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Our training and certification are recognized world-wide as the standard for the doula profession. We are a growing, not-for-profit, member led organization dedicated to the advancement of doulas. Stay up-to-date on DONA International and see the difference we make for doulas and families.

Updated Standards of Practice from DONA International

At their August meeting, the Board of Directors for DONA International approved revisions to the Standards of Practice for both birth and postpartum doulas. These documents, which all DONA International certified and member doulas agree to abide by, include the...

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Watch your mailbox for the International Doula!

The next issue of the International Doula features an article on support for childhood sexual abuse survivors by Selena Shelley. Selena has more than 15 years of experience as a social worker, psychotherapist, birth doula and trauma consultant working with pregnant...

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The Annual Conference Continues!

Think you missed out on the 2015 DONA International Annual Conference? Think again! This year’s virtual conference is available to you from the comfort of your own living room until November 7th. You can register and watch any or all of the conference sessions between...

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DONA International Announces New Advanced Doula Designation

During the 2015 Annual Conference, a new credential was unveiled for veteran doulas working to advance the maternal-child field. Beginning this fall, we will see doulas using the AdvCD(DONA) and/or AdvPCD(DONA) designation after their names. These credentials indicate...

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Virtual Conference

Recently, The DONA Doula Chronicles shared some ways to stay up-to-date on research and information for doulas. One of the absolute best ways to get the latest information in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the postpartum period is DONA International’s Annual...

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Early birds get Annual Conference discounts!

DONA International’s 21st Annual Conference will take place August 7 and 8 from the comfort and convenience of your very own home. As a virtual conference on-demand viewing of conference sessions will be available until November 7, 2015. With less time away from busy...

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11,000 Doulas Certified & Counting!

On this 11th day of International Doula Month, we thought it would be fitting to highlight an incredible milestone for doulas: DONA International has certified its 11,000th doula! Congratulations to Stacey Lassnig of Morden, Mannitoba, Canada newly minted certified...

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International Doula Month: DONA’s Social Media Campaign

Each May we celebrate International Doula Month to promote awareness of the benefits of doula support during the childbearing year and increase visibility of our profession in our communities. For International Doula Month 2015, DONA International has organized a...

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Positions Available With DONA International!

DONA International is currently accepting applications for two publications committee contract positions, Blog Manager and eDoula Newsletter Editor. These positions are open to experienced and qualified DONA International members, preferably those currently certified....

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In Case You Missed It: Online Continuing Education for Doulas

Staying up to date on evidence-based information, best care practices and how to continuously improve a doula practice is no easy task. These days many educational options are available on-line for degrees and certifications. While doula support is a very hands-on and...

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Bloggers unite at DONA/Lamaze Confluence!

Day one of the 2014 Lamaze International/DONA International joint conference is in the books!  It's been a great time for learning and connection with so much more to come. I connected with Lamaze blog community managers Sharon Muza and Cara Terreri for a chat (and of...

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