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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, […]

Doulas’ Children Share What They Think Doulas Do

Doulas’ Children Share What They Think Doulas Do

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE In honor of Mother’s Day, which is being celebrated today in the United States, I asked doulas to ask their children “what does a doula do?” The kids’ answers are very funny, but also, often remarkably accurate,  Wishing those of you who identify as mothers, either by […]

DONA International Joins March for Moms to Advocate for Maternal Health

DONA International Joins March for Moms to Advocate for Maternal Health

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE This past weekend was the second annual March for Moms event and DONA International was proud to be a sponsor and partner in the weekend’s happenings.  This important gathering of leaders in the field of maternal-infant health was making a big, bold statement to the public and […]

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 […]

DONA Supports Black Maternal Health Week 2018

DONA Supports Black Maternal Health Week 2018

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The first ever Black Maternal Health Week begins today in the United States. Black parents and babies face significantly increased maternal mortality and morbidity compared to their white counterparts. The goal of Black Maternal Health Week as stated on the Black Mamas Matter Alliance’s (the sponsoring organization) […]

Seven Ways the DONA Website Helps You Be a Better Doula!

Seven Ways the DONA Website Helps You Be a Better Doula!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The DONA website is a great resource The DONA International website was redesigned about 18 months ago and shared with DONA members and the public at the 2016 DONA International conference in Bellevue, WA. At the same time, the new logo was made public. Since then, the […]

New DONA International Training to Add Canine Labor Support to Your Doula Practice

New DONA International Training to Add Canine Labor Support to Your Doula Practice

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), WOOF(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Are you a doula looking to add a skill to your current doula skillset? DONA International is pleased to offer a groundbreaking continuing education opportunity that you can take back to your doula clients and offer as a practice add-on to your doula business. Do you […]