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The Doula and the Thank You Note

The Doula and the Thank You Note

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I recently read a great article in The New York Times: “You Should Actually Send That Thank You Note You’ve Been Meaning to Write” and immediately thought about how this information is relevant to doulas and can help a doula grow their business. When I was growing […]

Five Things You Can Be Doing Now for Business Success in 2019

Five Things You Can Be Doing Now for Business Success in 2019

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The end of the year and the start of a fresh one is a great time to assess what has worked for your business and what services and products need to be tweaked, changed or discontinued for 2019. Here are some suggestions about things to think about as […]

Lights, Camera, Action – Doulas Doulaing!

Lights, Camera, Action – Doulas Doulaing!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Where have I been the past two years? Under a rock? How did I just discover Romper’s The Doula Diaries video series? Somehow, these short (typically less than ten minutes) vignettes profiling a doula as they serve a client family have not come across my radar before. […]

DONA International Certifies Their 13,000th Doula!

DONA International Certifies Their 13,000th Doula!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE There are many reasons that I am proud to be a DONA certified doula. DONA’s history, the vision of the five founders, our organization’s mission and vision, and the longevity and adaptability of the organization are just a few of the many reasons that I am […]

Did Your Client Birth Prematurely?  Nine Tips to Help You Help Them!

Did Your Client Birth Prematurely? Nine Tips to Help You Help Them!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE November is Prematurity Awareness Month. November 17 will be recognized around the globe as the fourth annual World Prematurity Day. More information on this day is available here. According to the March of Dimes, 15 million babies are born prematurely, (before 37 weeks) worldwide. Depending on […]

Meet DONA International’s Newest Board Members & an Invitation for YOU!

Meet DONA International’s Newest Board Members & an Invitation for YOU!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is election day in the United States, where citizens go to the polls to vote on local and state level candidates and initiatives. This is a midterm election so there are no presidential elections this time. I thought it was an appropriate day to present to […]

How a Doula Helps Clients to Receive Respectful Care

How a Doula Helps Clients to Receive Respectful Care

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Research indicates that between one-quarter to one-third of birthing people describe their labor and birth experience as traumatic. Lived experiences or a traumatic previous birth experience may all contribute to how a person feels during and after their birth. How a person is treated and whether they […]

Is Attending an Unassisted Birth within DONA International’s Scope of Practice?

Is Attending an Unassisted Birth within DONA International’s Scope of Practice?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Last week’s Doula Me This! post asked birth doulas to consider what they would do if a contracted client shared that they were now planning an unassisted birth. Many doulas responded on social media and/or the blog post itself, sharing their thoughts, how they would handle […]