Thursday, August 18, 2011

Barbeque cancelled!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Summer Family Barbeque!
August 19th at 6:oopm
Anjie's backyard

Bring your family.  Bring a dish to share.  Bring something to grill.

It will be fun!  Hope you can come!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Elephant in the Hospital

This video is making a case for leaving your infant boys intact.  I think it is effective in making people think twice about this, which most people in our society don't do.  I am not posting this for controversy or to make people feel bad for past decisions.  I am hoping to empower parents with good information so that they can make the best choices for them.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Meet the Doulas Night

We had a great time at Meet the Doulas. It was great to hear first hand accounts from two couples. It was also good for couples to hear more about what a doula is and does. Thanks to al who helped! We held the gathering at Chris Miller's new birth suite. Thanks, Chris!
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Meet The Doulas Night

July 12, 2011 at 7:00pm
Arrivals Birth Suite
(Chris Miller's office)
1190 E. 5325 S. Ogden, UT 84403

Moms and Dads, come meet area doulas.  Find out what a doula does and how they can help you have your best birth.  Hear first hand accounts.  If possible, nursing babies only.  (make it a date night)

Doulas, Spread the word!!  This will be a great opportunity to meet many potential clients.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Home and Natural Birth Onsies

These are some onsies I made that are for sale.

labor and postpartum gown

I designed and sewed this labor and postpartum gown for a friend.  We thought about easy access to nursing and postpartum needs.  It zips all the way open in the front so there is no stepping in and out of it.  It is at the length she requested.  She picked the fabric too!  If you are interested in one, let me know.


Our last gathering was all about going "overdue".  This is a great article that tells us what is happening to baby during the last few weeks of pregnancy. 
Saying No to Induction

Friday, April 29, 2011

Baby Tawney's Belly Cast

The butterflies are 3-D

This is Pam Udy's pregnant belly with her daughter, Tawney.  When I talked to Pam and Tawney about what they wanted on this Tawney said, "Flowers, lady bugs, bumble bees, butterflies, dragon flies, pink, purple..."

I asked Pam about her pregnancy and birth.  She told me this was her most peaceful happy pregnancy.  During labor she had a moment alone and realized she was not going to be able to breathe the baby down as hoped.  She said, "I realized I was going to have to work to get this baby out.  There was a gathering of strength."

So my mind went to work.  I felt a great positive energy as I thought about and worked on this painting.  The blue butterflies represent peace softley landing. I thought a lot about a cocoon.  When the work is done inside, a new life emerges.  The work is peaceful and happy.  The mother evolves and grows as well.   I am happy with how it turned out!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


(written by Twyla Cluster)

Water Birth Resources

The idea of giving birth underwater was pioneered by Igor Tjarkovsky, a Soviet researcher and swimming instructor, in 1960. He has helped hundreds of women give birth underwater in a tank of warm water.

In 1977 a French obstetrician Michel Odent introduced mothers to a pool of warm water so that they could relax in labor and not feel inhibited; this also helped for pain relief. Some women decided to stay in the pool to give birth, and over the next 5-6 years thousands of women used the pool during labor.

By 1983 hundreds of women had given birth in water. In the 1980s water birth had spread across the world from France to America. By 1987 approx. 3,000 babies had been born underwater. At the garden hospital in London, Dr. Yehudi Gordon stopped giving pethidine to women in labor; warm water has taken its place.


Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper

The Water Birth Book by Janet Balaskas

We Are All Water Babies by Jessica Johnson & Michel Odent

Water Birth: A Midwife’s Perspective by Susanna Napierala




Bring Birth Home

Birthing From Within

Preparing For Birth

Birth Faith

Birth Pools

Birth Pool in a Box


Blow Up Kid Pools

Own Tub

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Childbirth Education Classes

Sher Anderson

Logan area. Eclectic style.


Sarah Carter

Salt Lake area. Birthing From Within.


Sara Forsberg

Layton area. Eclectic style.

1 801.643.2633 More information to come

Amy Irig

Layton area. The Bradley Method.

801-773-2503, (cell)801-425-0072

Certified in: The Bradley Method, DONA, La Leche League, Infant Massage USA, Dancing for Birth, and (not certified) Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga classes.

Melanie Sarao

Layton area. Hypnobirthing. Private and group lessons.


Michelle Scharf

Davis County. Hypnobabies


Doula and DEM. Group classes and private upon request.

Eryn Snider

Layton area. Hypnobirthing.


Group and private lessons. Can make arrangements for other areas.

If you know other educators who would like to be added to this list, leave a comment with info and I will add it on here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Fascinating Birth Story

This is one of the most fascinating birth stories I have read.  Twins, VBAC,water birth, many fears, many hours between babies, and in a different culture than mine.  Part one and part two.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011