Tolewa Oyewole wrote -
Since 2001, The Matrona has offered holistic education for midwives, doulas and birth attendants. We continue to do so, adding new programs as the birthing community grows and evolves. As we expand, our focus and curriculum remain centered on melding the intuitive with the academic, the mystical with the intelligent. At The Matrona, we believe that childbirth is a transformative event and pregnant women have access to altered states of consciousness that allow them to have an expanded perspective of life and of themselves. This culminates in the birthing process. We realize that many women desire to be witnessed, rather than managed, in this extraordinary experienceThe Matrona Foundation furthers the mission of returning the power of birth to ALL families by specifically targeting communities that are traditionally underserved in the birth community. We firmly believe that every community should have a trained birth worker from within that community to support their own unique needs. We are seeking fierce women with generosity of spirit who have been prevented from training due to financial constraints and are willing to pay it forward by gifting their services to families of need within their communities who would not otherwise be able to afford birth support services. Through The Accessible Doula Scholarship Program We offer 4-day Holistic Doula Certification programs designed to make it accessible to become a doula and accessible for families to find a doula. The purpose of this program is to bring doula training to communities that are heavily impacted by the current state of health disparities in birth and would not be able to afford access to a standard doula training program. We hope to bridge the gaps that exists in our birthing communities by offering this training to people who have not been previously trained, plan on working in high impact communities, persons of color, single parents, and those not usually represented within the birth community.