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Meet DONA International’s Newest Board Members & an Invitation for YOU!

Meet DONA International’s Newest Board Members & an Invitation for YOU!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is election day in the United States, where citizens go to the polls to vote on local and state level candidates and initiatives. This is a midterm election so there are no presidential elections this time. I thought it was an appropriate day to present to […]

A Pregnant Belly Makes the Best Halloween Costume!

A Pregnant Belly Makes the Best Halloween Costume!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Halloween is observed in the United States and other places around the world today. Now that my children are young adults, we seem to have lost the Halloween spirit and all the rituals and fun associated with the holiday that they celebrated and that I remember doing […]

How a Doula Helps Clients to Receive Respectful Care

How a Doula Helps Clients to Receive Respectful Care

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Research indicates that between one-quarter to one-third of birthing people describe their labor and birth experience as traumatic. Lived experiences or a traumatic previous birth experience may all contribute to how a person feels during and after their birth. How a person is treated and whether they […]

Is Attending an Unassisted Birth within DONA International’s Scope of Practice?

Is Attending an Unassisted Birth within DONA International’s Scope of Practice?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Last week’s Doula Me This! post asked birth doulas to consider what they would do if a contracted client shared that they were now planning an unassisted birth. Many doulas responded on social media and/or the blog post itself, sharing their thoughts, how they would handle […]

Series: Doula Me This #5 – Clients Are Planning an Unassisted Birth

Series: Doula Me This #5 – Clients Are Planning an Unassisted Birth

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

Expert Tips for a Smooth Recertification Process

Expert Tips for a Smooth Recertification Process

By Uta Mattox, AdvCD(DONA), CD(DONA) Today’s post is the third and final post in a short series focusing on tips from the experts on birth and postpartum certification and recertification. Today, longtime doula Uta Mattox, former Director of Certification and current recertification reviewer, shares her professional tips and experience to help make the recertification process […]

Meet The DONA 2019 Board Candidates and Get Ready to Vote!

Meet The DONA 2019 Board Candidates and Get Ready to Vote!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, LCE DONA International is the world’s premier doula organization and relies on the person power and skills of many, many volunteers to keep it running effectively. Our organization is led by an all volunteer board of directors who serve three-year terms and give many, many hundreds (thousands?) of […]