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About DONA International

DONA International is the world’s first, largest and leading doula certifying organization. When our founders created DONA in 1992, they professionalized the role of the doula. Since then, we have certified more than 14,000 DONA International doulas in more than 50 countries!

DONA International’s primary function is to provide excellent doula education and certification to a diverse population of doulas world-wide. DONA International promotes the highest quality perinatal support for pregnant, birthing, and postpartum people and their families by setting the standard for doula education and training, and by advocating the research-based benefits of doula care.

We are a nonprofit organization, which means that DONA International works only to serve our doulas and members and to carry out our mission. Our organization exists to support doulas professionally and advance our vision of a doula for every person who wants one. This nonprofit model is important to us, and our members tell us it’s important to them too.



The mission of DONA International is to promote high quality birth, postpartum and community-centered doula support by setting the standard for the doula profession through evidence-based training and certification for doulas of diverse backgrounds.


A doula for every person who wants one.

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DONA International History

DONA is the world’s first and most respected doula organization. Learn about the incredible history that led to doula work as a calling and a viable career.

Learn about our history

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Staff and leadership

DONA International’s professional team in our Chicago home office is ready to serve you! Learn about our staff members and our board leadership.

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Statement of Values

In alignment with our Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, we will welcome and embrace the strengths of our differences, encourage involvement and provide equal access to opportunities and information for all members and clients.
We define diversity as individuality. This individuality may include a wide spectrum of attributes like personal style, age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language, physical ability, religion, family, citizenship status, socioeconomic circumstances, education and life experiences.

Certification Statistics

Certified Doulas
1994 1st doula certified
2002 2,000 doulas certified
2012 8,500 doulas certified
2016 12,000 doulas certified
2022 14,500 doulas certified


DONA International Advocacy

We’re committed to supporting creative solutions that provide sustainability for doulas and access to doula care for all families, including economically vulnerable families. As we look to the future, we’re planning incredible initiatives that will benefit doulas and the families we support and health outcomes for families.

Visit our advocacy page to learn more about the key initiatives, and reach out to get involved in one of our advocacy committee areas.

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DONA International Merchandise

DONA International is pleased to offer DONA branded merchandise to our community. Visit the merchandise shop in the DONA Boutique to see the currently available merchandise and check back often for newly added products, sales, and offers.

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Years educating doulas

Doulas we've certified since we started

Countries with DONA doulas

DONA approved trainers