Renee Adair

The Australian Doula College Scholarship Program

The Australian Doula College is proud to be offering two scholarships annually for anyone who may find them selves unable to afford a full fee for our birth/post natal Doula training. Either in the face-to-face or online format.

The scholarships are to the value of $1500.00 each and are in honour of two inspiring, trailblazing women that touched the heart of our founder Renee Adair.

Applications for either one of our 2020 Scholarships are open from 9am September 1st – 5pm 1st November 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be informed of the outcomes by Mid-December.

Applications are reviewed by the ADC Director, the ADC team and advisors and all decisions are final.

To apply, we ask that you contact the Mothership at the College and request an application form and one will be emailed to you.


Phone: 02 8036 5580

We look forward to hearing from you.


Sarah Buck Annual Scholarship

Sarah was born in July 1972 and was a devoted mother of three divine children when she died, way before her time in October 2006.

Renee, our College founder and Sarah were two peas in a pod as they studied together to become doulas and childbirth and parenting educators with Marie Burrows.

Renee and Sarah were thick as thieves and had a lot in common and shared years of love, laughter, tears, challenges and joys.

It is with a great deal of love and respect for Sarah and her family that we honour her by offering this great Scholarship opportunity.

“My mother was a pillar of strength, warmth and intuition. She was also the very meaning of crude, silly and raucously hilarious. Her passion for birthing, the woman and the relationship between mother and child was second only to her children themselves. Renee, or Aunty Nae as we call her, was one of my mum’s soul sisters. She would be beyond honoured to have a scholarship named after her that was about the very thing she loved with all her soul, put together by one of the people she loved most with her soul. With this gift, I hope the recipient takes a piece of my mum’s memory with them and kicks some serious ass. She’s cheering for you and so am I. I am woman hear me roar”

Ashley-June (Sarah’s daughter)


Marie Burrows Annual Scholarship

The breadth and depth of Marie Burrow’s experience and dedication to this work spans more than 40 years. Marie has an extraordinary amount of ‘hands on’ experience working with people across all walks of life in all kinds of life challenging situations.

Marie is the mother of two great women and devoted her lifetime to teaching pre/post-natal classes, supporting mothers and partners in labour as a well as being one of the first to offer training for Doulas and Childbirth and Parenting Educators in this Country.

She has conducted thousands of therapy sessions for individuals, partners and families and has been a senior facilitator for the Hoffman Process since 1990.

We call her the mother of all Doulas at the College and it is whom our founder Renee Adair and Sarah Buck trained with.

“Marie holds a very big space in my heart and the hearts of my children. It is because of her amazing work and unwavering support, care and love of my myself and my children over the years that has given me the courage to launch the College and continue this work. For that, her mentorship and friendship, I am forever grateful. I trust that the recipient of this scholarship will go on to a big bright future making a difference in the lives of others in Marie’s name.”

Renee Adair (Founder and Director ADC)

Looking for the perfect gift for a baby shower or blessing way?

Wanting to gift somemone you know a great doula support package?

Does someone you know want to study with us?

The ADC has GIFT CERTIFICATES available which can be utilised for all of our courses and services.
Please call or email the Mothership for details on 02 8036 5580 or

Terms and Conditions:
Minimum value is $100.00 and the certificate is not redeemable for cash. It is non-transferable and resale is prohibited.
If a gift certificate is lost, stolen, destroyed or used without permission, a replacement can not be provided.
The gift certificate is not to be combined with other vouchers and is not valid with other promos and sale offers.

Annual Graduation and Open day

Each year we celebrate our yearly graduates and achievements and open up our doors to anyone wanting to discover more about our Doula trainings and of course those interested in having a birth or end of life Doula.

This event is a perfect opportunity for all our current students to join us as well, to meet past graduates and to network with other Doulas from your local area.

There will be stacks of information on all of our courses and masterclasses, training dates for the year as well as special announcements served with bubbles and nibbles.

Please let us know if you are attending the event so we are able to cater accordingly. Email or call 02 8036 5580.


October 19th 2019, Ruby’s Dance Hall. 14 Cadogan Street Marrickville NSW 2204.

This event will run from 2pm – 5pm with the graduation and information session held from 3pm.


