Code of Ethics
WHAT IS A DOULA?
Doulas provide emotional, physical and informational support to women and their families throughout the birthing process, promoting informed choice and informed consent, without directing a woman’s decision making. Doulas DO NOT perform clinical tasks, make medical diagnoses or give advice.
ethical responsibility to clients
The doula’s primary responsibility is to their clients, making every effort to foster self-determination. The doula respects the privacy of clients and holds in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service. When the doula agrees to work with a particular client, their obligation is to do so reliably, without fail, for the term of the agreement. Doulas conduct themselves with integrity and transparency with respect to their experience, skills, and boundaries.
ethical responsibility to colleagues
The doula treats colleagues with respect, courtesy, fairness, and good faith. The doula has the responsibility to relate to the clients of colleagues with full professional consideration.
ethical responsibility to the doula profession
Doulas maintain the integrity of the profession by upholding and advancing the values, ethics, knowledge, and mission of the profession. The doula maintains high standards of personal conduct in the capacity or identity as a birth doula, striving to become and remain proficient in the professional practice and the performance of professional functions through continuing education, affiliation with related organizations, and associations with other doulas.
ethical responsibility to society
The doula promotes the general well-being of women, birthing people, their babies, and whenever possible, that of their family and friends as well.