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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) release a joint statement: Obstetric Care Consensus: Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery. Read about it in The DONA Doula Chronicles and read the ACOG press release.

Founder John H. Kennell, MD passed away in August 2013. Read the announcement.

How to Choose a Birth Doula: Find the right trained labor coach for your delivery.

One Voice Letter
Response to Today Show segment September 11, 2009

Mothering Mothers
NBC's Your Healthy Family with Hoda Kotb

Our response to homebirth options article in US News and World Report.

Doulas deliver help for birthing moms, August 7, 2007

Mother's helper: Doulas Make Birth Better For Some Bay Area Moms, April 4,2006

Childbirth Connection's (formerly MCA) Alert to help interpret the NIH cesarean conference, "Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request." (Formerly Maternity Center Association), Alerts & Responces, April 2005

Delivering Hope- Loretha Weisinger CD(DONA) Dispenses Advice and Support to Chicago 's Pregnant Teens
People Magazine,Vol.64  No.21, November 21, 2005    

DONA International President Susan Martensen Interview About Doulas on Hypnobabies LIVE, Jan. 20,2006

Doulas Help Women In Labor Keep to the Game Plan Health, Woman's Health, Jan. 3, 2006

DONA's Postpartum Director Responds to Article "The Trend Towards Night Doulas" Pregnancy and Birth, Midwives and Doulas, Jan.2, 2006

Childbirth Connection's Response to CDC Cesarean Section Rates
Childbirth Connection (Formerly Maternity Center Association) Cesarean Alert, Nov. 2005

Breastfeeding Saving Six Million Lives Annually, UNICEF Nutrition/Agriculture News, Nov. 23, 2005

ACOG Statement Calling Elective C-Sections Ethical “Downplays Risks of Procedure, Women's Health Organizations Say”, Daily Reports, Nov. 20, 2003

Guardian angels, Guardian Unlimited, Sept. 30, 2003

Dad's Birth Plan: Plan Ahead for a Less Stressful Birth,, Dads Today

A passion for pregnancy, St. Petersburg Times, Aug. 22, 2003

Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, new Cochrane Review through the Childbirth Connection (Formerly Maternity Center Association), July 2003

Certified Childbirth Educator/Birth Doula, The Boston Globe, April 20, 2003

Doulas Create Birth Memories Worth Cherishing, The Canadian Women's Health Network, January 24, 2003

Lucky Tomaszek The Passion of Birth, Vital Source, October 2002

Listening to Mothers: Report of the First National U.S. Survey of Women's Childbearing Experiences, Childbirth Connection (Formerly Maternity Center Association), October 24, 2002

Special delivery, Billings Gazette, October 23, 2002

Caregiver Support for Women During Childbirth: Does the Presence of a Labor-Support Person Affect Maternal-Child Outcomes?, American Family Physician, October 1, 2002

Lying in, Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 17, 2002

Doulas provide added support for child birth, The Daily Gleaner, April 8, 2002

The doula difference, Sarasota Magazine, January, 2002

Mother's little helpers Doulas making life easier for pre- and postpartum women, San Francisco Chronicle, November 18, 2001

Social Support By Doulas During Labor And The Early Postpartum Period, Hospital Physician, September 2001 (pdf)

A labor of love: Women turn to doulas for support during childbirth,
Lawrence Journal-World, May 19, 2001

The Doula Difference: North Bay women rediscover the art of helping others through childbirth, San Francisco Chronicle, May 4, 2001

Indivisible Stories of American Community – Stony Brook, NY

One Labor-Intensive Job,, March 12, 2001, Vol. 157, No. 10

Doulas - Who Are They and How Might They Affect Obstetrical Anesthesia Practices?, American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter, October 2000

Doulas Can Improve the Health of Both Mother and Newborn,, October 2000

Nice work if you can get it, JSOnline, Milwaukee, September 2000

A doula's passion is “mothering the mother”,
JSOnline, Milwaukee, January 2000

Hand holding for moms,, December 7, 1999

Doulas helping pregnant women - and their partners - through labor, Nurse Week, August 1998

Show of Support, Las Vegas Review-Journal, February 3, 1998

Paulette Ballas helps women have a successful birth day, San Francisco Examiner, September 1, 1997





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The Essential Ingredient: DOULA
The Essential Ingredient: DOULA is a documentary produced by DONA International in 2010 featuring commentary by all of DONA International's esteemed founders and some of its celebrated past presidents speaking on the origin and rationale of doula support. Their words are complemented by inspiring visuals of treasured birth and postpartum moments courtesy of Jodie Myers / MyBirthMovie. You are encouraged to use this documentary in your practice. Embed it on your web site and share it with potential clients and professional. You can view this documentary now* on-line on YouTube.
*Please be advised that you may not edit or cut the video or remix portions of it for other projects.

The Essential Ingredient: Doula

Learn More About Doulas
Read DONA International's Position Papers on Birth and Postpartum, and other evidence-based research.

Photography above by:
© Patti Ramos
Used with permission.





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