My Why: Terri

  My why: At 16 weeks gestation, I learned that my first daughter was terminally ill. The home birth I had planned for us was replaced with weekly trips to University of Utah and Primary Children’s. I mentally transitioned from a noninvasive home birth to a scheduled cesarean. Before delivery, she passed away. Through this process I learned to question. I learned to be my own advocate. And even though the outcome wasn’t what I had wanted, I was still able to find beauty in the birth of my daughter. I was supported and held up by my husband, mother, and sisters. This support was critical to how I remember this beautiful time.  When I had my second daughter, I wanted it to be as close to my original birth plan as possible. I hired a Doula, and I was able to have a natural unmedicated birth. Both of my birthing experiences had one thing in common. The emotional, physical, and mental support I needed to remember my births as empowering, and beautiful.  Studies show that women’s memories of

My Why: Chelsi

My why: My first 2 births were 39 week inductions that ended with each of my boys needing a short stay in the NICU. I was sort of pushed through the system without much say in what my own preferences were. I still got to bring home healthy babies, but I felt like something was missing.  I decided I wanted my daughter’s birth to be different. I took the time to prepare and educate myself, I practiced Hypnobabies, and I hired an awesome DOULA!  That beautiful experience opened my eyes to what birth could really be. Not everything went according to plan, but I finally felt like I had a voice.  I want every woman to know: You have a voice, and you have the right to be heard. It’s okay to ask why, or what your other options are. It’s okay to ask for a moment to think. Your birthing experience is YOUR experience. Whether it is a natural birth, a medical induction, or a cesarean. The day your baby is born isn’t a day that’s forgotten- not by you.  As a doula, I am Team Mom. I have