presence.  It is critical that this happens.   We already learned from the eradication of the Granny Midwife, how regulation can destroy a Black healing culture. This is concerning, as we have just begun to reclaim our traditional healing practices in the 21st Century; standing in solidarity with our Black Midwives.

If you are Black and own a doula training company or organization, you are invite to join on to a growing movement of concerned owners and agency directors. If you are interested contact Mama Hakima Tafunzi Payne or Shafia Monroe for next steps to join. Please share this Blog with other Black business owners of doula training companies.

Learn about the H.R.2751 – Mamas First Act for expansion of doula and midwifery services  here. 

“Only going forward, never back,” ~ Shafia Monroe





6 responses to “Breaking News for Black Owned Doula Training Companies”

  1. Karolyn Ryan Avatar
    Karolyn Ryan

    How can one become a Black own Doula training company without Dona or Capps? I’d want to be associated with any one of those companies. Would to be apart of this.

    1. Shafia Monroe Avatar
      Shafia Monroe

      Hi Karolyn,

      There are many Black doula training companies. To become a doula training company, there are few steps that are needed, such as a curriculum, certification, continuing education component, and more. Here is a list of a few of the Black-owned Doula Training Companies: SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training, SistaMidwife Doula Training, The Mothership Doula Training, My Darling Doula, Uzazi Village, Momma’s Village Doula Collective, and there are others. If you would like to learn how to create a doula training company contact me at Best.

    1. Shafia Monroe Avatar
      Shafia Monroe

      Greetings Kimberly,

      Please stay tuned as we prepare to announce the new name for the alliance of Black doula trainers and agencies at the end of August.

      Thank you.

  2. Ashlee Avatar

    I would love to learn more. Currently I am a birth doula but def have been keeping my eye on training others and childbirth education.
    I have prior experience before the schooling:certification due to being an hands on owner for an egg donor and surrogate Agency that has called me to be a birth partner intentionally and unintentionally due to circumstances.

    1. Shafia Monroe Avatar
      Shafia Monroe

      Hi Ashlee,
      Thank you for your interest and for sharing your past business experiences.
      The goal is to establish an alliance of owners of Black doula training companies, or agencies that match Black doulas with Black pregnant women/people. The purpose is to create a collective voice to determine the certifying protocol that will meet Medicaid reimbursement requirements and other activities.
      The new Facebook Group will be up soon and will be announced for membership. I will post it via a short blog, @shafiamonroeconsulting Facebook Page and via our SMC e-newsletter.

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