A doula is a trained birth support companion who provides practical and emotional support and information during pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
The word ‘doula’ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘servant of a woman’.
Birth for Humankind doulas provide personal, practical, social and emotional support, which complements a client’s clinical care.
In a situation where only 8% of Australian women have continuity of care (the same medical professional(s) through pregnancy and birth), doulas can fill the gap.
Research has shown that having a doula present during labour and birth can have a profoundly positive impact on pregnancy, birth and early parenting experience, especially for people experiencing social and financial disadvantage.
Birth for Humankind has provided one-on-one support to over 300 people experiencing social and financial disadvantage.