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Number of years DONA International has been training doulas

What is a doula?

Like travel guides in a foreign country, birth and postpartum doulas help support new families through the life changing experience of having a baby!

Whether it’s a family’s first baby or their tenth, a doula can help make the birth and postpartum experience better. Today, a doula is defined as follows:


a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to their client before, during and shortly after childbirth to help them achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

Countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both pregnant, birthing, and postpartum people and their baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.

Dive into our site to learn more about this incredible, growing field! DONA International has been training professional doulas for 25 years, and we’d love to share all we’ve learned with you.

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DONA doulas adhere to the highest standards

DONA International’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are guides for doulas as they serve families, connect with colleagues and interact with the medical community.

Read our standards of practice and ethical guidelines

Hiring a doula has benefits

Birth and postpartum doulas improve outcomes for families. DONA International trains strong, professional doulas equipped to make a difference!

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The DONA Advantage

DONA International is the world’s leader in evidence-based doula training, certification and continuing education. Learn why DONA doulas are the world’s best!

Why DONA Doulas?

How-to guide to hiring a doula

How do you hire a doula? What questions should you ask a doula before you choose them as part of your birth team? Learn more about best practices in the doula field.

Learn more and hire your doula

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Families who work with a DONA certified birth or postpartum doula know that they’re getting someone who has completed in-depth, high-quality training.