Frequently Asked Questions
What is the formatting of this course?
Our Full spectrum traditional birth worker training is a hybrid. There are weekly modules that each student will complete and then two types of weekly live calls via zoom. On Sundays we have live sessions with either Sumi or an esteemed guest speaker. On Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings there will be a study group hosted by one of our lovely TAs.
Will I be able to serve as a doula after? will I be licensed or certified?
Doulas and traditional birth workers work independently. There isn’t a governing body that regulates Doulas and traditional birth workers. Therefore, there isn’t a license associated with this sector of work. There isn’t a requirement for you to take a training or be certified to support your community and loved ones. Your ability to serve as a doula is contingent on your individual confidence and clarity. The curriculum will provide you will more than enough information and skills to equip you to serve as a doula. We do not provide certification as it is arbitrary considering there’s isn’t a governing body. We provide a certificate of completion and community to support you before, during, and after your training.
Do you offer payment plans?
We offer several options for payment plans. You can pay in monthly installments for various lengths of time. The longer the payment plan the less you’ll pay each month. We also accept affirm, Afterpay, and PayPal payment plan options. You can find all of these options available for you to explore on the registration page here.
When does class start? What’s the time commitment?
We will have our opening ceremony 10/08/2023. This is the official first day of class. However, you have until 10/13/2023 to join us!! The weekly time commitment is about 7-10 hours including Sunday live call and one study group session of your choosing.
When is the last day for me to sign up?
The last day for you to join us will be 10/08/2023 11:59pm PST . If you have missed the deadline please email us at [email protected]
Do you offer a bundle with part 1 and part 2?
We do offer a bundle!! You will be able to consolidate your registration and save a bit too!! You can find the bundle here.
Do I have to take part 1?
I rather learn from you in person… I promise you that if you are just beginning your journey you definitely want to take part 1 first. However, it’s not a requirement. The only requirement to join us for part 2 is that you are able to keep up with the curriculum. Please keep in mind that part 2 is intended for those who are already birth workers or have taken a training.
What does the training consist of?
The training consist of 24 weeks of hybrid learning and community building. There are weekly modules that each student will complete via a platform called teachable. You can review an overview of the curriculum here. All material in the modules are pre-recorded. We meet a live a few times a week via zoom. Ok Sundays we have integration sessions with Sumi or a guest lecturer at 9am PST. On Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings one of our amazing TAs facilitates study group.
Who is this training for?
This training is for anyone who identifies as Black, Indigenous person of color. I believ that everyone should learn about the process and other adjacent process that has created each and everyone of us. You do not have to desire to serve others in order to welcomed to the fam. People who identify as and socially navigate as a white person can support by donating to our community scholarship fund, sharing amongst their networks, or sponsoring a seat!
What is the time commitment?
The tile commitment fluctuates from 7-10 hours/ week. This includes live calls as well as completing the online modules each week.
How long do I have access to the course?
6 months unless you've purchased a lifetime extension.
Why POC ?
I am dedicated to creating spaces where we can truly heal and transform. Since the inaugural training I have only trained people of color (aka no white people) because they have plenty of spaces that center them. We need spaces where we feel liberated, connected, seen, and safe to be vulnerable. The POC only cohort is a space that is extremely diverse calling in many cultures, languages, stories, and practices from people of the global majority. If you are a POC and you are seeking a space that is radically inclusive, culturally diverse, and a refuge so that you can heal from the harms of colonization and enslavement then this is the perfect space for you!
Who/ What is a POC
A Person of Color (POC) is a term that was coined by Loretta Ross, an African American activist and educator . She intended to find a term that unified all non-white people in a coalition minded framework to fight against racism. Although I critique the ways in which this term can conflate the individual struggles that we each experience and give a false pretense that we are experiencing the same impact of racism, I use this term with the same intention that Ross did: in solidarity. POC is an attempt to see how we are much more similar than we are different without erasing the intersections that for sure impact us differently.
Who isn't a POC
Over the years I have had many students who have self-identified as POC but benefit from being white-passing. I would like to extend my definition of who isn’t POC to those who live in this world as a white-passing person. For example, if you are from let's say Mexico and benefit from the racial dynamics there as a white person but in the US you have experienced some levels of othering due to your immigration status, that does not absolve your whiteness. This course is for those who do not get to choose when they are white or when they are non-white.
Does the curriculum differ from the All Black curriculum?
A vast majority of the curriculum is the same, but the All-Black curriculum involves topics and discussions that center around serving Black people as a Black person.
Is the course refundable?
No payments made by Registrant for any Sumi's Touch (ST) Program are refundable whether or not Registrant attends, participates in, or completes the applicable ST Program. If a Registrant is unable to complete a payment plan or participate in the enrolled cohort, the Registrants payments will roll over to a future training, workshop or service.
Terms of Agreement
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If Registrant becomes unruly or disruptive during the course of a ST Program, in the sole discretion of the on-site ST trainer, Registrant’s right to participate in the ST Program will be terminated and Registrant will not receive a refund. If ST cancels a ST Program for any reason, Registrant will have the option of receiving a full refund or registering for a different ST Program. (5)Release and Hold Harmless. Registrant hereby releases ST and its members, independent contractors, employees, and agents from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, losses, and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, of any nature arising out of or resulting from Registrant’s participation in any of the ST Programs or a certification ST conferred upon Registrant, except as may be caused by ST’s gross negligence or intentional misconduct. 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