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Do You Have 30 Seconds to Quickly and Easily Speak Up about Maternal Mortality?

Do You Have 30 Seconds to Quickly and Easily Speak Up about Maternal Mortality?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE It has been just about two weeks since the amazing DONA international Summit 2018 wrapped up and the DONA International virtual conference is up and running for the 90-day viewing period. Many of our speakers talked about the state of maternal mortality globally and in the United States. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

A 4th of July Birth to Remember

A 4th of July Birth to Remember

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Being a doula often requires us to miss fun events or holidays with family and friends. This week, in the USA, we celebrated the 4th of July (United States Independence Day, the country is 244 years old in 2018) and many people were actively spending time […]

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 […]

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 […]

Happy 80th Birthday to DONA Founder Penny Simkin

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 the field of labor support […]

Meet DONA Summit Keynote Speakers – A Simply Amazing Lineup!

Meet DONA Summit Keynote Speakers – A Simply Amazing Lineup!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The 2018 DONA International Summit (the annual conference) is just shy of eight weeks away and the keynote lineup has been announced and it is simply spectacular. This year there are options for both in-person attendance July 19-21, 2018 at the beachside W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, […]