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Birth for HumanKIND

Contact

Name: Olivia Myeza

Position: CEO

Email: info@birthforhumankind.org

Address

PO Box 1108

Thornbury

Melbourne 3071

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Our Mission / Objective

We are on a mission to ensure that all women, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances, have access to the care, support and education they need on their journey to motherhood. We provide one-on-one continuous support to women experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage during their pregnancy, child birth and after the baby comes.

Our Services

We have mobilised a team of volunteer doulas (professional birth support workers) who provide one-on-one continuous care to our clients during pregnancy, child-birth and after the baby comes. This, the Doula Support Program, is our largest program and we have supported over 160 women t0-date, with a team of 40 volunteer doulas mobilised. We also provide education programs, including our Mothering 101 Crash Course for Young Pregnant Women, an eight-week child-birth education program and peer-support program for women aged under 25 years, and our Navigating the Australian Maternal Health System workshop aimed at recently arrived women with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Our Beneficiaries

We work with pregnant women who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage. In many cases this includes women with refugee or asylym seeking backgrounds who have recently arrived in Australia. It also includes young mums aged 25 years or younger. It further includes women experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol addictions, women who are victims of abuse, and women dealing with mental health issues.

Projects in Progress

Doula Support Program


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The only program of its kind in Victoria – we give women experiencing financial hardship and social disadvantage access to free pregnancy, birth and early parenting support through our doula support program.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Since 2014, we have supported more than 160 women through this program and we have seen very positive outcomes in birth, health and well-being for our clients and their families.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Though each of our doulas offers her unique experience and support style, we offer:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • 1 referral interview and doula matching




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Initial doula-client meeting




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • 2-3 prenatal visits




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • On-call 24/7 support beginning 2 weeks before the estimated due date, and extending to 2 weeks after




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Continuous support during labour and birth




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • 2 visits after the baby is born




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


During this time our doula will:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Support women and their partners or loved ones to prepare for the birth




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Provide continuity of care, emotional support, physical comfort measures and non-biased information




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Reassure and support parents to feel comfortable and confident in understanding the Australian maternal health care system




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Enhance communication between a labouring woman and medical staff, if needed




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Offer suggestions on pain relief techniques, such as breathing, positioning and massage




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Foster a relaxed postpartum environment, to enhance mother-infant bonding, breastfeeding and family adjustments




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Birth For HumanKIND doulas and staff also liaise and communicate with your health professionals, and are able to provide advice on and make referrals for other support services if needed.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Mothering 101: A Crash Course for Young Pregnant Women


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


‘Mothering 101: A Crash Course for Young Pregnant Women,’  is a pregnancy, birth and early parenting support program created by young mums for young mums aged under 25.  We implement three or four ‘Mothering 101’ programs annually, each running over an eight-week period and training 10 to 12 young pregnant women. The program uses a facilitated peer-to-peer learning model. The facilitators, a qualified doula or childbirth educator, and a young mum, provide tailored information and support on a range of topics covering pregnancy, labour and child birth, and life with a new-born. One additional session is run for partners/support people to learn how they can better support the mother and baby. A ‘young mum mentor’, who is a previous graduate from a Mothering 101 course and who now has her baby, also attends each session as a support and sounding board for the women. The program provides an opportunity for young mums to learn about pregnancy, birth and caring for a new born baby in a language and approach that is acceptable and comfortable for them, and to develop a network of peers who can provide a source of support long into the future. We also refer participants to social work, family support and other services as needed. We have developed a resource book, designed with input from young mums, that participants take home and refer to throughout pregnancy and motherhood. Once the initial eight-week period is over, the mums are encourage to keep in touch with one another and to continue supporting each other as peers. We help to facilitate this by running twice yearly Reunion Picnics where the mums and babies get together for a facilitated catch up. We use this opportunity to have a photographer take beautiful photographs of the mothers and babies, later gifting these photographs to the mums. For the mums we work with, this is the only time they have had professional photos taken of themselves and their babies, and they really treasure and value those photographs. Many of the young women who complete the Mothering 101 program go on to be referred into our Doula Support Program, in which they are assigned a volunteer doula (professional birth companion) to provide ante-natal visits, provide one-on-one continuous support during the labour and child birth, and conduct post-natal home visits after the baby is born.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Navigating the Australian Maternal Health System


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In 2017 we are implementing a pilot course of six workshops called Navigating the Australian Maternal Health System. Aimed at recently arrived women with refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds, the three-hour workshop aims to help women understand their rights in an Australian health care system and their options around maternity care in the public system.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Our People

CEO

Olivia Myeza, Annabel Davies

Leadership Team

CFO: Stamatia Venetis


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Programs Manager: Jen Branscombe


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Communications Manager: Carmen Hawker

Names of Board Members

Mei Lai Swan - Founding CEO


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Kirstan Flannery - Co-Founder and Chairperson


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Raj Gopiraj - Secretary


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Carly Lord - General Director


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Number of Employees

8

Number of Volunteers

45

Registration Information

ABN

75 605 254 340

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Send us a confidential email at olivia@birthforhumankind.org or call Olivia (CEO) on 0431635641.

General Donations

http://www.birthforhumankind.org/donate/

Other support

We are always keen to hear from skilled volunteers who can give of their time to support us, including photographers, facilitators, graphic designers and people with marketing, fundraising or admin skills.

Work with us

We post available positions on our website: http://www.birthforhumankind.org/news/


 


 


 


And on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/birthforhumankind/

Volunteer with us

Contact info@birthforhumankind.org if you're interested in volunteering with us. We're particularly interested in volunteer doulas, photographers, graphic designers, public relations consultants, general admin supporters and journalists and story tellers.

