Doctors, Doulas & Decisions: Helping Clients Successfully Navigate Choice

Advanced Birth Professional Training

Presented by Ali Lewis, MD, FACOG, and Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
January 24th, 2017, 1:30- 4:00 PM
Muza Education Center, 7715 24th Ave NW, Second Floor, Seattle, WA 98117
Cost: $45.00
Approved for 2.5 DONA International Contact Hours

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yes-238371_960_720During pregnancy, birth and postpartum, families are faced with many decisions. Navigating these decisions can be challenging for the patient/client, the health care provider and the doula. Sometimes conflict arises between members of the team and this can be uncomfortable or even obstructive to a positive outcome.

In this interactive session, co-facilitated by an obstetrician and a doula, participants will examine decision making, the role of informed consent and the doula role. Participants will leave the session with increased confidence and clear actions they can apply in their practice to provide informational support to their clients while being acknowledged as a respected member of the healthcare team.

Learner Objectives

  1. Define informed consent and the role of the doula and the HCP in the process
  2. Identify common potential conflicts between HCP team and doula and how to navigate them
  3. Explain how the doula can facilitate a positive experience during the IC process
  4. List changes doulas might make to their doula practice that can create positive informed consent experiences for their clients

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About Ali and Sharon

sharon-ali-at-donaDr. Ali Lewis, MD, FACOG (left) is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She received her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she completed her residency. She enjoys helping women make informed decisions about their health using open dialogue that takes into account their beliefs and value systems. Her clinical interests include normal labor and birth, twins, interdisciplinary maternity care including working with hospital and out of hospital based midwives, vaginal birth after cesarean section and “family-centered” cesareans.  Dr. Lewis serves as the medical director for the Northwest Hospital Midwives Clinic. She is one of the two physician members of the Midwifery Advisory Committee with the Washington State Department of Health. She is a member of the MD/LM workgroup also with the WA State Department of Health that created and runs Smooth Transitions: Enhancing the Safety of Planned Out-of Hospital Birth Transfers. She served as a Home Birth Consensus Summit Delegate in 2011, 2013 and 2014. She is committed to creating a better environment and improving outcomes for birthing families in the United States by supporting interdisciplinary care across all birth settings. You can learn more about Dr. Lewis at her practice, Meridian Women’s Health.

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, (right) has been an active childbirth professional since 2004, teaching Lamaze classes & providing doula services to over a thousand families through her private practice in Seattle, WA. She is a Birth Doula Trainer at the Simkin Center, Bastyr Univ.. Sharon is also a trainer with Passion for Birth, a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program. Sharon is a consulting instructor at Great Starts, Parent Trust for WA Children. Sharon is a former co-leader of the International Cesarean Awareness Network’s (ICAN) Seattle Chapter, & a former board member of PALS Doulas and Past President of REACHE. In Sept. 2011, Sharon was admitted as a Fellow to the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators. Sharon Muza has been the community manager, writer & editor for Science & Sensibility, Lamaze International’s blog for birth professionals, since 2012. In September 2015, Sharon was awarded Lamaze International’s Media Award that recognizes individuals or organizations that present normal, physiologic birth.  Sharon enjoys active online engagement and facilitating discussion around best practice, current research & its practical application to community standards & actions by health care providers, & how that affects families in the childbearing year. Sharon has been a dynamic speaker at international conferences on topics of interest to birth professionals & enjoys collaborating with others to share ideas & information that benefit birth professionals and families.

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Refund Policy

As registration is limited, the cancellation policy for this class is as follows:

If you need to cancel for any reason, a $15 materials/processing fee will be charged and the balance refunded cheerfully. Your payment in full confirms your registration. Please let me know IN ADVANCE by email ( or text (206-465-1052) There is no refund if the notification is sent after the start of the training.

You may send a replacement in your place without penalty at any point. Just let me know.


To offer an environment suitable for all learners, if you need to, please make childcare arrangements off site for the class.

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