Professional development training

Birth for Humankind runs accredited professional development training, workshops and webinars for birth and social support professionals, related to supporting women with complex care needs during pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

Our growing professional development training program is designed for health care and social support workers who want to improve their knowledge, skills and understanding about supporting women with a range of complex care needs during pregnancy, child birth and early parenting. Where relevant our training is accredited by relevant bodies, such as the Australian College of Midwives.

We can provide bespoke, workplace training for your team. Or individual's can join public sessions.

Upcoming training and professional development opportunities

Bicultural doula training: We provide annual scholarships for bicultural people with lived experience of social and financial hardship, to participate in our 18-week doula training program. Through this program you will learn all the theoretical and practical skills needed to run your own private doula practice, including mentoring support from an existing Birth for Humankind doula. We request that you commit to providing volunteer doula support to at least three Birth for Humankind clients in exchange for receiving this scholarship. We will open applications for new participants around November each year and the program begins in February each year. To register your interest in being contacted when applications open please email us.

Examples of previous training

Free webinar - Maintaining continuity of support to pregnant women and new mums during the COVID-19 pandemic: This free one hour panel discussion brought together doulas, midwives, clinical psychologists, social workers and others to discuss emerging challenges and interventions to best support women during a time of social distancing.

Supporting women with complex care needs during pregnancy and early parenting: A two day workshop, exploring how best to support women experiencing intersectional disadvantage, including:

  • experiencing financial hardship
  • at risk of or experiencing perinatal depression
  • who are under 25 years of age
  • at risk of homelessness
  • with a refugee background, an asylum seeker or newly arrived
  • with a history of mental health, drug and alcohol, or trauma and abuse issues
  • who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

The professional development training has been co-designed and will be co-facilitated by women with lived experiences. In addition to providing relevant and practical insight into working with complex needs, our co-facilitators receive training, casual employment and practical workplace skills, in order to improve their longer-term employability.