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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, […]

Doula Me This #3 – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Doula Me This #3 – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is the third post in the occasional series, “Doula Me This!” Each post in the series provides a common scenario that a birth or postpartum (or both) doula may face. The “correct” answer (if there is one) requires some synthesis of the situation and at times […]

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 […]

Do Doulas Need to Follow HIPAA & What You Should Know about Client Confidentiality!

Do Doulas Need to Follow HIPAA & What You Should Know about Client Confidentiality!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA – Not HIPPA!) became a law in 1996 by a sweeping vote of Congress. You can read more about what this law does (and does not do) here in this great explanation by Consumer Reports. If you want to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet Ana Paula Markel – DONA International’s New Board President

Meet Ana Paula Markel – DONA International’s New Board President

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I would like to introduce you to Ana Paula Markel, DONA International’s President of the Board of Directors. Ana Paula began her term with the new year and I was excited to have the opportunity to ask some questions about how Ana Paula is approaching this […]

Products that Promote Your Doula Business for You!

Products that Promote Your Doula Business for You!

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Many birth and postpartum doulas spend a lot of energy and financial resources to grow and market their birth business. Print ads, online ads on various social media sites, vendor booths at local expos, blogging, and more. Some of these avenues may be very successful and others […]