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Our AGM and Annual Celebration

Over 60 people came along to our Annual General Meeting and Celebration evening on 17th October – and we are all still buzzing from the night! It was a wonderful evening of gratitude and appreciation for all our volunteer doulas and all that we have collectively achieved in the last year. We could not have… Read more

Meet our new CEO, Ruth.

We’re excited to announce that Birth for Humankind has a new Chief Executive Officer! Welcome to the family, Ruth Dearnley. Ruth has over fifteen years’ of senior leadership, strategy, advocacy and communications experience in INGOs, non-profits and business associations across the UK, Australia and southern Africa. An active and dedicated advocate for social justice and… Read more

Lots of Moolah for Doulas!

Wow! What a campaign! We are so grateful to you, our wonderful community, for another successful World Doula Week campaign. We want to say a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you for donating and spreading the word about our work – every little bit has made an impact. We are very… Read more

Doula of the Year one of our very own!

At the bewitching Abbotsford Convent over the weekend gathered a couple of hundred of Melbourne’s doula and birth worker community. Saturday night’s Gala Dinner was the stage for the announcement of the Doula of the Year award: supporting mothers and families for better birth outcomes and healthier families. As the organisers have said: Being a doula… Read more

200 women!

 “At 6am this morning, while many of us were probably still asleep, a woman caught a tram by herself to a Melbourne hospital. Pregnant with her first baby, this woman doesn’t speak English, she doesn’t have a partner or support person and, until yesterday, she didn’t have a doula. We received the referral 24 hours… Read more

CEO Recruitment

With change comes opportunity, and we are excited to announce that we are now recruiting for a new CEO! We are seeking a strong, experienced leader with expertise in fundraising and advocacy within the community services sector, and who has a passion for maternal and/or women’s health outcomes. If you are a CEO or senior… Read more

Our Top 5 Highlights in 2017

2017 has been a year full of milestones and with the Holiday Season upon us, we have put together a list of our Top 5 Highlights from the year that’s been! 1. Our Celebration Evening & AGM It is uplifting, inspiring and energising to be surrounded by a room full of people as passionate about your… Read more

Recruiting Bicultural Doulas

Over one third of women we support at Birth for Humankind were born overseas or come from non-English speaking backgrounds. We are creating a community of volunteer doulas (birth support workers) as diverse as the women we support. We are currently seeking women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to undertake a four day internationally-certified doula… Read more

AGM and Annual Celebration

We are thrilled to announce that our AGM and Annual Celebration Evening will be held on October 19 2017 at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Melbourne. Gather your family and friends and come celebrate the year with us, hear more about our work and be inspired by an exciting program including very special guest speaker –  Angela… Read more

Submission to Inquiry into Perinatal Services

In July, we made our first submission to a Parliamentary Inquiry as part of the Victorian Inquiry into Perinatal Services. Parliamentary inquiries offer a great opportunity for people in the community and organisations like ours to be heard and to shape public health policy. Making a submission formed part of our broader mission at Birth… Read more

Two new Board members join the team!

We are delighted to have expanded our Board of Directors by welcoming Kirsty Burke and Olivia Mason to the Board. Our voluntary board provides governance and vision for our growing organisation and all our board members are hands on, lending their skills and expertise in whatever way they can. Kirsty Burke joins Birth for Humankind… Read more

With privilege comes great responsibility.

A wearer of many hats — wife, mum, sister, leader, singer — our new CEO Olivia sat down to tell us a little bit more about herself, her family and what brought her back to Australia to work with Birth for HumanKIND. Originally from Melbourne, you have been living and working in South Africa for the past decade, the last… Read more