News

AGM and Annual Celebration

We are thrilled to announce that the Birth for Humankind 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 with a… 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

Mothering 101 comes to Flemington!

Every woman deserves access to the support she needs during pregnancy and birth, but there are too many women falling through the cracks. One such group are women under 25, or ‘young mums’ who regularly face discrimination and judgment in our maternal health system. We are on a mission to change that. Mothering 101 is an eight-week… Read more

Welcoming a few new faces!

What a bumper few months it’s been at Birth for HumanKIND and we’re delighted to introduce you to a few new faces! Welcoming our new CEO, Olivia Myeza!  We are thrilled to welcome a new CEO, Olivia, to lead our team and organisation into the future. Originally from Melbourne, Olivia has been living and working in South… Read more

A new tradition to honour every mother and baby we support

One of our lovely team members had the idea that each time one of our volunteer doulas supports a woman through pregnancy and birth, we will tie a bead onto a branch in honour of her and her new baby. The more women we support, the more beautiful the branch will become! The beads have… Read more

She waits.

She waits with me, Patiently, In a world that doesn’t wait. Willingly, in a time that doesn’t give. With Kindness, in a place that is frightening. With Laughter, that melts away my fear. With Strength, that reminds me I am strong. With Song, to welcome my baby today.       This beautiful poem was penned by… Read more

Lighting the path through labour

Led by our Doula Coordinator & Supervisor, Glenys, we have a little ritual here at Birth for HumanKIND HQ! When we receive news that one of our clients has gone into labour – we light a candle. Lighting candles has many spiritual meanings in cultures around the world. It can represent the light of a… Read more

With change comes opportunity!

Today we officially announced that our brilliant Founder and courageous CEO, Mei Lai Swan, has made the difficult decision to step out of her role. As of February, she will be taking some time to focus more deeply on two of her other passions: yoga and international community work. After more than three years dedicated to… Read more

Our Top 6 in ’16

At Birth for HumanKIND, we feel very privileged to be able to support women, babies and families through pregnancy, birth and beyond. This year has been our biggest yet and here we reflect on our organisation’s top six highlights for 2016! 1. Launching our young mums education program: Mothering 101 In April we piloted a… Read more

We reached 100!

Last week our Doula Supervisor & Coordinator, Glenys, visited a first-time mum for her first ante-natal visit. Together with her dedicated volunteer doula, Summer, Glenys gave her the good news…she was Birth for HumanKIND’s 100th client!  Beautiful Hana is a Syrian-born woman, aged 33, who arrived in Australia as a refugee a short time ago. With a… Read more