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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!

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.

Utah Doula Association Spring Conference 2017

I am so excited to announce that this April the Utah Doula Association will be holding their 2017 Spring Conference. I am so honored to be able to be on the conference committee this year. We have planned an amazing day planned. This event is going to be filled with amazing speakers, food, and company. We have the founder of the UDA coming to speak along with Dr. Jed VanDenBerghe to discuss on the Holistic Approach on Autism, Terah Jones, FNP & Cami Bearnson, RN, CNM Candidate supporting families that have unplanned outcomes during birth and many more. There will also be amazing giveaways through the day.

Something I would like to clarify is that this event is not only for those in the birthing community. This event is for EVERYONE. The Utah doula association has made it easy for anyone to attend. If you are a birth worker and you are not sure if you can attend because you have a client due thats okay too. There is a new perk this year so if your on call and can’t make it that’s okay! You won’t miss out. There is an online version available.

This is an event you wont want to miss. Early bird pricing is happening right now. 80$ for the entire day ALSO be entered to win a beautiful robozo just for registering. Ticket pricing goes up February 8th. Head over to Utah doula.org NOW.
Tiny blessings doula invites you to the utah doula association sprig conference 2017

Chiropractic care during pregnancy

Something that I learned while I was pregnancy with Webb was the importance of an aligned body. I started going to a chiropractor at 18 weeks pregnant and continued throughout my pregnancy. This one of of the KEY things that I believe I did that helped me achieve my VBA2C goal. Right now a good friend of mine is offering a fantastic deal.  I wanted to share it for all of you to see. Go check him out his name is Jake. He is kind and gentle and is fantastic at what he does.

Give him a call: Jake Johnson (801) 923-2882

Doula Your Birth! What is a doula?

Have you ever wondered what a doula is? How would you feel if you could have someone that you could talk to anytime during pregnancy? If you had someone that could attend your labor and provide you and your partner physical, emotional and education support. Would you enjoy that? What about if you had someone to help you know and feel comfortable about what may be happening. Would you appreciate that?

A doula is someone who can provide all of that among many other things.

Here is more about the doula behind Tiny Blessings doula services. She has currently been a doula for just over two years. Meagan Heaton is certified through DONA international CD(DONA) and also through the Midwives College of Utah as an Advanced Doula AD(MCU). Therefore her trainings, certifications, and personal experience in the birth room her knowledge has grown so much.

Tiny Blessings Doula services supports all birthing types and birthing places. In additional to her own birth experiences she has experience with Home birth, hospital birth (Medicated, un-medicated, induction, c-section, VBAC), and Birth center births. In addition to doula work she offers Placenta Encapsulation and non professional photography.

As your birth doula she will strive you make your birthing experience calm and memorable and will help educate before entering the birth room. Helping your partner with key counter pressure tips and answering any questions afterword during the postpartum period is important to her. . Feel free to call, text, or e mail with any questions or to set up your free interview.

801-916-3926, mheaton23@gmail.com

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5 common doula myths you may hear

 

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Common Doula Myths

When I tell people I’m a doula I get a lot of responses like oh my gosh you deliver babies, or do you take over the dads job during labor?
I think there are a lot of myths about doulas. Here are a few of the most common myths.

As your Doula my goal is to help couples enjoy their birthing experience by providing educational support as well as physical. I can help you get through any doubts or fears that you or your partner may have, while helping you gain knowledge of the situation and comfort you along your birthing experience. Although Im not on call until 38 weeks I am there for you from the moment you hire me, via phone, e mail, text.

In our prenatal visits I will help educate you with questions you may have and help provide the needed resources for further research or care IE: Chiro, Energy work etc. I am there as apart of your birthing team and will support any decisions you make during your journey. A lot  of people think that doula’s only support unmedicated moms and that is not true. I want to support couples in all birth settings. One of my goals as your doula is to help your partner feel at ease and educated about what is happening.

Here are 5 Common Myths about Doulas:

1 – I am not wanting to go unmedicated, so I wont need a doula.* Something to remember is as a doula I am there to support you no matter what your birth plan may be. If you are wanting a medicated birth there are still many ways that I am able to help you. ie: Positions on the bed that can help with rotation of baby and progression, education on what the next step of labor and birth may be and what to expect once its time to push, Support for the partner so they can feel comfortable with what is happening. I want to be there to support and educate you along the way no matter what birthing choice you have in mind.

2- I have a planned cesarean section. A doula cant help me. * As a fellow cesarean doula I cant stress this myth enough. There is so much as your doula that I can help with. A C-section is a major surgery and a mom and partner may have a lot of questions and may need help after. I am happy to be there before hand as well. Something I have done with c section mommas is make a blend of essential oils to help keep them calm and then also have something refreshing for them to smell while they are in the OR, I have been able to help dads know what is going on on the other side and help keep them calm while they wait for their sweet baby to arrive, I have also taken pictures for clients.

3- I have a midwife so there is no need for a doula. *Midwives are amazing! I have had my own and I don’t know what I would have done without her. However with that said I also don’t know what myself and my husband would have done without my doula(s) either. They were  with me constantly and helped my husband feel comfortable with everything that was going on. Doulas are able to provide constant physical, educational, and emotional support. Most midwives suggest a doula.

4- I wont need a doula. I have my husband. * I love hearing husbands wanting to be involved. Birth can be daunting. As your doula I will never try and take over a dads position. I am there to help dad and be on your team. Birth can often require a lot of physical support. After time it can become tiring for mom as well as her partner. That is where I step in. I can provide breaks for the partner and give ideas of how he/she can help mom cope. As your doula it is my goal to only help during the labor process not replace.

5- Doula’s try and take over . * As your doula it is not my role to make decisions for you. It is actually outside of my scope to do so. I am simply there to help you as you are making decisions to feel educated/comfortable with your decision. As your doula I will not speak to the hospital staff on your behalf or coax you into making decisions. I help educate and help you feel comfortable.  So the decision you are making is the correct one for you and your family.

I am happy to answer any questions that you may have.

mheaton23@gmail.com

801-916-3926   Meagan Heaton

 

Becoming a doula!

There are those out there who are interested in becoming a doula, but are unsure as to where to begin.   http://www.doulatrainingguide.com, has compiled helpful information about the roles of a birth and postpartum doula as well as training opportunities and costs.  If you choose to get certified, they have overviews of doula certification programs including curriculum information, reading lists, and workshop information.  Getting started in your career as a doula is not as hard as you think!

ARE YOU A MOMMA WHO HAS HAD A CESAREAN SECTION AND ARE HOPING FOR A VBAC THE NEXT TIME AROUND? CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL INTERNATIONAL CESAREAN AWARENESS NETWORK.

Locate your local ICAN Chapter HERE

 

Placenta Encapsulation? Have you ever thought of it?

Have you thought of encapsulating your placenta?
I encapsulated my placenta with my last pregnancy and I could tell such a difference in my body my mood etc. I also became very anemic and was told by many docs nurses and midwives that it could take me 6+ months to get back to the normal range and even then I would be in the lower end of the normal range. I took my pills daily along with other things and at my 6 week visit I was in the normal range!

If you have ever thought about encapsulating or maybe are interested in learning more check out this great site. Feel free to e mail me at tinyblessingsdoulaservices.com with any questions you may have. I serve Salt Lake City and other surrounding cities
You can find more benefits on the Placenta remedies network

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The Birth of sweet baby Dylan

To explain the love I have for this momma would be impossible. She is my cousin, sister, and friend. I was so honored that she asked for me to attend her birth with her. I am incredibly proud of her and hope she knows how amazing she is! Here is her beautiful birth video.