Our Code of Ethics

Members of the EDN agree to the same definition of the role and ethics of a doula. 

The role of 'doula' is not widely known and is often misunderstood; this ethical code is essential to make it clear who a doula is, and what a doula does and does not do. 

Please scroll down to find translations of the ethics into many of our European lanaguages. The EDN Code of Ethics can be shared easily using the QR Codes below.

EDN Code of Ethics

The European Doula Network (EDN) was officially established in 2011 to connect doula organisations across Europe and share a common Code of Ethics. 

Doulas may support individuals, parents and families in their choices throughout pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting or during other life-changing periods, such as bereavement and death. 

A member association, training course, or friend of the EDN agrees to the following definition of the role and ethics of a doula:

  • Doulas provide emotional and practical support to individuals, parents and families.

  • Doulas do not perform clinical tasks, make medical diagnoses or give advice.

  • Doulas support informed choice and informed consent, without directing any decision-making.

  • Doulas treat clients, families, colleagues and all other professionals with respect and courtesy.

  • Doulas conduct themselves with integrity and transparency with respect to their experience, skills, and boundaries.

  • Doulas respect the privacy of clients and hold in confidence all information in accordance with GDPR.

  • Doulas engage in continuing personal and professional development.

  • Doulas contribute to networks of care in local and wider communities.

European Doula Network, 2023

European Doula Network Members


of the EDN

Individual doulas and doula-friendly organisations are welcome to join EDN, bringing their valuable support to the network from all around the world. 

EDN Doula Training Courses

EDN does not accredit or certify doula training courses.
EDN Member Doula Training Courses do adhere to the EDN Code of Ethics.