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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 […]

Gift Ideas for Birth and Postpartum Doulas

Gift Ideas for Birth and Postpartum Doulas

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE For many parts of the world and for a variety of cultures and religions, December is a time to celebrate and many of these celebrations involve gift giving. Doulas, just like everyone else, love receiving presents that are both fun and useful. This post is directed to the […]

Does Being the First or the Last Doula Interviewed Impact Your Hire Rate?

Does Being the First or the Last Doula Interviewed Impact Your Hire Rate?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) LCCE, FACCE, CLE In my years as a birth doula, I’ve had a lot of potential client interviews. With around 460 births behind me, I estimate that I have conducted at least 1,000 interviews- probably more, but 1,000 is a nice round number for the sake of this conversation. […]

When Holidays and Birth Work Collide – The Baby Always Wins

When Holidays and Birth Work Collide – The Baby Always Wins

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE In the United States, many people are preparing for a major holiday tomorrow. It will soon be Thanksgiving in the USA, practically a four day food-fest accompanied by football games and bargain shopping for many (That’s another post entirely though). For doulas, particularly birth doulas, major […]

TED Talks – Pregnancy and Parenting Resources to Share

TED Talks – Pregnancy and Parenting Resources to Share

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The tagline for the overall theme of any TED Talk is “Ideas worth spreading.” Many of you may be already familiar with TED and TED Talks. TED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1984 that is committed to spreading ideas, usually in the form of […]

Don’t Miss a DONA Doula Chronicles Post – How to Subscribe Via Email or RSS

Don’t Miss a DONA Doula Chronicles Post – How to Subscribe Via Email or RSS

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Did you know that the “DONA Doula Chronicles” comes out every week, typically on a Wednesday? That means there are 52 valuable and interesting posts on a variety of topics that are published with your interests and business in mind every year. Do you find it […]

Are You a Helicopter Doula?

Are You a Helicopter Doula?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Communicating with clients Communication between doulas and their clients is fascinating. As doulas are often independent business owners, each doula (birth and/or postpartum) can and does choose their own system of how and when they are in touch with their clients during the pregnancy, the early […]

Blogging for Business – Ten Tips to Start You Off Right

Blogging for Business – Ten Tips to Start You Off Right

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Many birth and postpartum doulas have a business website that they have spent time, energy and money on so that potential clients can effectively find them and learn more about their offerings. New and fresh website content ranks very high on Google for Search Engine Optimization […]