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But What About the Postpartum Doula?  ACOG’s New Recommendations for Postpartum Care

But What About the Postpartum Doula? ACOG’s New Recommendations for Postpartum Care

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released an updated committee opinion last month titled Optimizing Postpartum Care. This opinion was endorsed and supported by fellow maternal-infant health organizations that include the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners […]

A Book Review for Father’s Day: Man Vs. Baby by Matt Coyne

A Book Review for Father’s Day: Man Vs. Baby by Matt Coyne

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE With Father’s Day right around the corner in the United States (this Sunday, June 17th) I thought I would share a book review of a recent nonfiction book I just finished reading. Man Vs. Baby by Matt Coyne (Scribner, 272 pgs, $11.55) that will make a great gift for any […]

Series: What Say You? – What Does “Natural” Birth Mean to You?

Series: What Say You? – What Does “Natural” Birth Mean to You?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I have a question and maybe you can help me out? When I started working as a doula and a childbirth educator almost 15 years ago, I had a lot of terms to learn. In my doula training, I learned it was important to understand and […]

Happy 80th Birthday to DONA Founder Penny Simkin

Happy 80th Birthday to DONA Founder Penny Simkin

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today, May 31st is Penny Simkin’s 80th birthday. I am confident that you join me in being so glad that she was born on this day in 1938. Penny is one of the five founders of DONA International and an icon in the field of labor support […]

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, […]