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Do You Know What Reduces the Cesarean Rate?  Birth Doulas Reduce the Cesarean Rate!

Do You Know What Reduces the Cesarean Rate? Birth Doulas Reduce the Cesarean Rate!

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE A new study, well, the abstract at least, the ARRIVE Trial, was released on February 1, 2018. The study findings indicated that healthy low-risk pregnant people who were induced at 39 weeks of pregnancy had lower maternal and neonatal morbidity and a reduced cesarean rate. The […]

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 […]

Examining AWHONN’s Position Statement on L&D Nurses as Continuous Support

Examining AWHONN’s Position Statement on L&D Nurses as Continuous Support

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Earlier this month, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses published a position statement entitled “Continuous Labor Support for Every Woman.” I was excited to read this article, thinking that it was going to agree with recent statements by ACOG acknowledging support by a trained […]

The Doula and Research: Great Resources to Build Skills

The Doula and Research: Great Resources to Build Skills

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Birth and postpartum doulas do not need to be scientists or researchers to do their work. According to DONA International, doulas provide physical, emotional, and informational support to families during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. In some ways, we are the Jacks and Jills […]

Express Milk Early – Doulas Help Parents Protect Breastmilk Supply

Express Milk Early – Doulas Help Parents Protect Breastmilk Supply

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE August continues to be focused on the breastfeeding dyad as recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, National Breastfeeding Month and Black Breastfeeding Week continues. Doulas play a key role in supporting parents who are planning to breastfeed.  The information we share prenatally, the help we offer immediately […]

What Research Says about the Doula-Nurse Relationship and Expert Tips to Strengthen It

What Research Says about the Doula-Nurse Relationship and Expert Tips to Strengthen It

By Ann Tumblin, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) Today, Ann Tumblin reviews a study published last fall that looks at how doulas and labor & delivery nurses view each other in the workplace. Every DONA doula learns that DONA International’s Code of Ethics requires Primacy of Client’s Interests which means that the doula’s primary responsibility is […]