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Pro Tips for Submitting an Amazing Postpartum Certification Packet

Pro Tips for Submitting an Amazing Postpartum Certification Packet

By Tracy McPhillips, CCE(GS), LCCE, PCD/PDT(DONA) Today’s post is written by my friend and colleague Tracy McPhillips. Tracy is a postpartum doula and a DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Trainer. Additionally, Tracy reviews and approves postpartum doula certification packets for DONA International. Tracy has been helping doulas by reviewing their postpartum certification for the past four years. […]

Five Tips for Enjoying Your Summer While Being an On-Call Doula

Five Tips for Enjoying Your Summer While Being an On-Call Doula

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Here I sit in the real summer heat of Seattle. In general, Seattle has beautiful summers consisting of blue skies, a lot of sun, no humidity, long periods of daylight and no bugs. Temps run in the mid-70s and the evenings are cool and comfortable for […]

6 Pro Tips to Make Your Birth Doula Certification Packet Shine!

6 Pro Tips to Make Your Birth Doula Certification Packet Shine!

By Jenn Fontaine, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), PCD(DONA) CLC, CHBE, WSGB Instructor Today’s post is written by my friend and colleague Jenn Fontaine. Jenn is a birth doula certification packet reviewer extraordinaire. Jenn has reviewed and certified over 450 birth doulas and is well on her way to reaching her 500th packet. Through this process, Jenn […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Global Doula – New Series on Doulaing around the World

The Global Doula – New Series on Doulaing around the World

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International is truly an international organization in every way. Our membership is over 5,000 members strong and represents more than 56 countries around the world. Our birth and postpartum trainers travel to many countries to train and collaborate with doulas and birth professionals. DONA also […]

Book Review: Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis

Book Review: Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today in the United States is the last day of Black History Month 2018. The end of this annual reflective month does not mean that the issue of Black parents dying four times more frequently than their white counterparts during the childbearing year goes away. It does […]

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 […]

Pregúntale a Penny (Ask Penny Español)

Pregúntale a Penny (Ask Penny Español)

Queridas Doulas, Como DONA está celebrando su 25 aniversario este año, Jessica English (editora del International Doula) me pidió que le dedicara la columna Pregúntale a Penny a la historia de DONA. Ponderando sobre esto, encontré la primera edición del International Doula (Volúmen 1, edición 1, Primavera, 1993). Encontrar esto fue un milagro, lo cual […]