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World Breastfeeding Week 2018 – Doulas Play a Key Role

World Breastfeeding Week 2018 – Doulas Play a Key Role

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE August 1 – 7, 2018 is World Breastfeeding Week and doulas are on the front lines of helping families get breastfeeding off to a good start. Every year, World Breastfeeding Week has a specific theme, and the 2018 theme is “Foundation of Life.” In a world […]

It Was Big! In-Person DONA Summit 2018 Wrap Up

It Was Big! In-Person DONA Summit 2018 Wrap Up

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I have just returned from the in-person DONA Summit 2018 and have been thinking and thinking (and thinking) about this Summit follow up post and what I exactly wanted to say. I have so many emotions and thoughts and I am not sure that I yet have […]

Secrets to Summit Success – Tips for Making the Most Out of a DONA Conference

Secrets to Summit Success – Tips for Making the Most Out of a DONA Conference

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The DONA International 2018 Summit is T minus less than 24 hours ’til the start and doulas and other birth professionals are arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from all around the world. The line up of speakers (both keynote and concurrent sessions) is outstanding and there is a […]

Five Tips for Enjoying Your Summer While Being an On-Call Doula

Five Tips for Enjoying Your Summer While Being an On-Call Doula

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Here I sit in the real summer heat of Seattle. In general, Seattle has beautiful summers consisting of blue skies, a lot of sun, no humidity, long periods of daylight and no bugs. Temps run in the mid-70s and the evenings are cool and comfortable for […]

What Do We Want? Doulas!  When Do We Want Them? Now!

What Do We Want? Doulas! When Do We Want Them? Now!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE A Blueprint for Advancing High-Value Maternity Care Through Physiologic Childbearing, authored by 17 leading maternity experts and released on June 28, 2018, by the National Partnership for Women & Families hopes to promote “well-tested, evidence-informed strategies” that can be used by researchers and consumers alike as a guide […]

6 Pro Tips to Make Your Birth Doula Certification Packet Shine!

6 Pro Tips to Make Your Birth Doula Certification Packet Shine!

By Jenn Fontaine, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), PCD(DONA) CLC, CHBE, WSGB Instructor Today’s post is written by my friend and colleague Jenn Fontaine. Jenn is a birth doula certification packet reviewer extraordinaire. Jenn has reviewed and certified over 450 birth doulas and is well on her way to reaching her 500th packet. Through this process, Jenn […]

But What About the Postpartum Doula?  ACOG’s New Recommendations for Postpartum Care

But What About the Postpartum Doula? ACOG’s New Recommendations for Postpartum Care

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released an updated committee opinion last month titled Optimizing Postpartum Care. This opinion was endorsed and supported by fellow maternal-infant health organizations that include the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners […]

Series: What Say You? – What Does “Natural” Birth Mean to You?

Series: What Say You? – What Does “Natural” Birth Mean to You?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I have a question and maybe you can help me out? When I started working as a doula and a childbirth educator almost 15 years ago, I had a lot of terms to learn. In my doula training, I learned it was important to understand and […]

A Review of the Film “Tully” Through the Eyes of a Postpartum Doula

A Review of the Film “Tully” Through the Eyes of a Postpartum Doula

Reviewed by Krista Maltais, AdvPCD/PDT(DONA) Please note: This review may contain movie spoilers and/or plot points. *While the subject matter involves a night nanny and not a postpartum doula, we are aware that people in many circles unknowingly equate the two roles. DONA International certified postpartum doulas operate within the sphere of our Standards of […]

Doulas’ Children Share What They Think Doulas Do

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 accurate,  Wishing those of you who identify as mothers, either by […]