IMPORTANT: SERVICE PROVISION DURING COVID RESTRICTIONS
Latest Advice as of 3 June 2021
The current stage 4 restrictions that are in place across Greater Melbourne have required changes to our service.
Our doulas continue to provide birth support in hospital during Stage 4 restrictions. Home visits are not currently taking place. Remote support via video call or phone is available as required.
All birthing people are able to have support people present in hospital during their labour and birth and on the postnatal ward. The number of support people and length of visit time is based on individual hospital policies. Please contact hospitals directly to confirm information about visitor restrictions before attendance at any hospital.
We continue to monitor the DHHS advice and will update our position accordingly.
We thank you for remembering that our doulas are all volunteers. Birth for Humankind takes seriously our responsibility to protect the health of our volunteers and their families, and to work safely within the DHHS Guidance and our COVID-Safe Business Plan.
Our programs are provided free of charge to women who meet our eligibility criteria. Please note that due to increasing demand for our programs, we are not always able to provide support for all women referred to us.
We provide the following support services for eligible clients in greater Melbourne and Geelong.
- 1:1 birth support (includes 2-3 antenatal appointments, support during labour, 1-2 postnatal appointments)
- 1:1 extended postnatal support (includes 12 hours support during the six weeks after birth)
Our doulas provide one-to-one education tailored to suit the needs of the client as a stand alone service. If your client is in need of additional education support related to pregnancy, birth and the early postnatal period please submit a referral.
We welcome self-referrals and referrals from agencies and services. Referrals can be made at any stage during the pregnancy, however if the estimated due date is within the next four weeks, please provide as much detail as possible about the client. We will do our best to match them with a doula as soon as possible and will let you know if we have been able to.