The Doula Academy Doulas = the Gold standard of doula professionalism in a spirit of collaboration with health care providers.

The Doula Academy was founded by Carolyn Tranter, a birth and postpartum doula, doula trainer, childbirth educator with over 25 years experience, and ‘Gamma’ to 8 precious grandbabies.
Over the years Carolyn has seen the need for professional training opportunities and ongoing guidance and support for doulas to ensure the highest quality of care for mothers and their families in New Zealand.

The Doula Academy exists to improve the quality of family life which ensures healthier future generations

Our mission is to make a positive difference for pregnant women and new families through education, support and advocacy, while ensuring doulas are recognised as an essential member of the birthing and parenting team through the provision of quality, comprehensive training and ongoing mentorship and support to doulas.

Our vision is of a society that values family as the core of a strong community.

The core values we honor are:

  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • To ensure women are empowered to make informed decisions
  • Our services and training are available to all

Learn to help families.
Become a doula and be an amazing support for new moms and their babies.

It is my passion to make a difference in women’s lives and I have been honored over the years to be invited to support many, many women as they welcome their precious baby into their family.

Pregnancy is such a special time in a family’s life. You only give birth a few times in your lifetime and those memories will stay with you forever. Let Carolyn, through her Doula business Baby Beginnings, help you to relax and enjoy the journey you are on, knowing all of your needs are met. She will guide you and your partner as you make decisions for yourself, your baby and your family. Carolyn will provide emotional and physical support and evidence based information to assist you make informed decisions throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth and continuing on once your baby arrives.
As there are few life events that are as special as welcoming your new baby, my desire is for you to relax and enjoy the process, knowing that all of your needs are met.
Baby Beginnings has been many years in the making. Over 20 years educating and supporting women and couples through their journey to parenthood, I have seen how confusing it can be when women first discover they are pregnant. There is so much information available via magazines, books, and an endless array of websites, that getting ready for baby can become confusing.

Pregnancy is such a special time in a family’s life.
Our Doulas will help you to relax and enjoy your special journey.

What Some Have To Say…

We love our families and are fully committed to make sure their journey is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible!

It is my pleasure as a professional colleague to provide this reference for Carolyn Tranter. I have worked with Carolyn in several capacities over the last 11 years. She has a long history of providing childbirth education to many expectant couples in urban and rural Manawatu. The classes and private sessions have been very well received. Carolyn has extensive experience as a doula working in all areas, antenatal, labour and birth and postnatal. She has made herself available in a timely and approachable fashion assisting the mother and family in whatever capacity is required. New Zealand’s unique maternity system and social welfare system has on occasion recognised the benefit of providing maternity support to disadvantaged women by providing funding for Carolyn to be involved in their care, for example for women with little social support, disabilities and medical or psycho social challenges. Carolyn has been very dedicated to assisting women with breastfeeding, often spending many hours with women experiencing difficulties. I have always been happy to recommend a session with Carolyn to assess and deal with concerns.

Jill, P Midwife


Carolyn’s support during and after the birth of our daughter was invaluable. Throughout the labour Carolyn was calm and encouraging, knowing exactly when I needed extra comfort and also when to stand back. We will definitely be calling on her assistance when baby number two comes along!

Selina & Matt, Feilding


I found Carolyn to be caring and compassionate while also very efficient and knowledgeable in the area we needed. She has the ability to put people at ease even in the most intimate of situations.

Rachel & Kent, Palmerston North

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