April is C-Section Awareness month- Here is my story

April is C-section awareness month. I would love to share some stories from mommas this month. I have had two c sections and would love to share my stories with you.

I was pregnant with my first baby. My husband and I were so excited when we found out we were expecting. I had a wonderful pregnancy. I loved seeing her grow from the outside and feeling her movements get bigger as she grew. I was tracking my ovulation very carefully because we had been trying for a bit and a friend told me that tracking with ovulation strips help so I had a really good idea on the time that we conceived her. When we went in for our first ultrasound they gave us the date of October 26th which was pretty accurate from the time that we had written down when tracking. However as the pregnancy continued they changed the date on us due to growth. They said that her new due date was November 6th. As the days got closer I got more swollen and uncomfortable. I was still stuck on that 26th date and couldn’t seem to get past it because “I KNEW” the 6th had to of been wrong. (OH HOW I LAUGH NOW)

Anyway October 26th came and went and I started to feel VERY pregnant. I was doing it all from Spicy food, running all over the place, taking drives in the mountains, eating pineapple. YOU NAME IT I was doing it. I tried everything google provided me except for a few things like Castor oil and B&B cohosh. My cousins told me that they did Castor oil and it worked every time. Hmmmmm It got me thinking. I decided one night I was going to try it and see what happened. I took a small small amount and went to bed hoping I would wake up in labor. Sadly I woke up and nothing was happening. I looked at the dosage and realized I had taken a childrens dose. All day at work I went back and forth should I do it again??? should I just wait it out???

Well the evening came and my frustrations took over. I decided that I would give it one more go. I took a normal dose with a protein shake and about 3 hours later started feeling a little nauseous. I sipped on some sprite and ate some saltine crackers and started feeling better. Super bummed I headed to bed. I woke up at 11pm as usual to go to the potty. I went into the bathroom and something didn’t really seem right???? I was going potty but it seemed to be a lot and I couldn’t stop it. My mind went to thinking…. Could my water just have broken? I sat there for a few more moments and sure enough it kept happening. I got up and put a towel in my pants and waddled over to the bed where Ric was sleeping. I woke him up and said hey babe I think my water just broke. He said okay and rolled over, while I waddled back into the bathroom and sat down on the potty again. I decided that I wanted to shower. My doctor always told me if your water breaks come right in! So I figured I would shower and get ready and head in. While I was in the shower Ric came in and said Did you just tell me your water broke. I said I DID. I was giggling at him. I finished showering while Ric packed the rest of the bag and we headed to the hospital. I kept feeling like I was going to poop all over. (I was so worried because I had taken the oil and everyone said that it makes you poop) But after a few times Ric said babe Its just your contraction??? Ha ha I had done very little to prep for this baby. No childbirth classes just a little bit of reading and hanging on my baby bump app. We arrived to the hospital and contractions were very far apart and very faint. (now knowing we went way too soon) I was GBS- and the fluid was nice and clear.

We walked in at 1am and they got me in the bed and got us all checked in. She checked my cervix and said you are 1cm! I was so happy. A couple days before at my visit I wasn’t dilated at all. I said okay they got me an IV and left. Ric and I looked at one another thinking hmmm OKAY. Contractions started coming on stronger and sitting in the bed was very hard for me. I was told that I could not get out because I was hooked up to the IV and they wanted my baby on the monitor. I still to this day cant remember where I was feeling it, in my belly or back or what but I remember that it was strong and hard. at 3 am they checked me again and said I was 2 cm and they wanted to start pitocin. I really didn’t know what that was at that point so I said okay and went along with it.

