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DONA International has been a trusted resource for information about the doula profession for over 25 years. Whether you are a family considering hiring a doula, want to be come a doula or are a care provider working with doulas — these articles provide information about what a doula does and how we support families. Doulas make a difference!

Pregúntale a Penny (Ask Penny Español)

Queridas Doulas, Como DONA está celebrando su 25 aniversario este año, Jessica English (editora del International Doula) me pidió que le dedicara la columna Pregúntale a Penny a la historia de DONA. Ponderando sobre esto, encontré la primera edición del International...

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Congratulations to DONA’s Newest Advanced Certified Doulas

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International is the oldest and the largest international doula organization in the world. Founded by five visionary leaders who saw a need and filled it, DONA has grown into an amazing organization and has...

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Ten Ideas to Celebrate International Doula Month 2017 and YOU

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE International Doula Month 2017 May is International Doula Month and a great time to celebrate the efforts that birth and postpartum doulas have on improving maternal-infant health outcomes.  Doulas work hard to...

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The Best Meal Ever – The Joy of that First Postpartum Meal

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The postpartum meal: an unusual hypothesis Birth can be transformative.  I have witnessed that time and time again as I have helped families welcome a small human(s) into the world.  After attending births for...

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The Doula Difference: 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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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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Ten Reasons I Love Being a Doula

Is it your time to become a birth or postpartum doula? It's an incredible calling! Recently, DONA International asked me to reflect on what doula life has meant to me. We spend so much time thinking about our clients' needs-- as it should be; but this is a sweet...

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The Role of Doulas in Reducing the Primary Cesarean

The rise in cesarean birth rates and the effects of cesarean birth on mother and baby have become common themes in articles about birth and medical care. It seems everyone from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to Consumer Reports to...

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