Mentorship Program

The comprehensive doula mentorship program to jump start your career.

The We Birth Mentorship Pilot Program offers a groundbreaking opportunity for doulas starting out on their professional journey.

Have you ever wondered how much easier it would be if you had the support and encouragement from a mentor who is also an experienced doula? Someone who has already created a thriving doula business who can support you to do the same?

This is your opportunity!

Join the most passionate, experienced and excited doulas from around Australia, who are ready to generously share their insights and knowledge. They will be there to support you through the ups and downs of doula life and inspire you to grow into the doula you dream of being!

We Birth Mentorship program provides mentorship and education to support new graduate doulas into independent practice. Doulas will develop skills, confidence and knowledge and they will be sought after by women, families and health professionals. They will be active members of a growing professional group of doulas.

This course will help you to create a sustainable and balanced career. You will develop your critical thinking skills, reflective practice and learn to cultivate a variety of professional networks, including a vibrant doula community where you can share and display your talents.

We Birth have developed a groundbreaking program where graduate doulas will be sought after by a variety of women, families, health professionals and hospitals. In addition, these doulas will be active members of a growing professional group of doulas who pride themselves on highly competent, compassionate and caring support of women and their families throughout their pregnancies, births and new lives as parents.

Graduates of the mentorship program will:

Have experienced a very effective mentor /mentee relationship.

Be highly confident to promote themselves as doulas.

Build on their already extensive existing relationships within the birthing community created as a result of this program.

Receive individual and group assistance through the supportive network they have met on the program.

Continue to expand their knowledge base with advanced and specialised education in several fields, including emergencies in childbearing, breastfeeding, business skills and marketing.

(They will have accessed an array of personal interest elective subjects some of which were delivered by fantastic special guest speakers.)

Be supported to increase their reputation, becoming the most sought-after doulas in their field.

When you enrol in the Mentorship Pilot Program you receive personalised 1 to 1 support.

You join a truly supportive community. You gain access to exceptional advanced education and training that takes your doula practice to the next level.

During the Pilot Mentorship Program you will receive:
  • One to One contact each fortnight with your exclusively selected mentor (in person, zoom or by phone)
  • Email and messenger support with your named mentor between meetings.
  • Emergency phone contact 24/7 For when you need help in the moment.
  • Unlimited group learning/connection with other mentees via Whatsapp messenger and Facebook group on the program from around Australia.
  • Monthly live discussion/educational zoom calls, led by our team of Mentors.
  • Term by term self-paced study covering a variety of topics, both assessable and elective.
  • Special guest speakers discussing mindset and motivation.
  • Modules devoted to self-care that can be accessed at any time.
  • Support to display your incredible work during our virtual conference over World Doula Week.

Dates for 2019-2020

Enrolments open March 25

Program commences July 2019.

To enrol in the Mentorship Pilot Program please

email: [email protected]

or call Erika: 0425217788 for informaiton.

Entry requirements

This course is available to currently and previously practising birth, antenatal and/or postnatal doulas.

Assumed knowledge:

A basic anatomy and physiology of birth.

A range of modalities and tools for supporting women in normal birth.

An understanding of different models of care in their local area.

An awareness of the experiences of women birthing in the maternity system.

Units of Study include:

Essential modules:

Reflective practice for doulas

Business for Doulas modules 1, 2, 3 & 4*

The Maternity System modules 1, 2 & 3*

Breastfeeding modules 1, 2 & 3*

Mentorship modules 1, 2 & 3*

Emergencies in childbearing for doulas*

Participants are supported to create and present on a topic of their choosing at We Birth’s Virtual Doula Conference.

* = Assessments at the end of each module/term of the program:

Elective modules:

These will be held over the course of the program.

Some are live topics, others pre-recorded. Any live events will also be recorded for later viewing.

All mentee calls led by a We Birth mentor once a month during the program.

Yin from Within - yin yoga for doulas and birth workers.

Naturopathic, nutritional and herbal support.

Graduation requirements:

In order to successfully complete this program, doulas must meet the requirements of each of the assessable components. These are designed to assist you in building your business, knowledge, confidence and client base.

Upon Graduation

Graduates of the We Birth mentorship program will have a community mindset. They will seek to network and build a connection with women, other doulas and health professionals in order to support women and their families.

We Birth graduates will provide culturally sensitive care for women from all backgrounds and will be proficient in the ability to reflect on their practice and evaluate and plan for their ongoing learning needs.

We Birth graduates are equipped to work well within a variety of settings, providing care for women in a way that is effective and strives to keep women at the centre of their care.

We Birth graduates have the information and support to launch a highly successful and sustainable business. They have a comprehensive education in small business and marketing, including but not limited to social media, accounting, business planning and evaluation.

To receive a comprehensive information pack

please call or email Erika on

0425 217 788 or [email protected]

Your Instructor

Erika Elliott
Erika Elliott

Erika Elliott has been a busy working Doula and Birth Educator in Sydney since 2005. Prior to becoming a student of anatomy, focusing on the modalities of bodywork and herbal medicine in 2000, Erika completed a B.A. in Photography in 1990. Before becoming a mother 2003, she co-owned a massage practice in Bondi Beach, primarily focusing on supporting pregnant women and new mothers find comfort in their ever-changing bodies.

During her years as a Doula, supporting hundreds of families through thousands of hours of labour, Erika has facilitated childbirth education classes including natural birth preparation as well as calmbirth and Birthing from Within weekends. Other services that keep her busy are birth photography, placenta encapsulation, sacred belly binding and closing the bones ceremonies, at home postnatal support and birth story healing. Erika is also a trained Himalayan Yin Yoga teacher and is currently doing her yoga teacher training to be able to offer pre and post natal yoga to her clients. She volunteers her time working with the charity A Sound Life, bringing yoga, meditation and music to the disadvantaged, aged, unwell and recovering members of our communities.

Her role as Director of the We Birth Doula Mentorship Program gives Erika much joy as this is an area of great interest and passion - creating a program, and a community, with the vision of nurturing and informing doulas to be the best doulas they can be, in all areas, so they too can have long and rewarding careers in the field of supporting women and their partners as they create their own families.