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DONA International Doula Training


Due to the unprecedented global health crisis of Covid-19, we have decided to postpone the DONA International Doula Training with Jenn Fontaine until early 2022.

We hope to announce training dates and locations in the very near future, so watch this space!


Who is DONA International?

DONA International is the world’s premier doula organisation. They are the oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world. Their founders are among the foremost experts on doula care, and DONA International certification is a widely respected measure of quality and professionalism. They are 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.

They are an amazing community with a shared passion for families that reaches around the world. DONA International doulas and the families they serve are in more than 50 countries.


DONA 2017_5 Q: How do I become DONA Certified? Will I become a certified DONA International doula after doing the 4-day training? 

A: We have put together a detailed document outlining all the steps required (and all associated costs) to become certified as a birth doula with DONA International. Please download the document by clicking here. You might also like to check out DONA International’s newly updated comprehensive document; Birth Doula Certification: A Doula’s Guide

Q: Isn’t DONA an American organisation? Why would I want to have an American certification?

A: DONA International’s offices are based in the United States, but it a truly international organisation. DONA International surpassed 10,000 certified birth and postpartum doulas since their founding in 1992, and have over 7,000 members! Their global reach to pregnant and postpartum families continues to grow with members in 50 countries. The DONA International doula certification – CD(DONA) is an internationally-recognised and highly respected certification.

Doulas are slowly, but surely entering the mainstream consciousness of Australian birthing women. More and more women are aware of the benefits of having a doula to support them during their labour (and in the early postpartum period) and are looking to engage one for their birth. While many doulas find that their presence is welcomed and respected in hospitals, that is not always the case. There is still a high degree of misunderstanding on the part of the obstetric medical team that do not understand the doula’s role, and in some cases, doulas experience a blatant, even hostile disregard for their professional services. Recent and significant changes to the Health Complaints Act 2016 (Vic) have direct and potentially significant implications for doulas working in Victoria. 

DONA 2017_1It is inevitable that there will eventually become the need for some degree of regulation within the doula profession in Australia. Consistency of training, certification and ongoing professional development will all be impacted. It is important to be proactive as a profession and to self-regulate, rather than wait to have regulation forced upon doulas by the medical profession. American doulas have been facing this battle for many years, and DONA International has been the leading force in terms of doula advocacy and recognition. Australian doulas who certify with DONA International will have the support of this amazing organisation as well as an international community of like-minded passionate birth workers.

Q: I already have doula certification from Australia. What’s the benefit of having DONA International on top of the qualifications I already have?

A: DONA International is the premier doula association. With more than 7,000 birth and postpartum doula members and growing, they are the largest doula association in the world. By offering A DONA International training, we are providing quality training and meaningful certification. DONA International serves mothers and families by providing access to information and research about doulas, childbirth and the postpartum experience. DONA International certification sets the bar for doula education and professional development. It indicates to families that a doula has achieved a high level of training and professionalism.

DONA International has standards of practice and a code of conduct that doulas, hospital staff AND families can count on. Having a certified doula with an international organisation lets people know you have gone through a training process and adhere to these standards of practice. There are professional standards, accountability and continuing education opportunities.

 Q: I don’t have any background or training as a doula. Can I still do the DONA training?

A: Most definitely! No prior training or experience is required to attend the training. The 4-day training forms a part of the overall certification process (the rest is self-study and birth support experience) and you will have up to four years to complete all the required study modules. 

Q: Will the DONA International Doula Training be available in other cities?
A: Jenn will be in Australia for approximately three weeks and so there is definitely the possibility to run the DONA Doula Training in other cities in Australia, provided that a minimum number of participants register (usually at least 6 participants). If you are outside of Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra or Sydney and would like to participate in a training in your city, please send us an email and we will be in touch with you. If you are able to help recruit other participants, we will be able to offer you a significant discount for your own training.

Q: How much does the DONA training cost?
A: For a comprehensive breakdown of all the associated fees, please download our information booklet.

Q: What’s your refund policy?
A: Once you have registered and paid for this course, no refunds will be granted. If you would like to transfer your registration to the next training, a $50 administration fee will apply.

About the Trainer
Jenn Fontaine
LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), PCD(DONA), CLE, Lamaze Program Director
DONA International Birth Doula Trainer

Jenn is a certified DONA International birth doula, a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer, and a certified Lamaze Educator and accredited Lamaze Program Director.

Jenn has been working as a birth doula for 18 years and has had the honour of attending over 250 births. As a doula, she strives to provide non-judgmental support to families and support them in all their decisions while building the mother up and helping her realize her own amazing strength.  She has worked as a childbirth educator for 15 years and is passionate about passing along her knowledge to families and other doulas, knowing that she is learning just as much from them! She absolutely loves doing doula trainings and helping new doulas find their own path.

Jenn currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada with her ripped bodybuilding husband, Marc, her four amazing kids and two drooling bulldogs George and Scarlett. She is undergoing treatment for her coffee addiction but there are doubts as to its success.

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