We know that not everyone can
afford the education necessary

for their

DREAM

Career.

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We believe that education, especially education that will support your income, is power. Each year bebo mia inc. offers scholarship placements to people in financial need so that they can complete our Maternal Support Practitioner training and launch their careers as fertility, birth and postpartum birth workers.

We have issued scholarships and trainings to people from all over the world including Ireland, England, Philippines, Canada, US, Bahrain, Belgium, Australia, France, Indonesia, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Panama.

Community

is such a crucial aspect of our training.

The individuals who have completed & graduated from our program are from all over the world and yet there is a constant feeling of closeness and connection in our classes and private online support group. We all give and receive an incredible amount of information and praise as we go through the training and beyond. It never feels like we are separated by hundreds or thousands of miles.

Check out some of our winners

Devin Biggs

Devin

My name is Devin Biggs -Vanderhorst, I am 38 years old from Harlem, New York.  I am a mother of 7, 2 boys 19, and 16 years of age. 4 girls ages 14,13,11, & 2. I am married to my wife Shawn, she is my best friend and my #1 supporter I couldn’t be happier. I wanted the Queer for Queer care scholarship because in 2017 Shawn and I decided to add a baby to our family through home insemination.  For the Queer community adding to the family can be quite a task. After finishing my program, I plan to start a successful doula business geared towards the LGBTQIAS2+ community, I want to aid in the fertility, birth, and postpartum process.

Kate Ubermuth

Kate

My name is Kate Ubermuth and my pronouns are she/her. I have known that I identify as an intersectional feminist since about Sophomore year of high school. I became interested in birth work in my Sophomore year, the sheer power that birthing people have as well as the gross injustices that they often face called on me to learn more. I created an independent study about the role of midwives and doulas throughout history and today and recently finished up one about the reproductive justice movement. At the core of it all, I want to be a doula because 1) I want to help people tap into the power and intuition that they have been told to ignore, and 2) I want to increase love and empathy in this world.

Erin Vinson

Erin

My name is Erin Vinson. Lover of all things purple, sweet tea, photography, and animals of course! I’m a 26-year-old, mother to one sweet little nugget, my two-month-old, Edyn Azalea. Overall, I would like to consider myself a nice fusion of earthy, birth-y, and a heaping scoop of nerdy. Sharing my experiences through the application process for the Be Brave Award moved me to be just that. Brave. The Be Brave Award is shaping the future of my life and career path as I ultimately embark on being a changemaker for the birthing community. I plan to build my business on the grounds of restoring and creating more positive experiences shared between the relationship between providers, birth workers, and birthing clients

Brianna

Brianna

My name is Brianna. I am a 27-year-old single woman living in South Florida with my adorable dog, Freddie. I am currently studying to become a licensed massage therapist alongside starting the training to become a doula. When it comes to the future, I am so happy and excited to look forward. I believe that birth is a time of transition and growth, and that everyone deserves a happy, healthy, and safe birth experience. I want to be able to hold classes and support groups for parents – like Mommy and Me or Daddy and Me courses – in infant massage, and to be able to create a safe space for parents to talk about the joys and struggles of parenthood

Dy’Ana Turner

Dy’Ana

My name is Dy’Ana Turner; I am the single mom of an amazing 5-year-old and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Community is the backbone of our cities, my parents and community nurtured a spirit of always wanting to give back and be of service. I grew up in the Bay Area of California, we were the trickle-down of the immersive community efforts of The Black Panther Party. I knew I wanted to serve those I saw every day who were subjected to less access to those who and that which would support healthier journeys before, during, and after childbirth. I wanted this scholarship because I am ready to begin my journey to become a valuable member of the MSP community and outward.

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Trina

My name is Trina Nitsiyihkâson. I am a Swampy Cree woman with my maternal family originating from Treaty 5 territory but I was born and raised on Treaty 4 land in Saskatchewan, Canada. I remember the excitement I felt when the description of the Birth Justice scholarship was spot on with the work I hope to do for mothers who face many hardships on their parenting journey. As I am still paying student loan debt off, I jumped at the chance to start something I had only dreamed of. Helping the families build a strong bond in pregnancy is often the one chance of finding and keeping them in sobriety and it is the reason I want to do birth work. 

