Editor’s Note: Susan Troy, Editor of International Doula, DONA International’s beautiful, informative and inspirational quarterly magazine for doulas, shares this preview of the upcoming edition. — AG

We’re excited to feature Sherry Payne of Uzazi Village on the cover of our next issue of the International Doula. Her presentation at the 2014 Annual Conference in Kansas City was so well received that we wanted to make sure all of our members had the opportunity to learn more about her work. Here’s a small snippet:

“Though the willingness may be there, the opportunity to support women of color is often deficient. The training to support them in a culturally congruent manner is nearly always deficient, if not completely absent. It is important to understand a client’s cultural context when providing such personal care. Without that knowledge the care is inconsistent and incomplete and may even be detrimental.”

 In addition to the insight and inspiration of Sherry’s work, you’ll also find articles about closing the sale, the recent study by Sarah Buckley and a more in depth introduction to our Advisory Council. The Spring 2015 issue also includes book reviews, Ask Penny and essays from our members. We hope you find information and inspiration for your practice.

Keep an eye out for the Spring issue of DONA International’s magazine in your mailboxes in the coming weeks! Remember, you can always check your membership status and update your mailing address via the online Member Center. If you need help logging in, instructions are available here.

The International Doula is just one of the many benefits of joining DONA International. We welcome doulas, childbirth educators, maternity care providers and anyone supporting the role of doulas in birth and the postpartum period to become a member.