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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 […]

The Doula Difference: Lowering Cesarean Rates

The Doula Difference: Lowering Cesarean Rates

By Jessica English, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE The research on doulas is solid.  Doulas improve outcomes for both parents and babies.  Over the next six months, this blog will examine the six documented benefits of having a doula at one’s birth. We know that there are additional benefits along with these six published ones.  This month, […]

Hospital Cesarean Rates: What You Should Know

Hospital Cesarean Rates: What You Should Know

Does the hospital where someone gives birth impact their chances of having a cesarean birth? Consumer Reports has raised this very question following an investigation into the c-section rates at hospitals across the country. We talked with Doris Peter, PhD, Director of Consumer Reports’ Ratings Center to find out more about their survey, the findings, […]

ACOG’s Update on Optimizing Postpartum Care Leaves Doulas Out

ACOG’s Update on Optimizing Postpartum Care Leaves Doulas Out

The contributions of doulas and the value of the support we provide has been recognized in 2014 in a joint statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and this year by the California Maternal Quality Care Coalition. Their focus is on the role doulas play during labor […]

6 Ways Doulas Can Support Families Planning VBACs

6 Ways Doulas Can Support Families Planning VBACs

By Jen Kamel, Founder/Director VBAC Facts Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates have been slowly rising in America the last few years as more and more women become familiar with the option. (1; 2) However, our latest statistics reflect still that only 11% of women with a prior cesarean birth had a VBAC in 2014. […]

Best of the International Doula: The Pitfalls of Under-Supporting Early Labor:  A Complicated Story of Ethics and Client Emotional Well-Being

Best of the International Doula: The Pitfalls of Under-Supporting Early Labor: A Complicated Story of Ethics and Client Emotional Well-Being

By Kim James, BDT(DONA), ICCE, LCCE As a childbirth educator, birth doula, birth doula trainer and owner of DoulaMatch.net, I hear a lot of birth stories from parents about how their doula’s support made a world of difference. More infrequently, I hear stories about doulas who missed important opportunities to provide emotional support, leaving families […]

ACOG: OBs Can Prevent Lacerations During Vaginal Births

ACOG: OBs Can Prevent Lacerations During Vaginal Births

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a new Practice Bulletin “Prevention and Management of Obstetric Lacerations at Vaginal Delivery” providing guidelines and recommendations for care providers. This new Practice Bulletin replaces a previous Practice Bulletin, “Episiotomy” from 2006 and “Limitations of Perineal Lacerations as an Obstetric Quality Measure,” a Committee Opinion released […]