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We know doulas. As a leader in the doula field for over 25 years, DONA International is your trusted authority for evidence-based information and resources for the doula profession.

From families considering hiring a doula to the thousands of doulas worldwide who support them, so many people want to learn more about doulas. Here on the blog, we provide evidence-based information specifically for professional doulas and the families we serve. Doulas play a unique role in the lives of the families we support and need specialized resources to grow and thrive as professionals. Stay up to date and informed with the organization that put doulas on the map!

The Doula Magic: Lowering Cesarean Rates

By Jessica English, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE The research on doulas is solid.  Doulas improve outcomes for both parents and babies.  Over the next six months, this blog will examine the six documented benefits of having a doula at one’s birth. We know that there are...

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So You Want to Be a Midwife?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Many reasons for becoming a doula As a birth doula trainer for many years,  I have learned that there are a variety of reasons that people take a birth doula workshop.  Some people want to support a friend or...

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Natural Childbirth – Are The Times A Changin’?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Language Evolves I know that contemporary phrases and popular terms change over time.  My teen children and their interesting vocabulary are a constant reminder of that for me.  Frequently, I seem to hear words...

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ACOG Opinion on Limiting Interventions in Labor

The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a new Committee Opinion: Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth. This Opinion was endorsed by the The American College of Nurse–Midwives and the Association of Women’s Health,...

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Growing Well: Evaluating Ideas to Expand Your Doula Practice

By Chama Woydak,LCCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) Are you an ideas person? Do amazing ideas for your doula practice come to you while driving, enjoying your morning coffee, or supporting a client? Does it sometimes feel like a curse to have so many thoughts on how you can...

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Call for Session Proposals – 2017 Virtual Conference

It may only be January, but DONA International is already gearing up for the 2017 Annual Conference Cultivating Connections: It Starts With Us. This year’s evidence-based learning opportunity from the world’s largest and longest standing doula organization is online....

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Hospital Cesarean Rates: What You Should Know

Does the hospital where someone gives birth impact their chances of having a cesarean birth? Consumer Reports has raised this very question following an investigation into the c-section rates at hospitals across the country. We talked with Doris Peter, PhD, Director...

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The inspiration behind DONA’s new brand identity

This article was originally published in the International Doula magazine. This version includes a photo of the meeting with DONA International founders Penny Simkin, Annie Kennedy, and Phyllis Klaus to discuss the new logo. — Adrianne Gordon, MBA, CD(DONA),...

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Premature Babies and the Postpartum Doula

Supporting a family with a premature baby bring special considerations, challenges, and opportunities for doulas. We have previously shared tips for birth doulas in When a Premature Birth Seems Likely. Here postpartum doula trainer Kathrin Auger shares her insights to...

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When a Premature Birth Seems Likely

By Adrianne Gordon, MBA, CD(DONA), Blog Manager This month we recognize Prematurity Awareness Month with tips for doulas supporting families at risk for premature birth.  Whether you are a new doula or have years of experience, we hope these reminders and resources...

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6 Ways Doulas Can Support Families Planning VBACs

By Jen Kamel, Founder/Director VBAC Facts Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates have been slowly rising in America the last few years as more and more women become familiar with the option. (1; 2) However, our latest statistics reflect still that only 11% of women...

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ACOG Updates: What Doulas Should Know

Effectively serving clients requires doulas to stay informed on changes in maternity care practices and guidelines. While we are not clinicians, we do provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the families we support. Staying informed of policies and...

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Best of the ID: Penny Reflects on 12 Hour Contract Clauses

There has been much conversation in the doula community about contract language which outlines a specific number of hours of labor support included in the base fee and how to address support beyond that period of time.  In the most recent International Doula magazine,...

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