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Pelvic Floor PT

PELVIC FLOOR

Your pelvic floor is something that you will use your entire life. It is a group of muscled that support our pelvis. It protects our pelvic organs as well as supports a woman’s urethra, vaginal opening, and anus. As life goes on and we have children our pelvic floor is something that can lose its tone and possibly even prolapse. Because we use our pelvic floor on a daily basis it is super important that we take good care of it.

Salt lake doula talks about Pregnancy Pelvic floor health

HOW CAN WE STRENGTHEN OUR PELVIC FLOOR?

In prenatal visits with mommas a question of what can I do to strengthen my pelvic floor comes up often. Let me be the first to admit, I too have pelvic floor issues and have to be aware of that particular muscle on a daily basis. Something I wish I did during pregnancy that unfortunately wasn’t even on my mind was pelvic floor PT. As a doula and having my own doula I felt supported during the birth of my son (VBA2C) but in no way was prepared for the aftermath of how my pelvic floor would be feeling.

Let me introduce you to my good friend Valerie. She is with Well Being Pelvic Physical Therapy.

Although she typically doesn’t attend the birth of your baby with you she is excellent in helping you prepare your body/pelvic floor for the birth of your baby. She not only helps with the pelvic floor strength but she also can help with the following.

Posture:

Standing, Sitting, Working, Sleeping, lifting children and items, and nursing for the postpartum period.


Pain:

Pelvic floor symphysis, SI joints, Pain with Intercourse, Sciatica, Hips, Lower back, Scar pain, Swelling.


Labor and Delivery:

Pelvic floor and abdominal wall control, good labor positioning, good birthing positions, perineal care.


Exercise: 

What is safe, what to continue and discontinue, Individual program for you and your needs.


Incontinence:

Leakage during pregnancy and postpartum- it is NEVER okay or normal. Is it your water?


Education: 

Diastasis recti – prevention and treatment, birth preparation, prep for delivery, pain management, recourse


When to start and where to go? 

Starting early is so important. Like I mentioned above I really didn’t even think about my pelvic floor health during pregnancy. BUT now that I know more about it I suggest everyone goes in and has a consultation with a pelvic floor PT soon after discovering you’re pregnant especially if you have experienced any trauma to your pelvic floor area in previous births, experiencing pain/discomfort, would like to help your diastasis recti, looking for great pregnancy/postpartum support etc. Also it is important to know that seeing a pelvic floor PT is also super important and beneficial in the postpartum and pre pregnancy periods as well. Valerie is incredible and can help you only feel even more supported along the way. She is there for you and wants to help your experience be comfortable. To find out more about what to expect and learn answers to common questions visit her website here

Having both a Pelvic PT and a doula on your birth team is going to enhance your chances of reaching goals and having a positive experience. If you’re looking for someone to help you with the things listed above give Val a call today. She is located in Murray Utah .1-801-904-3502 Open Mon-Thur 9-4, Fri by appointment

 

Mom guilt

Mom Guilt….. Have you ever felt it? How does it creep in? 

Mom guilt is real. It effects so many if not all moms out there and it sucks. Im going to be real honest and pretty vulnerable here for a moment. I suffer from mom guilt. Almost 7 years ago I became a mom. That day I met my baby girl my entire world changed for the better. Everything was wonderful my perfect little girl would look up at me and smile and there were days I felt like a queen. Then MOM GUILT! I will never forget the very day that I first felt it. My daughter was 5 days old. I had just returned home from the hospital and still recovering from my cesarean section. She was hungry and I was doing everything to feed her and she just wouldn’t latch or calm down long enough to get enough milk. I could feel my shoulders creeping up and the tears coming, while at the same time anger flooded over me. WHY!!! WHY won’t you calm down I thought! I sat her down a little forcefully and walked away. Instantly my mom guilt kicked in! I couldn’t believe it! How did I just set my baby on the floor and leave walk away. She’s hungry… She doesn’t know how to communicate other than crying… How dare I? I have told myself I am a terrible mom so many times, ie: When I went back to work, Stopped Breastfeeding, had another baby and didn’t give the other kids as much attention, my son broke his leg cause I let him step off to steep of a step, when I am gone for long periods of time etc etc. The list could go on forever! There are many ways that mom guilt can creep into our lives.

