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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 12,000 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 birthing mothers 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 and postpartum 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.

Learn about our team

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.

Financial Disclosures

Below are links to DONA International’s two most recent 990 Tax Returns. DONA International’s 990 Forms are also available online at, and upon individual request.
 DONA fee schedule
World Group Fee Index

Meeting Minutes

Below are links to DONA International’s recent Board Meeting minutes.
     March 10, 2016 Minutes
     March 28, 2016 Minutes
     July 26, 2016 Minutes

The actions that are approved in these minutes will take time to implement. If you have questions regarding the status of a specific approved action please direct your query to the appropriate Director.

Certification Statistics

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


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Years educating doulas

Doulas we've certified since we started

Countries with DONA doulas

DONA approved trainers