Conference and Workshop Fees

Conference Fees

The Summit begins on Thursday, October 3 @ 6pm CT, and ends on Saturday, October 5, 2019 6:00pm CT September 15-Event
Full In-Person Conference- Members$475
Full In-Person Conference- Non-Members (One Year Membership Included)$575
1 Day In Person- Member$237.50
1 Day In Person- Non-Members (One Year Membership Included)$337.50
Online Live Stream Keynote Sessions (Only) $85

Early registration fees must be postmarked or confirmed with online payment by 5:00 pm CST on  June 15, 2019.

How to Register

Pre-registration is required for the Leadership Summit.  All concurrent sessions taking place on Friday and Saturday do not require pre-selection.  Sessions are on a first come first serve basis on the day of the session.

DONA International members and/or those that have a previously established login, register using your login credentials. After logging in, you’ll see a link for “DONA International Leadership Summit.”

If you are not already affiliated with DONA International, please create a record. Then, you’ll be able to select “DONA International Annual Conference.”

Lastly, you can also register via mail or fax. For paper registration please contact [email protected].

In-Person Conference Registration Includes

  • The special pre-conference Welcome Reception on October 3, 2019.
  • The core Leadership Summit beginning on Friday, October 4, 2019 and ending Saturday, October 5, 2019.
  • Ability to earn fifteen contact hours for recertification
  • Admission to the Exhibit Hall
  • Opportunities to network and connect with doulas, educators, speakers, and others
  • Light breakfast (Friday and Saturday), to improve accessibility, we have reduced this year’s attendance registration cost.  Participants will be given time to seek lunch on their own.

Keynote Live Stream Registration Includes

  • Four keynote sessions live
  • One BONUS concurrent (DONA selected) live
  • Ability to earn five contact hours for recertification
  • Online access to live-streamed sessions after the event

Cancellations and Refund Requests

All refund requests must be submitted in writing, postmarked by August 25, 2019.  For registrations taken prior to August 25, 2019, the cancellations deadline is September 15, 2019.  Please send the written notice to the DONA International Home Office, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 850, Chicago, IL 60601.

A non-refundable processing fee of $100 (US funds) will be retained in all cases for each conference fee refund request received by August 25, 2019 (or September 15, 2019-for terms, please see above). Due to financial obligations, after August 25, 2019, (or September 15, 2019-for terms, please see above) no refunds will be issued however 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]

Doula Spirit Fund Fee Waivers

The doula spirit fund was established many years ago to offer sponsorships for doulas with financial need to help with the expenses of attending our annual conference.

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 raises funds that have been earmarked for the doula spirit fund by our Board of Directors.

DONA International is pleased to offer a limited number of conference registration fee waivers for the DONA International Leadership Summit in October.

The application window for 2019 is closed.  Recipients of this year’s awards will be notified on September 4, 2019 via email.

Continuing Education

The DONA International Summit is one way we continue to provide the highest standard of evidence-based training and education to our members. The leadership summit qualifies as formal continuing education for doula recertification and trainer reapproval with DONA International as well as most other childbirth certification organizations. The total number of Contact Hours available is fifteen (15).

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.

Breastfeeding Babies

Breastfeeding babies up to six (6) months of age (in arms or slings only, no strollers) who remain quiet may accompany a registrant at sessions, at meals and in the Exhibit Hall. A comfortable breastfeeding room will also be available for nursing families.

Special Dietary Needs

For special dietary needs, check the available options on the registration form.

Volunteers Invited

Help make this event a success! Indicate your interest in joining our summit volunteer team on the registration form. Volunteers will not miss meals or sessions.


Are you interested in becoming an exhibitor at this year’s event?  Visit our Exhibitors and Sponsors page for more information.


Video and/or audio recording of any session is strictly prohibited. Professional audio recordings of most sessions will be available for sale on-site 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.

Social Media

We are excited about live tweeting, Instagramming, Facebook posting and other social media activities with #DONA19. 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].