Supporting childbearing women and people in disadvantage and financial hardship
Doulas Without Borders is a network which offers accessible grassroots services to women and childbearing people experiencing multiple disadvantages and financial hardship during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
Our focus is on providing the emotional, physical and informational support which is crucial during pregnancy, birth and early mother/parenthood.
We provide accessible pregnancy, birth and postnatal support for those in financial hardship who are, for example: survivors of domestic / sexual violence, refugees / asylum seekers, experiencing homelessness, experiencing baby loss, aged under 20 and without adequate support and survivors or victims of human slavery / trafficking. (We do accept referrals on a case-by-case basis, so if you think your nominee might 'qualify', but their situation doesn't entirely correlate with any of the examples given above, please do contact us).
A calm, supported mother who is able to bond with her baby moves society one step closer to a resilient, connected and well-adapted next generation.
What we believe
Women who have experienced trauma and disadvantage deserve extra support and advocacy in the childbearing year.
Women who have been through abuse, trauma and multiple disadvantages are being further traumatised in childbirth.
By supporting those in disadvantage during this key time we can help break cycles of trauma into the next generation.
We aim to
Foster engagement with pregnancy, birth and the postnatal experience
Support and advocate towards a more informed, dignified and engaged pregnancy, birth and postnatal time
Encourage confidence and attachment in early mothering
Contribute towards the improvement of quality of life and resilience for future generations who are born into vulnerable circumstances
Provide safety through continuous, culturally appropriate, language-inclusive presence.
We are working towards the improvement of outcomes in the childbearing year for those who have experienced trauma and disadvantage as a means to contribute towards positive change in society.