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DONA International Attends Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care

DONA International Attends Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care

By Melissa L. Harley, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, DONA International Director of Marketing and Public Relations According to results from our 2016 DONA International member-wide survey, DONA International membership reported strong interest in several causes important to our work as doulas and the bigger picture of maternal health care. The most important causes to our membership included […]

Call for Session Proposals – 2017 Virtual Conference

Call for Session Proposals – 2017 Virtual Conference

It may only be January, but DONA International is already gearing up for the 2017 Annual Conference Cultivating Connections: It Starts With Us. This year’s evidence-based learning opportunity from the world’s largest and longest standing doula organization is online. Access incredible sessions created just for doulas from anywhere on your own schedule! We are now […]

The inspiration behind DONA’s new brand identity

The inspiration behind DONA’s new brand identity

This article was originally published in the International Doula magazine. This version includes a photo of the meeting with DONA International founders Penny Simkin, Annie Kennedy, and Phyllis Klaus to discuss the new logo. — Adrianne Gordon, MBA, CD(DONA), Blog Manager The Inspiration Behind DONA’s New Brand Identity Now that you’ve had some time to […]

Conference Sneak Peek: Advanced Peanut Ball Techniques

Conference Sneak Peek: Advanced Peanut Ball Techniques

Photo courtesy of Premier Birth Tools Cheri Grant is known as The Peanut Ball Lady, and her mission is to teach the world about the effectiveness of peanut balls (peanut-shaped exercise balls) in labor. She trains other professionals to become authorized peanut ball trainers, and two of these trainers – Amy Bookwalter and Amy Emerson […]

Conference Sneak Peak: Saturday Night Performance by Melissa Bangs

Conference Sneak Peak: Saturday Night Performance by Melissa Bangs

Photo courtesy of Nichole Peterson/NP Images Hearing someone’s story is one of the best ways to deepen our understanding of their experience.  Storytelling can play a powerful role in healing for the teller and provide perspective to the audience. One brave woman will be telling her story of returning to wholeness through a postpartum mood […]

Is Homebirth Safe?

Is Homebirth Safe?

The safety of homebirth has been much discussed in the birth community over the last few months following the publication of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine at the end of 2015. At the upcoming DONA International Annual Conference, Dr. Michael Klein, a Family Physician, pediatrician, and neonatologist who has delivered more […]

10 Reasons You Should be at the 2016 Conference!

10 Reasons You Should be at the 2016 Conference!

In just a few weeks, the DONA International Annual Conference: ENGAGE will take place near Seattle, WA. Here are 10 reasons you should be at #DONA16! 1. Learn new skills and evidence based information.  Continuing to grow your skillset and stay up-to-date on the latest research in the maternity care field is critical for growth […]

Sailing Through Certification: Packet Reviewer Tips Part 2

Sailing Through Certification: Packet Reviewer Tips Part 2

This is the second installment in our Sailing through Certification: Tips from a Packet Reviewer series.  Birth doula certification packet reviewer, Julia Schetky, posts tips on DONA International’s Facebook groups each week with tips for those preparing that precious packet. The first post covered some key tips on legibility, completeness and organization that apply to […]

Sailing through Certification: Tips from a Packet Reviewer Part 1

Sailing through Certification: Tips from a Packet Reviewer Part 1

Obtaining those CD(DONA) or PCD(DONA) credentials comes from a combination of training, experience, independent learning and reflection. Doula certification demonstrates proficiency, professionalism and dedication to the field. The documentation of all of the certification steps are collected in the certification packet. The packet contains documents and forms the doula submits once all steps for certification […]