Volunteer as a Doula

Applications are now open for volunteer Doulas with Birth for Humankind!

Applications for our next volunteer doula induction (March 2019) are now open. Applications close 5pm Friday 8 February 2019.

We invite applications from doulas (including postnatal only doulas), midwives and student midwives who are interested in supporting women who are experiencing financial and social hardship.

We welcome and encourage expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

Eligibility and application

Volunteers who wish to join our team in March must be able to attend 2 days of volunteer induction training, on Saturday 16th and Sat 30th March, and:

  • live in Greater Melbourne or Geelong area
  • have completed a comprehensive doula training program, be a midwife or student midwife
  • have attended a minimum of three births (not including birth of own children)
  • have a Working with Children Check (these are free for volunteers)
  • be willing to undergo a Police Check arranged by Birth for Humankind
  • agree to abide by our policies and Code of Practice
  • be committed to providing quality, impartial support to women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • be committed to provide primary doula support to a minimum of three clients (birth support and/ or postnatal) over an 18-month period

Birth for Humankind is committed to child safety and wellbeing. All employees and volunteers must also abide by our Child Safe Commitment Statement and Code of Conduct.

To read more download the Volunteer doula information sheet.

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The role of the Birth for Humankind doula

The role of the primary doula is to provide support before, during and after the birth. Ideally, we aim to provide:

  • 2-3 visits before the birth (including one appointment with the midwife/doctor)
  • Two visits after the birth
  • 24/7 on-call availability two weeks before and two weeks after the clients estimated due date

Ongoing support, mentoring and debriefing is also provided by the Doula Coordinator and Supervisor.  We also host monthly Birth Support Circle for our volunteers to come together and share thoughts and wisdom.

To find out more about our Doula Support Program be sure to sign up to our newsletter here.

It is a real privilege to work with birthing women and support their transition to strong and empowered mothers. Volunteering with Birth for Humankind allows me to achieve this by connecting me with the women and families who truly benefit the most from my doula services. Thanks to the unwavering support, encouragement and ongoing, relevant training from Birth for Humankind, I now feel more confident in my role as a doula and have great pride in the contribution I am making to my community.

Liz Varney, Birth for Humankind Volunteer Doula

The volunteer work we do with Birth for Humankind is big, but boy it fills my cup – I feel overwhelmed with it all sometimes, really stretched by what I give and the responsibility I feel that it all goes well. But… I get SO much love and gratitude in return, I meet the most incredible women and hear some fascinating stories I am touched by their lives and when they open up and share their stories I am in awe of them and my perspective shifts. In a big way. My inner voice is kinder to me, more forgiving of my personal expectations and I am calmer. I feel grateful for what I have and focus less on what I don’t. Who knew that volunteering would make reflect so deeply and make me smile so beautifully…

Bethany Meakin, Birth for Humankind Volunteer Doula