How to Apply
You can only be referred by a Health Professional (midwife, GP, social worker etc) or a representative from a charitable partner or agency. Referrers may:
- Healthcare professionals need to complete the online referral application for support from the Doula Access Fund for a service user.
- Doula UK will notify the referrer and the service user within 6 weeks of the application. If successful Doula UK will share the details of a doula with the service user so initial contact can be made.
- The Access Fund Doula will support the user during their birth or the postnatal period (depending on the type of support chosen).
- 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 email@example.com