Research on Doulas 


Doula research in collaboration with the ADC

The Value of Care Provided by Student Doulas: An Examination of the Perceptions of Women in Their Care

By Amie Steel,  Helene Diezel,  Kate Johnstone,  David Sibbritt, Jon Adams and Renee Adair

This paper is the first Australian research on Doulas and primary data was collected from the Australian Doula College’s feedback forms, specifically associated with our student doulas. This paper was written in collaboration with our founder and director, Renee Adair. Published in the Journal of Perinatal Education, 2013.

Further research and readings published in relation to Doulas

A qualitative study of volunteer doulas working alongside midwives at births in England: Mothers’ and doulas’ experiences. By Jenny McLeish & Maggie Redshaw


Trained or professional doulas in the support and care of pregnant and birthing women: a critical integrative review

By Amie Steel, Jane Frawley, Jon Adams & Helene Diezel


Outcomes of Care for 1,892 Doula-Supported Adolescent Births in the United States: The DONA International Data Project, 2000 to 2013

By Courtney Everson, Melissa Cheyney & Martin Bovbjerg


Evaluation of trained volunteer doula services for disadvantaged women in five areas in England: women’s experiences

By Zoe Darwin, Josephine Green, Jenny McLeish, Helen Willmot & Helen Spiby 

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