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DONA Partners with March for Moms to Advocate for Families

DONA Partners with March for Moms to Advocate for Families

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE When doulas are working one on one with their clients, whether during pregnancy, birth or postpartum, the doula’s role is one of helping families to find their voice, build their confidence and respect their choices. It is not uncommon for the clients we work with to […]

World  Doula Week 2018 – “Doulas Make It Happen”

World Doula Week 2018 – “Doulas Make It Happen”

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today begins the 8th Annual observance of World Doula Week. World Doula Week is celebrated every year  March 22- March 28, and corresponds to the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Initially founded by Ruti Karni Horowitz and celebrated as Doula Day, now the celebrations continue […]

Do Doulas Need to Follow HIPAA & What You Should Know about Client Confidentiality!

Do Doulas Need to Follow HIPAA & What You Should Know about Client Confidentiality!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA – Not HIPPA!) became a law in 1996 by a sweeping vote of Congress. You can read more about what this law does (and does not do) here in this great explanation by Consumer Reports. If you want to […]

DONA International Recognizes the Contributions of the Amazing T. Berry Brazelton, MD

DONA International Recognizes the Contributions of the Amazing T. Berry Brazelton, MD

By Ann Grauer, AdvCD/AdvPD(DONA), BDT/PDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC T. Berry Brazelton, known as “America’s Pediatrician” died Tuesday, March 13 at his daughter’s home outside Boston, MA. Dr. Brazelton was just shy of his 100th birthday and his passing marked the end of an era. Along with the passing of DONA International two of DONA’s five founders, […]

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 […]

Lend Me Your Ear! Expert Tips on Podcasting from Doulas Who Do!

Lend Me Your Ear! Expert Tips on Podcasting from Doulas Who Do!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I read a fascinating article in The New York Times recently that started me thinking about all the blogging I do. “Welcoming to the Post-Text Future” was about how the printed word (online or on paper) is becoming out of favor as the very tech-savvy younger […]

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 […]

A Membership with Benefits: #DONAProud

A Membership with Benefits: #DONAProud

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International was founded 26 years ago by five of the most amazing people! Dr. John H. Kennell, Dr. Marshall Klaus, Annie Kennedy, Penny Simkin, and Phyllis Klaus sat down and established the organization we now know as DONA International. How did this group of visionaries lay down the building blocks for DONA International that has stood the test of time for almost three […]

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 […]