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14 Fun Facts about DONA International and the DONA Conference

14 Fun Facts about DONA International and the DONA Conference

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE 2017 Conference Eve On the eve of the DONA International Virtual Conference – Cultivating Connections: It starts with us, I thought I might share 14 fun facts about this amazing organization and our upcoming conference. If you have not yet registered, it is not too late!  With […]

Raise Your Doula Rates with Confidence – Five Great Tips on Increasing Your Fees

Raise Your Doula Rates with Confidence – Five Great Tips on Increasing Your Fees

Sharon Muza, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I have always been a believer in first, valuing yourself and second, charging what you are worth. This is also a good philosophy to have when determining your doula fees. The vast majority of doulas in North America are sole proprietors and run their own businesses as they […]

Doula Confidential! Respecting Client Privacy on Social Media

Doula Confidential! Respecting Client Privacy on Social Media

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Doulas have insight and information about clients during both an exciting and vulnerable time in the family’s childbearing year. We are privileged to hold and keep information that is not generally public knowledge. We witness with our eyes, our ears, our hands and our hearts people […]

A Guide to Getting Great Doula Testimonials

A Guide to Getting Great Doula Testimonials

  By Emily Fontes Did you know 95% of people looking to buy a product or hire a professional look for customer reviews first and 70% of potential clients on mobile devices say they are more likely to buy if they can read through reviews before purchasing. The truth is that humans are social creatures; […]

Six Ways The DONA Blog Can Help You Grow Your Business

Six Ways The DONA Blog Can Help You Grow Your Business

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The DONA Doula Chronicles blog has been published for over three years and this post is #151.  That’s a lot of useful information that has been put out on the “interwebs” by DONA International over time.  This blog serves many purposes that are useful to birth […]

So You Want to Be a Midwife?

So You Want to Be a Midwife?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Many reasons for becoming a doula As a birth doula trainer for many years,  I have learned that there are a variety of reasons that people take a birth doula workshop.  Some people want to support a friend or family member, others want to work professionally […]

Modern “Mary Poppins” – A Guide to The Professional Postpartum Doula Bag

Modern “Mary Poppins” – A Guide to The Professional Postpartum Doula Bag

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE What do postpartum doulas carry in their bag? New birth doulas are often very concerned about what to pack in their “birth bag” – the bag that they bring with them to every birth that is usually filled with all kinds of tools and useful items […]

Natural Childbirth – Are The Times A Changin’?

Natural Childbirth – Are The Times A Changin’?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Language Evolves I know that contemporary phrases and popular terms change over time.  My teen children and their interesting vocabulary are a constant reminder of that for me.  Frequently, I seem to hear words and phrases that have morphed to take on new meanings different from […]

Growing Well: Evaluating Ideas to Expand Your Doula Practice

Growing Well: Evaluating Ideas to Expand Your Doula Practice

By Chama Woydak,LCCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) Are you an ideas person? Do amazing ideas for your doula practice come to you while driving, enjoying your morning coffee, or supporting a client? Does it sometimes feel like a curse to have so many thoughts on how you can grow your practice and better serve your clients? I […]

Best of the ID: Penny Reflects on 12 Hour Contract Clauses

Best of the ID: Penny Reflects on 12 Hour Contract Clauses

There has been much conversation in the doula community about contract language which outlines a specific number of hours of labor support included in the base fee and how to address support beyond that period of time.  In the most recent International Doula magazine, DONA International founder Penny Simkin reflected on the “12 hour clause” […]