LIDAs Black Maternity Wellness Collective (BMWC) project aims to support the elimination of discrimination in maternity care for black pregnant families by:

-Training black women to provide childbirth education and doula services to other black women (and others as they wish)

-Connecting black women in Long Island with black doulas, childbirth educators, and lactation consultants who can support them during their motherhood journey

-Helping mothers and families gain access to the care and support they need during their pregnancies and provide them with evidence based information so they can make healthy decisions for themselves. 


For more information email us at: or call us at 631-574-2205 

Find a BMWC Doula:

Tia Alcala

Thai Riche

Ariel de Roche

Stephanie Henriques

Karma Tudor

Jaia Williams

Janet Ricketts-Simon

Chanel Jones

Danielle Bailey

Sade Earl


  1. One year free LIDA membership ($75 value)

  2. The opportunity to earn $600 per birth attended​

  3. Creating professional relationships/support

  4. Certification/Education/training to become a doula

  5. A new career... the opportunity to create a private doula practice

  6. Opportunities to gain additional maternal/infant support education and skills (postpartum doula and/or childbirth educator etc)

  7. Making a beneficial impact on your community; reducing morbidity/mortality among black women and their newborn

  8. May be eligible to have the opportunity to become a LIDA doula trainer for the Black Maternal Wellness Collective

  9. Eligible for the Big Sister Mentoring Program

  10. Free monthly LIDA membership meetings

  11. Opportunity for continuing education at a reduce fee


  1. Eligible applicants must be black

  2. You must attend all 3 consecutive days of the Birth Doula Workshop

  3. Must complete a LIDA application 

  4. It is a one year commitment

  5. Must have a social security number

  6. Must be willing to travel to project catchment areas of: Hempstead, Roosevelt, Uniondale, New Castle and Elmont

  7. Must have valid Drivers License/reliable transportation

  8. Must have reliable child care

  9. Must have high school diploma

  10. One year contractual obligation service to The Black Maternity Wellness Collective or attend 4 births for the Collective

  11. Must purchase one year doula liability insurance (approx. $110.00/year)

  12. Must be available for an interview

  13. Training fee $465.00 (full/partial need based scholarships offered)

  14. Must purchase or borrow books from reading list (most libraries will have these books)

  15. Read and sign the LIDA Code of Ethics (Form E) and the LIDA Scope of Practice (Form H) and LIDA Grievance Policy(Form G)


  1. Copy of Drivers License

  2. Copy of Social Security card

  3. Short Essay on "Why I would like to be involved in this project"  ​

  4. Three (3) business/personal references 


  • According to an article published in the NY Times (April 2018), Black women are 9 times as likely to die from childbirth-related causes as white women

  • 387 out of 10,000 black women will experience life threatening complications from pregnancy and childbirth (this is triple the rate of white women)

  • Black women with a college education are more likely to have complications in birth than white women with out a high school diploma


Long Island Doula Association, Inc.

PO Box 555

East Islip, NY 11730

Tel 631.574.2205


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LIDA, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to promote the mutual advancement of the interests of it's members who may be, but are not required to be doulas.  As such, LIDA, Inc., cannot and does not accept any responsibility for the individual conduct of its members and any contracts between a member and her client are exclusive to the member and her client. 

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