Here's what some of our attendees had to say about past DONA International conferences:

"Excellent conference and speakers. It was great to be able to interact with the Founders and BOD all were approachable and friendly. ... This convention has made me very enthusiastic about going home and promoting DONA especially knowing that DONA is standing behind me. Thank you for this great opportunity."

"Enjoyed the slide show and the entire conference. Quality of speakers were excellent!"

"This was my first doula conference. Already I can't wait until next year. It was so exciting to meet and hear from the Drs/ authors of the books I have read and continue to refer to. ... There were some speakers that I felt the clock played tricks on us. The time went by too, too fast."

"Great conference, learned a lot."

"Loved everything overall such a warmth and feel of community – nutritious food."

"I am so impressed with how this conference has been organized! It's the friendliest, most informative conference I have ever been to, and I can tell that the organizers worked incredibly hard and were very dedicated to making it run smoothly. THANK YOU!"

"My first conference, I will be back!!"

© 2012 DONA International

Be sure to check out our 2012 Pre- and Post- Conference Programs.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Program A: Anahuac/Lamaze Childbirth Educator Workshop

Wednesday and Thursday, July 18-19, 2012 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Workshop:

Anyone interested in becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, or LCCEs wishing to freshen up skills, should join us in this interactive learning experience. We will share birth stories, participate in group activities and get a hands-on experience of teaching Lamaze to peers. We will explore the latest evidence-based information on birth and newborns in a fun and creative way.

Contact Hours:

Lamaze contact hours will be awarded for the workshop and attendance at the full DONA International conference, which may also be applied towards recertification with DONA International.

Prerequisites:

No prerequisites are necessary, only a willingness to participate, learn, and have fun in a unique experience.

Location and Schedule:

The workshop takes place prior to and as a part of the DONA International Conference. Conference room rates are available for workshop attendees. Make your room reservations directly with the hotel.

Workshop Times:

Wednesday, July 18: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 19: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22 – DONA International Conference schedule
There will be a brief gathering at the completion of the DONA International Conference for awarding certificates and completing evaluations. Please note this when making travel arrangements.

Trainers:

Program Trainers, Elena Carrillo (Program Director) and Guadalupe Trueba have been successfully teaching this Lamaze Seminar for 18 years traveling internationally, taking the Seminar wherever it has been requested. We offer the Seminar in Spanish, English or French, depending on the country that we are visiting.

Elena Carrillo, LCCE, FACCE, CLC, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) is the proud mother of four and grandmother to six. Ms. Carrillo has been a childbirth educator and doula for almost 40 years. As Director of the Anahuac/Lamaze Accredited Program in Mexico and DONA approved birth doula trainer, she has trained doulas and childbirth educators around the world. More than 2,000 births confirm that childbirth education and labor support ensure the best outcome for mothers and babies, regardless of where the birth occurs.

Guadelupe Trueba, LCCE, FACCE, CLC, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), Midwife is proud of 38 years dedicated to her profession as a childbirth educator and doula, as well as an expert in Mexican Traditional Midwifery.

Fees, Registration and Cancellation*

You must also register to attend the full DONA International Conference. Within three weeks of receipt of your registration form, you will be sent written confirmation of your registration. The registration deadline is June 23, 2012 at 5 p.m. (EST). *To cancel your registration and receive a partial refund for the Lamaze Childbirth Educator Workshop, a written request must be postmarked by June 30, 2012 and sent to the DONA International Home Office at 2851 South Parker Road, Suite 560, Aurora, CO 80014. No refunds will be given for requests postmarked after June 30, 2012. A non-refundable processing fee of $100 will be retained in all cases for each workshop fee refund request.

Program B: Use of TENS in Labor for Birth Doulas

Thursday, July 19, 2012 – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

The Workshop:

A novel way of relieving pain in childbirth involves the use of a TENS unit–transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation–commonly used during labor by women in Great Britain and Sweden. In the US, TENS units have been used for years by physical therapists in their rehabilitation of injured patients. TENS can make a woman more comfortable in labor by using electrical stimulation to increase the release of the body's natural pain-relieving substances and by blocking the nerve pathways that cause labor pain. Obstetric TENS has been found to be an effective technique for pain control in over 80 percent of births, especially for back pain in labor, and has no known harmful effects to mother or baby. Learn to use TENS with your clients, how to explain its use, how to apply it and when it is and is not recommended. Add this new tool to your birth bag for even more options for your clients.