Salt Lake city doula Meagan Heaton and her husband before first baby is born

OMG things intensified from there. It was instant I immediately was clenching my hands around the bed telling Ric it hurt. 5/6 am they checked me and I was 2 1/2 cm. I was stoked but OH MY GOSH IN PAIN and after asking Ric to help me a million times and asking him to do something we decided to ask for the epidural. My doctor came in at 7:30am and checked me. I was still 2 1/2cm and 90% thinned. He said that he would be back in a couple hours. They continued to turn pitocin up and I was calm trying to sleep. around 9am they came in and said I was still only about 3cm. The doc said that he would give me about 2 hours and if I hadn’t made SIGNIFICANT change they would be looking at doing a C-section. (a little back story my mom had 2 C-sections and it was really something I was scared of happening so this really scared me) I mentioned it to my doctor during the pregnancy and he said that he didn’t see any reason at that point for me to need a C-section.

come 11 am they came in and said I was 2 1/2 maybe 3 cm and my baby had a couple not alarming but a couple decels and that I was going to have a c-section in the next hour. My heart broke. I was confused looking at the monitor she looked great had a solid heart rate of 150’s. I didn’t want a c-section but we trusted our doctor and figured if thats what he thought was best we would do that.Our goal was safe mom and baby. One hour later I was 3cm and the doc said that I had been in labor too long with no progress (failure to progress) soon after my husband was dressed and they took us out and down the hall. I was bawling and super nauseous but excited to meet my baby girl.

Meagan Heaton birth doula in salt lake going to the OR Husband following Utah doula down to the OR

Not long after our baby girl was lifted over a blue curtain. I wanted to cry but couldnt seem to let it out. She cried and cried and my husband left my side to go see her.

Baby girl born via c section by salt lake city doulaPark city doulas husband with baby girl

I laid there and wanted nothing more than to see what was happening on the other side. All I could hear was the doc and his assistant talking about their trips they just got off of and how bummed they were with the snow storm outside. Soon after my husband brought my baby girl over and took a picture with me and him. I was so happy to see her. She was perfect in every way. He and the baby left and they finished sewing me up and got me back on a comfortable bed.Doula in Salt Lake has c section

I was very sleepy after but enjoyed holding my baby girl once I was in recovery. We went into the hospital room and there were a lot of family members in there waiting for us. I was so dozy I was sort of in and out as visitors came and went. The birth that I anticipated was not what happened. This was hard for me to get over and even now typing it there are a flood of emotions that are coming in. I am grateful for this birth though. It taught me a lot and was the starting puzzle piece that led me into the doula that I am today. I love my little girl so much and am so grateful that she joined our family that day.

Next story to come ….

If you have a c-section story you would like to share Please feel free to send it to me pictures are also welcomed. Contact me HERE  

Reflecting Back on my VBA2C!

Labor had been going for over 24 hours and I decided to go on a walk. The birds were chirping and the sun was just coming up. There was a calm presence to the neighborhood. Contractions had been lasting about 1 min long and were about 4-5 minutes apart and had been like that for hours. It was after that walk 6am sharp when things changed. I suddenly had a LOT of pressure and contractions were a solid 3 minutes apart lasting up to a minute and a half long. We called the midwife and agreed to meet at the birth center at 9am. It was that day i discovered a strength that I didn’t know that I had, learned to let go of fear and trust my body, and had my precious baby boy Vaginally after 2 cesarian sections. I was surrounded by an incredible birth team and will forever be grateful for them. I have spent all week reflecting back on the events that week. What a special time. Happy birthday to my baby  boy. My labor and VBA2C story


If you would like to read the full story visit the blog post HERE or my Facebook

A post from my husband!

Today I wanted to share with you a sweet post that my husband recently posted on my facebook page. I walked out of a prenatal visit and was notified that he had tagged me in a post. I figured it was something about our kids or something. To my surprise it was a long post that brought on many tears. I cant thank my husband enough for his incredible love and support.

