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Annual Conference

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.

On Demand recordings available now through January 1, 2023!

2022 DONA Event Details

Should I attend a DONA International conference?

Our keynote speakers always include the leading voices in perinatal care. It’s a must for every doula to experience at least once in a career, and many doulas add it to their calendar every single year.

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• Online (2020) • Online (2021)

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.

DONA Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace)
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