Code of Ethics

The Doula Association of Ireland understands that one of the most basic and important needs of the birthing person is to feel safe and secure, and to have trust and confidence in the people around them at this special, delicate time such as the welcoming of a new baby. The Association also strives to promote a respectful, positive working relationship with the midwifery and medical communities.

Each member of the Doula Association of Ireland has therefore signed a written commitment to adhering to the following Code of Ethics which states the basic responsibilities of our members in their working practice.

All members of the Doula Association of Ireland:

  • Are accountable for their own practice in whatever environment they choose to work. However, in all circumstances the safety and welfare of the birthing person/new parent, baby, and the doula, must be of primary importance.

  • Offer emotional, informational, practical, and physical support, assisting clients in exploring their available options and making decisions without ever offering medical advice.

  • Do not speak on behalf of clients, but may encourage client to self-advocate where needed, working to enhance their communication with medical staff. It is the philosophy of the DAI that informed decision-making is key to lasting satisfaction and a positive birthing experience.

  • Work to provide the highest level of care and support to their clients.

  • Will refer clients to other appropriate resources and professionals should the client have needs beyond the scope of the doula role.

  • Will be honest and show integrity and respect at all times towards their clients, doula colleagues, and the other professionals alongside whom they may be working.

  • Will strive to develop and maintain positive work relationships within the doula and birthing communities. As a representative of the DAI, all communications with the birthing community should be ethical and respectful.

  • Will not discuss personal and/or DAI communications outside the DAI without prior consent from relevant parties.

  • Will not discuss personal and/or confidential information, which has been disclosed by their clients during their professional engagement, without the express permission of such clients.

  • Are advised to have a written contract with their clients.

  • Will keep records of their doula activities and submit their anonymous Data Collection Forms to the Association.

  • Will continue to develop their skills and education by attending relevant courses, workshops, and lectures as they become available

  • Will strive to stay up to date on evidence-based information and best practices.

  • Agree to have an active insurance policy whenever working with clients.

  • Are currently Garda vetted to work as a doula or commit to completing the process through the DAI upon joining the Association.

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