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DONA Partners with March for Moms to Advocate for Families

DONA Partners with March for Moms to Advocate for Families

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE When doulas are working one on one with their clients, whether during pregnancy, birth or postpartum, the doula’s role is one of helping families to find their voice, build their confidence and respect their choices. It is not uncommon for the clients we work with to […]

A Membership with Benefits: #DONAProud

A Membership with Benefits: #DONAProud

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International was founded 26 years ago by five of the most amazing people! Dr. John H. Kennell, Dr. Marshall Klaus, Annie Kennedy, Penny Simkin, and Phyllis Klaus sat down and established the organization we now know as DONA International. How did this group of visionaries lay down the building blocks for DONA International that has stood the test of time for almost three […]

DONA Honors Black History Month 2018 – With Some Exceptional Doulas

DONA Honors Black History Month 2018 – With Some Exceptional Doulas

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE February is Black History Month, and we celebrate the contributions of African Americans and recognize their impact in the world. The issues of increased health disparities and poor birth outcomes for Black people and their babies are a concern 365 days a year, especially here in […]

Meet Ana Paula Markel – DONA International’s New Board President

Meet Ana Paula Markel – DONA International’s New Board President

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I would like to introduce you to Ana Paula Markel, DONA International’s President of the Board of Directors. Ana Paula began her term with the new year and I was excited to have the opportunity to ask some questions about how Ana Paula is approaching this […]

Five Reasons You Need to Vote in the 2017 Board Elections – Vote Now!

Five Reasons You Need to Vote in the 2017 Board Elections – Vote Now!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International members, hopefully, you have received (and read) the emails and ballot in your inbox informing you of the current elections for open DONA International Board of Director positions. If you have not yet received your ballot, via email, please contact the DONA International office […]

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 […]

DONA International Advocates for Families in Washington D.C.

DONA International Advocates for Families in Washington D.C.

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I am writing to you from Washington D.C., where I have just wrapped up attending the DONA International Annual Trainers Retreat. This gathering was a chance for birth and postpartum trainers to meet, share and discuss workshop activities, learn, network and receive training updates from our Director […]

Congratulations to DONA’s Newest Advanced Certified Doulas

Congratulations to DONA’s Newest Advanced Certified Doulas

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International is the oldest and the largest international doula organization in the world. Founded by five visionary leaders who saw a need and filled it, DONA has grown into an amazing organization and has been hard at work certifying birth and postpartum doulas for 25 years. […]

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 […]

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

As I sit writing this post in an eerie haze of strange sunshine attempting to make its way down to the earth, I realize that my attentions have turned to Fall, cooler weather and evaluating my 2018 client and teaching schedule.  Time marches on and waits for no one, least of all families who are […]