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

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