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Advocacy at Work: Doulas Working with Incarcerated Pregnant People

Advocacy at Work: Doulas Working with Incarcerated Pregnant People

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE In Olympia, Washington, state representatives serving in the Washington State House of Representatives during the new 2018 legislative session found themselves voting on a potential new law that would mandate state prisons and jails to accommodate pregnant prisoners and make available volunteer midwives and doulas for the incarcerated […]

Do You Know What Reduces the Cesarean Rate?  Birth Doulas Reduce the Cesarean Rate!

Do You Know What Reduces the Cesarean Rate? Birth Doulas Reduce the Cesarean Rate!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE A new study, well, the abstract at least, the ARRIVE Trial, was released on February 1, 2018. The study findings indicated that healthy low-risk pregnant people who were induced at 39 weeks of pregnancy had lower maternal and neonatal morbidity and a reduced cesarean rate. The […]

DONA Honors Black History Month 2018 – With Some Exceptional Doulas

DONA Honors Black History Month 2018 – With Some Exceptional Doulas

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE February is Black History Month, and we celebrate the contributions of African Americans and recognize their impact in the world. The issues of increased health disparities and poor birth outcomes for Black people and their babies are a concern 365 days a year, especially here in […]

Learning Doula Skills with the Aid of Virtual Reality?

Learning Doula Skills with the Aid of Virtual Reality?

By, Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I subscribe to what seems like a million blogs, newsletters and Google alerts focused on a variety of topics pertaining to my work as a birth professional. A recent article found its way in front of my eyes and immediately interested me for its potential application to […]

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 […]

Examining AWHONN’s Position Statement on L&D Nurses as Continuous Support

Examining AWHONN’s Position Statement on L&D Nurses as Continuous Support

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Earlier this month, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses published a position statement entitled “Continuous Labor Support for Every Woman.” I was excited to read this article, thinking that it was going to agree with recent statements by ACOG acknowledging support by a trained […]

Doula Me This! – What Do You Do If Clients Misunderstand Your Role?

Doula Me This! – What Do You Do If Clients Misunderstand Your Role?

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

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 […]

Reflections on My Doula Work – What are Yours?

Reflections on My Doula Work – What are Yours?

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE 2018 will be the 15th year of defining myself as a professional doula and childbirth educator. Much has changed in that decade and a half, and yet much has remained the same. I am feeling reflective as I round the corner toward 500 births and welcoming thousands […]