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.
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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.
March 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!!!!
Pregnancy/Postpartum workout video number one (Arms and Bums)
Before I became a doula I taught a fitness barre class and dance. I love the feeling I get when I see someone sweat or smile after a workout. The feeling of accomplishment after a good burn is always something I look forward to when I walk into a class or start a workout. SO Today I started my own youtube channel. It is designed to help mothers perinatally, pregnant, and postpartum feel like they can get a good workout in their daily lives. Fitness is so important and even if it is 15 minutes I am feel great if I do it.
I am SUPER excited to have my first video up. (Arms and Bums) Along with being a mom, wife, and doula I have a love for fitness. These videos will be designed for those who would like to workout during pregnancy, after baby comes, and or anytime! Its designed for all. Thanks so much for all of your support!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.