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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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International Doula Features Article on Nitrous Oxide in Labor

The next issue of the International Doula features an article written by Catherine McGovern and Dr. William Camann titled “Nitrous Oxide for Labor Pain Relief.” Dr. Camann is Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor...

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2015 Advanced Doulas Announced!

DONA International is proud to announce the inaugural Advanced Doula designees! At the 2015 virtual conference, a new credential was unveiled for veteran doulas. This year’s nominees were exactly what we expected from experienced DONA International doulas who are...

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The DONA Doula Chronicles Gives Thanks

Thanksgiving is right around the corner in the U.S., and so this seems the perfect time to say thank you to all those who have contributed to The DONA Doula Chronicles as writers, editors or idea generators. DONA International’s blog is truly a team effort, and we are...

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Certification Requirements for Birth Doulas Revised

Last week, DONA International announced revised requirements and documentation for birth doula certification. “As we see changes in the maternity care environment and hear from our members on what they need to succeed as professional birth support providers, it is...

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Updated Standards of Practice from DONA International

At their August meeting, the Board of Directors for DONA International approved revisions to the Standards of Practice for both birth and postpartum doulas. These documents, which all DONA International certified and member doulas agree to abide by, include the...

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