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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. […]

Do You Have 30 Seconds to Quickly and Easily Speak Up about Maternal Mortality?

Do You Have 30 Seconds to Quickly and Easily Speak Up about Maternal Mortality?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE It has been just about two weeks since the amazing DONA international Summit 2018 wrapped up and the DONA International virtual conference is up and running for the 90-day viewing period. Many of our speakers talked about the state of maternal mortality globally and in the United States. The […]

World Breastfeeding Week 2018 – Doulas Play a Key Role

World Breastfeeding Week 2018 – Doulas Play a Key Role

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE August 1 – 7, 2018 is World Breastfeeding Week and doulas are on the front lines of helping families get breastfeeding off to a good start. Every year, World Breastfeeding Week has a specific theme, and the 2018 theme is “Foundation of Life.” In a world […]

It Was Big! In-Person DONA Summit 2018 Wrap Up

It Was Big! In-Person DONA Summit 2018 Wrap Up

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I have just returned from the in-person DONA Summit 2018 and have been thinking and thinking (and thinking) about this Summit follow up post and what I exactly wanted to say. I have so many emotions and thoughts and I am not sure that I yet have […]

Secrets to Summit Success – Tips for Making the Most Out of a DONA Conference

Secrets to Summit Success – Tips for Making the Most Out of a DONA Conference

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The DONA International 2018 Summit is T minus less than 24 hours ’til the start and doulas and other birth professionals are arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from all around the world. The line up of speakers (both keynote and concurrent sessions) is outstanding and there is a […]

What Do We Want? Doulas!  When Do We Want Them? Now!

What Do We Want? Doulas! When Do We Want Them? Now!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE A Blueprint for Advancing High-Value Maternity Care Through Physiologic Childbearing, authored by 17 leading maternity experts and released on June 28, 2018, by the National Partnership for Women & Families hopes to promote “well-tested, evidence-informed strategies” that can be used by researchers and consumers alike as a guide […]

But What About the Postpartum Doula?  ACOG’s New Recommendations for Postpartum Care

But What About the Postpartum Doula? ACOG’s New Recommendations for Postpartum Care

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released an updated committee opinion last month titled Optimizing Postpartum Care. This opinion was endorsed and supported by fellow maternal-infant health organizations that include the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners […]

Happy 80th Birthday to DONA Founder Penny Simkin

Happy 80th Birthday to DONA Founder Penny Simkin

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today, May 31st is Penny Simkin’s 80th birthday. I am confident that you join me in being so glad that she was born on this day in 1938. Penny is one of the five founders of DONA International and an icon in the field of labor support […]

Meet DONA Summit Keynote Speakers – A Simply Amazing Lineup!

Meet DONA Summit Keynote Speakers – A Simply Amazing Lineup!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The 2018 DONA International Summit (the annual conference) is just shy of eight weeks away and the keynote lineup has been announced and it is simply spectacular. This year there are options for both in-person attendance July 19-21, 2018 at the beachside W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, […]

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 […]