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DONA International Advocates for Families in Washington D.C.

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I am writing to you from Washington D.C., where I have just wrapped up attending the DONA International Annual Trainers Retreat. This gathering was a chance for birth and postpartum trainers to meet, share and...

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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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A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

As I sit writing this post in an eerie haze of strange sunshine attempting to make its way down to the earth, I realize that my attentions have turned to Fall, cooler weather and evaluating my 2018 client and teaching schedule.  Time marches on and waits for no one,...

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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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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), Blog...

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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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