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We believe all women and birthing people should be treated with integrity and respect and have support at this transitional time in their lives. In accordance with our Operational Team Position Statement on Bias in Perinatal Services, we have set up The Doula Association Pay It Forward Programme - PIFP, to give opportunity for people who would like doula support for their birth or postnatal period, to be able to access this, where their own means do not allow.
All people applying to the pay it forward program, from every race, religion, relationship status, sexual or gender orientation are welcome. Successful applicants will be able to search for a PIFP registered doula on The Doula Directory. you can apply either for birth or postnatal support (but not for both). You must fulfil the following criteria to apply and be able to provide documentation as evidence that you:
Are experiencing financial hardship and are on income support (You will need to provide document evidence)
/OR are experiencing financial hardship (but have not yet been able to claim income support) AND fulfil one or more for the following criteria (Evidence will need to be provided):
Are fleeing domestic violence or abuse
Are a survivor of trafficking and are seeking asylum
Have no recourse to public funds status
Are homeless or living in temporary accommodation
Have a disability that significantly impacts your daily life and can provide a letter from a healthcare provider to show this
Have a mental health condition that significantly impacts your daily life and can provide a letter from a healthcare provider to show this
Are in the prison or probation system
Applications For Doula Support Through The Pay it Forward Programme will be opening soon!
If you do not fit our eligibility criteria for the pay it forward fund, please do search for doulas in your local area and see if they are able to meet your budget. Many doulas work on a sliding scale and may be able to help you at a reduced fee.
If you would like to contribute to the Pay It Forward Programme click here. On behalf of The Doula Association Operational team, thank you for making a difference and paying it forward, your generosity is much appreciated. (If you would like to be kept up to date with fund news, please tick the appropriate box when making your donation).