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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


3 Responses to Breaking News for Black Owned Doula Training Companies

  1. Karolyn Ryan July 29, 2019 at 2:57 am #

    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.

  2. Kimberly Durdin July 29, 2019 at 6:59 am #


  3. Ashlee July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    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.

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