Last night she was gone again. I was about to get off of work (4:30 pm) and she called and let me know that a soon-to-be mother was in labor and needed her. I rushed home and as I walked in she walked out. She had a rushed look on her face as she was worried she wouldn’t make it on time. The kids and I had a great night (its nice being able to bond with my kids when Mom is gone) which consisted of bike riding, pizza, book reading, and bedtime. After the kids were down I received a message from my wife that the mother was pushing, shortly after that another message that the mother had given birth to a baby boy (8:30 pm). She typically waits with the new family for a couple of hours so she would be home later. Get another message that the mother is a little woozy and that she would be staying with them for a bit longer (10:20 pm) to make sure that they were settled and safe before she left. She arrived home hungry and happy (11:00 pm) and we chatted for a minute before heading to bed together.

This has become a fairly regular occurrence lately as my wife’s Doula services have become more and more in demand. Truth is I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I have had the blessing of knowing my wife for 10 years now and throughout that time i have seen how much she absolutely loves people. She is an extrovert of epic proportions, she takes 30+ minutes to say goodbyes at gatherings and on phone calls. When we started having kids and she decided that she wanted to stay home to raise them she struggled immensely with the lack of social interaction with other adults. She started teaching dance a few nights a week to try to fill that void, unfortunately that didn’t truly “fulfill her” (she loves dance and teaching dance and our two little girls will be dancers for their entire life, much to the chagrin of their father).
When she decided to become a Doula you could say that I was a bit skeptical, but she was determined. She took certification classes and started her journey. She has dedicated herself to this role more than any other role in her life (apart from being a wife, and mother which she is amazing at). She has had her share of successes and failures in this journey but there has been one thing that has remained constant… That smile on her face. She loves this work, she loves the medical professionals that she works with, she loves the families she meets, she loves the mothers, she loves the babies, and she especially loves childbirth. I can’t imagine anything better for a husband to ask for than a constant smile on his wife’s face. This “calling” has provided that for her”

I am so grateful for my husband and how supportive he is when it comes to doula work. I know that without him this roll would not be possible. And thank you to all my incredible clients who invite me along their journeys. Summer is here! I cant even believe June has come and gone. May and June were busy months for me at Tiny Blessings Doula services. Lots of beautiful babies being born and wonderful families being added to. Check out some of the adorable families in the “My amazing clients” album on facebook

I have also filmed a couple more videos which I am very excited about. They are coming here soon I promise. I hope everyone is having an amazing summer so far. See you soon!

Fitness- Arms and Legs

These are fitness videos arefor anyone needing a quick workout. This Arm and Leg workout was designed for everyone! As many of you may know I have started a YouTube channel. My goal with this channel is to help anyone feel like they can get a nice quick workout in during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum. Today’s workout is nice and short but will hopefully leave you with a little shake in your arms and legs. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE and look out for more videos coming out soon.

I would love to know what type of workout you would like to do. Please e mail me and tell me what you would like to work on and Ill get that video created for you!

Tiny Blessings doula starts YouTube Fitness Channel

Check out the video HERE 

My doula Impacted me – Says Hillary

My Birth doula impacted my entire pregnancy in the best way possible.

I was more in tune with my body and my baby than my first pregnancy and it made me feel like I had an even more amazing connection with my baby.
The day of my birth was the best day of my life. My doula was there every step and was like my right arm. I needed her there and she’ll never know how grateful I am for her. Bringing my second child into the world non medicated was the most incredible feeling in the world and I owe LOTS of it to her.
Utah doula helping her client through her unmedicated birthAll in all, my doula impacted my life by empowering me and letting me know that my body and mind are capable of so much more than I ever thought possible.

