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.
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22nd Annual DONA International Conference!
July 28-31, 2016
Bellevue, Washington (Greater Seattle Area)
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Call For Speaker Proposals
The DONA International conference committee is seeking proposals from excellent speakers (both new to the speaking circuit as well as experienced conference speakers). Proposals submitted before February 15, 2016, in the subject areas of breastfeeding, postpartum care, labor, birth, business, cultural diversity, new and exciting research, and other relevant topics in the field of childbirth/postpartum will be reviewed. For details on the proposal requirements, please see the call for speaker proposal guideline document here.
Every Doula Everywhere & Anytime Webinars
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.
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Advanced Doula Designation
DONA International continues to be on the forefront of the doula field. The Advanced Doula Designation was initiated in 2015 to honor 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.
Congratulations to the 2015 Advanced Doula Designees.
Eligibility information and the procedure for applying in 2016 will be available soon. Applications are accepted during International Doula Month each May.
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.
*Third Party Reimbursement Update*
Read the lastest information here regarding Third Party Reimbursement.
October 2014 Update
October 2013 Update
Check out this FREE sample of the International doula, our quarterly publication for members.
Volunteer for DONA International
Click here for information on open position on the Board of Directors and various committees.