DONA International began in 1992, when a small group of some of the foremost experts in childbirth decided that the time had come to promote the importance of emotional support for mothers and their partners during birth and the postpartum period. Convinced by significant evidence of the importance of Doulas to a mother’s (and consequently to a family’s) wellbeing, they created an association for a relatively new group of professionals steeped in timeless tradition – Doulas.
I decided to start my Birth Doula Training by attending a DONA International workshop facilitated by Tracy Donegan in October 2015. I am in the process of obtaining my certification, which involves the following:
- Attend a DONA approved Birth Doula Workshop
- Complete the required reading from the Birth Doula Required Reading List.
- Observe of an entire series of Childbirth Preparation classes (at least 12 hours of instruction time) taught to a group of pregnant people
- Attend a Basics of Breastfeeding Class or complete an accepted online breastfeeding study program
- View one DONA International webinar with a business theme
- Develop a list of at least 45 local resources in at least 30 different categories.
- Provide birth doula labor support to several clients and their families and for three support experiences submit Evaluation of Labor Support Services by your client and by the attending midwife or obstetrician
- Submit an Essay on the Value and Purpose of Labor Support
- Submit a Written Reference from Perinatal Health Professional