Train as a bicultural doula

Birth for Humankind is recruiting women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Melbourne to participate in a free 18-week doula training course and on completion join our team as a volunteer bicultural doula.

What does a volunteer doula do?

Our doulas act as volunteer (unpaid) pregnancy and birth support companions who provide practical and emotional support for our women clients, who have a range of complex needs and experience financial and social disadvantage.

The doula role can include support to: help a client find information she needs to make important choices during pregnancy and labour; making plans for her labour, birth and early parenting; assist to prepare herself emotionally and physically for labour; or communicating her questions and needs to hospital staff.

Our doulas do not act as a midwife or doctor. They do not perform clinical or medical tasks. They do not make decisions for clients.

Doula support generally includes three visits during pregnancy, on-call support two weeks before and after the birth, attendance at the birth, and two visits after the birth. Our doulas meet their clients in their homes, at a local café or community centre, or in the hospital.

Our 18-week training program

Participants will receive 18 weeks of professional doula training, including weekly assignments and reading from experienced facilitators. Training will be delivered once a week between February and June 2020. This will be followed by doula certification through attendance at three births, with support from an experienced mentor doula and induction into the Birth for Humankind volunteer program. Opportunities for scholarships, and mentoring and advice to start a private doula business are also available.

The training, all materials and mentoring is provided free of charge. As a volunteer doula with Birth for Humankind you will be reimbursed to cover costs related to supporting clients. You will need to cover personal costs associated with attending the professional doula training (transport and meals).

To find out more, please contact Natalie Kondzic, Programs Manager: natalie@birthforhumankind.org.