Tiny Blessings doula's son breaks leg

 

The following are moments we may tend to feel mom guilt more.

 

  • Tiredness
  • Anxiety and or Depression
  • Overworking
  • The feeling of having to be “perfect” (there is no such thing)
  • Social Media and more

How do we overcome mom guilt?

Mom guilt looks different for everyone. In today’s world there is so much pressure in our society, expectations of what other moms are doing and what is the best way to be a mom. From the very beginning the pressure is there on what is the best thing to do. Should I have an unmedicated birth or a medicated birth, Should I breastfeed or not, should I go back to work or be a stay at home mom, should I hire a nanny or take my child to daycare. YOU NAME IT! We ask ourselves these questions all the time and its silly. THERE IS NO FAILING!!!! Really though there isin’t! Momma’s you’re doing a great job. Please believe it. There is no book out there that can tell us exactly how each child is going to be and how we as parents should be. According to Postpartumdepression.org 70-80% of mommas experience the “Baby Blues” and a recent study 1 in 7 women can expect to experience postpartum depression in the first year of pregnancy. Postpartum depression can stem from mom guilt. And as mentioned in a few blogs back even Antepartum depression can happen.

So how do we overcome this feeling of mom guilt? 

  • Change our thoughts- we do not have to compete with Mary Jane and Sally Jo. Be the best mom you can be and don’t worry and focus so much on what everyone else is doing.
  • Accept- Accept the way you parent. Chances are you’re amazing and you just need to accept it.
  • Let the guilt go- There are so many things in life that we can feel guilty for. We need to let them go. Do your best and learn from what things you wan’t to keep and things you want to change and don’t let the guilt take over.
  • Know your children love you- Most of the time we may do something or say something that we regret. Our children know we are not perfect- they love YOU more than you know!
  • Consider what you contribute- This applies to all mommas. I have heard oh so many times working moms bashing stay at home moms and vice versa. No matter your role in the home or workplace recognize what you contribute to your family and give yourself a pat on the back.

You’re AMAZING!

What I hope you leave with today is the knowledge that momma…. You’re amazing. We have to let the fear, shame, guilt, and doubt go. I saw this video one day and it really hit me hard. I bawled while watching and then watched it again and bawled even more. Please know you’re amazing mommas. Keep rocking parenthood and know you’re not alone and there are others that are feeling that mom guilt too. Lets end the mom guilt.

XOXO- Meagan

Source: Postpartum Depression  

Gender Reveal!

How did you find out the gender of your baby?

Talking about Gender Reveal!? Did you do a gender reveal party? If so how did you do it? I love seeing all the fun ideas of how families learn the gender of their babies. Today I want to share a new and very fun way that I learned. Its MAGIC! Yup you read it correctly. Find out your gender via magic. Doug Roy has come up with a fun exciting way to tell families what they are having through magic. When he told me this idea I thought it would fun to share with the world.

A little more about who’s behind all the magic:

Meet Doug Roy –  The Gender Reveal Magician

Magician Doug Roy began his journey into magic at the young age of nine, when he first saw a magician perform in-person, and has been inspired by old-time magic greats  Harry Houdini and Harry Blackstone, and current greats David Blaine and David Copperfield. His magic is a fun mix of typical magic as well as mentalism, and his style is strong… personable… and often includes a touch of humor.  Doug is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and has been performing professionally for over 13 years. 

Earlier this summer Doug discovered that Gender Reveal Parties were becoming extremely popular, but that no magician in the U.S. provided a show solely dedicated to that theme!  This surprised him, since the entire process of pregnancy and childbirth is so amazing and “magical”!  With this newly discovered info he decided to get to work and develop a show designed around the Gender Reveal theme… and to become  known as “The Gender Reveal Magician”!   

So how does it work?

Doug’s 1-hour Gender Reveal Magic Show is totally unique and customizable!  It can include any combination of stand-up magic (performed in front of the entire group), strolling magic (close-up magic while people are mingling with each other), and a hands-on magic class for children ages 5-10. Yes, Doug’s show has something for anyone

Doug’s show also allows everyone to participate! This element is very important when it comes to the siblings, who sometimes can feel a bit left out of the typical reveal party. During Doug’s Gender Reveal Magic Show the siblings and other family members actively participate in the show, and thus become an important part of it!

