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Series: Doula Me This #5 – Clients Are Planning an Unassisted Birth

Series: Doula Me This #5 – Clients Are Planning an Unassisted Birth

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is the fifth post in the occasional series, “Doula Me This!” Each post in the series provides a common scenario that a birth or postpartum (or both) doula may face. The “correct” answer (if there is one) requires some synthesis of the situation and at times […]

Expert Tips for a Smooth Recertification Process

Expert Tips for a Smooth Recertification Process

By Uta Mattox, AdvCD(DONA), CD(DONA) Today’s post is the third and final post in a short series focusing on tips from the experts on birth and postpartum certification and recertification. Today, longtime doula Uta Mattox, former Director of Certification and current recertification reviewer, shares her professional tips and experience to help make the recertification process […]

Meet The DONA 2019 Board Candidates and Get Ready to Vote!

Meet The DONA 2019 Board Candidates and Get Ready to Vote!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, LCE DONA International is the world’s premier doula organization and relies on the person power and skills of many, many volunteers to keep it running effectively. Our organization is led by an all volunteer board of directors who serve three-year terms and give many, many hundreds (thousands?) of […]

Let’s Meet DONA International’s 2018 Advanced Doulas

Let’s Meet DONA International’s 2018 Advanced Doulas

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE This summer, DONA International awarded three doulas the credential of “Advanced Doula.” This certification level was initiated in 2015, and the designation honors DONA certified birth and postpartum doulas who have made major contributions to DONA International, to the doula profession, and in the maternal-child field. Today, I would […]

The Black Infant Remembrance Memorial – A Valuable Resource for Your Families

The Black Infant Remembrance Memorial – A Valuable Resource for Your Families

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE You cannot live in the United States and be unaware of the health inequities that face Black families here in this country. Every single major news outlet has been covering this tragic situation with increasing frequency. People are working to raise awareness of the issue of Black […]

Research Review: Bearing witness: United States and Canadian maternity support workers’ observations of disrespectful care in childbirth

Research Review: Bearing witness: United States and Canadian maternity support workers’ observations of disrespectful care in childbirth

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE A new research paper, Bearing witness: United States and Canadian maternity support workers’ observations of disrespectful care in childbirth, was recently published in the journal Birth. Written by Christine Morton, Ph.D., a medical sociologist and author and her colleagues, the study examines and compares the frequency with which […]

Series – Doula Me This #4: Who Gets My Support?

Series – Doula Me This #4: Who Gets My Support?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is the fourth post in the occasional series, “Doula Me This!” Each post in the series provides a common scenario that a birth or postpartum (or both) doula may face. The “correct” answer (if there is one) requires some synthesis of the situation and at […]