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Conference Sneak Peek: Advanced Peanut Ball Techniques

Photo courtesy of Premier Birth Tools Cheri Grant is known as The Peanut Ball Lady, and her mission is to teach the world about the effectiveness of peanut balls (peanut-shaped exercise balls) in labor. She trains other professionals to become authorized peanut ball...

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Is Homebirth Safe?

The safety of homebirth has been much discussed in the birth community over the last few months following the publication of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine at the end of 2015. At the upcoming DONA International Annual Conference, Dr. Michael Klein, a...

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10 Reasons You Should be at the 2016 Conference!

In just a few weeks, the DONA International Annual Conference: ENGAGE will take place near Seattle, WA. Here are 10 reasons you should be at #DONA16! 1. Learn new skills and evidence based information.  Continuing to grow your skillset and stay up-to-date on the...

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Sailing Through Certification: Packet Reviewer Tips Part 2

This is the second installment in our Sailing through Certification: Tips from a Packet Reviewer series.  Birth doula certification packet reviewer, Julia Schetky, posts tips on DONA International’s Facebook groups each week with tips for those preparing that precious...

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Deadline Approaching for Advanced Doula Applications

Are you working to advance the maternal-child field? Know a doula who is? The deadline to submit for the Advanced Doula designation is fast approaching! Apply by May 31, 2016 for consideration. Your next opportunity to apply won’t come again until May 2017, so don’t...

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Get to Know Your New DONA International Board Members

DONA International’s leadership team has some new faces! Members have received an email about new members of the DONA International Board of Directors who have stepped up to fill vacant positions. We are thankful for the time and energy these women are giving to...

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What I Learned on the Board of DONA International

Editor’s Note: Wondering what it’s like to serve on the DONA International Board of Directors? Read on to hear Eva Bild share her experience serving as a Regional Director. Feeling inspired to serve your fellow doulas? Applications are now being accepted for Eastern...

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Meet DONA International’s President HeatherGail Lovejoy

DONA International was founded by doulas and throughout its 24 year history has continued to be lead by doulas. In recent years, a professional management team was brought on to better meet the needs of nearly 6,000 members in 54 countries. As a non-profit...

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International Doula Preview: Spring 2016

The next issue of the International Doula features an article written by Missy David titled “Birth Plans Don’t Work. Did They Ever?” This article offers a very interesting discussion about the use of birth plans and how we can help guide our clients in a different...

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Reflections on the 1st Annual Trainer’s Retreat

Recently a group of dedicated doulas gathered in sunny Florida for DONA International’s 1st Annual Trainer’s Retreat. One attendee, Rina Crane, AdvCD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, shares her experience at the retreat and some of her own story of meeting and working...

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Call for Speaker Proposals: 2016 Annual Conference

In just six short months the international doula community will gather in Bellevue, Washington for ENGAGE, DONA International’s 22nd Annual Conference. The Conference Committee is now accepting submissions from those interested in providing a 90 minute concurrent...

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Board of Directors Update

With the start of 2016, there are several changes on your DONA International Board of Directors. We are saying goodbye (and thank you!) to some as well as welcoming new directors. We are fortunate to have many dedicated board volunteers who have served the...

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Best of The DONA Doula Chronicles 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we thought we’d share the most popular posts from The DONA Doula Chronicles this year. If you’ve missed any of these articles, here’s your chance to catch up! Thank you for making 2015 the best year yet for DONA International’s blog. Top 5...

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