Doula Training Scholarships

At this time, all scholarships are donated by Center for the Childbearing Year.

detroit4DONA Birth Doula Workshop
Sponsored by WIN Network Detroit & March of Dimes
June 2014

Program Description

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to qualified candidates interested in becoming birth or postpartum doulas and volunteering their services to low-income families in their communities. If you are awarded a partial scholarship, you will be able to register for a doula workshop for the substantially discounted fee of $150.

In exchange for training, scholarship recipients agree to provide a package of free services to three women/families in their community within 18 months of completing the training (see details below). Completing these services also helps you complete the hands-on experiential requirement for professional DONA International doula certification.

Michigan Doula Connection is a web-based nonprofit program. As such, it is essential that all participating doulas be web-willing and check email regularly. Please understand that we are only able to accept applicants who are able to manage the online application process.

Applicant Qualifications

For All Candidates:

  • Demonstrate financial need. Scholarships are limited to those who cannot otherwise afford to take doula training. You must be low income to apply–see our Income Guidelines.
  • Have an email address that you check regularly (at least 3-4 times per week)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a high school graduate (GED acceptable)
  • Be a resident of Michigan and plan to continue to reside in Michigan long enough to fulfill your volunteer commitment as outlined below
  • Have transportation available
  • Be available for all training dates

For Birth Doula Applicants:

  • Commit to providing a free package of services to three women that includes: three prenatal visits (if there is time before she births), labor and birth support, and one postpartum home visit.
  • Birth services should be completed within 18 months of finishing the training. Please be aware that this commitment involves being “on-call” 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a period of two weeks before and two weeks after your client’s due date. Once she births, of course, you are no longer on call, but you will need to provide the required postpartum visit. If you are currently pregnant or have a job with inflexible work hours or an unreliable childcare situation, these realities are likely to be incompatible with being “on-call” and we ask you to seriously consider whether you will be able to fulfill this obligation before you apply.

For Postpartum Doula Applicants:

  • Commit to providing a minimum of 12 hours of free postpartum services to three families within 18 months of completing training. For each family, the doula will provide at least two visits per week for two weeks lasting a minimum of three hours each.

Applicant Qualifications

2014 Training Schedule & Application Deadlines

DONA Birth Doula Scholarships

The DONA Birth Doula Workshop meets on Friday & Saturday 8:30am–6pm and Sunday 8:30am–5pm at Center for the Childbearing Year in Ann Arbor. Upcoming dates for 2014 are as follows:

  • November 7-9 (Deadline October 5)

Postpartum Doula Scholarship Package

Sorry, the deadline has passed for the last 2014 Postpartum Doula workshop.

2015 Training Schedule & Application Deadlines

DONA Birth Doula Scholarships

The DONA Birth Doula Workshop meets on Friday & Saturday 8:30am–6pm and Sunday 8:30am–5pm at Center for the Childbearing Year in Ann Arbor. Upcoming dates for 2015 are as follows:

  • February 20-22 (Deadline January 16)
  • April 17-19 (Deadline March 17)
  • June 26-28 (Deadline May 22)
  • August 7-9 (Deadline July 3)
  • November 13-15 (Deadline October 16)

Postpartum Doula Scholarship Package

The DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop meets Thursday–Saturday 8:30am–6pm and Sunday 8:30am–4pm at Center for the Childbearing Year in Ann Arbor. Upcoming dates for 2015 are as follows:

  • March 19-22 (Deadline February 13)
  • October 1-4 (Deadline August 28)

How to Apply

Please click on one of the Scholarship Application links below save it to your desktop. Complete the application, save the file, and then send by email attachment to: To be considered for a spot in the training, you must email your application by midnight on the deadline date listed.


  • Confirmation of receipt of your application will be via email, typically within 72 hours.
  • Within a couple of weeks following the application deadline date for each training, we will make our decision and you will be notified, one way or the other, of your status. Typically, this will be three weeks prior to the training. All applicants will be given equal, unbiased consideration, regardless of when your application is submitted, as long as it is prior to the deadline.
  • Scholarship recipients will be given a link to register for the workshop at the $150 fee.
  • For candidates not chosen for a partial scholarship, payment plans are available.

What’s Next?

After training, scholarship recipients will be provided with instructions for completing their volunteer commitment, including:

  • how to register in the online Doula Registry as a volunteer doula
  • how to complete reports for services provided to families


Location of Trainings

All trainings will be held at Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. (We are about 1 mile from the Amtrack station.)

Accommodations for Out-of-Towners

Center for the Childbearing YearHere is a list of local hotels. If you cannot afford to stay in a hotel, you can “camp out” at the Center. We have a bathroom (no bath/shower) and kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave available. We are close to any number of grocery stores and inexpensive restaurants. We have two couches and a number of floor pillows, but you will need to bring whatever you require for your sleeping comfort. If you are planning on spending the night, we cannot accommodate partners and children (for women only).

Children at Trainings?

Breastfeeding in-arms infants under six months of age are welcome at the trainings. You must provide childcare for your other children. There are two 15-minute breaks and a one-hour-long lunch on each of the longer training days. Older breastfeeding babies may be brought to our training center during breaks to nurse and the needs of pumping mothers will be accommodated.

Questions about the DONA International doula certification process?

There are separate processes for birth and postpartum doulas. Please go directly to the DONA website for a list of requirements. We will go through the requirements, in detail, during the doula training weekend so you will have an opportunity to get all of your questions answered.

Questions regarding the content of each training?

Please read the individual course descriptions on Center for the Childbearing Year’s website. There is lots more information on that site as well!