Birth for Humankind is a respected and critical provider of complementary maternal health services. Their work is firmly based on research, evidence and experience. The organisation is committed to equitable, respectful, trauma-informed support that keeps women at the centre of their care.
Birth for Humankind’s diverse referral base includes midwives and social workers in Melbourne’s major public hospitals, as well as social workers/case workers in organisations such as Launch Housing, Safe Steps, Launch Housing, Melbourne City Mission, Salvation Army. This broad recognition from expert service providers demonstrates the importance of their services for women who need them.
This grant will help us to support safer birth and early parenting experiences for socially isolated pregnant women in Melbourne who are experiencing family violence, trauma and abuse. During the past year, our birth support program has experienced an increase in referrals from women experiencing these challenges and these funds from the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust (VWBT) helps increase our capacity to respond to this demand.
Thanks to VWBT support, we will now be able to deliver more than 250+ hours of one-to-one practical and emotional support (through pregnancy, birth and early parenting) to 24 more pregnant women in Melbourne who are experiencing serious social isolation.
– Jen Branscombe, Programs Manager
Organisation: Birth for Humankind
Grant type: Small Grant
Birth for Humankind (BH) is responding to an increase in demand. They can offer more one-to-one support, more birth-support workers, more focussed care with this project. BH will increase its support for positive birth and early parenting experiences for socially isolated pregnant women and connect them with specialist services that will bring stability and safety to these women’s lives.
A special thanks to the Bokhara Foundation for their generous support.