We believe that no one should birth alone
We are the only organisation in Victoria dedicated to providing free birth support to people experiencing social or financial disadvantage.
Many pregnant women and birthing people face complex barriers in seeking the support they need throughout pregnancy and early parenthood.
Lower appointment attendance, limited accessibility to relevant information, difficulty accessing interpreters, inability to access continuity of care and lower familial or emotional support are just some of the factors that can affect maternal health outcomes in the Australia. We provide tailored support to people who may be facing some or many of these barriers.
Our services include free doula support (including pregnancy, birth and labour as well as postnatal support) and childbirth education resources. Our team of dedicated volunteer doulas provide non-clinical, client-centred support that complements the clinical (medical) healthcare provided by the public maternity system.
We receive referrals from major hospitals in Melbourne as well as self-referrals.
Who we support
The people we support may be facing a range of interconnected barriers to accessing equitable care. This includes those who are:
- experiencing family violence, trauma or abuse
- experiencing or at risk of perinatal depression or anxiety
- experiencing homelessness
- socially isolated with no other support person
- experiencing or have a history of alcohol or drug misuse
- new migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- under 25
Many people we support have diverse cultural backgrounds and speak many different languages. We have a number of bicultural doulas and can help facilitate interpreter support at appointments, where possible.
Our approach to gender inclusivity
At Birth for Humankind, we provide compassionate, personalised and safe care and support to all people who are pregnant and birthing. And we recognise that transgender, non-binary and gender diverse people face unique challenges when pregnant and birthing.
Our language and organisational practices aim to include all birthing people. We actively listen to those using our services and are committed to re-evaluating our language and practices whenever necessary.
In our communications we use gender-neutral language when appropriate, alongside woman-centred language. When working with clients or telling their stories, we always use their preferred pronouns and gendered language. When referring to external aspects of our work that use gendered language, we use current terminology (for example, the maternal healthcare system) but apply our gender-inclusive principles.