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

We are on a mission to ensure that all women, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances, have access to the care, support and education they need on their journey to motherhood. We provide one-on-one continuous support to women experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage during their pregnancy, child birth and after the baby comes.

Our Services

We have mobilised a team of volunteer doulas (professional birth support workers) who provide one-on-one continuous care to our clients during pregnancy, child-birth and after the baby comes. This, the Doula Support Program, is our largest program and we have supported over 160 women t0-date, with a team of 40 volunteer doulas mobilised. We also provide education programs, including our Mothering 101 Crash Course for Young Pregnant Women, an eight-week child-birth education program and peer-support program for women aged under 25 years, and our Navigating the Australian Maternal Health System workshop aimed at recently arrived women with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Our Beneficiaries

We work with pregnant women who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage. In many cases this includes women with refugee or asylym seeking backgrounds who have recently arrived in Australia. It also includes young mums aged 25 years or younger. It further includes women experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol addictions, women who are victims of abuse, and women dealing with mental health issues.

Projects in Progress

Doula Support Program


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The only program of its kind in Victoria – we give women experiencing financial hardship and social disadvantage access to free pregnancy, birth and early parenting support through our doula support program.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Since 2014, we have supported more than 160 women through this program and we have seen very positive outcomes in birth, health and well-being for our clients and their families.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Though each of our doulas offers her unique experience and support style, we offer:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • 1 referral interview and doula matching




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Initial doula-client meeting




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • 2-3 prenatal visits




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • On-call 24/7 support beginning 2 weeks before the estimated due date, and extending to 2 weeks after




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Continuous support during labour and birth




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • 2 visits after the baby is born




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


During this time our doula will:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Support women and their partners or loved ones to prepare for the birth




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Provide continuity of care, emotional support, physical comfort measures and non-biased information




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Reassure and support parents to feel comfortable and confident in understanding the Australian maternal health care system




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Enhance communication between a labouring woman and medical staff, if needed




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Offer suggestions on pain relief techniques, such as breathing, positioning and massage




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





















































































































                                                                • Foster a relaxed postpartum environment, to enhance mother-infant bonding, breastfeeding and family adjustments




















































































































 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Birth For HumanKIND doulas and staff also liaise and communicate with your health professionals, and are able to provide advice on and make referrals for other support services if needed.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Mothering 101: A Crash Course for Young Pregnant Women


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


‘Mothering 101: A Crash Course for Young Pregnant Women,’  is a pregnancy, birth and early parenting support program created by young mums for young mums aged under 25.  We implement three or four ‘Mothering 101’ programs annually, each running over an eight-week period and training 10 to 12 young pregnant women. The program uses a facilitated peer-to-peer learning model. The facilitators, a qualified doula or childbirth educator, and a young mum, provide tailored information and support on a range of topics covering pregnancy, labour and child birth, and life with a new-born. One additional session is run for partners/support people to learn how they can better support the mother and baby. A ‘young mum mentor’, who is a previous graduate from a Mothering 101 course and who now has her baby, also attends each session as a support and sounding board for the women. The program provides an opportunity for young mums to learn about pregnancy, birth and caring for a new born baby in a language and approach that is acceptable and comfortable for them, and to develop a network of peers who can provide a source of support long into the future. We also refer participants to social work, family support and other services as needed. We have developed a resource book, designed with input from young mums, that participants take home and refer to throughout pregnancy and motherhood. Once the initial eight-week period is over, the mums are encourage to keep in touch with one another and to continue supporting each other as peers. We help to facilitate this by running twice yearly Reunion Picnics where the mums and babies get together for a facilitated catch up. We use this opportunity to have a photographer take beautiful photographs of the mothers and babies, later gifting these photographs to the mums. For the mums we work with, this is the only time they have had professional photos taken of themselves and their babies, and they really treasure and value those photographs. Many of the young women who complete the Mothering 101 program go on to be referred into our Doula Support Program, in which they are assigned a volunteer doula (professional birth companion) to provide ante-natal visits, provide one-on-one continuous support during the labour and child birth, and conduct post-natal home visits after the baby is born.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Navigating the Australian Maternal Health System


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In 2017 we are implementing a pilot course of six workshops called Navigating the Australian Maternal Health System. Aimed at recently arrived women with refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds, the three-hour workshop aims to help women understand their rights in an Australian health care system and their options around maternity care in the public system.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Our People

CEO

Olivia Myeza, Annabel Davies

Leadership Team

CFO: Stamatia Venetis


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Programs Manager: Jen Branscombe


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Communications Manager: Carmen Hawker

Names of Board Members

Mei Lai Swan - Founding CEO


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Kirstan Flannery - Co-Founder and Chairperson


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Raj Gopiraj - Secretary


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Carly Lord - General Director


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Number of Employees

8

Number of Volunteers

45

Registration Information

ABN

75 605 254 340

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Send us a confidential email at olivia@birthforhumankind.org or call Olivia (CEO) on 0431635641.

General Donations

http://www.birthforhumankind.org/donate/

Other support

We are always keen to hear from skilled volunteers who can give of their time to support us, including photographers, facilitators, graphic designers and people with marketing, fundraising or admin skills.

Work with us

We post available positions on our website: http://www.birthforhumankind.org/news/


 


 


 


And on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/birthforhumankind/

Volunteer with us

Contact info@birthforhumankind.org if you're interested in volunteering with us. We're particularly interested in volunteer doulas, photographers, graphic designers, public relations consultants, general admin supporters and journalists and story tellers.

Our Annual Reports

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