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  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/28/2024 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

    Save the Date for this year's 2024 Virtual Summit! Registration is now open. The live online conference will be held on October 28-29th, 2024. All sessions will be available for 60 days post-conference. To register visit www.donasummit.com

    Registration is Now Open; Dates and Prices Here


    DONA International values presenting quality and impactful continuing education to birth and postpartum professionals from around the world.  With that in mind, DONA Leadership plans for both virtual and in-person events.  The annual conference for 2024 will be held live, online from October 28-29th, 2024.  While the live event will offer an opportunity for interaction of participants, speakers, and leaders, the live event will be followed up with 60 days of on-demand viewing of all sessions for registrants.

    The conference will offer keynote speakers, concurrent speakers, a member meeting, and a virtual exhibit hall.

    We invite DONA members and doulas from all backgrounds to join us as we connect with one another in a way that helps make this work sustainable, through education and meaningful relationships!

    Registration is Now Open; Dates and Prices Here

    Learning and Continuing Education Credits

    The Summit will focus on key areas for professional growth offering continuing education hours for recertification with DONA International and other organizations that accept DONA contact hours. As the schedule is solidified, we will share the number of available contact hours.  Participants will get credit for sessions in which they attend and complete the post-test questions for afterward via DONA Elevate.

    The DONA International Summit is one way we continue to provide the highest standard of evidence-based training and education to our members. The core conference qualifies as formal continuing education for doula recertification and trainer reapproval with DONA International as well as most other childbirth certification organizations.

    It is the registrant’s responsibility to ascertain whether this offering meets the requirements of other certifying organizations.

    About Our Speakers

    The DONA International Speaker Selection Committee is hard at work cultivating an excellent speaker line-up.  The committee will be incorporating excellent keynote addresses alongside working sessions in which doulas can develop leadership skills with tangible take-homes that can be incorporated at the local, national, or international levels.

    We’ll be pursuing topics relevant to birth and postpartum doula work.  You can expect sessions to enhance your doula skills, as well as practical business sessions, and other relevant professional development topics.


  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    (1.5 CH), Discuss inequities in healthcare based on social identities such as race, immigration status, and class.

    Successful and impactful birth/pregnancy practitioners need knowledge and skills to engage in equitable practices with populations that experience poverty, immigrant populations, and people of color.  There are avoidable and unjust inequities in access to healthcare, quality of care, childbirth, and birth outcomes based on social identities such as race, immigration status, and class.  According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women’s health. A black woman is 22 percent more likely to die from heart disease than a white woman, 71 percent more likely to perish from cervical cancer, but 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes. In a national study of five medical complications that are common causes of maternal death and injury, black women were two to three times more likely to die than white women who had the same condition. About one in five black and Hispanic women report poor treatment from hospital staff due to race, ethnicity, cultural background, or language. Compared with 8% of white mothers, 21% of black mothers and 19% of Hispanic mothers report experiencing poor treatment while hospitalized to give birth. These data reflect social, economic, institutional, and systemic inequities that require immediate action on the part of birth/pregnancy practitioners. That action starts with education about and a commitment to health equity.

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    Natalie Burke

    Natalie S. Burke is a nationally-known speaker, strategist, master facilitator, and public health leader.  As President and CEO of CommonHealth ACTION she works to develop people and organizations to produce health through equitable policies, programs, and practices.

    Natalie believes that to alter our collective health destiny, we must change our language; challenge deeply held beliefs about equity in our society, and accept the role we each play in the production of the public’s health.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/07/2023

    (1 CH), Free for Members, DONA Town Hall: A conversation between DONA International and Count for Kicks Leaders

    Count the Kicks is a dynamic public health program developed in 2008 by Happy Birthday Inc. centering on stillbirth prevention. Their goal is for it to be standard care for all birthing people to count kicks in the third trimester. In this session (recorded Dec 2023), Christine Tucker, Health Equity Coordinator, and TaKiesha Smith, Indiana Ambassador, from Count the Kicks will share evidence on Count the Kicks and discuss ways the doulas can integrate It with their clients. 

    1.0 Contact Hours- DONA Town hall that took place on December 7, 2023

    https://countthekicks.org/ 

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/01/2023

    (1.5 CH), Free for Members, DONA Town Hall: A conversation between DONA International and the International Childbirth Initiative Leaders https://icichildbirth.org/

    The International Childbirth Initiative is a global movement that includes obstetricians, midwives, and doulas working together to advance safe and respectful MotherBaby-Family-centered care. Throughout 2023, we added hospitals and birth centers around the world and have worked to advance training and support for doulas around the world. In this session, Debra Pascali-Bonaro and Michelle Skaer Therrien, Executive Director of the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI) share the 12 steps for safe and respectful care, the role of doulas, and our work to improve collaboration among healthcare professionals and integration of doulas into health systems.

