The article below highlights why it’s important to find a CERTIFIED doula when you’re shopping for labor or postpartum support,.  DONA is the leading doula certification organization in the world because they’re proactive.  There’s a lot of certifying agencies out there, and each has it’s place, but if you’re looking for a leader in the industry in my opinion there’s none better.

AVBRN highly values training and certification.  You’ll find support professionals who are certified with DONA, Lamaze, Informed Beginnings, Still Birth Day, Evidence Based Birth, and more.  AVBRN midwives, doulas, educators, counselors, and coaches are all trained and licensed professionals who are ready to help you achieve your birth goals.

Recently, our board of directors kicked off our advocacy efforts by attending a meeting on Capitol Hill.  The invitation to attend and participate in the bipartisan Congressional Caucus Meeting on Maternity Care by staff of U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), aligned perfectly with our desire to increase advocacy and awareness around doula support.

In addition to DONA International, there was a diverse coalition of maternal health representatives in attendance, including names such as American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology(ACOG), American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), March of Dimes, Lamaze International, Breastfeeding USAPreeclampsia Society, Centering Healthcare Institute, Childbirth Connections, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) and other maternal health specialists.

Source: Doula Advocacy at Congressional Maternity Care Caucus 2016