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About Doula Conference

Doula Conference 2018 is a two-day, national conference for doulas and birth workers. The event takes place during International Doula Week, 24-25 March 2018, at The Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne, Victoria. Doula Conference 2018 is coordinated by a committee of women who are passionate about birth and healthy families.

“We are united by our vision to support a sustainable community of practice for doulas and birth workers in Australia; linking ancient wisdom and tradition with evidence based practice in the modern birth environment.”

We are excited to present a thought provoking and beautifully nourishing conference in 2018.

“Giving energy is at the heart of the work so it can be as exhausting as it can be rewarding, in isolation.

 “Connecting doulas with other doulas is important for sharing experience, new and old ways of doing things, discussing innovation, and information about different hospitals and birth places that will ultimately benefit the birthing mothers and families. It is essential for raising the profile of a movement that has been proven to support better birth outcomes and healthier families.”

Doula Conference is an event that aims to connect Australian doulas and birth workers; to share information and meet the real-life person who we have chatted with so many times in the online forums; and, importantly to recognise and reward our wide spread community for the unique work that we do. Connectedness and support are essential for the ongoing sustainability of the practice.

This Doula Conference is working to raise public awareness and demystify the work of doulas in Australia; to diversify the conversation about birth and promote mutual understanding between doulas and the medical/allied health community. But, most importantly, Doula Conference exists to affect better birth outcomes and healthier families in Australia.

Doula Conference 2018 is a committee run event that is representative of all doulas in Australia. To borrow a line from the famous Australian song by Bruce Woodly and Dobe Newtown (1987):

“We are one, but we are many.”

*Image credit to Tracey Yawn Life Spiral Photography