    1.5 DONA Contact Hours

    https://icichildbirth.org/

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    (1 CH), The session will contribute to the understanding of why perinatal mental health is a public health imperative, and recognize the continuum of perinatal mood disorders and how they affect the perinatal family.

    In this session, Everyone Wants to Hold the Baby, Who Will Hold Mother?® we will discuss the universal needs of all mothers and birthing people. The session will contribute to the understanding of why perinatal mental health is a public health imperative, and recognize the continuum of perinatal mood disorders and how they affect the perinatal family.

    This session was recorded as part of the 2023 in-person conference and the recording is presented with the slide presentation/audio.

  • Contains 4 Product(s)

    3.5(CH), Level up your business skills with these three doula business sessions. In this discounted bundle, doulas will gain access to all three sessions, on-demand. -Designing a Successful Brand with Tiffany Tolliver -Successful Ways to Manage Your Doula Business with Stefanie Antunes -Hero or Guide? Level Up Your Website by Centering Your Clients with Sarah Juliusson

    Save with this Bundle, Priced at $50(members); $90(non-members)

    -Designing a Successful Brand with Tiffany Tolliver

    Branding is an eye-opening process that brand expert Tiffany Tolliver has had the pleasure of experiencing repeatedly with a variety of creative entrepreneurs. Her daily routine involves peeling back the layers of their businesses, uncovering their core values, and celebrating what makes each brand unique—activities she finds incredibly joyful. Throughout her career working with solopreneurs, small business owners, and online influencers, Tiffany has developed a fun and practical methodology that aids in developing beautiful brands and achieving 100% client satisfaction. Whether participants are preparing to bring visual presence to their brand for the first time or seeking an update, the steps outlined in her webinar "Designing a Successful Brand" will offer a deeper understanding of branding and its crucial role in designing a business.

    -Successful Ways to Manage Your Doula Business with Stefanie Antunes

    Running any business can be challenging. Learn all the necessary elements of achieving business success. From assessing your market and competitors, and setting your goals, to uncovering your own unique service offering, this session will reaffirm how to use the tried and true ways of running a business. It will also address aspects of business ownership (that you may have not considered) that are paramount to business success.

    -Hero or Guide? Level Up Your Website by Centering Your Clients with Sarah Juliusson

    When a potential client lands on your website, what is the first emotion they feel? Our goal is a happy exhale, knowing that they have found their dream doula. Too often, families experience information overload instead of resonance and excitement. We get so caught up in sharing all the details about WHAT WE DO that we inadvertently position ourselves as the hero rather than the guide. The result? We miss fostering the sense of connection & empowerment they need to click on the BOOK NOW button.

    In this session, Sarah Juliusson, a Certified StoryBrand Guide, and Web Designer, will share simple ways to level up your online presence by centering the families you want to work with.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    (1.5 CH), Does your website communicate to your target market and help you build your clientele? In this session, level up your website to better connect with potential and existing clients!

    When a potential client lands on your website, what is the first emotion they feel? Our goal is a happy exhale, knowing that they have found their dream doula. Too often, families experience information-overwhelm instead of resonance and excitement. We get so caught up in sharing all the details about WHAT WE DO that we inadvertently position ourselves as the hero rather than the guide. The result? We miss fostering the sense of connection & empowerment they need to click on the BOOK NOW button.

    In this session, Sarah Juliusson, a Certified StoryBrand Guide, and Web Designer, will share simple ways to level up your online presence by centering the families you want to work with.

  • Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits

    (3 CH), This introductory lactation course takes the doula through the basics of human lactation anatomy and physiology, barriers and benefits, and application. This course is approved for DONA International certification.

    This course satisfies the Breastfeeding Education requirement for certification with DONA International. This course also offers 3 CH for DONA recertification. 

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    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    1(CH), In this session, Debra Pascali-Bonaro and Ibu Robin Lim explore the significance of postpartum healing rituals across cultures, emphasizing their role in providing cultural safety and honoring diverse beliefs. Debra and Robin will emphasize the pivotal role of doulas in fostering cultural humility and ensuring the well-being of clients and their families.

    Postpartum is a sensitive time that is honored by traditions and rituals for healing. Rituals also provide the protective social structures to achieve culturally safe care that honors and incorporates beliefs, culture, and encourages cultural humility.   Join Debra and Robin as they share examples of postpartum healing rituals, discuss the similarities and differences across cultures and invite you to connect with and create a list of the cultural beliefs and traditions from your community. Understand the importance of a doula's role in cultural humility and cultural safety for clients and their families.

