World Doula Week 3/22-3/28

Doula is a Greek word meaning, “woman’s servant.”

Professional doulas are hired to provide physical, emotional, spiritual and educational support during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. 

I love having the foundation as a doula and childbirth educator. My doula experiences have complemented my midwifery apprenticeship. 

Midwives can’t be your hands on doula during labor and birth while providing clinical support at the same time. But, if they have had doula training and doula experience, your midwife care will be more well rounded during labor and birth as there will be times when they can provide physical doula hands on support. 

Birth doulas should be hired independently, meaning outside your care providers’ office. Why? For unbiased support. 

My wish is that everyone who desires a doula, can have one.

Got Doula? -Alda Mills 

Happy New Year 2019

Resolutions. Goals. Mantras. 

This is the third year in a row that our family has chosen a mantra, a theme, to focus on and carry us throughout the new year. 

Our mantra this year is “faith.”

This word was spontaneously chosen by my daughter, while we were out Christmas shopping. It’s perfect with what is required of me and my children this year. 

Faith (noun) – complete trust or confidence in someone or something. -New Oxford American Dictionary

As pregnant women we put trust in our care providers, our Midwives, our doctors. We have faith that they are competent and have our best interest in mind. 

If they do not, I hope you seek out a different provider. You are under no obligation to stay. You deserve the best care possible. Go with your gut feeling. Trust your intuition. 

May 2019 bring you faith in your abilities as you obtain your dreams, goals and desires. 

Best Wishes for 2019! -Alda


Today I reflect on past Christmas celebrations and family traditions. The ones I grew up with and the new traditions that I have created and woven into mine. 

I have been blessed with positive Christmas memories, which I am grateful.

I reflect on sadness and sorrow for those who did not or currently don’t have a positive family life. 

Therefore the holidays are lonely, dark, scary, unsafe and even dreadful. 

I understand. 

My friend chose to end his life on Christmas Day 2012. He was alone. I felt his anguish and grief. Deep depression with no will to live. 

Today I honor him and you. 

May the babies that are born on this Christmas Day receive the spirit of Santa. May they share that light with others. 

May you get the support that you need and be surrounded in positivity, the spirit and light of Christmas. 

With Much Christmas Love, Alda

Winter Solstice Greetings 2018

I am not a winter girl, but I greet this winter solstice with gratitude. I have found that it’s important for to me to accept the seasons that we are in. 

I prefer warm tropical weather, but I live in Northern Utah. It’s cold here with freezing temperatures, however the high temp today was 46 degrees. I’ll take it! 

The temperature as I write this, is 36 degrees. While raining right now it is expected to turn to snow. If it does, that would be a splendid winter solstice greeting, northern Utah style!

May the babies that decide to arrive on this day, winter solstice, be greeted by gentle loving hands. 

May this winter season bring you warmth and cozy surroundings with serenity and peace.

If my wishes are not your circumstances, may you be presented with the resources and things that you need. May safety and comfort be within reach.

With much winter solstice love! —Alda