In just six short months the international doula community will gather in Bellevue, Washington for ENGAGE, DONA International’s 22nd Annual Conference. The Conference Committee is now accepting submissions from those interested in providing a 90 minute concurrent session. This four day event from the oldest, largest and most respected international doula organization provides training, resources and networking for doulas both experienced and new, leaders in the birth community and experts in topics related to the childbearing year. New and experienced conference speakers are encouraged to submit proposals. The submission deadline is February 15, 2016.

The theme for this year’s conference is ENGAGE. DONA International seeks excellent presenters who can share knowledge, skills, inspiration, tips, resources and research in the following areas:

  • breastfeeding
  • labor
  • birth
  • business
  • cultural diversity
  • new and exciting research
  • other topics relevant to the field of childbearing

Session Details

  • 90 minutes in length
  • to be presented concurrently to other breakout sessions during the conference

Submission Process & Requirements
Interested speakers must submit all of the following for consideration in one document. Forms and details are provided in the Call for Speakers Proposal document.

  • Speaker Cover Page Form with:
    • Title of session
    • Brief narrative introduction
    • Brief description of 90 minute session
    • Brief description of teaching methods used
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure

The speaker proposal deadline is February 15, 2016.

Selected speakers will receive an honorarium, one-day conference registration or generous discount to attend the full conference, and a complimentary copy of the session recording if recorded. Handouts and PowerPoint presentations from selected speakers will be due to the Conference Committee by June 1, 2016.

Need inspiration? You can see a list of selected sessions from past conferences and purchase past recordings on the DONA International website.