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Our doulas are dedicated to you! Doulas have a very special role in the lives of the families we support. We’ve collected these articles to help families better understand the role and impact doulas have during labor, birth and the postpartum period.

Over 25 years ago, DONA International put doulas on the map and has long been the world leader in defining, training and certifying professional doulas. Our doulas balance professionalism with passion. We practice with deep respect for the families we support and the doctors, midwives and nurses who care for you.

6 Ways Doulas Can Support Families Planning VBACs

By Jen Kamel, Founder/Director VBAC Facts Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates have been slowly rising in America the last few years as more and more women become familiar with the option. (1; 2) However, our latest statistics reflect still that only 11% of women...

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ACOG: OBs Can Prevent Lacerations During Vaginal Births

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a new Practice Bulletin “Prevention and Management of Obstetric Lacerations at Vaginal Delivery” providing guidelines and recommendations for care providers. This new Practice Bulletin replaces a...

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Is Homebirth Safe?

The safety of homebirth has been much discussed in the birth community over the last few months following the publication of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine at the end of 2015. At the upcoming DONA International Annual Conference, Dr. Michael Klein, a...

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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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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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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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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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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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