DONA International is an international, non-profit organization of doulas that strives to have every doula trained and educated to provide the highest quality and standards for birth and/or postpartum support to birthing women and their families. To that end, they promote continuing education for doulas and provide a strong communication link among doulas and between doulas, families and the medical birthing community.
DONA International is an organization that supports doulas who strive to help women and their partners to have satisfying childbirth and postpartum experiences. Doulas support childbearing families emotionally, and help them feel comfortable and nurtured. Doula care has been studied extensively in scientific trials and the results show remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby.
DONA International would like every woman who wants a doula to have one. They also want doulas to be well prepared for their important role. Their mission is to provide training and certification opportunities for doulas of varied cultures, educational backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic levels. Also, they aim to educate health care providers, the public and third-party payers of the benefits of a doula’s presence during childbirth and postpartum.
Check out their website to learn more about DONA International, to find a birth or postpartum doula in your area, learn about opportunities for doula certification, workshops, conferences and much, much more.