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From families considering hiring a doula to the thousands of doulas worldwide who support them, so many people want to learn more about doulas. Here on the blog, we provide evidence-based information specifically for professional doulas and the families we serve. Doulas play a unique role in the lives of the families we support and need specialized resources to grow and thrive as professionals. Stay up to date and informed with the organization that put doulas on the map!

New International Doula Editor Announced! Meet Adriana Lozada

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International shared earlier this week that Adriana Lozada, AdvCD(DONA), CSC, CEMC, CBP, was named as the new editor for the International Doula, DONA International's well-respected quarterly magazine....

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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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Doula Me This #3 – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is the third post in the occasional series, “Doula Me This!” Each post in the series provides a common scenario that a birth or postpartum (or both) doula may face. The “correct” answer (if there is one)...

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DONA Supports Black Maternal Health Week 2018

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The first ever Black Maternal Health Week begins today in the United States. Black parents and babies face significantly increased maternal mortality and morbidity compared to their white counterparts. The goal...

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Seven Ways the DONA Website Helps You Be a Better Doula!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The DONA website is a great resource The DONA International website was redesigned about 18 months ago and shared with DONA members and the public at the 2016 DONA International conference in Bellevue, WA. At...

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DONA Partners with March for Moms to Advocate for Families

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE When doulas are working one on one with their clients, whether during pregnancy, birth or postpartum, the doula's role is one of helping families to find their voice, build their confidence and respect their...

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