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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 […]

Marshall Klaus Made the World Better for Mothers, Babies, and Families

Marshall Klaus Made the World Better for Mothers, Babies, and Families

By Penny Simkin, PT Marshall Klaus, MD, friend, and advocate for babies, mothers, parents, and doulas, died recently at his home in Palo Alto. We send our sympathy and love to his family, especially dear Phyllis, his wife and partner in their seminal work. Marshall Klaus had a profound influence on me by helping me […]

What Research Says about the Doula-Nurse Relationship and Expert Tips to Strengthen It

What Research Says about the Doula-Nurse Relationship and Expert Tips to Strengthen It

By Ann Tumblin, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) Today, Ann Tumblin reviews a study published last fall that looks at how doulas and labor & delivery nurses view each other in the workplace. Every DONA doula learns that DONA International’s Code of Ethics requires Primacy of Client’s Interests which means that the doula’s primary responsibility is […]

A Guide to Getting Great Doula Testimonials

A Guide to Getting Great Doula Testimonials

  By Emily Fontes Did you know 95% of people looking to buy a product or hire a professional look for customer reviews first and 70% of potential clients on mobile devices say they are more likely to buy if they can read through reviews before purchasing. The truth is that humans are social creatures; […]

Countertransference – Offering Doula Support Free of Emotional Entanglement

Countertransference – Offering Doula Support Free of Emotional Entanglement

By Kate Causbie Ask any doula why they do the work they do, and odds are that their answer will somehow integrate or reflect their own experiences around conception, birth, and early parenting. While this is a valuable insight into the source of their motivation and passion, doulas as professionals are largely unsupported in how […]