Founder of the Australian Doula College
Founder of the Doula Heart Network
Founder Groundwork Program
Birth & Postnatal Doula
End Of Life Doula
WOMB TO TOMB DOULA
Renee Adair is the founder and director of the Australian Doula College, the Groundwork Program and the ADC’s charity-arm Doula Heart Network. She first began working with women and babies in 1994 as a massage and Aromatherapist and Reiki Practitioner and in 1998 after the home births of her two biological children she began studying and working as a Doula and Childbirth and Early Parenting Educator.
Renee then worked for the Australian Red Cross at a young women’s health program/refuge in Sydney’s East, setting up both the outreach and childbirth and early parenting education programs for that service.
Working In collaboration, Renee helped produce the first research on Doulas in Australia which was published in the Journal of Perinatal Education in 2013. She has spoken on a variety of radio programmes, at conferences and seminars and is a regular contributor for a range of publications, websites and podcasts.
Renee has worked to change the way we think about Doula support launching an End of Life Doula Training for the College in 2021 with a view for the wider community to see Doula support though a broader lens, supporting all major life transitions, not just in the birthing space.
In 2019 Renee proudly partnered with Charles Darwin University to co facilitate Accredited Doula training for Indigenous women in the remote First Nations community of Galiwin’ku. She now sits on the official Galiwin’ku steering committee to restore Birthing on Country. Renee has sat on the Consumer Advisory Board of the Australian College of Midwives, trained thousands of Doulas and supported hundreds of women, their partners and families through pregnancy, birth, early parenting and end of life over the course of her career.
A fierce advocate for human rights, the proud mother of three adult children and three grandkids, blends her life’s work, spending downtime with her family, friends and fur babies.
What People Are Saying
‘Renee was with us the whole way and throughout it all provided the most incredible support to both Tim and myself.’
A couple of years ago I read fascinating article in the Sunday paper about the advantages and benefits of having a doula. I thought that if ever my husband and I had a baby, it'd be great to use one. When I became pregnant I searched around for the best and found Renee who became our doula.I loved that she was so passionate about women and believed in the right to give birth in the way that was right for you. No pressure, only support! Renee has a wonderful energy and I loved that she could also offer me Aromatherapy and Reiki if I wanted it. My husband and i attended Renee's childbirth education classes which were so positive, empowering and above all, educational. Not a dry eye in the house! Her support and advice throughout my pregnancy was fantastic. She was available to chat with about any questions or concerns and had an incredible list of contacts and suggestions that I also accessed for other natural therapies.The birth of our son turned out to be the most positive, empowered experience I have ever had. Renee was with us the whole way and throughout it all provided the most incredible support to both Tim and myself. I was in labour for eleven hours and gave birth without the need for drugs. It was awesome! I can't speak highly enough of Renee and her talents. I wouldn't hesitate to ask her to be my doula again and can thoroughly recommend her to any woman seeking a positive, empowered birthing experience.
Caroline and Tim Smith
'Renee’s experience is a gift that enabled me to freely express my feelings'.
Engaging the services of a professional doula seemed like the most natural thing to do when my father unexpectedly died late last year. Having Renee support me through honouring my father’s death in the most dignified and intimate space was a truly cathartic and uplifting experience. Renee’s experience is a gift that enabled me to freely express my feelings and create a pathway to ensure my fathers memory will live in my heart forever.
'Renee Adair is an incredible teacher and amazing woman'.
Her commitment to her students and this work is nothing short of inspiring. Renee is the real deal! Meeting her and being taught by her was a huge turning point in my life. She instilled me with confidence, she gave me exceptional tools and she taught me to be a doula from my heart. From my first trainee birth I felt completely empowered and knowledgeable and Renee was their to support me every step of the way. Her training is precise, thorough, deep and real. I highly recommend her training and doula's.