About the Facilitator
Connie Sultana, B.A., CD(DONA), ICCE, LCCE is a two-time member of the Board of Directors of DONA International. DONA is the oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world. She was Director of Certification for DONA and a member of the Certification Committee for 15 years. She is one of DONA's first doula trainers.
She has worked in a variety of settings from Amish and Mennonite home births in the Ozark Mountains to serving as a co-director and founder of a doula program for inner-city teenagers in Cleveland. She has been a Midwife’s Assistant at a Missouri Birth Center.
Over the last 16 years she has operated private doula services in New York City, Cleveland, Missouri and California. She teaches childbirth education privately and at hospitals. She has worked for two hospital-based doula programs and was associated with Dr. John Kennell’s research regarding doulas.
She is certified as a childbirth educator by ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) and Lamaze. Connie is a Lamaze-approved trainer for those who are interested in becoming childbirth educators. Her articles appear in the International Doula Magazine and The Journal of Perinatal Education.
She has served in the childbirth field in 2 countries, 5 states, 30 hospitals, 3 Birth Centers and over 70 homes. She is grateful to the families who have made it possible to attend over 500 births.
In her previous life, she was a television producer at CNBC.
Next to her marriage to Peter, and her mothering of Michael (12) and Valerie (4), being a doula is the most rewarding experience of her life. Connie currently lives near Santa Rosa, in northern California. She often travels to New York and enjoys teaching workshops there and around the country.