The Philly Collaborative for Reproductive Justice & Support (PCRJS) is currently accepting applications for free doula training for people of color who are committed to providing doula services in the Philadelphia area. The three-day workshop will be facilitated by trainers from Ancient Song Doula Services, which is an organization based in Brooklyn committed to reclaiming the ancient principles of birthing, reaching more women of color, and lowering the infant mortality rate. Applications due July 6.
What: An intensive three-day training in how to support someone through pregnancy, labor, and childbirth
Who: People of color interested in providing birth, postpartum and/or abortion support applying the doula model of care
When: August 3-5 (Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-3pm)
Where: North Philly at a wheelchair-accessible location accessible by public transportation
Cost: Free! In an effort to increase access to valuable skills and build greater doula capacity for under-served communities, this three-day training will be free to participants.
In exchange, PCRJS asks attendees to:
Commit to participating fully in all three days of the training workshop;
Commit to providing birth, postpartum and/or abortion doula support in Philadelphia upon being trained;
Join with PCRJS in its ongoing efforts to educate the community about the critical role of doulas in supporting people across the full spectrum of pregnancy
Provide a $20 deposit upon acceptance of a spot in the training, which will be returned at the completion of the weekend (or, alternatively, which participants may donate towards the cost of the space and food).
Note: Childcare will be available (please indicate specific childcare needs on your application form). Unfortunately, the August training will be accessible only to English-speakers.
PCRJS is an all-volunteer group of organizers, educators, care-givers, community activists, parents and doulas who are committed to providing support across the full spectrum of pregnancy — including during birth, miscarriage, abortion, and adoption — and helping to build community healing, health, and resiliency. They draw inspiration from the reproductive justice framework, which aims to transform power iniquities and create long-term systemic change. They believe reproductive justice will be achieved when all people have the social, political, and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about our gender, bodies, sexuality and families for ourselves and our communities. PCRJS is excited to be hosting this doula training for people of color and looks forward to working with the participants after the training to identify opportunities for the new doulas to practice their skills and connect with pregnant and parenting people in Philadelphia.
PCRJS will be accepting applications for the doula training on a rolling basis until July 6 at 5pm. Accepted individuals will be notified by July 10 and will be asked to commit to reserving their spot (with the $20 deposit, refundable upon completion of the training) by July 15.
Applications can be obtained from and submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by snail mail to:
PCRJS c/o Kim Murray
1004 S. 49th St
Philadelphia, PA 19143