In-Person Registration & Details
Conference 2023 Fees (USD)
|All Registration Rates are in USD||Pre-Sale, March 15- March 31, 2023||Early Bird Registration, April 1 - May 15, 2023||Regular Registration, May 16, 2023 - August 31, 2023||Late Registration, September 1, 2023 - October 22, 2023|
|Members- Full Conference||395||425||475||525|
|Student Doulas (Current Members and DONA certification packet holders at the time of registration)||300||300||300||395|
|Non- Members- Full Conference||495||550||595|
|Pre Con A (Optional Add-On)||99||125|
|Pre Con B (Optional Add-On)||99||125|
Registration Waivers and Policies
Doula Spirit Fund Fee Waivers
DONA International is pleased to offer a limited number of conference registration fee waivers for the DONA International Summit 2023. The Spirit Fund was established many years ago to offer sponsorships for doulas with financial needs to help with the expenses of attending our annual conference. The application for 2023 is now closed.
People from around the world contribute to this important fund in small and large amounts. Registrants can offer a contribution as part of their registration or can click here to contribute directly.
Additionally, we raise funds for the spirit fund in other ways. Our conference silent auction and our affiliate program with Office Depot raise funds that have been earmarked for the doula spirit fund by our Board of Directors.
LGBTQIA2S+ Fund Fee Waivers
DONA International has established a conference registration fee waiver for members that identify or serve as part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. This waiver was established using funds from sales of DONA Pride merchandise. 100% of the revenue from DONA Pride merchandise is used to fund this scholarship. The number of scholarships is dependent on available funds. The application for 2023 is now closed.
The DONA International Summit is one way we continue to provide the highest standard of evidence-based training and education to our members. The summit qualifies as formal continuing education for doula recertification and trainer reapproval with DONA International as well as most other childbirth certification organizations. The 2023 conference (and pre-cons) will offer the opportunity to earn 18 continuing education hours.
Lamaze International, International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), and most other childbirth certification organizations accept DONA International contact hours for continuing education. However, it is the individual registrant’s responsibility to ascertain whether this offering meets the requirements of their certifying organization. The registrant must attend a session in its entirety to receive continuing education credit for that session.
Pre-conference sessions are available on Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 9:00 am CT – 4:30 pm CT. We will offer two tracked sessions, each with 3 different 2-hour sessions. Track A will include doula skills sessions, and Track B will include doula business-related topics. The Pre-con sessions are optional and are an add-on to the conference registration.
Exhibitors and Sponsors
Are you interested in becoming a virtual exhibitor at this year’s event? Contact [email protected] to discuss options.
As part of our offering to exhibitors and sponsors, we share contact lists (names and email addresses) with conference vendors. Attendees can opt out during registration if desired.
Video and/or audio recording of any session is strictly prohibited. Professional audio recordings may become available after the conference. Your attendance at this conference indicates your willingness to be photographed, filmed or recorded and utilized by DONA International for educational and informational purposes.
We are excited about live tweeting, Instagramming, Facebook posting, and other social media activities with #DONA2023. Remember, the goal is to provide a snippet or flavor of the session and not be a virtual session. We kindly ask that you keep this in mind as you post.
Change in Program
DONA International reserves the right to substitute or cancel speakers and/or sessions.
For specific questions about the conference or registration, please call the DONA International Office at 1-888-788-DONA (3662) or email [email protected].
Cancellations and Refund Requests
All refund requests for the in-person conference must be submitted in writing, postmarked by September 15, 2023, to the DONA International Home Office, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 850, Chicago, IL 60601.
For each in-person conference fee refund request, a non-refundable processing fee of $150 (US funds) will be retained in all cases. After September 15, 2023, you may transfer your registration to a substitute attendee, but you must notify the DONA International home office by calling 1-888-788-DONA (3662) or emailing [email protected].
There are no refunds for the keynote virtual live-stream event. Registration may be applied to the full in-person conference if the attendee would like to upgrade their registration (from virtual to in-person). Upgrades should be completed by September 15, 2023, please email [email protected] and ed[email protected] to request upgrading from virtual to in-person.