DSA Code of Ethics

I. Rules of Conduct

A. Propriety. The Labour and/or Postpartum Support Provider, hereafter called the Provider, should maintain high standards of personal conduct in the capacity or role of Provider.

B. Competence and Professional Development. The Provider should strive 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 Providers.

C. Integrity. The Provider should act in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity.

II. Ethical Responsibility to Clients

A. Primacy of Clients Interests. The Provider's primary responsibility is to her clients.

B. Rights and Prerogatives of Clients. The Provider should make every effort to foster maximum self-determination on the part of her clients.

C. Confidentiality and Privacy. The Provider should respect the privacy of clients and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service.

D. Obligation to Serve. The Provider should assist each client seeking labour and/or postpartum support either by providing services or making appropriate referrals.

E. Reliability. When the Provider agrees to work with a particular client, her obligation is to do so reliably, without fail, for the term of the agreement. The agreement should clearly state any limitations on the Provider's availability and include clear back-up plans for such situations when the Provider is unavailable.

F. Fees. When setting fees the Provider should ensure that they are fair, reasonable, considerate and commensurate with service performed and with due regard for the Client's ability to pay.

Ill. Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues

A. Respect Fairness and Courtesy. The Provider should treat colleagues with respect, courtesy, fairness and good faith.

B. Dealing with Colleague's Clients. The Provider has the responsibility to relate to the clients of colleagues with full professional consideration.

IV. Ethical Responsibility to Health Care Providers of the Client

A. Respect, Fairness and Courtesy. The Provider should treat her client's caregivers with respect, courtesy, fairness and good faith.

B. Recognition of Clinical Responsibility. The Provider should recognize that responsibility for clinical management belongs to the Health Care Provider (nurse, midwife, physician) and the client. The Provider should not interfere with clinical management beyond making suggestions to or asking questions of the Health Care Provider and client. based on her knowledge of the client's birth plans and preferences.

V. Ethical Responsibility to the Doula Profession

A. Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession. The Provider should uphold and advance the values, ethics, knowledge and mission of the profession.

B. Community Service. The Provider should assist the profession in making doula support services available to the general public.

VI. Ethical Responsibility to Society

A. Promoting Maternal and Child Welfare. The Provider should promote the general health of women and their babies, and whenever possible, that of their family and friends as well.