Number of DONA International conferences since we were founded in 1992
There are few continuing education experiences more powerful than a DONA International conference! Hundreds of doulas from around the world gather at our conferences to connect, learn, network, and share their hearts and their expertise.
Where in the world have we conferenced?
Seattle, WA • Cleveland, OH • Austin, TX • Clearwater, FL • Toronto, ON • San Diego, CA •
Milwaukee, WI • San Francisco/Millbrae, CA • New Orleans, LA • Washington, DC • Denver, CO •
St. Louis, MO • Vancouver, BC • Atlanta,GA • Albuquerque, NM • Boston, MA • Cancun, Mexico •
Kansas City, MO • Every Doula, Everywhere, Virtual (online) • Bellevue (Seattle), WA •
Cultivating Connections, Virtual(online) • Ft. Lauderdale, FL• Houston, TX• Calgary, AB (2020)
Seattle, WA, 1994
1st DONA Conference
Cleveland, OH, 1996
2nd DONA Conference: Catch the Doula Spirit
Austin, TX, 1997
3rd DONA Conference
Clearwater, FL, 1998
4th DONA Conference
Toronto, ON, 1999
5th DONA Conference
San Diego, CA, 2000
6th DONA Conference
Milwaukee, WI, 2001
7th DONA Conference
Clearwater, FL, 2002
8th DONA Conference: 10th Birthday Celebration held at Sheraton Sand Key Resort
San Francisco/Millbrae, CA, 2003
New Orleans, LA, 2004
Washington, DC, 2005
Denver, CO, 2006
St. Louis, MO, 2007
Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2008
Atlanta, GA, 2009
Albuquerque, NM, 2010
Soaring to New Heights
Boston, MA, 2011
Join the Revolution
Cancun, MX, 2012
Reflect, Restore, Renew
Kansas City, MO, 2014
Lamaze and DONA Confluence: flowing together for safe, healthy birth and beyond!
Bellevue (Seattle), WA, 2016
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2018
Houston, Tx, 2019
Calgary, Alberta, 2020
#DONA16 Conference Highlights
The 2016 DONA International conference was held July 28-31 in Bellevue, WA. Doulas traveled from across the globe to hear seven powerful keynote speakers and to participate in 24 concurrent sessions with topics ranging from breastfeeding and NICU families, to newborn sleep and social media. Incredible pre-conference workshops gave participants a chance to go in-depth in areas like newborn cues, peanut balls for labor and building a birth business. It was an amazing weekend together!
Couldn’t be in Bellevue, but want to purchase some of the session recordings? View session options and purchase the full conference or individual session recordings here.
It’s a tradition!
Each year, at the close of the DONA International Conference, DONA International doulas from around the world join together in a circle of support singing the beautiful song DONA Nobis Pacem led by founder Penny Simkin. It’s a special moment when we can come together hand in hand to honor the work that we do and the organization that we are a part of.
2012 DONA Nobis Pacem Flash Mob
Everyone loves a fun flash mob! We especially like this one, DONA style, when conference attendees were invited into the lobby of the beautiful Casa Magna Resort to sing DONA Nobis Pacem!
18th Annual Conference, Cancun, MX
2015 Virtual Choir
In an effort to broaden the educational opportunities across our membership, DONA International offers a virtual conference on years that we are not holding an in-person conference. Of course, a tradition is a tradition, even when we’re virtual!
21st Annual Conference, Virtual
2016 DONA Nobis Pacem
This past July, as always, the DONA International conference concluded with attendees standing hand-in-hand lifting their voices in unity. Led by Penny Simkin, we sent our doulas and birth professionals off to make a difference in the lives of families. #DONA16 #DONAProud
22nd Annual Conference, Bellevue, WA