Lastly… but not ‘leastly’, Doug’s Gender Reveal Magic Show is designed in a way that reveals the gender through magic!  In typical gender reveal methods… you know, for example, that the cake IS going to be either pink or blue inside! Or… the balloons WILL have either pink or blue confetti inside!  Not much surprise here… other than the actual “knowing”!

In Doug’s show… no one has ANY idea how the gender will be revealed!!  In other words… it’s wonder, anticipation, and excitement… on steroids!!

THAT is the type of magic that every Gender Reveal Party deserves!! :)))

So if you’re looking for unique, and highly entertaining alternative to the typical balloon or cake-type reveal parties, Doug’s Gender Reveal Magic Show is a superb choice!

To contact Doug and book your party today- check out his website  HERE

Maternal Massage

Benefits of a prenatal massage: 

A massage during pregnancy can be so wonderful. If you have ever had one you probably know how amazing you feel after right? AND if you have had one during pregnancy I’m sure you remember how heavenly it was. So why get a massage during pregnancy? There are many benefits before, during and even after pregnancy.

  • Reduces stress
  • Help increases blood circulation and reduce swelling
  • May reduce or even take away aches and pains
  • May improve sleep
  • May even help soften the joints and improve SPD
  • Help encourage healing after baby
  • AND according to the AMA studies are showing it can even help with Postpartum depressionMaternity photo from Tiny blessings doula client jackie finchPhoto cred Yellow Finch Photography

So where can you get a great Prenatal or Postnatal massage?

SLC mommas!!!! Look no further. I have got to tell you about Maternal Massage! I was massaged by Elaine Lewis, and let me just say SHES AMAZING!!!! Not only was the environment at Maternal Massage so calm and warm the staff was incredible. I would highly suggest massages during pregnancy and the postpartum stages.

Maternal Massage is a clinic focused on and centered around women. With specialty training and equipment they focus on the changing needs of a woman’s body during and after pregnancy. With orthopedic supports they are able to safely perform prenatal massages throughout all phases of pregnancy. (they even have special pillows for pregnant bellies) Their therapists have extra training in prenatal, postpartum and even labor stimulation massage. They even offer couples massage.

Maternal Massage partners with Tiny Blessings doula

To learn more about their services or to book online, Click HERE to call and schedule your visit today.

Antepartum depression

I am SO excited to share this post with you today. Have you heard of the blog “A Good Mom” If you haven’t you should head over there and give it a read. Her name is Elise and when I found her blog i was captivated by her honesty, tips, view points and just over all simplicity. Something that Elise talks about on her blog is overcoming anxiety’s and depression. I contacted her to see if she would be willing to write a guest blog talking about antepartum depression and what she has done to get through those really hard times. Working in the birth world I feel like this specific need is often lost in the hype and excitement of having a new baby and everything should be super happy and nothing but. However Its not sometimes all happy and joyous. Join Elise on her incredible blog post as she shares her incredible story and the things she’s done to help her through this next pregnancy.

 If you’re experiencing antepartum depression it is OKAY. To seek for help click Here.<<<<

Elise Shares………

This has been one of my deepest, darkest secrets that I have been keeping to myself for several years now.

I am terrified to be sharing this with the universe, but I’m writing this because I feel that it needs to be said, and I need to help bring more awareness to antepartum depression.

A good mom blog shares on tiny blessings doula services blog about depression

When I found out that I was pregnant with my first, it was as beautiful as I ever imagined it would be.

I cried happy tears. I fell to my knees and thanked God. I was glowing for days!

Over time, my emotional state began to deteriorate.

Any time that I would make mention of the things that I was experiencing, I would hear things like “That’s normal.” “Pregnancy is hard for everyone.” “You’ll get through it.”

I never truly confided in anyone, not even my OBGYN at the time, about the intimate details of my emotional state for two reasons.

1. I was very embarrassed. And to be completely honest, I still am…

2. I downplayed it hard core thinking that it was just a normal part of pregnancy.

I WAS DEAD WRONG!

I was so physically sick that I lost 20 pounds over a period of 2 months. Keep in mind that I was already very thin and in shape.

