Are you ready for this jelly?

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Get ready for the new doula service that's about to rock the doula world.

This is for those clients who would like the support of a doula but, much like an OB's office, don't mind knowing their chosen doula will be whomever is on-call.

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Allowing our doulas to plan for shorter on-call bursts gives us the opportunity to offer services at a lower cost to a larger group of clientele. This package includes:

*Group prenatals held in Salt Lake & Utah County. These prenatals will be led by Your Utah Doulas owner, Kasaundra Trout. We will go over birth plans, fears, questions, comfort measures, postpartum, and what to expect with hiring a doula. Couples may attend up to 2 group prenatals and must RSVP in advance.

*Private facebook group where you can chat, ask questions, and connect with the agency doulas and other birthing families.

*Access to the agency phone line for urgent communications.

*Monthly Meet the Team events where you can meet your on-call doulas.

*The continuous support of a doula at your birth and up to one hour postpartum.

*One optional postpartum phone call from the doula who attended your labor. 

*Access to our birth, postpartum, and newborn plans.

*Access to our exclusive lending library.

 

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We know this isn't the answer for everyone, but that's ok. Our goal as birth professionals is to provide options. If this sounds like something that might work for you, give us a call today

And for any doulas out there reading this: If this applies to your county and it sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, please reach out to us! We are always looking for backups.

 

Love,

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Showing Up is Half the Battle

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We know that motherhood is a brave new world. It wasn't until the last few decades that our culture shifted to place the burden of this transition on each individual woman. Alone.

For me, this was the hardest part of becoming a new mom. Being half-Latina meant I was exposed to the other side of things-where the flood of family invades the home, bathes the children, cooks the food, and pampers the new mother. I remember the resentment I felt when I realized that that swarm of loving family was two states away and I would be fending for myself.

With newborn twins. 

That experience and the postpartum experience with my subsequent babies left a dramatic impression on me.

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That's why our tagline is "We bring the village to you." Because when the baby isn't sleeping, your hormones are in a state of flux, and all the laundry is covered in spit up, just showing up is half the battle.

Knowing this, we've worked to create a network of support for our community. Everyone deserves that invading swarm of family. And if you weren't lucky enough to find yourself born into one, allow me to remind you that family can become the people in your day to day life who do the work of showing up for you. 

Below are the list of resources we've gathered for you:

Your Utah Mama Squad Facebook Group

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A complete Events Calendar featuring

  • Monthly Stroller Squad activities in Utah County

  • Monthly Stroller Squad activities in Salt Lake County

  • Monthly New Mama Chat support group in Utah County for pregnant mothers and mothers of babies up to 18 months

  • Mom's Night Out 

  • Playgroups

  • Fundraisers

  • Free & paid classes

  • Events hosted by agency members from their own private businesses

 

We're not there quite yet, but we've also got some exciting projects in the works to bring birth and postpartum support to families who couldn't otherwise afford these services. 

Things have been set in motion and the birth world in Utah is about to get very exciting. We cannot wait to have you join us! 

 

Love,

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Meet Your Utah Doulas

Welcome!

Your Utah Doulas is an exciting new partnership between doulas, Maura Mendenhall and Kasaundra Trout! We are genuinely thrilled to be working together to bring professional birthing support to Utah County families. To read our bios, click here and here

By way of a getting-to-know you of sorts, we have decided to answer some questions you might have about us. So pull out a blanket and a cup of deliciousness, because we're about to become fast friends!

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How did you two meet?

Kasaundra: Maura and I met at “Doula Thanksgiving” hosted by Lauralyn Curtis. That was 2 years ago, right?

Maura: Yeah, that was two years ago! It’s kinda crazy how fast time has flown by. So much has happened in the last couple years and I’m really glad you were there to share it with me!

The hug that started it all

The hug that started it all

Why the partnership?

Maura: Kasaundra and I saw a need for a greater presence of birth services in Utah County. There are a lot of great doulas to choose from, but we offer something unique. We offer a partnership where women and their families have the choice to have two experienced, trained and certified doulas advocating for them and assisting them through their journey. We came together to give women a  place to be goddesses in their own stories; to show their strength and beauty. Our partnership is the only one  of it’s kind in our area and we are confident we will be able to support families in many capacities from birth services to placenta encapsulation, belly binding, and an array of classes. This is a good thing for our community!

Kasaundra: There’s also a personal side to this. Maura and I saw in each other the type of doula who could hold that sacred space for women. Our personalities mesh well and we have become the best of friends. I trust her to care for families the way I would, and vice versa. We first talked about a partnership a year ago. It took us a while to open up shop because we both wanted to be in the right place at the right time. It’s really exciting to finally have that time be now!

 

What is the funniest thing that’s happened at a birth?

Kasaundra: Oh. Have I got a story for you. I was a newly minted doula working with a team of doulas at an IMC water birth. I kept leaning over the tub to do hip squeezes while the mother coped through her expansions. At some point, I stood up to readjust my position and realized that my chest felt very heavy. My bra had soaked in all that water! We were all laughing as I squeezed the water back out into the tub. It was the most undignified way for me to learn about proper clothing for birth work. But let me tell you, I most definitely never forgot that lesson.

Maura: Let’s see. I was helping a client through her induction at the hospital. She was getting ready to start doing practice pushes before her doctor arrived. I was holding one of her legs and reminding her to take deep breaths. Her nurse was doing some charting on the computer behind me when all of a sudden the mom’s water broke! It was all of a sudden like everything went into slow motion as I saw water spraying up towards me. In the nick of time I moved out of the line of fire! The water bypassed me and sprayed all over the nurse behind me!

Lesson learned

Lesson learned

What made you decide to be a doula?

Maura: I decided to become a doula when I was pregnant with my second daughter. I had experienced a traumatic birth with my oldest and vowed to never be in that place again. I did lots of research about natural birth and came across the word “doula” in a book I was reading. My husband and I decided to hire a doula for our upcoming birth and upon meeting her, I knew I would love to be a doula myself. About four months after giving birth, I started my training through DONA at Salt Lake Community College.

Kasaundra: It’s cool to see how many of us get our start from planning our own births. I got interested in becoming a doula while preparing for my VBAC. The nurse for that birth was incredible and got down into the waves with me to breathe through them. She made a huge impact on my birth experience. After that, I signed up for my first training and started planning my future. It’s been more than I could have ever dreamt it would be. I’ve had the best of clients, friends, and experiences along this journey.

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Maura supporting a client with counter pressure

What is your favorite memory of the other?

Kasaundra: Right now, it would have to be the time Maura brought her kids over for the day and helped me get my house ready to sell. My husband was out of town and I was really overwhelmed by the amount of work that had to get done. Maura showed up and spent the day helping me paint. We laughed, talked, listened to music, corralled our kids, and sent you home waaaaay too late.

Maura: I would say some of my favorite times together are when we wander a store looking at everything. I also really enjoyed going to your house and helping out. Our kids play so well together so it’s really easy going and laid back whenever we’re together. It’s such a good time to unwind and recharge.

 

What advice do you have for a mother preparing for her first birth?

Maura: There are a few things that I would suggest. Take a childbirth education class with your support person or spouse. Interview care providers to find the one that fits you the best. Hire a doula to be apart of your birth team.

Kasaundra: I agree with everything Maura said. Those three factors are the greatest indicators of an empowered birth. I would also add to cut yourself some slack. Every woman who has ever given birth has had to do it once for the first time. No one became a pro overnight. Keep your mind open and trust your instincts.

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We hope you enjoyed our little chat! Please feel free to drop us a line. We'd love to meet you. 

Until next time,

Kasaundra + Maura

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