Become a Speaker

The 2020 DONA International conference will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Thursday, October 15 through Saturday, October 17, 2020.  The event will offer an opportunity for doulas and birth professionals from around the world to come together to grow in individual and professional skills and is one way we continue to provide the highest standard of evidence-based training and education to our members.

Call for Speaker Proposals

 DONA International’s Speaker Selection Team is looking for evidence-based presentations that provide transferable skills to our summit attendees. We invite speakers to share your expertise and shape the summit program by submitting a speaker proposal that will lend itself well to the theme of connecting vision to action.  Presentations should reflect the vision of a doula for every person who wants one, and give tangible tools and skills for professionals to continue to move our vision forward with action.

DONA International has a culturally diverse membership, no less multicultural than the families we serve. We ask that speakers reflect that diversity in any images and language chosen for their presentation.

Proposal Submission

We are seeking presentations on the intersection of childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding to be submitted no later than February 28, 2020.

  • Doula Mentoring
  • Cultural Competence & Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • Business/Legal
  • Evidenced-Based Practice and Research
  • Advocacy or Community Organizing
  • International Birth and Postpartum Perspectives
  • Birth Professional Skill Builders
  • Challenges and Solutions in the Birth World
  • Personal and General Professional Development
  • Childbirth, Postpartum, Breastfeeding etc.

In order to submit, you will need the following information ready:

  • Brief description
  • Teaching methods
  • Session details
  • Speaker bio
  • Cv/resume
  • Professional headshot

Ready to submit your proposal? Visit the online form here.


Speaker honorarium includes $400 as well as the opportunity to register for the full event at 50% registration fees.


The deadline for all submissions is February 21, 2020.

Questions? Contact us via email