ICTC Trains Black Doulas Nationwide

The International Center for Traditional ChildbearingThe International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) continues their unique Full Circle Doula Training Program nationwide.  This program is grounded in the legacy of the African America midwife and public health, and its’ commitment to empower women of color in an increased effort to reduce maternal and infant mortality and increase positive birth outcomes in the black community.

Since 2007 ICTC has trained over 300 doulas, 85% being women of color. They have continued their trainings since; strengthening the number of black doulas and doulas of color around the world.

Outside Oregon, ICTC has over 12 state and regional representatives working hard to spread the word about the healthy family and baby initiative and now with the support of five new state representatives in MO, MI, DC IL, and SC and a new Southeast Regional Representative who are well versed in the areas of midwifery, doulas and overall health, we have strengthen our agenda of reducing maternal and infant mortality and promoting breastfeeding rates in the African American community. A list with your State and Regional Representatives can be found at www.ictcmidwives.org.

The 1st 2011 Full Circle Doula Training kick-off takes place on March 10-13 in Portland, Oregon; the home of ICTC’s main Headquarters. We may have our next training in your state or region. Contact Zummy Rahman, Training and Policy Advocate at 503-460-9324 or e-mail, Zummy@ictcmidwives.org to register and learn more.  For more information about ICTC visit www.ictcmidwives.org.

The trainings are open to the public and to those who interested in learning how to improve birth outcomes with traditions based on the legacy of the African American midwife and public health.

ICTC Full Circle Doula Trainings of 2011

March 10th- 13th in Portland OR

April 7th- 10th LA, California

April 21st – 24th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 19th- 22nd Richmond, VA

June 16th- 19th Boston, MA

September 8th- 11th Portland, OR

October 20th- 23rd Biloxi, MS

November 3rd- 6th Dallas, TX

December 8th- 11th Portland, OR

Melanie Mayo-Laakso


Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.

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