October 26th 2019, Alma Road Community House. 200 Alma Road St Kilda East VIC 3183.

This event will run from 2pm – 5pm with the graduation and information session held from 3pm.


November 2nd 2019, Indigo Soul Wellness Centre. 46 Shottery St. Yeronga QLD 4104.

This event will run from 2pm – 5pm with the graduation and information session held from 3pm.


November 17th 2019, Mattie Furphy House Corner Kirkwood Road and Clare Copse Swanbourne WA.

We are excited to be expanding our offering to Perth and invite you to join us for our ADC open day. This event is open to anyone who has studied with us or ‘Preparing The Way’, anyone wanting to study with us or ‘Preparing The Way and anyone who is wanting to know more about Doulas.

This event runs from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.



Post Natal Support

Our Doulas are trained to work with women throughout pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

Our regular birth student doula package includes two postnatal visits, however if you feel as though you need additional support during this transitional time in your life, we do offer stand alone postnatal packages.

Your investment for a student postnatal doula package is $385 (including GST), this includes 5 visits of 3 hours.

Postnatal packages can also be individually designed to fit your needs and requirements.

If you are interested in having a postnatal doula or would like some more information please contact the office on 02 8036 5580 or




Groundwork Program

Foundations for parenting

Experienced, Qualified, Caring, Flexible



“I want to thank you for all your hard work you and your team have put into the two families I have referred. The notes provided have been invaluable and assisted in measuring future needs. Without your service we are unsure where this family would be today”

S.G – Child Protection Caseworker Parramatta

Our unique in home education and support service has been tailored to offer individualised client packages for women and families working with Family and Community Services NSW (formally known as Department of Community Services) or any equivalent child protection agency across the country.
Our target group, although flexible is ‘at risk’ parents up to the age of 25 years who are pregnant or parenting a baby/child or children up to the age of two years.
The purpose of the program is to ensure mothers, children and sometimes reluctant dads, receive personalised in home care, support and information so they can achieve what is most needed for them to succeed as a family, whatever their circumstances.


We provide but are not limited to:

  • Childbirth education and support at the birth
  • Post birth in home care
  • Breastfeeding/bottle feeding, introducing solids – information and support
  • Sleep and settling techniques
  • On going information on growth and development
  • Guidance on self-care as a new mum
  • Positive role modelling
  • Transportation to and from appointments
  • Advocacy
  • Light house duties
  • Referrals and transition into community groups and linking with local service providers
  • Advocacy for children’s needs with a child focused approach
  • Increase independent living skills i.e. budgeting, meal planning, meal preparation, healthy eating/nutrition guidance
  • Written reports as regularly as required on work conducted in homes with children and carers/parents

If you are interested in talking to us about our Groundwork Program or know someone who could benefit from our services please contact our office on 02 8036 5580.


“The support I have had at home from ‘Groundwork’ has helped build my confidence in parenting. I don’t think I would have coped without it” – S. Reen (16yr old mum)

Doula research in collaboration with the ADC

The Value of Care Provided by Student Doulas: An Examination of the Perceptions of Women in Their Care

By Amie Steel,  Helene Diezel,  Kate Johnstone,  David Sibbritt, Jon Adams and Renee Adair

This paper is the first Australian research on Doulas and primary data was collected from the Australian Doula College’s feedback forms, specifically associated with our student doulas.

Click here to read the research paper written in collaboration with our founder and director, Renee Adair. Published in the Journal of Perinatal Education, 2013.

Further research and readings published in relation to Doulas

A qualitative study of volunteer doulas working alongside midwives at births in England: Mothers’ and doulas’ experiences. 

By Jenny McLeish & Maggie Redshaw


Trained or professional doulas in the support and care of pregnant and birthing women: a critical integrative review

By Amie Steel, Jane Frawley, Jon Adams & Helene Diezel


Outcomes of Care for 1,892 Doula-Supported Adolescent Births in the United States: The DONA International Data Project, 2000 to 2013

By Courtney Everson, Melissa Cheyney & Martin Bovbjerg


Evaluation of trained volunteer doula services for disadvantaged women in five areas in England: women’s experiences

By Zoe Darwin, Josephine Green, Jenny McLeish, Helen Willmot & Helen Spiby 

ADC and POW in the Media

Doulas are filling the gap where postnatal care is lacking during the ‘fourth trimester.’ Wiriya Sati spoke with Renee Adair, new mothers and doulas about the important role of support in the post natal periodClick here to read the article. 

