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Do Doulas Need to Follow HIPAA & What You Should Know about Client Confidentiality!

Do Doulas Need to Follow HIPAA & What You Should Know about Client Confidentiality!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA – Not HIPPA!) became a law in 1996 by a sweeping vote of Congress. You can read more about what this law does (and does not do) here in this great explanation by Consumer Reports. If you want to […]

The Global Doula – New Series on Doulaing around the World

The Global Doula – New Series on Doulaing around the World

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE DONA International is truly an international organization in every way. Our membership is over 5,000 members strong and represents more than 56 countries around the world. Our birth and postpartum trainers travel to many countries to train and collaborate with doulas and birth professionals. DONA also […]

Lend Me Your Ear! Expert Tips on Podcasting from Doulas Who Do!

Lend Me Your Ear! Expert Tips on Podcasting from Doulas Who Do!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE I read a fascinating article in The New York Times recently that started me thinking about all the blogging I do. “Welcoming to the Post-Text Future” was about how the printed word (online or on paper) is becoming out of favor as the very tech-savvy younger […]

Book Review: Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis

Book Review: Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Today in the United States is the last day of Black History Month 2018. The end of this annual reflective month does not mean that the issue of Black parents dying four times more frequently than their white counterparts during the childbearing year goes away. It does […]

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 […]

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 […]