Is it really a happy Mother’s Day?

How are you honoring this day?

You’ve made a huge sacrifice to bring your little one(s) into this world!

Some women may have had an easy pregnancy, labor and birth. For some, breastfeeding may have gone easily and smoothly.

For others, they have dealt with excruciating morning sickness, extreme hormonal changes, body image grievances, difficult nursing experiences and pregnancy that, unfortunately, resulted in a loss. 

For some mamas their labor may have started out like their written dream birth plan, but then quickly turned into a horror story nightmare resulting in birth trauma. 

Some may relish motherhood and some may suffer from postpartum depression. 

Some may long to meet their biological mother and will never get the chance. Some may wish they have never met their biological mother. 

Some grew up in love and luxury, some grew up in hate and violence. 

For today, I will set my own birth traumas aside. I grew up with a mom who had a sudden change in plans, but did the very best she possibly could give her children, due to our circumstances. Over the last two years, my mom and I have developed a refreshing understanding of each other. We have spent many nourishing hours together developing a deeper love. For this I’m grateful. 

Whatever memories this day brings for you, I honor you and I hold space for you in my heart. 

But, for today, I hope you find peace on this dedicated day honoring mothers. 

I wish you beautiful mamas a day filled with lots of love and pampering. May it be a day of relaxation! If it isn’t a day of joy, please reach out, you’re not alone. 

Sending you lots of love! -Alda Mills

Self-Care During Pregnancy & Postpartum Class – Come meet us at the Empowering Fearless Birth Expo – 2.18.17 SLC, Utah

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Hello!

I just want to personally invite you to Utah’s largest pregnancy & birth event as my guest! This is an annual expo and conference that is run by Empowering Fearless Birth (EFB). It will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Doors open at 1:00PM, located at Miller Conference Center, SLC. Please, visit www.empoweringfearlessbirth.com for all the juicy expo details!

Have you ever attended an EFB event? Well, then you know the caliber of these events and you definitely will not want to miss this one! If you haven’t been before, you won’t be disappointed as it’s always packed with Utah’s top notch birth related vendors, speakers and the premiere of incredible birth films!

I’m excited to be a vendor and speaker! This will be my third opportunity as an EFB presenter, therefore it’s an honor to have been selected again. The first time, I was on a birth panel answering audience questions about birthing in a hospital. The second time, I spoke in a more intimate setting representing the benefits of a postpartum doula.  This time, I will be presenting my signature class, “Self-Care During Pregnancy & Postpartum.” I would love for you to attend this amazing expo! Stop by my vendor booth and say hi.

Please, let me know if you have any questions and here is the link for your free tickets: synergy.empoweringfearlessbirth.com

P.S. EFB is giving away daily prizes, so pop on over to their Facebook page to enter at www.facebook.com/EmpoweringFearlessBirth

See you there,
Alda G. Mills, AAHCC, CD
Childbirth Educator & Doula

Synergy Baby Doula
Preconception, Birth, Postpartum & Beyond
(801) 750-4575
www.synergybabydoula.com

Pregnancy & Postpartum Your Way Expo: Sat, May 21, 2016 Tooele, UT

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YOU’RE INVITED: Come listen to important topics & shop vendors!                                          438 W 400 N Tooele, UT                  Begins at 10:00AM

Alda Mills, Childbirth Educator & Doula, will be speaking at 10:00AM on Self Care & Less Stress During Pregnancy and Postpartum – Ta:king It To The Next Level. The suggestions and tips that she will provide can be used for a lifetime. It will will include an easy relaxation practice and two drawings! One for a complimentary AromaTouch Technique® & one for a The Emotion Code® session. http://www.facebook.com/utahsbdoula

“Join all of your favorite local businesses for an information packed expo. You have choices, and support right here in the community to have the birth and postpartum that you want to have. Join us to learn about all the different ways you can do things your way. Free to the public to attend. Join us for classes, car seat checks, and shopping with 40 of your favorite local businesses.” – Rissa Woods,  Expo Director

Movie screening of the documentary Dark Side of the Full Moon at 6 pm. Please visit the facebook page for a full list of classes and vendors. http://www.facebook.com/events/588441617975560/

 

 

 

Penny Simkin will be here soon!

YOU’RE INVITED: To our annual Utah Doula Association education conference! 16+ CEU’s are available. We open this conference to ANYONE who is interested in babies, birth & breastfeeding! We are excited to have the legendary PENNY SIMKIN here! Register in advance and come join us!

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Utah Doula’s Association Annual Spring Conference 2015

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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015 – Pre-Conference Workshop

6pm – 9pm

Where:

Wasatch Retreat and Conference Center

Episcopal Church Center of Utah (ECCU)

75 South 200 East

Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Description:

Make a weekend of the conference and join us on Friday evening for some advanced doula training. This class will provide birth-workers with additional tools that aim to help them better support survivors of abuse. Midwife College of Utah President and UDA founder, Kristi Ridd-Young, draws upon her decades of supporting women around the world to teach this abbreviated version of her popular, day-long class.

Students will learn to recognize psychological and physical disorders seen in adult survivors of abuse; explore common triggers and associations survivors may deal with; develop skills to communicate with clients dealing with difficult situations; and learn specific strategies to help your client navigate her labor, birth, and post-partum period despite her traumatic experiences.

This is a fabulous opportunity to level-up in your practice and gain some vital tools for supporting women and families through this tender time.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015

8:30am – 5pm

Where:

Wasatch Retreat and Conference Center

Episcopal Church Center of Utah (ECCU)

75 South 200 East

Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Description:

The Utah Doula Association is proud to invite you to our 17th Annual Spring Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. We welcome midwives, doctors, nurses, lactation professionals, doulas, and anyone else with a passion for serving women and families during the birthing year.

Join us for a day of learning that will focus on the latest trends and best practices in maternal and child health. Topics will include fetal heart monitoring and screening, hormonal changes following delivery, worldwide birth trends, supporting labor with peanut balls, infertility treatments, options in childbirth education, and much more.

This conference is a fantastic opportunity to take home knowledge and skills that will empower all attendees to positively impact the care they provide their patients and clientele.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided. CEUs are available to all participants.

Registration:

Pre-Conference Workshop (Friday training only): $35 members, $40 non-members, $10 discount for registering for both Friday and Saturday

Conference:

Early Bird Registration: Jan 15- Feb 28, 2015 $70 members, $85 non-members

Regular Registration: March 1 – March 14, 2015 $80 member, $95 non-members

Late Registration: March 15, 2015 – March 21, 2014 $100 member, $110 non-members

Register by filling out the registration form and by making payment using the Paypal button below. If you have any questions about registration you may email the UDA treasurer at treasurer@utahdoulas.org

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Utah Doulas Association Spring Conference with Amy Romano

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Calling all birth professionals and birth workers in Utah…Utah Doula Association is proud to present its annual Spring Conference on March 1, 2014.

Author Amy Romano is the key note speaker! Click on the link above for the list of the phenomenal line up.

Don’t miss out on this event! There is still time to register. Many give aways too!