Kaadia Montgomery

Kaadia

My name is Kaadia Montgomery. I’ve lived in Tennessee for the majority of my life. My journey to doula-ing has been underlying for at least a decade. I want to find a way to utilize my skills as a Nationally Certified Counselor to provide general and mental health support to families, primarily during the postpartum period. I’ve given great consideration to becoming what I’m affectionately calling a “full service” doula, meaning caring for families from conception through the fourth trimester. Receiving the Olivia Scobie Perinatal Mental Health Award has awarded me confirmation that I’m living in my purpose (if anyone would like to discuss their purpose, I’m your girl)

Ariana Lazo

Ariana

It is an honor to be the recipient of the bebo mia’s Be Brave Scholarship Award! My name is Ariana Lazo. My family and I are from Colorado, USA. It’s my husband, our four children and myself.  I want my children to see their mama being brave and taking the steps she needs to take to follow her heart. I can do this. I will do this. I will have a successful doula business, but more importantly, I will teach my children that being brave is all it takes. My business will help low income or teen parents. I believe anyone who is pregnant deserves a doula, they just can’t always afford it. People in labor need support. That is all there is to it.

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Samantha

Meet Samantha: A wonderful mom to her 3 babies and the many children she fosters.

She is located in Oakville and has so much knowledge to share with us within this program!I am so excited to say that I have been awarded a doula scholarship!! It is such a surreal thing for me. My name is Samantha. I identify myself as a wife, mother, and student. My husband is a Loss Prevention manager at a local retail store (he catches shoplifters) and a full time criminal justice student. We met in high school, I was 15 and he was 17. We’ve been together ever since. We will be celebrating our 6th marriage anniversary this August!

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The Pinay Doulas Collective

Each year bebo mia set aside a small scholarship fund for their Maternal Support Practitioner Program (aka Doula Certification). Each year we talk with the most unbelievable women, strong, supportive women who are true community leaders. Often times, these women do not have the resources to jump into a doula training, but want it so bad I can feel it in their voice or their stories. This year a whole group of women showed up at our (online) door, and we could just tell they are here to make big changes, and we cannot wait to watch that happen!

Velvet Fuller

Velvet

My name is Velvet, I’m a 25-year-old mother of three adorable kids. I’m from Louisiana. I love music and being creative through arts and crafts. I wanted this bebo mia scholarship to be able to receive the necessary training to start my work in helping parents of all types. I am so blessed to be one of the chosen scholarship winners. I researched many doula training classes and most of them really didn’t seem like they were designed to really teach you what you needed to dive into your career. I want to be a doula so that I can make a change in my community for young parents.

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Joei

Meet Joei – A wonderful mom of two that is committed to supporting young mothers through their parenting journeys.

I’ve always known I wanted to be a mom – but I never knew just how much I would love pregnancy and birth! I used to be someone who feared pain, would cry at the tiniest paper cut, but after my natural births I felt so empowered, like I could survive anything – it’s an experience I knew I wanted to help other moms achieve.

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Brittany

Meet Brittany – A retired military mama who is a single mom of two with huge goals with her scholarship! 

Hello! My name is Brittany, and I am one of the scholarship winners. First off, I am so blessed and honored to have been chosen. Right now, I just couldn’t afford to pay for the training, and so as a single mom struggling to make ends meet as it is, this is truly a life changing opportunity. Speaking of my children, I have two beautiful little toddlers. They are the one (well, two…) thing that keeps me going and I am so happy to be their mommy.

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Tarina

"I will have the training needed to begin work with the Department of Health as a postpartum doula through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, either in paid or voluntary capacity. I know I need to learn more about running a business before I can make a more solid plan; that’s part of the reason I’m here with bebo mia inc " - Tarina Jackson, Bebo Mia Student + Scholarship Recipient

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Amber

Hello all! My name is Amber Dawn Tapley and I am the very proud Momma to one very wonderfully exuberant and enthusiastic little guy, Elijah River.  I have been blessed with his presence and I feel the wonder and weight of that every day.
I have always been interested in holistic healing methods and am trained as an herbalist and as a Reiki practitioner.
I feel so humbled and grateful to have been selected as a recipient of a Scholarship with bebo mia to train as a Maternal Support Practitioner (Doula).
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Zahra

I had been following bebo mia online for sometime; I loved the community feel you get from their online presence, and the comprehensive course package that covers fertility, pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. I felt very drawn to taking the online training, but financial barriers still stood in my way. I really connected with the values of bebo mia, and was thrilled when they posted an online scholarship application to their Fall MSP Doula training. - Zahra Khairunnisa

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Ashley

I’m Ashley – a mother, wife, and DOULA!

