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.

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

Contact us for more information.

Terms of Scholarship

We offer scholarships to those who are addressing the defined needs within a marginalized community. The scholarship provides:

  • Courses offered at a significantly reduced cost
  • Payment of the course fees over a five-month period, if desired
  • No administration fee for the instalments

The course costs are as follows: 

  • Birth or Postpartum Doula: US$350
  • Childbirth Educator or Lactation Counselor: US$500

Each applicant can apply for no more than one scholarship, for one course, at any given time. Scholarships are available for all certification programs offered by Childbirth International including:

  • Birth Doula
  • Postpartum Doula
  • Childbirth Educator
  • Lactation Counselor

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 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.

If a monthly instalment does not go through the student’s account will be suspended and will require the payment of a US$50 administration fee to be reinstated.