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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 […]

Five Things YOU Can Do to Advocate for Childbearing Families

Five Things YOU Can Do to Advocate for Childbearing Families

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I am still pumped and excited from my recent experience last week in Washington DC, where I participated in a DONA International Birth and Postpartum Trainers Retreat which immediately preceded the Lamaze International Advocacy Summit. The second day of the summit saw attendees paying a visit to […]

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 […]

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 […]

DONA International Celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week 2017

DONA International Celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week 2017

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE August is all about breastfeeding and chestfeeding. The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week, all of August is National Breastfeeding Month in the United States, and the last week of August is Black Breastfeeding Week here in the U.S. Both birth and postpartum doulas play […]