Social and Community Projects
The Doula Heart Network
Running alongside the ADC is our goodwill arm, the Doula Heart Network (DHN) which supports and serves underprivileged, marginalized and or disadvantaged women, families and individuals. Since its inception in 2004, the DHN has provided goods, care, respect and support to over 500 women and children. The DHN was created after the College founder and director, Renee Adair had worked in a young women’s refuge, part of the Australian Red Cross, for over three years. “I loved working in this area and was exposed to so many marginalized and traumatized mothers or mothers to be, that I wanted to do something after I left the Red Cross. As a Doula and Childbirth and Parenting Educator already offering services the creation of the charity arm came naturally. I have always been drawn to helping people in general no matter what their circumstances. Its awesome to be able to provide all of our services free of charge along with lots of love and support through anyone of life’s many transitions.” Renee Adair.
The DHN believes that no-one should ever birth or die alone, and no-one should ever be judged or receive any less care because of their race, colour, religion, age or personal situation.
Not only do we provide support, information and education during one of manys lifes transitions but we also offer a variety of other services, including but not limited too:
Supplying practical goods like baby clothes, beddding, furnitre and kitchen ware
Extended family support during times of need
Brokerage for items like getting a birth certificate issued and needed medications
The DHN encourages the words of love and non-judgment for anyone seeking and needing support at the first or last breath and any transition inbetween.
In 2016 Emma Arran visited Australia as a part of her Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, part of this was immersing herself in the work of the Doula Heart Network. Emma collaborated with Shealan Faere to create a short film on Peer-Based Support for Socially Marginalised Pregnant Women.
AusCam Freedom Project
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.
The ADC has proudly sponsored this much needed Charity for several years and continues to see the benefits for the young women we have assisted through this invaluable Project.
PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia
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.
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.