I’m living in a rural town in Nova Scotia where I work part-time as the prenatal & postpartum support person at the local Family Resource Centre. I have an adorable, intelligent, hilarious “threenager” (her name is Luna!) and a husband, whom I’ve loved since I first laid eyes on him (Grade 10 science class!).

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Nadine

Hello Lovelies! I’m Nadine –  Momma to Mairead, wife to Dan and a lover of all things pregnancy, birth and babies.  

My earliest memory of when I knew I was destined for birth work was when I was 9 years old. I had failed a math test at school and shamefully hid the news from my mother. When she found out I had been struggling and didn’t tell her she felt awful; in turn, so did I.  

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Miranda

Hi everyone! First I just wanted to say how excited and thankful I am to have received this scholarship and enroll in the Maternal Support Practitioner Program . This has been on my heart and mind recently, so when this opportunity presented itself, it just felt meant to be.

My name is Miranda and I am a 32-year-old single mother of one beautiful boy, my 9 month old son, Colin. We moved to Central Texas earlier this year and love it.

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Meet April – An American in Ireland who wants to support the isolated new moms in her community!

I am an American, born & raised in Chehalis, WA, USA, now based in Cork, Ireland.  I’ve a loving, supportive husband, a wonderful and ever changing 16 month old daughter and my second due at the end of June this year. To say my life has changed is an understatement!

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Afra

"I came across bebo mia randomly through the Birth Hour Insta-stories and I found out about their workshop talking about their program. The title "Maternal Support Practitioner" Training struck me. It was the perfect qualification to get the knowledge I needed. " - Afra Said Ahmed, Bebo Mia Student + Scholarship Recipient

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Amanda

Hi, I am Amanda Russell. In my former life, I trained to be a school psychometrist – IQ testing, and  tests for learning disabilities were my forte. Then, in 2004, my sister and brother-in-law invited me to attend the birth of my niece, who was the only survivor of triplets. I fell in love with birth, then and there, and I fell hard. I also knew that there was a call on my life to serve women in joy and sorrow in birth work. Bless my sister and brother-in-law for deciding I needed to experience birth at least once. Since I was in graduate school at the time, I thought maybe I could be a doula one day as a hobby, but thought no more of it and dove back into papers and presentations.

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Brianna

My name is Brianna. I live in beautiful Nanaimo, BC but am originally from Montreal, QC. I am a mother to a beautiful little girl named Ayla who is 2.5 years old now, she keeps me very busy! We love spending our time outdoors hiking, swimming exploring and being with family.

I’ve always known that I wanted a career that had to do with birth, babies and helping women but I wasn’t quite sure what that it was for me. I then had a wonderful doula for the birth of my daughter, and we became very close. 

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Meridian

"I had been following bebo mia on social media, and when I saw that there were scholarship opportunities available, I knew the time to merge my knowledge of dance with doula work was now." - Meridian Negilski, Bebo Mia Student + Scholarship Recipient

Over the last 5 years we have given out over $100, 000
in full and partial scholarships

Our Scholarship Program

is growing!

Last year we opened up the Community Scholarship which allows our community to contribute to additional scholarship spots in the MSP training and bebo mia will match donations, dollar for dollar.

Our Community Fund gives everyone the chance to fund the education for a low/no-income aspiring student who feels passionate about pregnancy and birth. All you have to do is click here to read how your donation will help impact people all over the world, and donate! 

Whether you simply decide to share our fundraising link, donate money, start your own mini-fundraiser, or all of the above, YOU are helping to change the lives of people all over the world, and you are going to LOVE the way that feels!

 

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With the program constantly expanding and evolving, 2018 marked the addition of the Scholarship Committee which is made up of volunteers from the bebo mia community. We want to introduce you to some of bebo mia’s MSP Scholarship Committee! We'll be adding a few new faces this session too... 

Scholarship

Committee

JOyce

Jocelyn Grayson

Co-Manager & Owner of Honey Child Doula Care

Meridian

Meridian Negilski

Co-Manager

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Amber
Dawn

Committee Volunteer & Owner of Amber Dawn Holistic Wellness

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Jasmine Young

Committee Volunteer

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Khessia Jean-Baptiste

Committee Volunteer

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Desiree Vanderloop

Committee Volunteer

To learn more about the bebo mia scholarship themes and categories

Apply below for the Fall 2020 scholarship. 

Use this guide to help you with the application process