Together, we are cultivating culturally humble communities that reimagine the role of reproductive care. We believe that families deserve compassionate, evidenced-based support at all stages of life—no matter their gender, race, religion, class or sexual orientation.

Our Scholarship Program Initiative

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 are women, trans, nonbinary, or other genders. 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 nonbinary birth workers.

As an organization we are committed to offering a minimum of 60 scholarships per year. We meet this goal through our pay-it-forward model, allotting 25% of all full paying members' tuition fees into the scholarship fund.

Who can Apply

Our scholarship program is for anyone who is BIPOC and/or trans, two spirited or gender non-conforming.

The application for the May 30th cohort is now available. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2024.

An application for future trainings will open June 1, 2024.

If you have any questions, email us at:

Scholarship Q&A

What does the DTI scholarship include? 

The DTI scholarship covers the full cost of the doula training of your choice, unless otherwise specified. Currently there are no scholarships available for the childbirth educator program. Applicants chosen for a scholarship are still responsible for paying the DTI annual membership fee the first year they are in the program. After that point, they can opt out or opt in. To learn more about DTI Memberships, click HERE.

Who can apply for DTI scholarships?

DTI is committed to our mission and values that reimagine the role of reproductive work that is disproportionality affecting marginalized communities. Our scholarship program is for black, indigenous, and/or person of color (BIPOC) and/or trans, two spirited or gender non-conforming birth workers.

Which trainings does the DTI scholarship cover?

You can apply for either a full-spectrum (birth + postpartum + reproductive health doula), birth, or postpartum doula training scholarship. You will specify in your scholarship application which training you would like to participate in. Please click HERE for additional details on each training.

When will I know if I have received a scholarship?

Scholarship applicants selected to receive a scholarship will be notified four weeks in advance of their training date via email. The selected scholarship applicant has 48 hours to accept their scholarship; if they have not registered for the course within the 48 hours, another scholarship applicant will be selected and notified promptly. Once all scholarships have been allotted for a training date, an email will be sent to scholarship applicants notifying them the selected training date scholarships have been allocated.

How many scholarships does DTI award?

Each training is allotted 2-4 scholarships depending on how many participants register for the training. In certain cases, external funding may also be a factor.

Can I select more than one training date for a scholarship?

Yes! You can select as many training dates that you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

Are trainings held in person?

In 2023, DTI will offer both in-person and online trainings.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions regarding DTI scholarships?

Please email for any additional questions.

Become a Community Partner

The DTI team works to create community partners at local and global levels to support other efforts that align with our reproductive health mission.

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.