What is a doula? 

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Birth Doula

A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA). DONA International has the highest certification standards for doulas worldwide. When a doula has earned the credential of CD(DONA), it shows that the doula has met all the requirements of our rigorous certification program.

A doula designated as an AdvCD(DONA) has applied for and been selected through a rigorous review process, including but not limited to, being certified for a minimum number of years and having made major contributions to the promotion and advancement of the mission and purpose of DONA International, the doula profession and in the maternal-child field.