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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 […]

Learning Doula Skills with the Aid of Virtual Reality?

Learning Doula Skills with the Aid of Virtual Reality?

By, Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I subscribe to what seems like a million blogs, newsletters and Google alerts focused on a variety of topics pertaining to my work as a birth professional. A recent article found its way in front of my eyes and immediately interested me for its potential application to […]

Doula Me This! – What Do You Do If Clients Misunderstand Your Role?

Doula Me This! – What Do You Do If Clients Misunderstand Your Role?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today is the second post in the occasional series “Doula Me This!” Each post in the series provides a common scenario that a birth or postpartum (or both) doula may face. The “correct” answer (if there is one) requires some synthesis of the situation and at […]

Products that Promote Your Doula Business for You!

Products that Promote Your Doula Business for You!

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Many birth and postpartum doulas spend a lot of energy and financial resources to grow and market their birth business. Print ads, online ads on various social media sites, vendor booths at local expos, blogging, and more. Some of these avenues may be very successful and others […]

Reflections on My Doula Work – What are Yours?

Reflections on My Doula Work – What are Yours?

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE 2018 will be the 15th year of defining myself as a professional doula and childbirth educator. Much has changed in that decade and a half, and yet much has remained the same. I am feeling reflective as I round the corner toward 500 births and welcoming thousands […]

Gift Ideas for Birth and Postpartum Doulas

Gift Ideas for Birth and Postpartum Doulas

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE For many parts of the world and for a variety of cultures and religions, December is a time to celebrate and many of these celebrations involve gift giving. Doulas, just like everyone else, love receiving presents that are both fun and useful. This post is directed to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Does Being the First or the Last Doula Interviewed Impact Your Hire Rate?

Does Being the First or the Last Doula Interviewed Impact Your Hire Rate?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) LCCE, FACCE, CLE In my years as a birth doula, I’ve had a lot of potential client interviews. With around 460 births behind me, I estimate that I have conducted at least 1,000 interviews- probably more, but 1,000 is a nice round number for the sake of this conversation. […]