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The Black Infant Remembrance Memorial – A Valuable Resource for Your Families

The Black Infant Remembrance Memorial – A Valuable Resource for Your Families

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE You cannot live in the United States and be unaware of the health inequities that face Black families here in this country. Every single major news outlet has been covering this tragic situation with increasing frequency. People are working to raise awareness of the issue of Black […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Call the Doula! Let’s Help Kate Middleton with Baby #3!

Call the Doula! Let’s Help Kate Middleton with Baby #3!

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Ever since Kensington Palace announced earlier this week that Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child sometime in 2018, I have been secretly pining for a much anticipated, but unlikely text to drop into my lap. It […]

DONA International Celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week 2017

DONA International Celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week 2017

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE August is all about breastfeeding and chestfeeding. The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week, all of August is National Breastfeeding Month in the United States, and the last week of August is Black Breastfeeding Week here in the U.S. Both birth and postpartum doulas play […]

DONA International Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week 2017 (en Español too)

DONA International Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week 2017 (en Español too)

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE August 1-7, 2017 is World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is Sustaining Breastfeeding – Together. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action champions World Breastfeeding Week every year during this time to call attention to the many benefits breastfeeding has for the parent-child dyad all around the […]