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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.

TED Talks – Pregnancy and Parenting Resources to Share

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The tagline for the overall theme of any TED Talk is "Ideas worth spreading." Many of you may be already familiar with TED and TED Talks. TED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1984 that is...

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Are You a Helicopter Doula?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Communicating with clients Communication between doulas and their clients is fascinating. As doulas are often independent business owners, each doula (birth and/or postpartum) can and does choose their own...

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Blogging for Business – Ten Tips to Start You Off Right

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Many birth and postpartum doulas have a business website that they have spent time, energy and money on so that potential clients can effectively find them and learn more about their offerings. New and fresh...

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14 Fun Facts about DONA International and the DONA Conference

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE 2017 Conference Eve On the eve of the DONA International Virtual Conference – Cultivating Connections: It starts with us, I thought I might share 14 fun facts about this amazing organization and our upcoming...

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A Guide to Getting Great Doula Testimonials

  By Emily Fontes Did you know 95% of people looking to buy a product or hire a professional look for customer reviews first and 70% of potential clients on mobile devices say they are more likely to buy if they can read through reviews before purchasing. The truth is...

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Six Ways The DONA Blog Can Help You Grow Your Business

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The DONA Doula Chronicles blog has been published for over three years and this post is #151.  That’s a lot of useful information that has been put out on the “interwebs” by DONA International over time.  This...

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So You Want to Be a Midwife?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Many reasons for becoming a doula As a birth doula trainer for many years,  I have learned that there are a variety of reasons that people take a birth doula workshop.  Some people want to support a friend or...

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Natural Childbirth – Are The Times A Changin’?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Language Evolves I know that contemporary phrases and popular terms change over time.  My teen children and their interesting vocabulary are a constant reminder of that for me.  Frequently, I seem to hear words...

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Growing Well: Evaluating Ideas to Expand Your Doula Practice

By Chama Woydak,LCCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) Are you an ideas person? Do amazing ideas for your doula practice come to you while driving, enjoying your morning coffee, or supporting a client? Does it sometimes feel like a curse to have so many thoughts on how you can...

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Best of the ID: Penny Reflects on 12 Hour Contract Clauses

There has been much conversation in the doula community about contract language which outlines a specific number of hours of labor support included in the base fee and how to address support beyond that period of time.  In the most recent International Doula magazine,...

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Ten Reasons I Love Being a Doula

Is it your time to become a birth or postpartum doula? It's an incredible calling! Recently, DONA International asked me to reflect on what doula life has meant to me. We spend so much time thinking about our clients' needs-- as it should be; but this is a sweet...

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The 8 Best Steps To Take After Your Doula Workshop

Your doula workshop (also called doula training) is an important first step in your journey to become a birth or postpartum support professional. Once you’ve attended your training, there are several steps to undertake before completing certification. We asked DONA International approved birth doula trainer Penny Stansfield…

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