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May Is International Doula Month – 31 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate

May Is International Doula Month – 31 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE May is International Doula Month (IDM) and we need to celebrate big time. Last year, I suggested ten things that doulas could do to honor IDM, but this month I say, “Go big or go home!” I want to suggest something that you can do every day […]

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

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) requires some synthesis of the situation and at times […]

World  Doula Week 2018 – “Doulas Make It Happen”

World Doula Week 2018 – “Doulas Make It Happen”

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today begins the 8th Annual observance of World Doula Week. World Doula Week is celebrated every year  March 22- March 28, and corresponds to the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Initially founded by Ruti Karni Horowitz and celebrated as Doula Day, now the celebrations continue […]

A Membership with Benefits: #DONAProud

A Membership with Benefits: #DONAProud

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International was founded 26 years ago by five of the most amazing people! Dr. John H. Kennell, Dr. Marshall Klaus, Annie Kennedy, Penny Simkin, and Phyllis Klaus sat down and established the organization we now know as DONA International. How did this group of visionaries lay down the building blocks for DONA International that has stood the test of time for almost three […]

Advocacy at Work: Doulas Working with Incarcerated Pregnant People

Advocacy at Work: Doulas Working with Incarcerated Pregnant People

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE In Olympia, Washington, state representatives serving in the Washington State House of Representatives during the new 2018 legislative session found themselves voting on a potential new law that would mandate state prisons and jails to accommodate pregnant prisoners and make available volunteer midwives and doulas for the incarcerated […]

Meet Ana Paula Markel – DONA International’s New Board President

Meet Ana Paula Markel – DONA International’s New Board President

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I would like to introduce you to Ana Paula Markel, DONA International’s President of the Board of Directors. Ana Paula began her term with the new year and I was excited to have the opportunity to ask some questions about how Ana Paula is approaching this […]

Examining AWHONN’s Position Statement on L&D Nurses as Continuous Support

Examining AWHONN’s Position Statement on L&D Nurses as Continuous Support

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Earlier this month, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses published a position statement entitled “Continuous Labor Support for Every Woman.” I was excited to read this article, thinking that it was going to agree with recent statements by ACOG acknowledging support by a trained […]

Reflections on My Doula Work – What are Yours?

Reflections on My Doula Work – What are Yours?

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE 2018 will be the 15th year of defining myself as a professional doula and childbirth educator. Much has changed in that decade and a half, and yet much has remained the same. I am feeling reflective as I round the corner toward 500 births and welcoming thousands […]

Pregúntale a Penny (Ask Penny Español)

Pregúntale a Penny (Ask Penny Español)

Queridas Doulas, Como DONA está celebrando su 25 aniversario este año, Jessica English (editora del International Doula) me pidió que le dedicara la columna Pregúntale a Penny a la historia de DONA. Ponderando sobre esto, encontré la primera edición del International Doula (Volúmen 1, edición 1, Primavera, 1993). Encontrar esto fue un milagro, lo cual […]

Does Being the First or the Last Doula Interviewed Impact Your Hire Rate?

Does Being the First or the Last Doula Interviewed Impact Your Hire Rate?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) LCCE, FACCE, CLE In my years as a birth doula, I’ve had a lot of potential client interviews. With around 460 births behind me, I estimate that I have conducted at least 1,000 interviews- probably more, but 1,000 is a nice round number for the sake of this conversation. […]