That should tell you just how sick I was.

I was too sick to eat.

Most women eat, and then throw up. I was throwing up before I could get the fork to my mouth.

That’s not normal either.

My physical state was at it’s absolute worst.

Just to be brief- I was blacking out and passing out frequently, among other unpleasant things…

I just remember begging and pleading with God to spare my child!

I just wanted her to live!

Now I know that it is nothing short of a miracle that my fetus survived when I myself was hanging by a thread. Literally.

Now for a little science lesson of the day- your physical state is directly linked to your emotional state.

When you are suffering physically, you will also suffer emotionally.

But it was more than that for me.

I already suffered from depression prior to my pregnancy.

So to take my current (untreated) depression, and couple that with physically dying- it was a very ugly combination.

As much as I don’t want to go into the details of my emotional state at the time of my first pregnancy, I will.

I was suffering emotional breakdowns on just about a daily basis.

I would curl up in little corners, or in the shower, or on the floor and just felt like my spirit was perishing.

I had thoughts of harming myself

I had thoughts of suicide and death

My marriage was suffering gravely

I felt guilty. Oh so guilty for feeling the way that I did when I had so many friends and family members struggling with infertility. I thought that I should just be happy and grateful to be able to be pregnant!

I felt guilty that I hated myself and had such violent thoughts towards myself.

I felt that I wasn’t worthy of my child and that she deserved a better, stronger woman to carry her to birth.

I feared that my emotional state would never improve and that I would utterly fail as a mother.

The amount of hopelessness and worthlessness that I felt was overwhelming. And “overwhelming” is an absolute understatement.

I was one of the unfortunate women that was physically ill until I reached my 8th month of pregnancy.

Which means that I was suffering emotionally for those 8 months!

Once I started feeling better physically, I was finally able to follow a normal diet again.

I finally got to experience what a “normal pregnancy” would feel like.

For the last 2 months.

It’s fine.

That was when my emotional state improved DRAMATICALLY!

Like I said, there’s a direct correlation between the physical and mental state.

And I am very happy to report that my postpartum depression only lasted a week. ONE WEEK, PEOPLE!

And just like that, I was back to being me again!

So if you are feeling like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, there is.

Here’s what I learned from this incredibly dark, lonely, and terrifying time of my life:

1. I can clearly see that I was not thinking straight. I should have consulted with my doctor about every grueling detail of my emotional state. Without reservations.

2. What I went through was NOT normal, and listening to other people say that it was- was the STUPIDEST thing that I have EVERRRR done to myself.

3. I will never put myself, or my unborn child at risk like that again. This will never be repeated. And I am happy to say that with this current pregnancy (I am 7 months pregnant currently), I was prepared. My doctor and I have been proactive about treating my sickness, and nipped the physical and emotional sickness in the bud before it ever even got close to getting out of hand! Hallelujah!

4. I don’t care about anybody else’s opinion. I will do WHATEVER it takes to keep myself healthy, and therefore my child healthy (and ALIVE). Even if that means taking medication while pregnant. Yep. I said it. And if you are judging me for that, then count yourself blessed that you are not one of 20% of other women that experience what I did during pregnancy.

5. What I went through, and what you may be going through is very real. It is serious. It is not in your head. It is not just part of pregnancy. It needs to be treated immediately, and if your current doctor is not validating you, then you need to find a new doctor who will.

6. I wish that I would have educated myself at the time, on the resources that were available to me! For instance- Doula Services!!!! Which is basically a source of emotional support- which would have been incredibly beneficial to me during such a fragile time.

Some women’s bodies handle pregnancy like a boss.

Other women’s bodies do not.

It is not my fault that my body hates being pregnant.

It is not in my control.

If you are one of those women too, then accept that you are not at fault and rid yourself of your guilt immediately.

Everyone reacts to pregnancy differently.

And in many, many cases, each woman’s body reacts differently to each pregnancy that she has!

Isn’t that awesome?

For a person like me with severe anxiety to have to deal with that much unpredictability is just great. (Not!)

Take heart.

There are resources out there for you.

If you are struggling with antepartum depression, or even postpartum depression-

Seek help IMMEDIATELY!!!

You are NOT weak!

You are NOT failing!

You are NOT doing anything wrong!

