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Meet DONA Summit Keynote Speakers – A Simply Amazing Lineup!

Meet DONA Summit Keynote Speakers – A Simply Amazing Lineup!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The 2018 DONA International Summit (the annual conference) is just shy of eight weeks away and the keynote lineup has been announced and it is simply spectacular. This year there are options for both in-person attendance July 19-21, 2018 at the beachside W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, […]

A Review of the Film “Tully” Through the Eyes of a Postpartum Doula

A Review of the Film “Tully” Through the Eyes of a Postpartum Doula

Reviewed by Krista Maltais, AdvPCD/PDT(DONA) Please note: This review may contain movie spoilers and/or plot points. *While the subject matter involves a night nanny and not a postpartum doula, we are aware that people in many circles unknowingly equate the two roles. DONA International certified postpartum doulas operate within the sphere of our Standards of […]

Doulas’ Children Share What They Think Doulas Do

Doulas’ Children Share What They Think Doulas Do

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE In honor of Mother’s Day, which is being celebrated today in the United States, I asked doulas to ask their children “what does a doula do?” The kids’ answers are very funny, but also, often remarkably accurate,  Wishing those of you who identify as mothers, either by […]

DONA International Joins March for Moms to Advocate for Maternal Health

DONA International Joins March for Moms to Advocate for Maternal Health

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE This past weekend was the second annual March for Moms event and DONA International was proud to be a sponsor and partner in the weekend’s happenings.  This important gathering of leaders in the field of maternal-infant health was making a big, bold statement to the public and […]

May Is International Doula Month – 31 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate

May Is International Doula Month – 31 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE May is International Doula Month (IDM) and we need to celebrate big time. Last year, I suggested ten things that doulas could do to honor IDM, but this month I say, “Go big or go home!” I want to suggest something that you can do every day […]

Best of the International Doula – March for Moms Organizer: Doulas Play a Critical Role

Best of the International Doula – March for Moms Organizer: Doulas Play a Critical Role

By Jessica English, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of the International Doula.  The International Doula is DONA International’s quarterly magazine sent to each member’s home as a member benefit.  They are also available online behind the member portal. You can access a special copy of this article here, […]

Doula Me This #3 – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Doula Me This #3 – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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

DONA Supports Black Maternal Health Week 2018

DONA Supports Black Maternal Health Week 2018

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The first ever Black Maternal Health Week begins today in the United States. Black parents and babies face significantly increased maternal mortality and morbidity compared to their white counterparts. The goal of Black Maternal Health Week as stated on the Black Mamas Matter Alliance’s (the sponsoring organization) […]

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 […]