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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. […]

When Holidays and Birth Work Collide – The Baby Always Wins

When Holidays and Birth Work Collide – The Baby Always Wins

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE In the United States, many people are preparing for a major holiday tomorrow. It will soon be Thanksgiving in the USA, practically a four day food-fest accompanied by football games and bargain shopping for many (That’s another post entirely though). For doulas, particularly birth doulas, major […]

Congratulations to DONA’s Newest Advanced Certified Doulas

Congratulations to DONA’s Newest Advanced Certified Doulas

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International is the oldest and the largest international doula organization in the world. Founded by five visionary leaders who saw a need and filled it, DONA has grown into an amazing organization and has been hard at work certifying birth and postpartum doulas for 25 years. […]

What Research Says about the Doula-Nurse Relationship and Expert Tips to Strengthen It

What Research Says about the Doula-Nurse Relationship and Expert Tips to Strengthen It

By Ann Tumblin, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) Today, Ann Tumblin reviews a study published last fall that looks at how doulas and labor & delivery nurses view each other in the workplace. Every DONA doula learns that DONA International’s Code of Ethics requires Primacy of Client’s Interests which means that the doula’s primary responsibility is […]

DONA Needs Your Energy, Vision and Ideas for Our Leadership Team

DONA Needs Your Energy, Vision and Ideas for Our Leadership Team

By Sharon Muza, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International is celebrating their 25th year as a doula organization in 2017.  I am proud to say that DONA has never been so strong and vibrant, so full of potential and so primed and ready to carry the doula profession forward into the next 25 years […]

Countertransference – Offering Doula Support Free of Emotional Entanglement

Countertransference – Offering Doula Support Free of Emotional Entanglement

By Kate Causbie Ask any doula why they do the work they do, and odds are that their answer will somehow integrate or reflect their own experiences around conception, birth, and early parenting. While this is a valuable insight into the source of their motivation and passion, doulas as professionals are largely unsupported in how […]

Ten Ideas to Celebrate International Doula Month 2017 and YOU

Ten Ideas to Celebrate International Doula Month 2017 and YOU

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE International Doula Month 2017 May is International Doula Month and a great time to celebrate the efforts that birth and postpartum doulas have on improving maternal-infant health outcomes.  Doulas work hard to offer the best of themselves to their clients, to their colleagues, to the health […]