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DONA International Advocacy Efforts

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

In efforts to expand our impact on maternal-child health and further our mission and vision, DONA International has developed a strong advocacy arm. You can find the areas of focus below, and we invite our members to volunteer with the Advocacy Committee as we work toward improved access to doula care, and advancement for the doula profession, together.

New York Doula Legislation

On June 18, 2019, New York State legislators approved Bill A00364B and its counterpart in the Senate S03344-B, potentially affecting the work of doulas in New York.  Please read the below letter from the DONA International Board of Directors to Governor Cuomo regarding this legislation.

Official Response From DONA International

Birth Equity

We understand that there are inequities in birth outcomes in the United States and in countries and communities across the world. Numerous clinical trials show that the support of doulas improves maternal and infant health outcomes.

Insurance Payment

DONA International values the clinical research that demonstrates the positive impact of doula support on health outcomes.  To that end, we are dedicated to researching the benefits and trade-offs of third-party reimbursement in an effort to make doula support more accessible without compromising the profession.

Areas of Focus

DONA International leadership has identified five areas of focus for our advocacy efforts.  Each area of focus is addressed through timely projects and initiatives. Join the Advocacy Committee to get involved.  

Doula Profession Promotion and Credibility

For the last 25 years, DONA International has worked hard to establish and promote the doula profession.  We are committed to the continued growth of the profession into the future and to increase the awareness and education about doula support to health care providers, third-party payers, families and other stakeholders.

Legislative Action

The DONA International board of directors has recently begun to pursue opportunities to represent our member interest at the legislative level in the United States. These opportunities include working with the congressional maternal and child health caucus, as well as lobbying opportunities.

Research and Data Collection

DONA International has been collecting data and research about the work of our doulas for many years.  As we expand doula support, this committee will continue efforts to document the impact doulas have on birth and postpartum.

Legislative Action Toolkit

  • To help DONA International more fully offer support and resources to areas in need of legislative action, please tell us where you are located.
  • Please supply your email address so we can communicate future resources and edits/updates to the toolkit.

We invite you to join us!

If you are passionate about advocating for the advancement of the doula profession and access to doulas, we invite you to apply to volunteer with the Advocacy Committe! Please reach out to our committee chair to get involved.

Contact Committee Chair