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Seven Things I Learned While Serving as President of DONA International 2018

Seven Things I Learned While Serving as President of DONA International 2018

By Ana Paula Markel, CD/BDT(DONA), ICCE, IAT As the year comes to an end and my term as DONA International President comes to a close, I find myself reflecting, as one normally does this time of the year. I am reflecting on all that has been accomplished, and my goals, hopes, and dreams for our […]

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 […]

6 Pro Tips to Make Your Birth Doula Certification Packet Shine!

6 Pro Tips to Make Your Birth Doula Certification Packet Shine!

By Jenn Fontaine, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), PCD(DONA) CLC, CHBE, WSGB Instructor Today’s post is written by my friend and colleague Jenn Fontaine. Jenn is a birth doula certification packet reviewer extraordinaire. Jenn has reviewed and certified over 450 birth doulas and is well on her way to reaching her 500th packet. Through this process, Jenn […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Pregúntale a Penny (Ask Penny Español)

Pregúntale a Penny (Ask Penny Español)

Queridas Doulas, Como DONA está celebrando su 25 aniversario este año, Jessica English (editora del International Doula) me pidió que le dedicara la columna Pregúntale a Penny a la historia de DONA. Ponderando sobre esto, encontré la primera edición del International Doula (Volúmen 1, edición 1, Primavera, 1993). Encontrar esto fue un milagro, lo cual […]

Dr. Michael Klein Remembers Marshall Klaus, DONA International Founder

Dr. Michael Klein Remembers Marshall Klaus, DONA International Founder

By Michael Klein, MD Dr. Marshall Klaus passed away on August 15, 2017, at the age of 90. Dr. Klaus was one of DONA International’s founders and a leader in maternal-infant bonding. We have covered Dr. Klaus’ death previously on the blog. This past weekend, there was a memorial for Dr. Klaus in his hometown […]