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The Hard Reality of Postpartum Mood Disorders

Editorial Note: This essay is a candid discussion of the author’s personal experience with Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders, including postpartum depression, and possible postpartum psychosis. It is a harsh […]


A Seat at the Table in Birmingham

Hillary Melchiors, President of DONA International attended a roundtable discussion hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau and the City of Birmingham, Alabama, regarding doulas in the workforce as part of the answer to maternal* and infant mortality.


The 2022 DONA International Summit

By Melissa Harley, ADVCD/BDT(DONA), CLC, LCCE, FACCE 2022 Conference Coordinator The 2022 DONA International Summit is just around the corner and will be one of our largest virtual conferences ever, […]


Organization Matters

By: Hillary Melchiors PhD, MPH, CD(DONA) LCC The structure and function of DONA International should be important to you as a doula. If you’ve spent any time looking around at […]


Acompañar en la Incomodidad

Muchas veces nos toca acompañar ahí, en ese océano en el cuál se sumerge la mujer recién parida. En ese puerperio abrumador, donde su identidad queda confundida y aplastada por […]


How to Get your First Doula Clients

Once you complete your DONA International doula training you’ll have all of the knowledge and skills you need to get out there and start serving pregnant people and new families. […]


The Rise of the Virtual Doula

In early 2020, when COVID-19 began to spread across the world, and most hospitals and birth centers revised their visitor policies, many doulas scrambled to offer their clients the best […]


You Know You Should Be a Doula If…

DONA International offers opportunities to become a doula by attending one of the many doula workshops offered around the world by a DONA-Approved Trainer. A doula workshop is the first step on the path to becoming a certified birth or postpartum doula. You will receive world-class training and become a member of the largest and most recognized and respected doula organization in the world.


Happy Nurses’ Week! Doulas Love Our Collaboration with You!

May 6th through 12th is National Nurses Week in the USA. As birth doulas know and research shows, nurses can make or break a client experience during their client’s labor and birth. While doulas and nurses have clear and distinct roles when there is a collaboration between them, everyone, especially the family benefits.