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DONA Certified Doulas Earn Higher Fees and Attract More Clients:  A Doula Fee and Referral Comparison from DoulaMatch.net

DONA Certified Doulas Earn Higher Fees and Attract More Clients:  A Doula Fee and Referral Comparison from DoulaMatch.net

May is International Doula Month, and 2019 is the 21st year that DONA International, perinatal organizations and consumers around the globe all take time during the month of May to recognize the contributions that birth and postpartum doulas make to support families during the childbearing year. DONA International is an outstanding doula organization, maintaining a […]

Series: Doula Me This #6 – I Have No Backup Doula!

Series: Doula Me This #6 – I Have No Backup Doula!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is the sixth 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 […]

Parting Gift to Your Clients?  Yay or Nay?

Parting Gift to Your Clients? Yay or Nay?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Many doulas have a practice of gifting their clients something as they end their time together. Others don’t do this at all. Over the years as a practicing doula, I have oscillated from providing a little parting gift for my clients to not gifting anything at […]

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 […]

There’s an App for That! – Creative Solutions for Running Your Doula Business: Full Term Contraction Timer

There’s an App for That! – Creative Solutions for Running Your Doula Business: Full Term Contraction Timer

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE It is time for another post in the occasional series called “There’s an App for That!”  This series allows me to share an app that helps us run our birth and postpartum businesses and make our lives easier. Today I tackle timing contractions on your phone using […]

The Sweet Relief of Being Off Call

The Sweet Relief of Being Off Call

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I have been a birth doula for 15 years. Like many of you, I jumped right in after training and soon found myself fairly busy. At my prime, I would regularly attend as many as 45 plus births a year for my own clients and another […]

There’s an App for That! – Creative Solutions for Running Your Doula Business: MileIQ

There’s an App for That! – Creative Solutions for Running Your Doula Business: MileIQ

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today I start a new occasional series called “There’s an App for That!”  From time to time, I will share an app that helps us to run our birth and postpartum businesses and make our lives easier. Today I tackle tracking mileage on your phone using a […]

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 […]

Expert Tips for a Smooth Recertification Process

Expert Tips for a Smooth Recertification Process

By Uta Mattox, AdvCD(DONA), CD(DONA) Today’s post is the third and final post in a short series focusing on tips from the experts on birth and postpartum certification and recertification. Today, longtime doula Uta Mattox, former Director of Certification and current recertification reviewer, shares her professional tips and experience to help make the recertification process […]