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!!!!
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!
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!
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.
Tiny Blessings doula services is excited to announce the Empowering Fearless Birth expo coming up February 18th from 1-9pm at the Miller Campus in Sandy Utah.
The birth expo is coming up soon and I wanted to invite you all to attend. I am a proud supporter of this event and am so excited to be having my own booth this year. This event is so highly attended and the vendors are incredible. There will be awesome prizes as well!
(this event is for anyone Pregnant, trying to become pregnant, just had a baby, or just simply would like to attend!
ALSO…. Go check out the Doula Speed Dating event I will be there and would love to meet you and answer any questions!
I would love to gift you and your friends a ticket. If you are wanting to attend this expo please contact me today!
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!!!!
Tiny Blessings Doula Services has had a great year, Here is a recap! It’s hard to believe we are starting 2017 already. Looking back on 2016 I can’t help but smile. I have truly met some amazing families. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have had to be apart of these great births.
In 2016 I attended every birth in the first 6 months pregnant. It was such a fun experience for me leading up to my own birth I was able to help all these moms all while receiving motivation for my own. I experienced my first home birth which was something I was so very excited about. I was able to meet so many great providers and nurses. I have loved every birth and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has to bring. I have set so many goals so it will be fun to hopefully meet them all. I look forward to working with many more families this year!
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.