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Hospital, Birth Center, or Home Birth?

While the laws vary by state, in Utah, every person giving birth has the legal right to choose wherever they would like to have their baby; that includes in the hospital, birth center, or at home. When it comes to deciding where you want to have your baby, it’s important that you choose the place…

What is Hypnobabies?

If you think Hypnobabies is just another basic hypnobirthing class, think again. Hypnobabies is actually a complete childbirth course, as well as a complete hypnosis for childbirth course. That means that when you take a Hypnobabies class, not only will you learn how to use medical-grade hypnosis for your birthing experience, but you will also…

Postpartum Doula Support

The immediate postpartum period is arguably one of the most difficult adjustment periods of parenthood. Between the lack of sleep and the new tiny human(s) in your life that need constant care, the first few weeks or months after birth can be utterly exhausting; not to mention all of the hormone changes that frequently cause…

Benefits of Water Birth

It has been said that water is the midwife’s epidural. That is because when someone in labor is submerged in a tub of water, they can sometimes feel a great decrease in the discomfort they are feeling. This is only one of the many benefits of water birth. What is a water birth? A water…

How Much Does a Doula Cost?

How much does a doula cost in Utah? In Utah County and Salt Lake County, you’ll find that the cost of a birth doula can range anywhere from $900-$2000. The average cost of a birth doula in this area is around $1200. In fact, that is the amount you can expect to pay for the…

Breastfeeding Challenges

Breastfeeding, while seemingly normal and natural, can certainly come with some challenges. Wouldn’t it be nice if people talked more about the struggles associated with nursing their baby instead of painting a picture of ease and comfort? The most difficult parts of breastfeeding can be getting a successful latch, cluster feeding, finding a comfortable position,…

In-Home Placenta Encapsulation

You’re expecting the birth of your baby (or babies) in the coming months or weeks and you’ve been exploring the option of placenta encapsulation. After hours of research and reading about the experiences of others who have chosen to do this, you’re now sure that you want to have your placenta encapsulated. You know that…

Utah’s Doctor for Out-of-Hospital Birth

Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to sit down and talk with local midwife and owner of Birthing Your Way, Heather Shelley, and Utah’s doctor for out-of-hospital birth, Dr. Ronald Baird about how they have joined forces to bring the benefits of a licensed physician to out-of-hospital birth in Utah. Dr. Baird is board…

Pelvic Floor Therapy During Pregnancy

This blog was written by our friend and local pelvic floor physical therapist, Dr. Betty DeLass, PT, DPT. Betty is the owner and founder of Reborn Pelvic Health & Wellness, a practice that specializes in pelvic floor therapy during pregnancy, as well as before and after pregnancy. Should I get pelvic floor therapy during pregnancy?…

Caring for the Mother after Birth

I watched a video this morning that emphasized just how much is expected of a woman recovering from childbirth. In the video, comparisons were made between recovering from childbirth and recovering from knee surgery or an ingrown toenail removal. Essentially, the video reiterated what I already knew, which was that women are expected to “bounce…

Encapsulating the Placenta

She looked at me with an incredulous expression and asked, “Are you actually into all of that placenta encapsulation stuff now?” I couldn’t blame her for asking. After all, I had never been one to take interest in an all-natural, holistic, hippy style of living. In fact, it wasn’t my style at all to do…

Pregnancy and Infant Loss

To those who have suffered through pregnancy or infant loss: we see you. We’re thinking of you and our hearts ache for you. We know that this time last year was probably filled with so much hope and great anticipation as you imagined what the new year would have in store for you. We know…

Prenatal Depression and Anxiety

On our way out of her office, my midwife told me, “You WILL get through this and feel like yourself again, I promise.” I nearly burst into tears right there because, after suffering through my entire first trimester with harrowing depression, I simply couldn’t see how that could be possible. Of all of the things…

Pregnancy Constipation

Pregnancy constipation is a very real thing, my friend. It is ROUGH. And the worst part? It can happen at any point in pregnancy, including during your ENTIRE pregnancy. But before you panic google “how to poop while pregnant”, we’re here to give you the down low (no pun intended) on pooping, or the lack…

Pregnancy Announcement

You’re having a baby! It probably goes without saying that your mind is overflowing with questions after having just received this life-altering news. One of the most pressing of those questions is probably who your care provider should be.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is the common name for nausea and/or vomiting during pregnancy, also known as NVP. The name can be slightly misleading because NVP doesn’t always just occur in the morning. It can be worse in the mornings for some women, but it can also be worse in the evenings or just the same level…

Utah Midwives

Did you know that in Utah, there are four different types of midwives that can legally practice here? In the state of Utah, women are legally guaranteed the right to birth however and with whomever they choose, which is what makes it possible for all four of these different types of midwives to be able…

OBGYN or Midwife?

You’re having a baby! It probably goes without saying that your mind is overflowing with questions after having just received this life-altering news. One of the most pressing of those questions is probably who your care provider should be. You know you want to give birth in a hospital, but you aren’t sure if you…

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