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Much Ado About Doulas

Sunday, October 16, 2005
I've been meaning to send out some congratulatory hugs via the blog to Susan Martensen, who recently took on the role of President of DONA International, the world's premier doula association. Susan, who is based in Ottawa, has been a birth and postpartum doula since 1990 and is a mentor for DONA International's Postpartum Doula Program. She has participated in training birth and postpartum doulas since 1995. I had the opportunity to meet Susan in person while I was at the DONA International Conference in Washington DC this past summer, and I can tell you that she is everything you could ever want in a doula -- someone knowledgeable, nurturing, friendly, and kind -- and who has a great sense of humor, too. Congratulations, Susan, on your election to the position of President of DONA International. I'm sure it's going to be a great year for both DONA and you personally.

Those of you who are big fans of doula care (and you can include me as a member of that club!) may be interested in knowing that DONA hosts a public discussion forum for anyone who is interested in discussing issues related to pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.

Want to find out more about doulas? Here's a useful article on the do's and don'ts of hiring a doula and here's an excellent summary of the benefits of doula care.

You may want to check out the doula sections of my books The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby and to read The Doula Advantage and Mothering the Mother.

| posted by Ann D @ 11:20 AM