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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.

A Pregnant Belly Makes the Best Halloween Costume!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Halloween is observed in the United States and other places around the world today. Now that my children are young adults, we seem to have lost the Halloween spirit and all the rituals and fun associated with...

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Happy 80th Birthday to DONA Founder Penny Simkin

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today, May 31st is Penny Simkin's 80th birthday. I am confident that you join me in being so glad that she was born on this day in 1938. Penny is one of the five founders of DONA International and an icon in...

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Doulas’ Children Share What They Think Doulas Do

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE In honor of Mother's Day, which is being celebrated today in the United States, I asked doulas to ask their children "what does a doula do?" The kids' answers are very funny, but also, often remarkably...

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Call the Doula! Let’s Help Kate Middleton with Baby #3!

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Ever since Kensington Palace announced earlier this week that Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child sometime in 2018, I have been secretly...

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DONA International Celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week 2017

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE August is all about breastfeeding and chestfeeding. The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week, all of August is National Breastfeeding Month in the United States, and the last week of August is Black...

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The Doula Difference: Lowering Cesarean Rates

By Jessica English, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE The research on doulas is solid.  Doulas improve outcomes for both parents and babies.  Over the next six months, this blog will examine the six documented benefits of having a doula at one’s birth. We know that there are...

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Hospital Cesarean Rates: What You Should Know

Does the hospital where someone gives birth impact their chances of having a cesarean birth? Consumer Reports has raised this very question following an investigation into the c-section rates at hospitals across the country. We talked with Doris Peter, PhD, Director...

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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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