Fund training for new black doulas

Tashina Bowman is a Black doula and midwifery student living and working in Western Massachusetts. She is passionate about supporting education and certification of Black birthworkers. As many of you are already aware, Black doulas and midwives are both essential and imperiled. The pandemic and the recent protests amplify and highlight the changes needed to create a world that holds every Black body beloved.* In response to this moment, this funding effort is digging in and visioning BIG. Let us together gather the resources to clear the pathway of financial burdens for BIPOC** birthworkers all over Massachusetts.

As of early June 2020, house bill H.1182 “An Act relative to Medicaid coverage for doula services” has moved out of committee.*** Let’s raise enough money so that when (not if!) the bill passes, we will have greatly increased the number of BIPOC birth workers in Massachusetts with all the training and certifications needed to hit the ground running supporting healthy families in their communities.

Here’s an explanation of some of the typical costs associated with training and certification:

$1000 per person


The cost associated with this type of certification varies depending on the pathway but can be up to another $1000

Birth workers pursuing midwifery as an end goal require training in neonatal resuscitation
$260 per person (depends on the training)

These types of trainings can cost around $250-300

This fundraiser began as a way of supporting Tashina as an individual birthworker, then expanded to support of group of ten birthworkers in Western Mass, then expanded once again in response to the outpouring of support. As of June 9, 2020 we have increased our goal to $120,000. The intention is to use the momentum of this moment to gather enough funding to support 60 BIPOC birthworkers in Massachusetts. In addition to planning a local doula training with Shafia Monroe, we are currently gathering contact information for BIPOC birthworkers in Massachusetts seeking funding for training and certification. 

*inspired by the words of angel Kyodo williams
** Black, Indigenous, People of color
*** Follow Representatives Liz Miranda and Lindsay Sabadosa for updates

For more information about the impact of Black doulas on maternal and infant health, here are some recent articles:

If you are BIPOC, live in Massachusetts and are pursuing doula training, doula certification or other birthwork education (CPR, NNR, etc.) please fill out this form to be added to our student contacts list:

If you have any questions please send them to [email redacted]. Thank you!
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    • $40 
    • 2 mos
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    • $136 
    • 5 mos
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    • $250 
    • 5 mos
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    • $1,000 
    • 6 mos
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    • $100 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Anna Westley 
Amherst, MA
Tashina Bowman 
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