DONA International’s history and mission are closely linked
DONA International began in 1992, when a small group of some of the foremost experts in childbirth decided that the time had come to promote the importance of emotional support for mothers and their partners during birth and the postpartum period. Convinced by significant evidence of the importance of doulas to a mother’s (and consequently to a family’s) wellbeing, they created an association for a relatively new group of professionals steeped in timeless tradition – doulas.
What they created is an organization that supports doulas who strive to help women and their partners to have satisfying childbirth and postpartum experiences. Doulas support childbearing families emotionally, and help them feel comfortable and nurtured. Doula care has been studied extensively in scientific trials and the results show remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby.
We would like every woman who wants a doula to have one. We also want doulas to be well prepared for their important role. Our mission is to provide training and certification opportunities for doulas of varied cultures, educational backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic levels. Also, we aim to educate health care providers, the public and third-party payers of the benefits of a doula’s presence during childbirth and postpartum.
The mission of DONA International is to promote high quality birth and postpartum support by setting the standard for the doula profession through evidence-based training and certification for doulas of diverse backgrounds.
Statement of Values
In alignment with our Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice,
we will welcome and embrace the strengths of our differences, encourage
involvement and provide equal access to opportunities and information for
all members and clients.
We define diversity as individuality. This individuality may
include a wide spectrum of attributes like personal style, age, race,
gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language, physical ability,
religion, family, citizenship status, socioeconomic circumstances,
education and life experiences.
Statement of Goals
- Remain the premier organization worldwide for evidence-based
doula training, certification and continuing education.
- Increase the use of doulas worldwide through the promotion and
advancement of the doula profession.
- Build and maintain a sustainable foundation for DONA
- Be a valued source of information on the benefits of doula care.