The Commonsense Childbirth Institute’s Community Based Doula Training Program is a hybrid training program that consists of 14 self directed online training modules, and 32 hours of live (virtual) doula skills training. This academic training is followed by 6 months of clinical skills development during which participants will be mentored through supporting 5 childbearing people and their families through pregnancy, labor and delivery and into the postpartum.
The foundation of the training is The JJ Way® Reproductive Justice framework for client care delivery, which informs how doulas will care for, advocate for and empower their clients. This program is for those who intentionally want to practice using an equity lens, and who are interested in working towards reducing birth outcome disparities for women of color and lowering maternal mortality.
Pathway 1: Full Program
Pathway 2: Previous verified Doula certification
Pathway 3: Previous verified and approved Doula training
Pathway 4: Previous completion of CCI's COPE program
If you are hoping to complete our program through Pathway 2, 3, or 4, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and completion requirements.
She founded Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond in 2009, a full spectrum doula support, education and resource service for high risk pregnant women (www.mamasonbedrest.com).
In 2017 Darline established Healing Hands Community Doula Project (HHCDP), a 501(c)3 organization designed specifically to raise awareness of, and to address the disparity in maternal morbidity and mortality that exists between black women and women of other cultures in Central Texas. The goal of the project is transform maternity care at the individual, systems and institutional levels by addressing social determinants of health which directly impact black women’s health.
Now back in her native home of Massachusetts, Darline is continuing her work advocating on behalf of black maternal health, and for fair and equitable work conditions and pay for black birth workers.
Darline is an educator, a published healthcare columnist and healthcare author, a healthcare program developer and manager, a healthcare policy advocate, and health literacy advocate. At the heart of all that she does is the pursuit of health equity, and reproductive and social justice for all, but specifically for Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).