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Nurses and Doulas Playing Nice For Optimal Birth

By Barbara A. Hotelling, MSN, WHNP, LCCE, CD(DONA), IBCLC I was recently speaking with a fellow doula about her experience with nurses at births, and she shared this with me: “My general experience with nurses varies widely. Sometimes I am greeted right off the bat...

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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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Breastsleeping – New word, Old concept

Changing the Conversation On Infant Sleep to Keep Babies Safe For many in the birth community, the name James J. McKenna is well recognized. An anthropologist, Dr. McKenna has served as the Director of the Notre Dame Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory since 1994....

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10 Ways Doulas Support Baby Safety

September is Baby Safety Month, an opportunity to raise awareness and resources for safety of newborns and infants. What role do doulas play in baby safety? We are support professionals, of course, and not medical or emotional health professionals, safety inspectors...

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Back to School is for Doulas Too!

In North America, Europe and other northern hemisphere countries, it is the time of new backpacks, school buses and new routines. While we generally think of kids and college students at back to school time, it’s a great time for doulas to continue their education as...

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Breastfeeding Resources for Doulas

As National Breastfeeding Awareness Month wraps up with Black Breastfeeding Week, we wanted to share some Internet-based resources on breastfeeding for doulas and the families we serve. We know that breastfeeding provides important bonding for mother and baby, key...

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Doula Support for Early Breastfeeding

Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month! This month, The DONA Doula Chronicles will provide doulas with a series of articles dedicated to breastfeeding so that we can better inform and support nursing mothers. Look for online resources for doulas and much more in the...

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World Breastfeeding Week 2015: Breastfeeding & Work

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! August 1- 7 is dedicated to promoting international breastfeeding. Organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), World Breastfeeding Week began in 1991 as “one unique unifying social mobilisation event that can build...

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Delayed Cord Clamping – Evidence & Resources for Doulas

The clamping and cutting of the cord is “one of the oldest interventions in the birth process” according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives Position Statement on Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping. Early cord clamping was thought to prevent maternal postpartum...

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Keeping Up With News, Research & Trends in Birth and Postpartum

There seems to be more information every day, but we certainly don’t seem to have more time to take it all in! Here are a few tips on how to stay up-to-date on information and articles related to birth and the postpartum period. Google Alerts You don’t have to search...

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Paternal Postpartum Depression

As we think about dads this month, in particular how we as doulas can support fathers during the childbearing year, we wanted to re-share important information about paternal postpartum depression. If you have any additional articles or resources on this topics,...

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Dads & Doulas: Myths & Resources

Happy Father’s Day! In the United States, we celebrate dads this Sunday and so it seems like a great time to discuss how doulas support fathers before, during, and after the birth of a baby and share resources for new and expectant fathers. “There was a time when...

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ICAN features postpartum doula support after cesarean

While we doulas know that every woman and every birth is unique, a cesarean birth can create special support needs for families, particularly in the postpartum period. Debbie Young, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA) Past President of DONA International shares some of the ways a...

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