Childbirth International is committed to inclusivity and diversity and acknowledges that marginalized and underrepresented communities experience disparities in birth and breast/chestfeeding outcomes. These communities are underrepresented in birth and lactation work and Childbirth International understands that as a global organization we have a responsibility to listen to individuals from these communities and support them in their own needs.
Those engaged in grassroots movements are connected to the social fabric of their communities and are advocates for sustainable initiatives. These organizations are often best equipped to address these specific challenges and needs and are often in a position to best understand the personal impact of systemic issues that affect birthing and breast/chestfeeding families.
Childbirth International aims to support sustainable, community-focused solutions. We encourage individuals and groups who are working to address disparities and injustice in their communities (and are part of those communities) and who want to provide birth or lactation support and education to apply for a scholarship opportunity.
Individuals who are part of a marginalized or underrepresented community may apply. Marginalized and underrepresented communities may include, but are not limited to:
- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
- Refugees and displaced people
- LGBTQIA2S+ people
- People with disabilities
How are scholarships awarded?
Childbirth International offers individual scholarships by lottery for qualifying applicants. We award up to three scholarships every two months with individuals chosen randomly by wheelofnames.com. Scholarship draws are completed the first week of the month for all applications received in the two months prior. Once it is received, the application is reviewed to determine whether the criteria are met (part of a marginalized group together with an intention to work within that community to address disparities and injustice faced by birthing and breast/chestfeeding individuals).
If an applicant meets the criteria for a scholarship but is unsuccessful in the lottery draw, they are invited to apply again in the future at a time that they choose.
A student’s scholarship application and status are never shared without the applicant’s express permission.
What does the scholarship cover?
We offer scholarships to those who are themselves part of, and addressing (or intending to address), the defined needs within a marginalized community. The scholarship provides:
- Courses offered at a discount of 50%
- Payment of the course fees over a five-month or ten-month period, if desired
- No administration fee for the instalments
The reduced cost of the course will cover our costs to ensure that our trainers are financially supported for the work they do in supporting students. Childbirth International does not make a profit on scholarship places.
Each applicant can apply for no more than one scholarship, for one course, at any given time. A student is able to apply for another scholarship in a new course once their first scholarship-funded course is completed. Scholarships are available for all certification programs offered by Childbirth International including:
- Birth Doula
- Postpartum Doula
- Childbirth Educator
- Lactation Counselor
Are there additional fees?
A special code is provided for successful scholarship applicants to enable them to receive the discounted course fees and the instalment period. Additional fees, not applicable for the scholarship are:
- Shipping and printing of course manuals, if requested (printed manuals are optional – all students have lifetime access to the course materials through our online learning site)
Printed manuals are shipped once the full amount has been paid. Before that time, the full course is available (online) through the student website but cannot be printed. Some students choose not to have printed manuals at all and just work from the online course materials.
Please note: printed manuals are only available if paying for a course in one payment, or once all instalments have been made.
Students who have chosen the monthly payment option will lose access to their course materials if a payment fails and a $50 fee will be required to reinstate the plan.
Students who fail an exam will be charged a $35 administration fee for a makeup assignment.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
If you believe you meet the requirements for a scholarship and would like to apply, contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org who can provide you with the application form and assist in submitting your application. Applications are welcomed in written, audio, or video format – if you are applying in audio or video format, please ensure you answer all questions.