Due to Covid-19 our volunteer Doulas are only able to provide support over the phone. We aim to resume face to face visits as soon as it is safe to do so.
Volunteer Doulas provide practical and emotional support to expectant mothers through the latter stages of pregnancy, through labour and for the first 6 weeks of family life. Training sessions run twice a year.
What to expect
As a volunteer Doula you will carry out weekly visits to an expectant woman who has been referred into the programme for the last 6 weeks of pregnancy, support through labour and birth if required and continue weekly visits until baby is 6 weeks old.
You will offer emotional and practical support and be on call around the time of the birth.
Being trained in infant feeding, you will help her gain confidence by discussing the benefits of breastfeeding, skin to skin contact and much more.
As part of your contact you can also:
- accompany to appointments if appropriate
- help her to complete a birth plan
- help her pack her hospital bags
- empower mum to make informed choices
We’re unable to deliver training in September 2020. The next training is planned for January 2021 and you can download our training schedule. To be accepted onto the course you would need to be 18 years old or over at the end of training and be able to attend all training dates.