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.
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.
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
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”