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ACOG: OB-GYNs to be a Resource for Breastfeeding Women

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued an updated Opinion from their Committee on Obstetric Practice on the role of obstetric care providers in supporting breastfeeding. In it, ACOG states that the offices of obstetric providers such as...

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ACOG Updates: PROM, Preterm Labor, Magnesium Sulfate

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has recently updated two Practice Bulletins and a Committee Opinion on interrelated topics: Premature Rupture of Membranes, preterm labor management, and the use of magnesium sulfate to stop preterm labor. We...

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Best of International Doula: A Critical Review of the ACOG Committee Opinion on Screening for Perinatal Depression

In the December 2015 issue, Walker Karraa, PhD provided a critique of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee Opinion on perinatal depression screening. Dr. Karraa is a world renowned expert on perinatal mood disorders and was previously a DONA International certified birth doula. She is a researcher and advocate for maternal mental health and powerful voice in the birth community.

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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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New ACOG Opinion on Exercise in the Childbearing Year

There have been a number of articles around the Internet lately about exercise during the childbearing year. They have come as a result of a recent Opinion by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Obstetric Practice on Physical Activity...

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New Obstetric Care Consensus: Periviable Birth

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) released their third joint consensus statement last month, this one addresses care during the periviability period - between 20 weeks and 25 weeks 6 days...

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A New Policy Statement on the APGAR Score from ACOG and AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Fetus and Newborn and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Obstetric Practice published jointly a policy statement on the use of Apgar scores recently in the journal Pediatrics. The policy...

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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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