Objectives:

  • Describe theories explaining the physiological mechanisms of pain relief with TENS
  • Discuss research findings on pain relief, safety, and women's satisfaction with TENS during labor
  • Demonstrate the proper application of TENS
  • List the parts of a TENS unit
  • Describe the physical sensations caused by TENS
  • Discuss precautions and reasons for these precautions with the use of TENS
  • Describe the requirements for DONA certification in the use of TENS
  • Discuss a step-by-step protocol for the implementation of TENS by the doula
  • Prerequisites:

    DONA Member

    Continuing Education:

    This pre-conference program qualifies as formal continuing education for doula recertification and trainer reapproval with DONA International. Many organizations and agencies accept DONA International continuing education towards licensing and/or certification or recertification; however, it is the responsibility of the registrant to check with the individual agency or organization for confirmation.

    Location and Schedule:

    The workshop takes place prior to the DONA International Conference. Conference room rates are available for workshop attendees. Make your room reservations directly with the hotel.

    Trainer:

    Debbie Young, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), BDT/PDT(DONA), LCCE is a certified birth postpartum doula and approved doula trainer with DONA International, a Lamaze certified childbirth educator and a past president of DONA International. She has been working with birthing and postpartum families for over 20 years.

    Fees, Registration and Cancellation*

    Registration is limited and the workshop is expected to fill early. The registration deadline is June 23, 2012 at 5 p.m. (EST). *To cancel this Use of TENS in Labor for Birth Doulas Workshop registration and receive a partial refund, a written request must be postmarked by June 30, 2012 and sent to the DONA International Home Office at 2851 South Parker Road, Suite 560, Aurora, CO 80014. A cancellation fee of $30 will be retained on all refund requests for this program. No refunds will be issued for requests postmarked after June 30, 2012.

    Post-Conference Workshops

    DONA Birth Doula Workshop

    July 22 – 24, 2012

    Join other prospective birth doulas and allied health professionals in an intensive doula workshop, featuring DONA International Birth Doula Mentors, Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) and Kathleen Lindstrom, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE. Note that there are discounts on course fees for early registration and for DONA International members.

    The Workshop:

    The workshop is for anyone interested in assisting women and their families to have a satisfying birth experience. It uses texts and supplementary literature, videos, slides, small group activities, hands-on practice and role-play to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills as a doula. Attendance constitutes one step in the process to become a DONA International certified birth doula.

    On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the significance of birth to women and their families
  • Define the role of the birth doula
  • Explain the DONA International Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for the birth doula
  • List benefits of continuous support by a birth doula on obstetrical and psychological outcomes based on the research
  • Describe the emotional and physical needs of laboring women and their partners
  • Compare specific characteristics of laboring women who are and are not coping well
  • Demonstrate comfort measures and optimal birth positions for laboring women
  • Analyze the birth doula's role when her client has an epidural
  • Describe the birth doula's role in the prenatal and postpartum visit
  • Describe the birth doula's role during a cesarean birth
  • Describe the birth doula's role with the family during the immediate postpartum period
  • Discuss the process for DONA International birth doula certification
  • Prerequisites for Participants:

    Childbirth educators, nurses with labor and delivery experience, midwives or midwifery students and those who have attended another birth doula workshop have the appropriate experience. If a participant lacks the above experience, she should prepare by attending a complete series of childbirth education classes as an observer, viewing as many birth videos as possible, touring a hospital labor and delivery unit and reading required texts before the workshop. If possible, the participant should attend some births. It is assumed the participants are knowledgeable about the following:

  • Anatomy of the human reproductive system, including the breasts
  • Physiology of pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding
  • Definitions of common medical terms relating to labor
  • Common procedures and tests used during normal birth, including their risks and benefits
  • Pain medication and anesthesia administration and effects
  • Cesarean birth indications and procedure
  • Normal newborn appearance and procedures
  • Basic relaxation techniques, breathing patterns and other comfort measures for labor
  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Required Texts:

    The following texts should be read prior to attendance and can be purchased on the DONA International web site at www.DONA.org through the DONA Boutique:

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2010 edition) by Simkin, Whalley, Keppler,
  • Durham and Bolding
  • The Birth Partner (2008 edition) by Simkin
  • The Doula Book (2012 edition) by Klaus, Kennell and Klaus
  • *You must have your copy of The Birth Partner with you at the workshop.

