Collaborations

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 Victorian based organisation does this by mobilising and supervising a team of volunteer doulas who give 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. children and their families at this important time.

The ADC proudly offers our Victorian Doulas to step in free of charge, when Birth for Humankind are not able to meet thelocal demand. 

Children by Choice 

Children by Choice is an independent Brisbane-based non-profit organisation, committed to providing unbiased information on all unplanned pregnancy options – abortion, adoption and parenting. We have a pro-choice and client-centred approach. They provide non-judgemental all options counselling, information and referrals for Queensland women and people with uteruses experiencing unplanned pregnancy, and post-abortion counselling, through our Queensland-wide phoneline and in person at our Brisbane office. 

The ADC is currently working with Children by Choice to piolet an Abortion Doula project in Queensland. This Piolet will begin with a training in early March 2020 and we hope to offer this training as a Masterclass later in 2020.  

Charles Darwin University 

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is based in the capital city of Darwin at the heart of Australia’s tropical north. It is the Australian university located most closely to the Asia-Pacific region.

CDU has all the advantages of a dual-sector university including flexibility in study options – as a recognised leader in online education – creativity, adaptability and freedom to embrace the history and traditions of First Australians and the multitude of nations represented by our international student population.

The ADC excitedly was invited this year to work with CDU as apart of Dr Sarah Irelands, Carling for Mum on Country project, to offer an Accredited Doula unit to Yolgnu women in a remote Aboriginal community called Galiwinku. Out of the 13 women who started the intensive training, 11 will be receiving a Certificate. Stay tuned for more information and photographs of this amazing project. 

Kiddipedia

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.

The ADC features in the Kiddipedias’ online resource booklet and we are a regular contributor to their online blogs. 

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. 

The ADC is an ongoing sponsor and supporter of the Maternity Consumer Network and is grateful for their ongoing commitment to the improvement of maternity heath care in Australia for all women. 

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. 

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.

The ADC is lucky enough to be able to call on Natural Grace and its team for information and support when it comes to end of life matters and after death care.

We have also cocreated and presented workshops for Doulas and Midwives on ‘when a baby dies’. 

Preparing The Way

Preparing the Way was established in 2015 in response to growing requests for education in end of life Doula care and end of life Doula services and now delivers trainings across Australia and New Zealand in close collaboration with the ADC. 

Preparing the Way’s, Helen Callanan is a proud supporter of the ADC as we are of Preparing the Way and we are grateful for this ongoing collaboration.  

Southern Cross University 

Southern Cross University is a progressive and connected regional research university, with vibrant campuses in two states of Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. 

They are ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 

Southern Cross University also has a growing research profile, with 24 research areas identified ‘at or above world standard’​ in the most recent Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) national evaluation. 

The ADC is thrilled to partner with SCU for current research on our courses and we look forward to sharing the results with you mid 2020. 

The ADC supports the great work that PANDA provides women and new families by providing Doula packages free of charge to their clients as requested. PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia supports women, men and families across Australia affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood. PANDA operates Australia’s only National Helpline for individuals and their families to recover from perinatal anxiety and depression, a serious illness that affects up to one in five expecting or new mums and one in ten expecting or new dads.