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The Global Doula – New Series on Doulaing around the World

The Global Doula – New Series on Doulaing around the World

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International is truly an international organization in every way. Our membership is over 5,000 members strong and represents more than 56 countries around the world. Our birth and postpartum trainers travel to many countries to train and collaborate with doulas and birth professionals. DONA also […]

Lend Me Your Ear! Expert Tips on Podcasting from Doulas Who Do!

Lend Me Your Ear! Expert Tips on Podcasting from Doulas Who Do!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I read a fascinating article in The New York Times recently that started me thinking about all the blogging I do. “Welcoming to the Post-Text Future” was about how the printed word (online or on paper) is becoming out of favor as the very tech-savvy younger […]

Book Review: Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis

Book Review: Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today in the United States is the last day of Black History Month 2018. The end of this annual reflective month does not mean that the issue of Black parents dying four times more frequently than their white counterparts during the childbearing year goes away. It does […]

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 […]

Do You Know What Reduces the Cesarean Rate?  Birth Doulas Reduce the Cesarean Rate!

Do You Know What Reduces the Cesarean Rate? Birth Doulas Reduce the Cesarean Rate!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE A new study, well, the abstract at least, the ARRIVE Trial, was released on February 1, 2018. The study findings indicated that healthy low-risk pregnant people who were induced at 39 weeks of pregnancy had lower maternal and neonatal morbidity and a reduced cesarean rate. The […]

DONA Honors Black History Month 2018 – With Some Exceptional Doulas

DONA Honors Black History Month 2018 – With Some Exceptional Doulas

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE February is Black History Month, and we celebrate the contributions of African Americans and recognize their impact in the world. The issues of increased health disparities and poor birth outcomes for Black people and their babies are a concern 365 days a year, especially here in […]

Learning Doula Skills with the Aid of Virtual Reality?

Learning Doula Skills with the Aid of Virtual Reality?

By, Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I subscribe to what seems like a million blogs, newsletters and Google alerts focused on a variety of topics pertaining to my work as a birth professional. A recent article found its way in front of my eyes and immediately interested me for its potential application to […]

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 […]