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Research Review: Bearing witness: United States and Canadian maternity support workers’ observations of disrespectful care in childbirth

Research Review: Bearing witness: United States and Canadian maternity support workers’ observations of disrespectful care in childbirth

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE A new research paper, Bearing witness: United States and Canadian maternity support workers’ observations of disrespectful care in childbirth, was recently published in the journal Birth. Written by Christine Morton, Ph.D., a medical sociologist and author and her colleagues, the study examines and compares the frequency with which […]

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 […]

DONA International Recognizes the Contributions of the Amazing T. Berry Brazelton, MD

DONA International Recognizes the Contributions of the Amazing T. Berry Brazelton, MD

By Ann Grauer, AdvCD/AdvPD(DONA), BDT/PDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC T. Berry Brazelton, known as “America’s Pediatrician” died Tuesday, March 13 at his daughter’s home outside Boston, MA. Dr. Brazelton was just shy of his 100th birthday and his passing marked the end of an era. Along with the passing of DONA International two of DONA’s five founders, […]

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 […]

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 […]