Your body is making the shots, and you are suffering the consequences.

Seek advice from a medical professional, or emotional support from another source such as a Doula.

Do NOT be afraid to try different things…even if it’s medication.

Especially if it means saving your life, your unborn child’s life, and/or your marriage.

Priorities.

For your sake, and your child’s sake, and your marriages sake, and for all of the sakes!

Take action.

And remember…This too shall pass.

You WILL make it through this.

YOU GOT THIS, MAMA!!!Meagan Heaton doula shares guest blog about antepartum depression

Cesarian Section Breech baby

This pregnancy was a high-risk pregnancy due to my Type 1 Diabetes.  This time around I didn’t have as tight of control because I was now not only taking care of myself, but a toddler.  It was hard to focus on me when my toddler wanted me to always focus on him.

We were with the same doctor because we absolutely loved her with my un-medicated delivery and wanted the same experience.  This time around though, she was more hesitant to deliver a big baby due to the shoulder dystocia with my last baby.  She started talking about cesarean section before 30 weeks.  We absolutely did NOT want a cesarean section.  I had some misguided ideas of people who have had cesarean sections.  I thought they didn’t try hard enough, they didn’t know better, they didn’t want to know better, they wanted to “take the easy way out”, etc.  If you’ve had a c-section, you know these are very misguided ideas.

My doctor wanted me to have twice a week non-stress tests.  Her and I agreed one once a week since my blood sugar control was decent and I was doing my kick counts.  At my weekly non-stress test they found that this little boy was breech, meaning his head was up when it should have been down for delivery.  I started getting nervous about him staying breech.  My doula was helping me find things to do to turn him such as Moxibustion, the things listed on spinningbabies.com, chiropractic care specializing in the Webster technique, rebozo sifting, etc.  We did all of these things with no luck.  My doula thought that perhaps when I broke my foot around 30 weeks all my ligaments tightened up so my body didn’t allow my baby room to turn

We scheduled an appointment with one of the few OB’s that delivers breech babies in Utah, Dr. Silver.  We were going to see him when he was doing his rounds at IMC, since my insurance didn’t cover the University of Utah where Dr. Silver delivers.  We would do my weekly non-stress test then consult with Dr. Silver.  We were going to see if he would do an external cephalic version, or if a breech delivery was possible.  While I was getting ready for this appointment I started having regular contractions.  I got my toddler’s things ready to go to my parents’ in case they were able to do a version and I had to stay to deliver.  I dropped him off at my parents’ house and told them I may or may not be picking him up later that day.

On my way to the appointment at 3:00, I was starting to have to breathe through the contractions.  I called my husband, who was meeting me at the appointment, to let him know that I thought I was in labor and to let our doula know.  When we got all settled in for the non-stress test I was having some serious back labor.  I had to put my fist in my back during the contractions while trying to hold still for the non-stress test monitors.  Laboring on your back really sucks, especially with back labor!  During the test, baby’s heart rate was decelerating.  The nurse doing the test looked concerned so I asked if the monitor just wasn’t picking up, or if it was a real deceleration.  She said the monitor seemed to be working. A few minutes later, Dr. Silver came in and said that I seemed to be laboring and asked me if I thought I was in labor.  I told him yes.  He told me that since I was in labor and baby was having decelerations we could not do the external cephalic version and baby was too big for a breech delivery so I should go downstairs and have a c-section.  My heart sunk.  This was not how I wanted to bring my baby into the world, plus I was terrified of surgery.

We went down to labor and delivery and the nurse got us all checked in and started prepping for the cesarean.  Chase, my husband, went and got our birth bag, which I had packed a few weeks ago and had ready in the car for when the time came.  He called our birth team and told them what was happening. One of the doctors wanted to check my cervix.  I asked why because I was having a c-section.  She told me that they needed to know if I needed to go back right away or if we had a while.  Really, they could have known by the way I was acting, but I didn’t think about that at the time so I let them.  I was 1 cm dilated, so they had a while, especially with him being breech and not pushing my cervix open efficiently.

