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RMP 34: Renee Adair on Birth as a Rite of Passage, Birth Doulas and Remembering Who We Are
02, Feb, 2018
This week’s guest is the lovely Renee Adair from the Australian Doula College. Everything you need to know about birthing and birth doulas is in this episode! This is such an important topic and I invite you to share it with family and friends who may be planning to or are having a baby.
Here’s what we discussed:
• What is a birth doula?
• The benefits of having a birth doula
• The perception of birth in society and how we got here
• Remembering who we are as women
• Birth as a right of passage
• Holding space for families
• The emotional process as a doula
• Plenty more!
Renee Adair is the founder and principal educator of the Australian Doula College, The Groundwork Program and our charity-arm Doula Heart Network. She first began working with women and babies in 1994 as a massage and Aromatherapist and Reiki Practitioner in 1998 began studying and working as a Doula, Childbirth and Early Parenting Educator and Birth Counsellor.
For three and half years she then worked for the Australian Red Cross at their young women’s health program/refuge and set up both the outreach and childbirth and early parenting education programs for that service. Renee has spoken on a variety of Radio programmes on the subject of both birth and end of life Doula support. She also presents at conferences, seminars and workshops on all things pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Renee is currently on the Australian College of Midwives Consumer Advisory Board and under the ADC banner created the first and only Doula research in Australia which was published in the Journal of Perinatal Education. In her career she has supported hundreds of women, their partners and families through pregnancy, birth and the early parenting phase.
In recent years Renee has moved to change the way we think about Doula support and helped launch Preparing the Way – End of Life Doula Training, in collaboration with its founder Helen Callanan which has created the space for the wider community to see Doulas as a support though both the first and last breath and any one of many life’s transitions in between.
Renee has trained thousands of doulas since 2004. She continues to doula for both birth and end of life and she lives happily on the south coast of New South Wales with her beloved family and pets.
Find Renee at:
Australian Doula College FB: https://www.facebook.com/australiandoulacollege/
Doula Heart Network FB: https://www.facebook.com/DoulaHeartNetwork/
Doula Care FB: https://www.facebook.com/doulacareoz/
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