We’re committed to lowering disparities in maternal and infant health, and the devastating reality is that race is still a determining factor on whether one has a healthy birth and baby in this country and worldwide. In order to change the landscape of birth for every doula and every person, we provide scholarships for BIPOC doulas.
We are also committed to inclusivity. Birthing people and birth workers can be women, men, trans, non-binary, or any other gender. Some birthing individuals are men and some are nonbinary. We know that everyone who gives birth deserves quality care, but issues of gender and identity are still received with much confusion and discrimination within the birth culture. So beyond acknowledging the uniqueness of the human experience, we want to open doors. That’s why we offer scholarships for trans, two spirited and non binary birth workers.
As an organization we are committed to offering at a minimum 60 scholarships to our programming per year. We meet this goal by through our pay it forward model, allotting 25% of all full paying members tuition fees into scholarship funds.
Every year DTI allocates a minimum of $5,000 to sponsor community partners, campaigns and BIPOC midwifery student funds. Each year DTI hopes to be able to increase resources to put back into community partners by allocating student tuition, selling merch from the DTI shop and membership fees. If you are looking for support and want to share what you are doing in your community use the DTI platform.