DONA On-Demand Webinars

DONA International is committed to providing high-quality, relevant continuing education opportunities – both in person, through advanced doula trainings offered by our world-class trainers and through webinars such as these. Enjoy! It is an exciting time to be a DONA International doula, a member of the premier doula association in the world.

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*Beyond Competition: Birthing Your Doula Business
Speaker: Sarah Juliusson
Session Length 40 minutes; Contact Hours .70

As doulas, we know that each birth is truly unique. We may not, however, always recognize the unique nature of our own doula journey and instead can experience feelings of comparison or competition with our doula sisters. The Beyond Competition workshop is an opportunity to explore the nature of competition as doulas, define what makes your practice unique, and craft your offerings and marketing to best represent the heart of your doula practice.


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*101 Ways to Attract Clients
Speaker: Jessica English
Session Length 96 minutes; Contact Hours 1.5

Are you a new doula? An experienced doula looking to ramp up your birth business? Business coach and agency owner Jessica English will walk you through 101 ways to attract clients. We'll talk about networking, blogging, community partnerships, social media, old-school tactics and more. Join us for inspiration and motivation on your path toward rocking your birth business!

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Decision Fatigue
Speaker: Penny Simkin
Session Length 50 minutes; Contact Hours .80

Informed decision-making and patient autonomy are valued principles in medical care, including maternity care. In fact, informed consent is the law of the land in North America. Assisting parents to become informed of the pros and cons of the numerous options in maternity care is a major reason for the existence of childbirth education. Yet, today’s maternity care climate is highly technical and extremely complex, and there is little agreement even among the “experts” on which of the many available options are most suitable for a particular woman. Many expectant parents feel inadequate to make such decisions – everything from a planned cesarean or induction for no medical reason, to whether to have routine intravenous fluids or artificial rupture of the membranes, to whether to use formula to feed the baby while mother is at work or to pump breastmilk. “Decision Fatigue” occurs when one is burdened by numerous decisions; the term refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual when under pressure to make numerous important decisions. Do childbirth educators, doulas and birth activists sometimes add to the problem? Do we make it so complex that parents feel exhausted and incapable to make the “right” decision for them???Penny will explore this problem and offer some possible ways to prevent decision fatigue while keeping mothers and babies in the center of care.

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Business Side of Being a Doula
Speaker: Patty Brennan
Session Length 90 minutes; Contact Hours 1.5

This webinar provides an overview of the business aspects of working as a doula. From naming your business and choosing a business model to staying out of trouble with the IRS and learning to think like an entrepreneur, participants will gain insight into what is required to be a successful small business owner.

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*Successful Ways to Manage Your Doula Business
Speaker: Stefanie Antunes
Session Length 60 minutes; Contact Hours 1.0

Running any business can be challenging. Learn all the necessary elements of achieving business success. From assessing your market and competitors, setting your goals, to uncovering your own unique service offering, this session will reaffirm how to use the tried and true ways of running a business. It will also address aspects of business ownership (that you may have not considered) that are paramount to business success.

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Supporting the Childbirth and Breastfeeding Continuum
Speaker: Ngozi D. Tibbs
Session Length 77 minutes; Contact Hours 1.0

This session will discuss the definition of continuum and how it relates to birth and breastfeeding. We will discuss how birth practices can interfere with breastfeeding and how to help mothers make an informed choice regarding pain medications and interventions. We will also discuss the importance of cultural competency and how that relates to supporting mothers. Lastly we will investigate how special circumstances, family and returning to work can help or hinder mothers from reaching their breastfeeding goals.

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Epigenetics and the Microbiome: The Latest Buzzwords in Maternity
Speaker: Penny Simkin
Session Length 81 minutes; Contact Hours 1.0

At the end of this session, the learner will be able to:
  • Define “epigenetics” and “microbiome”
  • Explain how environmental factors, epigenetics and the microbiome may harm or benefit the developing fetus throughout life, and even future generations
  • Discuss ways a doula and other birth workers may help improve epigenetic effects and the microbiome

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