Are you getting excited about the upcoming Maternal* Support Practitioner (Doula) Training?! We are, too – and we are extra excited about our Doula Training Scholarship Program! Did you know that we ensure that our whole team reads all of the applications submitted? For the upcoming application process, we will be keeping an eye out for submissions that match the spirit of the bebo mia community. Want to know more about how to write a winning application? Read on to learn all about this session’s awards!
The Black Women Birthing Justice Scholarship
This is a new scholarship for 2020 sponsored by the incredible folks from Black Women Birthing Justice. This scholarship will be awarded to an African American or Black (of African decent) individual who is isolated in an area with under five doulas or birthworkers in their city. This scholarship will be awarded to an individual who has professed intention to primarily work within the African American or Black (of African decent) community.
The Olivia Scobie Perinatal Mental Health Award
This award recognizes an applicant whose personal goals, business practice, or project is centered around perinatal mental health and the impact of mood disorders in the postpartum period. The recipient will understand the impact of trauma and the importance of perinatal mental health in the field of birth work. They will recognize the need for offering support, services and business practices that meet the mental health needs of all families during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. This award is generously donated twice a year for 4 years by Olivia Scobie.
The Intersectional or Bust Award
This award recognizes an applicant whose project idea or business plan works to dismantle the impact of structural oppression in reproductive health in their community. The recipient will position their unique understanding of the interconnected nature of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability and class to create opportunities that directly challenge these oppressive forces. By working directly with people whose lives are impacted by these destructive forces, the recipient’s contributions will increase access to opportunities for individual empowerment and make steps toward a sense of equity and justice for BIPOC and/or 2SLGBTQA+ individuals within the healthcare system.
The BIPOC Doula Journey Bursary
The BIPOC Doula Journey Bursary recognizes a Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour applicant who demonstrates an aptitude for birth work, client care, and a genuine desire to start and grow their own doula business.
The Queers for Queer Care Award
The Queers for Queer Care Award recognizes a person who self-identifies as being a part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and who also plans to serve 2SLGBTQIA+ clients. The recipient’s business plan will use their intimate understanding of the challenges that 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals face to help them navigate healthcare systems that are commonly cisgender and heteronormative, to ensure that their clients are treated with dignity and respect throughout their journey of reproductive health, birth, and parenting.
The bebo mia Be Brave Award
The bebo mia Be Brave Award recognizes an applicant whose lived experience has afforded them a deeper understanding of their worth and potential. The recipient will demonstrate this connection through their resilience of spirit, positive attitude, and willingness to meet challenges head-on. Their business plan and personal goals reflects the spirit of bebo mia’s mission: to connect women** to their intrinsic value and power through excellent, evidence-based doula care, prenatal and/or childbirth education.
The Change-Maker Award
The Change-Maker Award recognizes an applicant whose project idea or business plan reflects ingenuity, inventive solutions and creativity that sets them apart from their peers. The recipient will be an out-of-the-box thinker whose ideas challenge the status quo and will aim to change birthing outcomes through new and different ideas.
The Birth Justice Award
The Birth Justice Award recognizes an applicant whose project idea or business plan works to dismantle structured inequality and challenge the lack of consent and violence that is commonplace in reproductive health and obstetrics. The recipient understands that the experience of violence and trauma greatly influences early family life and parenting experiences. The recipient seeks to create change by advocating for choice, informed consent and improving the outcomes for individuals and communities with whom they engage.
The Fertility Companioning Award
The Fertility Companioning Award recognizes an applicant whose project idea or business plan establishes an avenue through which to bear witness and support people experiencing struggles with fertility and loss. The recipient will offer their companionship to those trying to conceive through solidarity and personal emotional support during the hardships and the pain of the in/fertility journey, while also sharing information and resources to strengthen resilience, health and mental and emotional wellness during a very difficult and taxing time of life.
The Philanthropy Award
The Philanthropy Award recognizes an applicant whose project, personal goals, or business plan includes a component of paying it forward. The recipient will demonstrate a spirit of altruism and exhibit a dedication to generosity and will have a solid plan around how they will use their doula training to give back to their local community or to underserved populations.
**NOTE: We reserve the right to not award one or more of the scholarships if the criteria is not met in the applicants.
The #bebobabes couldn’t be more proud and excited to be working alongside the awesome Doula Training Scholarship Committee! Our group of committed team members are student-centered and compassionate and are 100% dedicated to the responsibility of reviewing each and every scholarship application our community forwards to us with integrity and respect. We are committed to offering each application the full consideration that the person who wrote it deserves.
Want to learn about some of our past scholarship recipients? You can check out some of the winners on our blog if you search the term ‘scholarship‘.
Want to apply for the doula training scholarship?
Applications are closed!
The deadline for application submissions is:
Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST.
Scholarship winners will be announced:
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.
Want a handy dandy guide for the application process?
We are also accepting sponsors for our scholarships! Want to help create the possibility for continuing education and a career for a low-income woman? Read more about our sponsorship opportunities here. You can also help by contributing to our Community Scholarship! Click here for more details and to donate – bebo mia matches donations dollar for dollar so your contribution will go even further!
*bebo mia defines ‘maternal’ as ‘protective, nurturing and caring’ and includes all people who are growing their families.
**bebo mia defines ‘women’ as women-identified, femme-presenting, two-spirited, genderqueer, trans-inclusive, gender-non-conforming, androgynous, agender, intersex, bigender, gender questioning, gender fluid, butch, non-binary, queer positive or any person that would like to be included in this definition.
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