    Location:

    The workshop will take place at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort immediately following the DONA International conference. Conference room rates are available for workshop attendees. Make your room reservations directly with the hotel using the group code DONDONA.

    Workshop Times:

    Sunday, July 22: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Monday, July 23: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, July 24: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Trainers:

    Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) is a registered physical therapist and childbirth educator. She is a DONA certified birth doula, approved doula trainer and DONA Birth Doula Mentor. A Founder of DONA International, Penny is an internationally known speaker and well-known author living in Seattle, Washington.

    Kathleen Lindstrom, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE is a DONA certified birth doula and approved birth doula trainer and a DONA Birth Doula Mentor. Kathleen is employed at Douglas College in British Columbia and is the Perinatal Program Manager responsible for prenatal education, career development programs and continuing education throughout Canada and internationally. She is also a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, former La Leche League Leader and Lactation Consultant.

    Fees, Registration and Cancellation*

    Included is the workshop manual. Space is limited and the workshop is expected to fill early. Register for the Birth Doula Workshop on the conference registration form. You will receive written confirmation of your registration. The registration deadline is June 9, 2012 at 5 p.m. (EST). *To cancel your registration and receive a partial refund, a written request to the DONA International Home Office must be postmarked by June 22, 2012. No refunds will be given for requests postmarked after June 22, 2012. A non-refundable processing fee of $100 will be retained in all cases for each workshop fee refund request.

    DONA Birth Doula Trainer Workshop

    July 24 – 25, 2012

    This workshop will prepare qualified participants to design their own birth doula workshop curriculum and to apply for DONA International approval.

    Workshop Times & Fees:

    Participants must observe the Birth Doula Workshop on July 22-24 plus attend the Birth Doula Trainer Workshop on July 24 (3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) and July 25 (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). There will be a brief meeting with the Mentors on July 22 at 2:30 p.m. Completion of this workshop constitutes one required step for DONA International approval as a birth doula trainer. Workshop fees postmarked by June 9, 2012 at 5 p.m. (EST) are $475 and after June 9, 2012 at 5 p.m. (EST) are $525; this fee includes the birth doula workshop. The cancellation policy is the same as for the Birth Doula Workshop. Fees listed here are for the US. For information on adjustments based on the International Fee Group Index, check www.DONA.org, email info@DONA.org or call the Home Office at 888.788.DONA (3662).

    Qualifications:

    You must qualify and be accepted to attend the Birth Doula Trainer Workshop. A complete list of qualifications and requirements and the application to attend the Birth Doula Trainer Workshop can be found on the DONA International web site at www.DONA.org (click on the Become a Birth Doula Trainer link under Professional Development) or by contacting DONA International at 888.788.DONA (3662). The completed application and all required documentation should be sent to Ann Grauer, DONA International Director of Education, Education@DONA.org, to be received no later than June 9, 2012.

    You will be notified within three weeks whether you are accepted and can register to attend. Do not register for the conference before you have been notified if your conference attendance depends on your acceptance in the Birth Doula Trainer Workshop.

    DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop

    July 22–25, 2012

    Join other prospective postpartum doulas and allied health professionals in an intensive Postpartum Doula Workshop with DONA International Postpartum Doula Mentor Susan Martensen, PCD/CD(DONA), BDT/PDT(DONA). There are discounts on workshop fees for early registration and for members of DONA International.

    The Workshop:

    The workshop is for anyone interested in assisting families through the weeks following the birth of a new baby. It uses texts and an accompanying manual, videos, group discussion, role modeling, role-play and hands-on practice to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills as a postpartum doula. Attendance constitutes one step in the process to become a certified postpartum doula with DONA International.

    On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the findings of research that has been conducted on tasks included in the definition of a postpartum doula
  • List the responsibilities of a postpartum doula
  • Define the role of the postpartum doula and how it differs from that of a baby nurse or mother's helper
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of newborn care
  • Describe breastfeeding basics such as latch and good positioning
  • Describe the role of the postpartum doula in breastfeeding support for the mother and her family
  • Describe postpartum mood disorders
  • List ways in which the postpartum doula can support both parents through the experience of postpartum mood disorders
  • Describe coping strategies for parents to use during the postpartum adjustment period
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the postpartum doula's role as an educator of both the mother and other family members
  • Describe the importance of thorough knowledge of reliable resources for referral in a variety of situations
  • List the benefits of skin-to-skin contact between parent and baby
  • Describe the doula's role in facilitating the process of skin-to-skin contact
  • List physical postpartum changes commonly experienced by the mother and describe the doula's role in aiding her recovery from birth
  • List potential situations in which the doula would be supporting the family through loss and grief, and describe her role
  • Describe the doula's role in integrating a new baby into the family
  • Describe role definition and common interpersonal changes following the birth of a baby
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how the birth experience impacts the postpartum experience
  • Describe the unique needs and role of the doula supporting families with multiples
  • Describe the importance and process of client contact and administration issues
  • Describe the ways a doula may gain credentials
  • Prerequisites for Participants:

    Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of the following:

  • Physical and emotional adjustment in the mother after birth
  • Newborn characteristics and care
  • Breastfeeding basics
  • Common breastfeeding difficulties and possible solutions
  • To be sure participants are adequately prepared for their Postpartum Doula Workshop the following is required BEFORE attending the workshop. For details on completing these prerequisites, please see the DONA International web site at www.DONA.org or contact DONA International at 888.788.DONA (3662).

  • Required Reading: From the DONA International required reading list the participant must have completed readings from the following categories: Becoming a Mother, The Newborn and Breastfeeding.
  • Breastfeeding Preparation: The participant must have completed at least one of the options before attending the Postpartum Doula Workshop.
  • The participant should be prepared to present proof of participation.

    Location:

    The workshop takes place at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort immediately following the DONA International conference. Conference room rates are available for workshop attendees. Make your room reservations directly with the hotel using the group code DONDONA.

    Workshop Times:

  • Sunday,        July 22: 1:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday,      July 23: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday,      July 24: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25: 8:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Trainer:

    Susan Martensen, PCD/CD(DONA), BDT/PDT(DONA), CLC is a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula, DONA approved birth and postpartum doula trainer, DONA Postpartum Doula Program Mentor and a past president of DONA International. Susan also serves as IMBCI Canada representative and sits on the BFPCO in her home town of Ottawa. She is the Founder of DoulaCARE and also The Breastfeeding Cafe in Ottawa. She has three children and became a grandmother in 2011.

    Fees, Registration and Cancellation*

    Included is the workshop manual. Space is limited and the workshop is expected to fill early. Register for the Postpartum Doula Workshop on the conference registration form. Within three weeks of receipt, you will receive written confirmation of your registration. The registration deadline is June 22, 2012, 5 p.m. (EST). *To cancel your registration and receive a partial refund, a written request to the DONA International Home Office must be postmarked by June 30, 2012. No refunds will be given for requests postmarked after June 30, 2012. A non-refundable processing fee of $100 will be retained in all cases for each workshop fee refund request.

    DONA Postpartum Doula Trainer Workshop

    July 25, 2012

    This workshop will prepare qualified participants to design their own postpartum doula workshop curriculum and to apply for approval by DONA International.

    Workshop Times & Fees:

    Participants must meet at 1:15 p.m. (30 minutes before the Postpartum Doula Workshop) for instruction, observe the entire Postpartum Doula Workshop on July 22-25, 2012 plus attend the Postpartum Doula Trainer Workshop on July 25, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Completion of this workshop constitutes one required step for approval by DONA International as a postpartum doula trainer. Workshop fees postmarked by June 9, 2012 at 5 p.m. (EST) are $525 and after June 9, 2012 at 5 p.m. (EST) are $550; this fee includes the Postpartum Doula Workshop. The cancellation policy is the same as for the Postpartum Doula Workshop. Fees listed here are for the US. For information on adjustments based on the International Fee Group Index, check www.DONA.org, e-mail info@DONA.org or call the Home Office at 888.788.DONA (3662).

    Qualifications:

    You must qualify and be accepted to attend the Postpartum Doula Trainer Workshop. A complete list of qualifications and requirements and the application to attend the Postpartum Doula Trainer Workshop can be found on the DONA International web site at www.DONA.org (click on the Become a Postpartum Doula Trainer link under Professional Development) or by contacting DONA International at 888.788.DONA (3662). The completed application and all required documentation should be sent to Ann Grauer, DONA International Director of Education, Education@DONA.org, to be received no later than June 9, 2012.

    You will be notified within three weeks whether you are accepted and can register to attend. Do not register for the conference before you have been notified if your conference attendance depends on your acceptance in the Postpartum Doula Trainer Workshop.

    To register for Pre- and Post- Conference Workshops, Click here.