    1 Contact Hour

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    Robin Lim

    CPM

    Robin Lim Filipina~American~Micronesian grandmother midwife, Doula, and founder of Bumi Sehat NGO which maintains clinics in Indonesia and the Philippines.

    I am blessed to kneel at the feet of birthing women, the StarGate between Earth and the Land of Souls.  Every 11 seconds a pregnant woman or newborn dies somewhere on Earth. 800 mothers and 7,000 babies die each day. Most of these lives are lost due to preventable or treatable causes. Solutions include; humanizing protocols and practices for birth and postpartum care, eradicating disparities in food security and making skilled midwives and trained doulas available to every MotherBaby.

    Honors: 2006 Alexander Langer Foundation, 2011 CNN Hero of the Year. 2012 APPPAH BirthKeeper award, Ashoka Fellow.
    Books: After the Baby’s Birth, Wellness for Mothers, Ecology of Gentle Birth, Awakening Birth, Eating for Two... Recipes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women, Placenta the Forgotten Chakra, Eat Pray Doula, The Geometry of Splitting Souls, Natural Family Planning Workbook, Butterfly People, 6 health booklets in Bahasa Indonesia.

    Lim's passion is culturally safety, respect, and Human Rights in Childbirth, and healthcare as a human right. My circle of support has been the astonishing Bumi Sehat team, plus my husband, Wil, and eight amazing grown and growing children (ages 46 to 16), I have six grandchildren, born gently into my hands.

    www.bumisehatfoundation.org www.iburobin.org

    Debra Pascali-Bonaro

    LCCE, AdvCD/BDT/PDT(DONA)

    Debra Pascali-Bonaro LCCE, AdvCD/BDT/PDT(DONA) is an inspirational international speaker, author, podcast host and filmmaker, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret  and co-writer of “Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth” all of which  explore the intimate and sacred sexual nature of birth.  Chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization, Co-Chair for the International Childbirth Initiative,  Debra’s passion comes from her years as a  Lamaze International childbirth educator, and birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International .  She has taught and worked with parents, physicians, midwives, nurses, doulas, and students in over 40 countries.  Debra is a featured expert in parenting journals and media around the world.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    1(CH), The Mothers of Gynecology is a thought-provoking work of art to elevate the roles of enslaved people, Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey in the 1840s. This casual conversation with the monument artist explores her experience in creating the monument as well as things she learned along the way.

    Art, History, and Conversation.

    Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey were enslaved women from plantations in and around Montgomery, Alabama. With neither consent nor anesthesia, they were experimented on by Dr. J. Marion Sims in the 1840s. After publishing the results of his ""success,"" Sims moved to New York to seek fame and fortune. Within a decade, he became known as the Father of Gynecology.  By contrast, Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy fell into history. They changed the world, only to be forgotten by it. In this session, the artist and creator of The Mothers of Gynecology Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama will share insight into the 15-foot public monument created to honor these women, tell their story, and shine a light on ongoing racial disparities in the healthcare industry today.

    1 Contact Hour

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    Michelle Browder

    CE

    Michelle is a native of Denver, Colorado. At the age 7, Michelle and her family moved to rural Verbena, Alabama in the late ’70s. Michelle experienced bullying through racial bias at an early age. Outspoken as a child, Michelle began combating her attackers through physical confrontations leading to multiple suspensions. During her last suspension, Michelle’s father gave her an ultimatum, “Prison or Art.” He challenged her to seize the moment to be creative.

    At the age of 13, Michelle harnessed her entrepreneurial spirit and started a hand-painted T-shirt business. After graduation, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and attended the Art Institute of Atlanta studying Graphic Design and Visual Communications.

    For nearly 35 years, Michelle has used art, history, and “real talk” conversations to mentor marginalized and disfavored students through visual arts and spoken word. She has created and branded art diversion programs used by juvenile detention centers in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama.

    Michelle’s art has been shown in galleries across the country notably the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. She has painted for Tyler Perry, Denzel Washington, and countless other stars. She opened a gallery and restaurant called PJR’S FISH AND BBQ RESTAURANT that employed high school students, returning citizens, and the homeless. Michelle has traveled across the country speaking and motivating our children to be More Than a statistic, generalization, or stereotype. She challenges all children and students to defy the odds of victimization.

    Michelle is the founder and director of I AM MORE THAN… Youth Empowerment Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. She owns and operates More Than Tours, a social business providing educational tours for nearly 10,000 underserved students in marginalized communities of color. Michelle’s mission is simple,“Exposing Our Children To The Truth, Will Give Them Access To A Seat At The Table.”

    Today, Michelle is the creator of The Mothers of Gynecology Monument in Montgomery, Alabama.

    She’s USA Today’s Alabama 2022 Woman of the Year.