We are the EDN!

They say that nothing worth doing is easy. Like every non-profit, we have to navigate bumps in the road. But we wouldn’t change a thing. Why? Because throughout our journey we’ve honed our skills and put our abilities to the test, so doulas everywhere can benefit from each other's experiences:

Who is the EDN?
"WE ARE THE EDN!"

Connecting • Supporting • Informing

In October 2023 global doulas united at FIGO XXIV World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Paris and Midwifery Today, Germany

EDN representing doulas internationally at Midwifery Today (Germany) and FIGO (Paris).

Doulas de France, EDN, DONA International, International Childbirth Education Association and Doulas in Austria united at FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2023

EDN connecting doulas and midwives at Midwifery Today, Bad Wildbad

DOULAS PROVIDE continuous SUPPORT
EDN, ICEA and DiA united at FIGO World Congress, Paris

Our Network

We’re more than a cuddle of doulas. We’re a family of like-minded women, using our passion and listening skills to make a difference in whatever way we can.

We are also partnered with key organisations in the wider international birthing community:

Our Projects

We're always working on something. Most of the time, we're focused on sharing knowledge between doulas. But every so often we explore new projects and ideas. 

  • In 2020 we launched our first EDN Doula Survey, just as Corona lock-down hit the world. In 2022 we relaunched the survey to help bring understanding of how the pandemic has changed doula work and lives. 
  • In 2022 we created the Doula Solidarity and Support Initiative to help doulas support refugees.
  • The EDN documentary is reaching it's final stages before being released in autumn 2023. 

Our Motivation

Being there as a doula for doulas is our driving energy. It's the reason why a close-knit group of volunteers get up every day and do what we do. 

We love forming deeper connections that help us deal with every new challenge. 

If being a part of the EDN as a member organisation, friend or volunteer speaks to you, please click this button!

EDN Office Core

This is the beating heart of the EDN, warmly supported by our member representatives. Our roles are doubled, or trippled up to make sure everyone has the support they need and to help make distance working more fun and companionable. We use MeWe for secure communication and have created a number of 'walk through' videos to help new volunteers easily learn how we organise ourselves. We meet monthly online and look forward to meeting again in person... it's been too long!

If you are interested in helping us with some of your time, we also have the 'doula pool' of volunteers who maybe available when we need an extra hand or for a specific project. 

The roles are renewed every year at the EDN General Meeting in September, when team members confirm their ongoing participation or request the participation of new volunteers. We all have busy lives beyond volunteering and the key is open and caring communication between us throughout the year.

Beyond these core roles, there are also other mini-projects which EDN doula members are welcome to initiate or join. If you're interested in volunteering in any way, please don't hesitate to contact us, we welcome and support your ideas and energy whenever possible!

Core-Organiser
Anita

Core-Organiser / Membership

Ayşegül

Core-Organiser / 
Co-Treasurer
Debbie
(supported by Lara, Michèle, Andrea)

Co-Treasurer
Lara
(supported by Debbie, Michèle, Andrea)

Social Media:

Marija, Anna

EDN Core-Organiser Support
Maria

EDN Focus Group Volunteers

Since our Annual Member's Meeting in 2021, we have created a number of focus groups to carry forward our special projects:

EDN Documentary
Mary, Anita, Maria, collaborating with Des Films

EDN Surveys Research
Špela, Anita, Debbie

EDN Outreach
Silvia, Alessandra

Doula Solidarity and Support Initiative
Debbie, Silvia

EDN is recruiting Volunteers!


We have a truly amazing team and so many exceptional projects to help connect, support and inform doulas and the communities they are part of! 
We need your ideas and enthusiasm, plus your communication and organisation skills to nurture these projects to become seeds, that become plants, that bare flowers and fruit!
We have a fully organised volunteer framework to support you and bring your skills into the sunlight. We recognise everyone has many commitments and we trust that shared kindness and open communication will mean everyone is getting the support they need in their role. 

Affiliates and Partners

International Childbirth Initiative (ICI)

The International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) have joined forces developing a single global initiative to provide guidance and support for safe and respectful maternity care, building upon their previous work and incorporating the most recent evidence and insights into what constitutes optimal maternal and newborn health.

Launched in 2018, this initiative, The International Childbirth Initiative (ICI): 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care provides clear steps for implementing evidence-based maternity care worldwide, acknowledging the interaction between the MotherBaby dyad, Family and Environment as well as their interactions with health providers and health systems. 

The 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care is available here in multiple languages

The role of doula is complementary to many of the ICI steps and is clearly supported in Step 4, as you can see below:

ICI - Step 4 (Podcast) "Offer Continuous Support"
with Elena Carillo (DONA) and sociologist Dr Christine Morton.

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Prenatal Alliance

We are individually and collectively committed to fostering the following values, worldwide: 

 

  • Prenatal parenting – The importance of parenting our baby prior to conception, at conception, during pregnancy and birth 


  • Babies first – The unborn baby is a conscious and sentient being who reacts, responds, learns; he/she thrives when surrounded by love and harmony, nurtured by his/her mother, especially when she is supported by the father, family and society at large 


  • Safety – Women need to feel safe and respected during the time they are forming and welcoming a baby into this world 


Prenatal Alliance Manifesto


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