DONA International

Mission statement:

“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.”

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Type of doulas certified: Birth and Postpartum

Certification requirement highlights:

  • a DONA approved doula workshop
  • a reading list developed by the world’s top doulas
  • additional training in breastfeeding (online option)
  • auditing a childbirth class (birth doulas only)
  • hands-on support for several clients
  • professional evaluation and self-reflection
  • developing a resource list for your community
  • business webinar training
  • an essay
  • references

Experienced doula path? None available
Scope of Practice & Code of Ethics
Continuing education requirement? Yes
Recertification term: Every 3 years
Recertification Requirements
Founded in: 1992
Number of doulas certified: 12,000+

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