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Becoming a professional doula means taking care of business. We are focused exclusively on the doula profession and have been for over 25 years.

DONA International doulas build successful doula businesses based on integrity, commitment and respect. Every doula’s goals and dreams for her practice are different. Read on to gain tips, insight and resources to take your practice to the next level.

Series: Doula Me This #6 – I Have No Backup Doula!

Series: Doula Me This #6 – I Have No Backup Doula!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is the sixth post in the occasional series, “Doula Me This!” Each post in the series provides a common scenario that a birth or postpartum (or both) doula may face. The “correct” answer (if there is one)...

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Parting Gift to Your Clients?  Yay or Nay?

Parting Gift to Your Clients? Yay or Nay?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Many doulas have a practice of gifting their clients something as they end their time together. Others don't do this at all. Over the years as a practicing doula, I have oscillated from providing a little...

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The Doula and the Thank You Note

The Doula and the Thank You Note

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I recently read a great article in The New York Times: "You Should Actually Send That Thank You Note You've Been Meaning to Write" and immediately thought about how this information is relevant to doulas and...

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Five Things You Can Be Doing Now for Business Success in 2019

Five Things You Can Be Doing Now for Business Success in 2019

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The end of the year and the start of a fresh one is a great time to assess what has worked for your business and what services and products need to be tweaked, changed or discontinued for 2019. Here are some...

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The Sweet Relief of Being Off Call

The Sweet Relief of Being Off Call

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I have been a birth doula for 15 years. Like many of you, I jumped right in after training and soon found myself fairly busy. At my prime, I would regularly attend as many as 45 plus births a year for my own...

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Expert Tips for a Smooth Recertification Process

Expert Tips for a Smooth Recertification Process

By Uta Mattox, AdvCD(DONA), CD(DONA) Today's post is the third and final post in a short series focusing on tips from the experts on birth and postpartum certification and recertification. Today, longtime doula Uta Mattox, former Director of Certification and current...

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Meet DONA Summit Keynote Speakers – A Simply Amazing Lineup!

Meet DONA Summit Keynote Speakers – A Simply Amazing Lineup!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The 2018 DONA International Summit (the annual conference) is just shy of eight weeks away and the keynote lineup has been announced and it is simply spectacular. This year there are options for both in-person...

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Doula Me This #3 – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is the third post in the occasional series, “Doula Me This!” Each post in the series provides a common scenario that a birth or postpartum (or both) doula may face. The “correct” answer (if there is one)...

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Seven Ways the DONA Website Helps You Be a Better Doula!

Seven Ways the DONA Website Helps You Be a Better Doula!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The DONA website is a great resource The DONA International website was redesigned about 18 months ago and shared with DONA members and the public at the 2016 DONA International conference in Bellevue, WA. At...

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