Access Fund Applications are now closed. We have reached the limit on allocations. We will re-open applications again from 30 September 2021. Thank you for your cooperation.
How to Apply
You can only be referred by a Health Professional (midwife, social worker etc) or a representative from a charitable partner or agency. Referrers may:
- Complete the online referral application for support from the Doula Access Fund for a service user.
- Doula UK will notify you within 6 weeks. If successful Doula UK will send you a unique Doula Access voucher.
- The service user may then use Doula UK’s Find a Doula to select a doula who is accepting Access Fund clients and is available, local and from whom they would like support.
- Doula UK will pay the doula directly.
Disclaimer: Doula UK do not accept any responsibility or liability should there be adverse outcomes either to the birthing person or to their baby through engagement of a doula through the Doula UK Access Fund. Doula UK does not act as an agent of the doula who is a self-employed person. Doulas are not trained to give clinical assistance or advice and do not replace the care of your doctor or midwife.
History of the Doula UK Access Fund
The Doula Access Fund (originally the Hardship Fund) was created in 2008 and was historically financed out of Doula UK’s Membership income and from modest individual donations. Many families were supported by the Doula UK Access Fund between 2008 and 2018 but over time, demand for the service rose, which could not be met by Doula UK’s limited funding resources. Now the Doula UK Access Fund is open again and fundraising has begun in earnest to realise our ambition of improving support for all experiencing pregnancy and labour and giving those with a new baby the best possible start to all those across the UK.
Supporting the Doula UK Access Fund
Perhaps you are a doula who agrees that a doula should be an option for every woman who wants one? Perhaps you hired a doula yourself and would like to help others get the benefits you enjoyed?
Donate to the Doula Access Fund
Make a one off donation
Set up a regular donation
If you are interested in finding out more about donating or represent a grant-giving trust and may be interested in funding the Doula Access Fund please email firstname.lastname@example.org