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The Doula and the Thank You Note

The Doula and the Thank You Note

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I recently read a great article in The New York Times: “You Should Actually Send That Thank You Note You’ve Been Meaning to Write” and immediately thought about how this information is relevant to doulas and can help a doula grow their business. When I was growing […]

Five Things You Can Be Doing Now for Business Success in 2019

Five Things You Can Be Doing Now for Business Success in 2019

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The end of the year and the start of a fresh one is a great time to assess what has worked for your business and what services and products need to be tweaked, changed or discontinued for 2019. Here are some suggestions about things to think about as […]

DONA International Certifies Their 13,000th Doula!

DONA International Certifies Their 13,000th Doula!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE There are many reasons that I am proud to be a DONA certified doula. DONA’s history, the vision of the five founders, our organization’s mission and vision, and the longevity and adaptability of the organization are just a few of the many reasons that I am […]

Meet DONA International’s Newest Board Members & an Invitation for YOU!

Meet DONA International’s Newest Board Members & an Invitation for YOU!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is election day in the United States, where citizens go to the polls to vote on local and state level candidates and initiatives. This is a midterm election so there are no presidential elections this time. I thought it was an appropriate day to present to […]

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 […]

Let’s Meet DONA International’s 2018 Advanced Doulas

Let’s Meet DONA International’s 2018 Advanced Doulas

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE This summer, DONA International awarded three doulas the credential of “Advanced Doula.” This certification level was initiated in 2015, and the designation honors DONA certified birth and postpartum doulas who have made major contributions to DONA International, to the doula profession, and in the maternal-child field. Today, I would […]

The Black Infant Remembrance Memorial – A Valuable Resource for Your Families

The Black Infant Remembrance Memorial – A Valuable Resource for Your Families

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE You cannot live in the United States and be unaware of the health inequities that face Black families here in this country. Every single major news outlet has been covering this tragic situation with increasing frequency. People are working to raise awareness of the issue of Black […]

Pro Tips for Submitting an Amazing Postpartum Certification Packet

Pro Tips for Submitting an Amazing Postpartum Certification Packet

By Tracy McPhillips, CCE(GS), LCCE, PCD/PDT(DONA) Today’s post is written by my friend and colleague Tracy McPhillips. Tracy is a postpartum doula and a DONA Approved Postpartum Doula Trainer. Additionally, Tracy reviews and approves postpartum doula certification packets for DONA International. Tracy has been helping doulas by reviewing their postpartum certification for the past four years. […]