In the operating room I received my spinal block. He started numbing it and I just broke down crying. I really didn’t want this. I had an amazing un-medicated, natural, vaginal birth last time.  I knew my body worked, so I didn’t understand why everyone thought my body was broken this time. The anesthesiologist said you should feel better in a minute. My doctor touched my shoulder and told me the anesthesiologist was almost done. They were both trying to comfort me, but they didn’t understand that I wasn’t crying about the spinal.  The spinal sucked, yes, but the situation sucked more. It was around 6:00 when my doctor showed up and was ready for surgery. She asked my doula if she was going to go back with me and my doula responded, “Yes, if I’m allowed.”  The nurse told my doctor that due to the OR not being big enough (which it was definitely big enough) only one support person was allowed back. This made me even more nervous.  I was not ready for this and now I was losing one of my support people.  My doula walked me to the OR with my husband and she said she would see me when I’m done.

Once he was done they had me lay on my back before I got too numb to move.  I felt so nauseous.  I told the anesthesiologist but he just said that he gave me some anti-nausea medicine so I should be fine in a second.  Since he was not listening I told Chase, my husband, to find me a garbage to puke in.  The anesthesiologist did something about it since he finally got the hint that I was serious and gave me an alcohol swab to sniff in my oxygen mask.  It smelled awful, but it worked.

Nurse helping pregnant momThe nurse leaned down asked me if I was okay and told me my eyes were beautiful.  She was very nice, but didn’t have any regard for personal space.  She was literally right in my face. This just added to the situation. I felt like I had no choices, no personal space, nothing.  Everything was up to them and I had to rely on them and go along with whatever they wanted to do.

My doctor asked me if I could feel her cold hands on my stomach and I couldn’t so they said they were ready to begin.  I was not ready to be cut into, but I never would be, so whether I was ready or not, they began.  My doctor asked me if I still wanted to have the surgery explained to me, per my request in my birth plan.  I told her I changed my mind and didn’t want to know.  Chase was trying to comfort me as much as he could.  He didn’t want this either.  He played music for me and stroked my hair.  A few minutes later my baby boy was out! He was born at 6:19 p.m.  They lowered the drape a little and I tried to lift my head, but couldn’t move much since I was numb from my chest down.  He looked so big in my doctor’s arms.  I barely saw him over the drape then they handed him off to the pediatric team.

Newborn baby boy born via cesarean section to doula

They weighed and measured him.  He was 9 lbs 14 oz and 23 inches long.  He was huge!  No wonder my belly was so big.  They stitched me up while Chase went over to be with him.  This is why I wanted my doula with us.  She could have been by me telling me what is going on with my baby or the surgery.  Instead I had to listen to the doctors talking about where they used to live as they put me back together and stitch me up.   My doctor asked how I was doing, but because of the anesthesia I felt like I had big sand bags on my chest and could only muster out whispers.  I’ve never felt so out of control of my body, and this was normal from the anesthesia.

After they stitched me back up one of the doctors who was operating on me asked how I was doing. I said I was fine, but I wanted to know how my baby was because I couldn’t hear him.  She looked over at him and said that he looked good, but she’ll send over one of the nurses to let me know.  They brought a hospital bed in to put me on.  It felt very strange to be turned side to side and then lifted by several people onto another bed.  They handed me my baby, finally.  About an hour after he was born I finally got to touch him.  I didn’t want to let him go.  I couldn’t see his face because it was under my chin, but I was fine with just snuggling him.  This was the only good thing about the cesarean, my healthy baby boy.

Newborn baby boy and father in NICU

Once I got to my room my parents, our son, doula, and photographer were all there.  My dad took some pictures to send to people and asked me who to send it to.  I was so high on all the drugs they gave me for the surgery that I couldn’t answer his question.  My doula was trying to help me feel better with essential oils, which did help.  I got a couple minutes of bonding time with my new baby before they had to take him to the NICU for low blood sugar.  His sugar was 26.  I was sad about this, but understood.  Chase and my photographer both went to the NICU with him.

My doula helped me get all situated in my postpartum room.  One of the nurses came in and asked me if I needed more morphine.  I don’t like to take medication unless I absolutely need it, so I was hesitant to get it.  My doula suggested that I take it before I start hurting, so I told the nurse I wanted it.  I asked her if it would make me nauseous and she told me she had given me some ant-nausea medication so I should be okay.  Immediately after getting the morphine she left and I started puking.  My doula got me some bags to puke in and was trying to push the nurse call button but it wasn’t working.  Luckily my photographer had just come into my room and went and got the nurse.  Apparently they forgot to plug in my bed so none of the buttons were working.

