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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!

World Doula Week 2018 – “Doulas Make It Happen”

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today begins the 8th Annual observance of World Doula Week. World Doula Week is celebrated every year  March 22- March 28, and corresponds to the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Initially founded by...

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A Membership with Benefits: #DONAProud

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International was founded 26 years ago by five of the most amazing people! Dr. John H. Kennell, Dr. Marshall Klaus, Annie Kennedy, Penny Simkin, and Phyllis Klaus sat down and established the organization...

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Reflections on My Doula Work – What are Yours?

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE 2018 will be the 15th year of defining myself as a professional doula and childbirth educator. Much has changed in that decade and a half, and yet much has remained the same. I am feeling reflective as I round the...

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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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