Megan Markle is having a doula and everyone wants to know what a doula is! Stampsy and Jamie from Melbourne’s K Rock 95.5 had a chat to our founder and director, Renee Adair, to find out what it’s all about.  Click here to listen to the interview.

Death doulas: Providing comfort for those nearing the end of their lives, A recent article by Lee Umbers for NZ Herald. Click here to read the article.

Birth as a Rite of Passage, Birth Doulas and Remembering Who We Are, Renee Adair’s recent interview for Reconnected.Me Podcast with Lucy Lichtenstein. Click here to listen. 

What is a Doula? Renee Adair’s interview with Rev. Crews on the topic of End of Life Doulas. Click here to listen.

Talking About Death, The Project on Channel Ten talks about End of Life Doulas with our Helen Callanan (Preparing the Way) . Click here to watch.

Doula, an interview with PureCalma, Renee gives insight on Doula support and the Australian Doula College. Click here to read this article.

What does a doula do? ABC Radio interviewer Sarah Mcdonald talking to Renee Adair and Laura Penning about a doula’s role. Click here to listen.

6 ways to reduce perineal tearing during birth, by Joanna Bounds for “Kidspot NZ.” Renee Adair and the Australian College of Midwives talk about ways to reduce tearing. Click here to read this article.

The VBAC is Back, article by Jodie Thomson from “The Child.” Click here to read the article. 

Inside the World of Human Placentophagia, article by Jackie Dent for The Sydney Morning Herald’s “Daily Life” featuring Renee Adair, Dr Andrew Bisits and others. Click here to read this article. 

Australian Doula College. An interview with Renee Adair for Birth Matters. Click here to read this article. 

Australian Doula College. An interview with Renee Adair with the ABC Click here to listen now


Interview with Renee Adair for Cosmo Pregnancy.

Placentophagy – Placental Encapsulation

For centuries, women in many cultures have ingested their babies’ placenta post birth, in a variety of ways. Some women feel comfortable creating a special recipe for it, adding it to a smoothie or some women even consume it raw. These methods will work, but they limit the length of time you are able to utilize the benefits of the placenta. Bring on the best method of ingestion………..Encapsulation.

The placenta is dried, ground, and encapsulated.The capsules can then be taken daily for a number of weeks. You reap all of the healthful benefits of placenta quickly and easily. The capsules will last indefinitely (for years) when stored. So, when you have recovered from childbirth, you can freeze the capsules and save them. Each placenta’s hormonal make-up is completely unique to the mother.

Women have reported benefits such as:

  • Decrease in baby blues and postpartum depression.
  • Increase and enrich breastmilk. Increase in energy.
  • Decrease in lochia, postpartum bleeding.
  • Decrease iron deficiency.
  • Better quality sleep

Your placenta needs to arrive at the College for processing sometime up to ten hours post birth. IT MUST NOT BE FROZEN and should be refrigerated. It is best just left in a container with minimal handling. You may have to sign your placenta out, in order to remove it from the hospital, if that is where you have chosen to birth.

The Australian Doula College will process your placenta with love and respect within 48 – 72 hours of receiving it.

We will call you when it is ready to be picked up. We use vegetable caps only and follow a tried and tested process that usually yields 120 – 180 caps. We cannot however guarantee the amount of caps we will get from each individual placenta. We recommended taking one cap per day after lunch to begin with and within three days you can take up to three caps per day, however two is usually enough. Your caps should be stored in a dark, moist free place and will remain effective for years. It is essential that you book in for placenta encapsulation prior to your birth, with as much notice to the college as possible.

Please call us on 02 8036 5580 to discuss your individual needs or for further information and to request a booking form. There is a non-refundable $297.00 (includes GST) processing fee can be made via credit card, cash or direct deposit and is due with your booking form to hold the space around your due date. We look forward to being of service.

Childbirth and Early Parenting Training

Once you have completed doula training with us, you may consider expanding on your personal development and childbirth knowledge and wish to become a childbirth and early parenting educator.

