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Holding the Belly


We accept referrals on behalf of people from 6 months* of pregnancy or within the first 6 weeks of the postnatal period, who are experiencing isolation, are unsupported, living in disadvantaged circumstances and financial hardship.

This is done on a case-by-case basis, so please ask us if you know of someone who could benefit from the service and is less than 6 months pregnant.

Make A Referral

We can only accept referrals made by health or social care professionals / support workers or community members and are unfortunately not in a position to be able to accept self-referrals at this time.

Please use the linked form below to make a safe and secure online referral to Doulas Without Borders on behalf of your nominee.

Please ensure that you have the person's full permission and consent to contact us.

Who We Support

We accept referrals on behalf of people from 6 months of pregnancy or within the first 6 weeks of the postnatal period, who are in isolation, or unsupported, in disadvantage and in financial hardship*. 

Our Doula services are available to any woman/person who is experiencing financial hardship* and is:​

  • At affect of domestic / intimate partner violence and / or sexual violence

  • Experiencing homelessness

  • A survivor / victim of human trafficking

  • Under 20 years old and unsupported

  • A survivor / victim of rape

  • With refugee / recent asylum seeking status 

  • At least one of the above and experiencing or preparing for baby loss.

  • Our Doula services are available to any woman/person who is experiencing financial by loss.

*We define financial hardship as without funds beyond basic accommodation and living expenses.

How It Works

Step 1: Referral

Our service works through a referral system. Women/people should ask a health or social care professional, a community member who can vouch for them, or a support worker to fill out the referral form on their behalf.

We accept referrals for women and people during pregnancy or within the first 6 weeks of the postnatal period. We can only offer support if the person is in extreme financial hardship,which we define as without funds beyond accommodation and food. For those who are experiencing a more borderline financial hardship, we suggest women apply for a low cost Doula via Doula UK.

Once we have received your referral form, we will consult our Doulas Without Borders Directory to find a match based on your geographical location and specific needs of your nominee. We tend to create a team of supporters around each client, rather than just one Doula. We then assign a lead Doula based on experience and availability and the whole team is also supported by one of our Community Elders. We have a highly skilled team of specialist Consultants who are also available for each team, on request.   


Step 2: Getting to know each other

Doulas make a connection with the referred woman or person by having a meeting. Based on this first meeting, they will collaborate in creating a bespoke care package. This will create opportunities for the woman/person and Doula to deepen their relationship and could include things like:

  • Birth preparation sessions

  • Attending appointments together

  • Signposting and ensuring that the client can access information needed

  • Co-exploring choices and preferences 

  • Discussing comfort measures and strategies for birth

  • Establishing networks of support 

  • Creating strategies for the postnatal period


Step 3: Labour and birth

The Doula/s will be on call to provide support starting two weeks before the estimated due date. The Doula/s will accompany the mother or person throughout the labour and birth, offering physical and emotional support, advocacy and companionship. Should there be attendance restrictions due to the pandemic, the team will look at other supportive methods. Often, a Doula is allowed in as the sole partner.


Our Doulas will liaise with family, friends and medical staff (where necessary) to advocate for the mother's choices, and will ensure that the mother is best supported for their individual needs. Most importantly, the Doulas will provide a familiar and friendly face to comfort and reassure the woman during this vulnerable and powerful time.


Step 4: The postnatal period

Doulas help with the transition into life with a newborn by offering practical and emotional support. We can help with:

  • Infant feeding support

  • Self-care strategies

  • Establishing networks of support 

  • Signposting and access to information and specialist services


Make a referal

Ready to make a referral?

Please make sure you have read through all the info above before filling in our referrals form. 

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