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It is an exciting time to be a DONA International doula, a member of the premier doula association in the world. Women across the globe appreciate and value the experience of having a doula– a knowledgeable, experienced companion – who stays with them through labor, birth and beyond. Birth doulas offer emotional support, encouragement and wisdom throughout labor and birth. Postpartum doulas support women and families through the transformation that a new baby brings to a family.
With over 7000 birth and postpartum doula members and growing, we are the largest doula association in the world. We support doulas by providing quality training and meaningful certification. We serve mothers and families by providing access to information and research about doulas, childbirth and the postpartum experience. DONA International certification sets the bar for doula education and professional development. It indicates to families that a doula has achieved a high level of training and professionalism.
2016 DONA International Conference Recordings now available
Click here to order recordings from the 2016 Annual Conference.
2017 DONA International Virtual Conference
July 26th - 28th, Summer 2017
Please watch for updates!
Advanced Doula Designation
Applications for the prestigious Advanced Doula Designation are being
accepted during International Doula Month, May 2016. Click here to learn more.
DONA International continues to be on the forefront of the doula field.
Instituted in 2015, the Advanced Doula Designation honors DONA certified
birth and postpartum doulas who have made major contributions to the
advancement of the mission and purpose of DONA International, the doula
profession and in the maternal child field, and who have maintained
certification for a minimum number of years. Doulas apply and are selected
through a rigorous review process and may proudly use the credentials,
AdvCD(DONA) as birth doulas and AdvPCD(DONA) as postpartum doulas.
DONA International is pleased to announce our ONLINE continuing
education program: Every Doula Everywhere & Anytime Webinars.
Access valuable information from experts on a variety of topics relevant to
birth and postpartum professionals from anywhere on any device!
From birth to breastfeeding to business, DONA International's on-demand webinars are
designed to meet the needs of both new and experienced doulas. Stay
informed with up-to-date, evidence-based information, best care practices
and tools to keep your doula practice informed and inspired.
The inaugural 2013-2014 Annual Update provides information about our organizational milestones, new mission statement and strategic goals, membership statistics, financial reports and much more.
Meet Our New Professional Advisory Council
Click here to meet the members of our new Professional Advisory Council!
Read and Follow The DONA Doula Chronicles
The DONA Doula Chronicles is a blog that seeks to inform, educate, inspire and
build awareness of the broad scope of birth and postpartum related issues. The primary goal is to enhance the knowledge, resources and practices
of birth and postpartum professionals with posts on business and marketing tips, research, interviews and much more.
If you weren't able to join us for the 22nd DONA International annual conference, or if you would just like to relive moments, you can purchase CDs or DVDs of the general and concurrent sessions. Buy one or all of them and learn from the best. Refresh and renew yourself with great new information.
The Essential Ingredient: DOULA
The Essential Ingredient: DOULA is a documentary produced by DONA International in 2010 featuring commentary by all of DONA International's esteemed founders and some of its celebrated past presidents speaking on the origin and rationale of doula support. Their words are complemented by inspiring visuals of treasured birth and postpartum moments courtesy of Jodie Myers / MyBirthMovie. You are encouraged to use this documentary in your practice. Embed it on your web site and share it with potential clients and professional. You can view this documentary now* on-line on YouTube. *Please be advised that you may not edit or cut the video or remix portions of it for other projects.