Our Childbirth and Early Parenting Certificate allows you to teach and facilitate educational groups for parents and parents to be. You will gain technical knowledge on labour and birth, learn and understand group facilitation skills and how to hold a safe and nurturing space for your clients. We continue to expand on your own personal development and expect that you attend births and share these experiences within the group.

Courses start at varying times currently only in Sydney and Melbourne and run for a year. We follow the school terms. As well as weekly workbooks there are several assignments and projects to complete throughout the year. You must also be prepared to teach/assist with doula training as a part of this course. Due to the nature of the course, it is not available by correspondence and places are limited.

If you are interested about this course and wish to find out more please email or call the office on 02 80365580.


AusCam Freedom Project’s mission is to empower adolescent girls from impoverished communities to break the cycle of poverty and exploitation through education and holistic support leading to life changing opportunities.  AusCam works with the local schools in Cambodia to improve educational outcomes and provide not only educational scholarships and resources, but also life skills and personal development workshops, cultural excursions and family support programs.

Birth for Humankind

Birth for Humankind is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to ensure all women, regardless of their socioeconomic situation, have access to the care, support and information they need to have the best pregnancy, birth and early parenting experience possible. The organisation does this by mobilising and supervising a team of volunteer doulas who give of their time to provide free one-to-one continuous care through the perinatal period for women facing socio-economic disadvantage; and by running education programs that are relevant and accessible for women in need. By ‘mothering the mother’, they play an important role in supporting disadvantaged women, their children and their families at this important time.

The Groundswell Project

The GroundSwell Project is a not for profit organisation, founded in 2010, and is known for using innovative arts and health programs to create social and cultural change about death and dying. The co-founders, Peta Murry and Niki Read, have an aim to promote resilience and wellbeing in response to end of life issues and to encourage people to build their death literacy. They are a committed team of artists, arts practitioners, health professionals, bloggers, film-makers, teachers, nurses, leaders, techy types, playwrights, business professionals, innovators, writers, researchers, story-tellers.


Kiddipedia is a website where parents can go to for top tips, recipes, expert advice, health and wellbeing support and advice. They have many resources including blogs, links to quality parents websites, information on upcoming local events, an extensive directory and advice from a variety of individuals and organisations who are experts in their field.

Marie Burrows

Marie Burrow is the founder and principal of Birthing Rites Australia, established in 1989. Birthing Rites Australia runs Doula and Childbirth Educator courses and is a leading provider of the highest quality education, counselling and support in the field of childbirth and parenting education.

Maternity Consumer Network

The Maternity Consumer Network is a national membership organization of maternity consumers, representatives, community organisations and statutory bodies, who are interested in improving maternity care- a voice for all. It’s non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian consumer network, and provides support in maternity services, information sharing, strategic direction for campaigns and Maternity Consumer Representative Training. They believe in the importance of maternity consumers uniting their efforts, sharing skills to achieve beneficial and lasting changes in maternity services.

Natural Grace

Natural Grace Holistic Funerals Victoria assists individuals, their families and the people they love to make choices based on what is right for them. They see from experience that genuine, honest engagement is the best way of honouring the dead and the pain of bereavement. Fortunately, there are many options available with end of life care and most people simply aren’t aware that ceremonies, budgets, caring for the dead or even ways of transportation are not set in stone. Natural Grace understands that sometimes the best person to care for the dead are the people who knew them and loved them when they were living and that a dying wish can be a chance to leave a cleaner environment as their legacy.

Preparing The Way

Preparing the Way was established in 2015 in response to growing requests for education in End of Life Doula care and services and delivers the trainings across Australia in collaboration with the ADC. The founder of Preparing the Way, Helen Callanan, works as an end of life doula although now her focus is largely on delivering workshops and intensive courses teaching people who want or need to doula someone in their lives…whether personal or professional.


Pinky McKay

Pinky McKay is an International Board certified Lactation Consultant, with a private practice in Melbourne, Australia. She is a best selling author, a frequent guest on TV and speaks at seminars across the globe. In a world where common sense is not so common, Pinky McKay provides real-world, no-nonsense, parenting support and approaches with a blend of humour, sharp wit and wisdom not found anywhere else.