Hiring a doula was the best decision- Says Amy

Hiring a doula was one of the best decisions that I made. On hiring Meagan Heaton when I was around 4.5 months pregnant, I did much more than hire a labor “coach”; I also found an amazing friend and confidant. Meagan was a great help with the middle of night panic attacks that started when I was around 7 months pregnant. She arrived to my house very quickly after I called and asked her to come and had been in constant conversation with me since 11 p.m. the night before. During labor, despite being pregnant herself, she worked SO hard to provide me every comfort possible. These things are great and important, but when I think of Meagan and when I think of a doula, there are two things that had the greatest impact.
My doula was an incredible force of peace, comfort, and confidence while I was in labor. While I was so in my head, anxious, and scared, she was like a beacon of light calling me through to the other side of the storm. Secondly, when she came to home for our followup appointment, I had allowed those feelings I had during labor encompass the event and I felt very down on myself and questioned my ability to be a good mother because of those things. Meagan approached me with so much care and spoke of how proud she was of me, and how well I had done. I believe her confidence and love in that moment changed who I was as a mother from that time on. Since then, when I’ve faced hard moments of mothering I think back to these two instances.  I will never forget these moments and they will continue to have a positive impact on my life and the life of my child.

“Doula’s are INCREDIBLE” says Lydnsay Carlson

Doulas are incredible support not only in birth, but in pregnancy as well.  How nice is it to have someone you can call or text any time of day to ask questions?  Or how about after the entire pregnancy and birth are over you now have a friend who shared a very life changing event with you.

I was lucky to have a wonderful birth team.  A birth photographer, who is also a doula was on my team.  My personal doula, Karina, was there for my long birth process.  And even a stand by doula, Meagan Heaton, who I also still get to be a friend with.
My doula, Karina, was wonderful.  I specifically chose her because she had been through a c-section birth herself.  Honestly, having a c-section scared me.  I wanted to make sure that if I did end up having one I’d have someone who could keep me calm and walk me through the process.
My birth plan was to give birth at a birth center.  I kept an open mind in that if something were to change so would my birth plan as long as both myself and baby were healthy.  At the birth center there was a lot of help, but my doula was there constantly helping me with counter pressure, water, or just a hand to hold.
My birth plan did change.  I had a long labor and needed some rest due to my contractions starting to space further apart.  My midwife transferred me, with my consent, to a hospital to get an epidural to allow me to relax, and some petocin to start my contractions moving again.  Karina helped me with the transfer and made sure as much of my wishes could be honored at the hospital.  I forgot my birth plan at home and she had it with her.  They were able to give it to the nurses there at the hospital.  She helped get a mirror so I could watch the birth as much as possible.  She made sure that our wishes for dad to catch baby came true.
My midwife was doing my placenta encapsulation.  She made sure that the placenta was given to my midwife.  There are a lot of little details that she just took care of for me.  I didn’t have to think of anything.  The best detail was the birth story that she wrote for me after the birth.  It was so nice to read about the process and always have it dear to my heart.
I found out my incredible doula was pregnant after I had given birth.  Much later after watching her pregnancy I read her birth story and saw her birth photography.  I don’t know about other women, but I kinda look at doulas as super women.  When I read Karina’s birth story, I realized she had a lot of the same feelings and fears as me going through the birth process.  That helped me realize that hey, we all are superwomen, just the doulas get to see it on a daily basis.
FInd more about Karina HERE!
If you agree with Lyndsay and think doulas are incredible and you have a story to share please feel free to e mail Me and I would love to publish your story!

World Doula week 2017

Salt Lake doula shares about doulas during world doula weekMarch 22nd to March 28th is world doula week. I wanted to take this week to share stories from families that have somehow been touched or impacted by a doula. Maybe you didn’t hire a doula, or maybe she just helped you over e mail. No matter how she may have impacted you I would love to share your stories.

In honor of World doula week I would like to share my own reason why I love doulas. My birth was one that I will never forget. Being a doula Im surrounded by so many doulas and truly have felt the love from all of them during my labor journey. My birth may have been unique. I had 5 women who I knew would be able to help me through a labor journey that I had been hoping for for years. Each woman brought a “special ingredient” to my birth. My husband made fun of me for a really long time asking if he needed to attend the birth since I would have a village. He agreed after my birth they were so needed. During pregnancy there are a lot of mind games that we may have. Going back and forth in what happens if…. and what do we do if….. My doulas were always there for me to talk to and they would always rejuvenate my spirits and help me feel motivated again. They were there during my birth to help me get through some of the past triggers that I had and remind me that I was okay. Their support was incredible for both my husband and myself.