The nurse felt my legs and asked if I could feel her touching them.  I told her I couldn’t and she gave me a look.  I don’t know how to describe it, but it made me kind of nervous.  A few hours later I could finally feel my legs.

After several more hours of getting me settled in, my doula left.  She was so amazing for after delivery.  I’m sure she would have been amazing during, but they wouldn’t let her in.  I asked when I could go to the NICU to see my baby.  They told me once I had gotten up to pee and my catheter was out.  I kept asking for updates on my baby, but they didn’t know since they didn’t work in the NICU.  I called Chase since nobody was updating me.  Baby Wesley’s sugars were stabilizing and he was on oxygen.

Later that night I asked if I could see my baby.  The nurses got me out of my bed to pee.  I was still really dizzy, but I wanted to see him so I made myself get up.  I asked the nurses if they would catch me if I fell.  They responded, “Of course!”  I finally got up and peed so now I could see my baby.  They wheeled me down there and I told me that I couldn’t stay long because they needed to get to their other patients.  I kissed him and stayed for less than 5 minutes before being wheeled up again.  They told me that I needed to get some rest.

Skin-to-skin with newborn baby from Doula in Davis CountyThe next morning I called Chase to come bring me down to the NICU again.  Chase had been there all night with him and didn’t leave his side except to go to the bathroom.  We spent all of our time there for the next 6 days.  It took a while to wean him off of the glucose IV, but he was able to go off oxygen on day 2.  My nurses had an easy job with me since they never had to check on me because I was always in the NICU.  I got discharged after 4 days, we did a hotel stay in the hospital for 2 days, and finally baby was discharged before we had to figure out where to stay again.  The NICU is a depressing place and we are grateful for all they do, but we were glad to finally be going home and to see our other child.

This was a very humbling experience for me. I learned that cesarean moms are strong, stronger than I ever imagined. I learned that c-sections are not always avoidable no matter how many things you do right. I learned that cesareans are NOT the easy way out. I have a newfound respect and love for cesarean moms.

Meagan Heaton Doula in Salt Lake

When I decided to become a doula I knew I wanted to help couples. The nurse that was also a doula when I was TOLAC(ing) with my second baby truly did wonders. She wasn’t able to spend the entire time with me but when she would come into the room and apply counter pressure and feel me with positive affirmations. Although the birth ended in a Repeat C-section I was so grateful for her presence during that birth. Learn more about me Meagan Heaton and why I became a birth doula here HERE

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Fresh Living – What is a doula??

Utah doula Meagan Heaton with Good Things Utah Kari DiazFresh Living Recently asked me to come on and explain more on doulas. When people ask me what I do and I reply with “I’m a Doula” I often get odd looks like WHAT? What is a doula? When I reply I’m someone that joins a couple and provides continuous physical, emotional, and educational support people often will reply OH! So you’re a midwife. Although Midwives and doulas share a passion for pregnancy, moms, birth, babies, and postpartum care we are very different. I also have people comment saying so you probably only do home births then huh. That is one of the biggest misconceptions of a doula. Doula’s support birthing places. Home, Hospital, and Birth Centers. I have many clients who want to go unmedicated but there is also a good amount of women who really have no desire to go natural. They look forward to getting the epidural but want a doula there for the support. Even with an epidural there are a lot of things that I can do as a doula to help with the laboring process. Changing positions is something that is really helpful in labor and helping with progression. Along with the positions I can help provide education to help mom and birthing partner(s) to feel comfortable. Something else people are not aware of is I can also offer C-section support. Having had multiple c-sections myself I feel like I can personally relate to my c section mommas. I love when I am able to help educate a family on the process and even join them in the OR and help them feel comfortable when the day comes.

It was so much fun to be on Fresh Living with Kari Diaz and her co Host Nicola last week talking about what a doula is and how a doula can benefit you. Click HERE to see more on the Fresh Living Segment and what a doula is. Always feel free to message me with any questions.Good Things Utah invites Meagan heaton Salt Lake City doula to explain more about doulas

 

 

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

 

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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!