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!
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.
50 random things about me???? At first I was thinking why would someone wanna hear 50 random things about me. But I thought it would be something fun. I was to make a video for you listing a full 50 random facts about me. This was my first video and it ended up being a little long but it was a lot of fun. I am excited to share this video with you today.
I have been passionate about Pregnancy, birth and Staying fit as long as I can remember. In the past 5 years that passion has grown as I have had three babies. After my first baby I gained a LOT of weight and was not so lucky to lose it while breastfeeding this is where my passion for healthy eating and grew. While I was pregnant with my Second baby I became a fitness instructor teaching a cardio/ strength barre class. I was so grateful for a healthy fit pregnancy and was able to bounce back much faster after she was born. With my Third baby I again was able to workout and be healthy during my pregnancy. My intent is to help moms out there who want to be fit. My goal is to post videos that will help you during your pregnancy and postpartum adventure. If you ever have any questions or request please let me know I would be happy to post. Thanks!!!!
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.
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.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.Joyce Giraud
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Sometimes birth can be unexpected and babies can have their own idea of when they want to come. That sometimes is early and sometimes late. In this case baby Krew wanted to come early and he worked really hard to do so. Momma was able to keep him in until 37 weeks and he came out ready to concur the world.
“They finally placed him on my chest skin-to-skin and he looked up at me with the sweetest look. He knew I was his mama. One look at him and i knew my life would never be the same and I didn’t mind it one bit. It was quite the trial getting him here but i wouldn’t give up my sweet angel for anything”