After the birth Ric said that he really could not imagine the birth without them and was grateful that I had chosen them for our birthing team. Doulas are amazing, YES I know I am one myself so Im biased but having a doula at my birth was one of the best decisions I made for myself and my husband.

I love what I do and am so grateful for my doulas and all their support that they did and still do provide me with.

To all my fellow doula’s Happy World doula week!!!!

Salt lake doula writes on what a doula is for Jane.com

I was so excited when I heard that I would have the opportunity to write for Jane.com. I love their site and everything that they offer.  On the blog post at jane.com I explained more about what a doula is and how a doula can benefit a mother and her partner during their pregnancy, delivery, and even the postpartum stages.

SO… What is a doula? It was 2014 and I was nearing the end of my pregnancy. I wanting to achieve a Vaginal birth after a prior cesarean that I had had in 2011. I had done a lot of research during my pregnancy but it was’t until my good friend Courtney had her baby that I had heard of a doula. After listening to her story I was really able to understand the importance of having one during the labor process. At 36 weeks 3 days pregnant I walked up to my husband while he was watching ESPN sports and I said “Hey hun what would you think about having a doula?” He said what? ummm? I could tell he was busy watching the game and was probably wondering, What is a doula?  I figured I would let him watch the game he was watching and I would revisit the topic at a later date.

Two nights later we went to dinner together just him and I. I asked him again, Can we hire a doula? He said what is a doula? After explaining he said ya maybe…. Then asked why I wanted one. I explained that I wanted the knowledge as well as the experience in birth and would love someone on our side. He wasn’t too sure about it but continued to listen. I kept explaining all of the things I was hoping for and he eventually said No I think Ill be enough I don’t think we need to hire a doula. I said okay and continued planning for my VBAC. My husband went out of town at 38 weeks. AT 38+5  weeks I went into labor and he was in Texas. He arrived late in the evening and I had been in early labor for a few hours but nothing had really started picking up yet. I was really wishing I had someone there to help me know what to do.

I got to the hospital and requested a pro VBAC/natural nurse. She was wonderful and she was also a doula. It was then when I learned a lot more about doulas as we chatted while I labored. Although my labor ended in a repeat c-section she was incredible and I will never forget those 6 hours I had with her.

After that experience I wanted to look more into what a doula does etc. So I googled, What is a doula? I KNEW right then this is what I wanted to be and started my training right away. There are so many amazing doulas out there and I would like to share with you today the blog post that I wrote.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Elizabeth Ashdown Photography! She’s AMAZING (maternity, birth, newborn etc)

If you are pregnant and looking for maternity photos, a birth story, newborn pictures or even just some family pictures. Elizabeth Ashdown is your gal. She is great at what she does. Easy to get along with, professional, wants to be sure you get what your looking for, and knows how to work a camera.

I met Elizabeth last November when I traveled to Springville to attend our Doula retreat. I was so excited to go up in the mountains and be with my doula sisters. When I got up there I was told that there was a photographer there doing headshots for those who were interested. I hadn’t had a headshot done in a while so I signed up. When it was my turn Elizabeth and I went outside to find a spot to shoot and we started chatting. It was almost like I already knew her. We were able to have a natural conversation and I learned that we lived in the same neighborhood and had kids the same age and gender.

She was so easy to get along with. We shot my headshot which by the way was fantastic and then I went back inside. I took her cards so when I got home we could connect. LET ME TELL YOU FOLKS! Elizabeth Ashdown is amazing! I was so excited to be able to be her “buddy” at the expo. I would recommend her any day! I wanted to share her and her website with you today. GO CHECK HER OUT!

To find her website visit elizabethashdown.comElizabeth Ashdown Photography is a Salt Lake city birth Photographer