We are partnering with ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership to offer our first ever doula training for people of color (including queer, trans and two:spirit people) in Cleveland, Ohio. We believe creating an intentional learning space for birthworkers interested in shaping a culturally relevant practice to attend to the specific needs of their community is necessary and useful. We believe being with other burgeoning birthworkers of color will deepen learning, increase support for birthworkers of color and build a stronger foundation for a sustainable practice–how we enter our work matters.

The DTI POC Doula Training will train and certify participants in both birth and postpartum doula care. The training will start with online components of basic lactation education and anatomy and physiology of birth. Next, the 4 day in person training will cover DTI’s full curriculum. This training will be led by Malika Hook Muhammad, DTI Educator and Administrative Director and M. Carmen Lane, MSOD Founder & Director, ATNSC. Please refer to this page for certification requirements and other details.

April 20-23, 2018

Path1for new doulas

$ 1597

totaltotal before membership fee

Path2FOR seasoned DOULAS

$ 1197

totaltotal before membership fee


A payment plan can be made as long as its paid in full before the training. Just email us to set it up.

Four full scholarships will be awarded for this training; two for Trans Health. If you would like to submit an application for a scholarship please do so here for our POC application and here for our Trans Health application.

M. Carmen Lane, MSOD (African-American, Mohawk, Tuscarora) is a two:spirit artist, consultant and cultural worker living in Kahyonha:ke (Cleveland, Ohio). Their poetry has been published in Red Ink Magazine, the Yellow Medicine Review, River Blood & Corn and is a contributor to the Lambda Literary nominated anthology Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two Spirit Literature. Carmen’s first collection of poetry, Calling Out After Slaughter (GTK Press) was published in 2015. They are the founder and director of ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership, an urban retreat center and experiment in holistic health, leadership development, life-long learning, intergenerational community building and indigenous arts & culture. Carmen is an aunty, companion/caregiver to their grandma and loves being a birth and end-of-life doula.

Malika Hook Muhammad has been a birth worker since 2008.  She spent several years working with the Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support (PALS), providing childbirth education and support to women with limited financial resources. Malika moved to the DC metro Area, in 2011 and began working as The DC Doula.  Through her company, she continues to support families in need and to provide evidence based education and resources to her community.  With the help of an amazing doula and her husband, Malika peacefully navigated 50 hours of active labor that resulted in the birth of a fantastic little boy. In her spare time, Malika enjoys practicing yoga, studying herbalism, and learning about natural healing. In her other career, Malika obtained Masters degrees in Social Work and Education from Columbia University and Baruch College in New York City.