Friday, October 28, 2011

The Look of Joy and Accomplishment!

I snapped this photo just minutes after she pushed this big "little guy" out...It pays to be a personal trainer and have nice, strong quads for giving birth in a squatting position! Heather's humor was always present throughout her labor and her beautiful smile wasn't far away. Here is that smile as she looked up at her husband with pure joy and the ultimate accomplishment!

Life is full of second chances and Heather has taken advantage of every one that she's been given. You can read more of her story here and you'll see what I mean. She has stayed strong fighting for life and she stayed strong giving life...You are an amazing woman Heather!

Welcome Finnegan Thomas
October 25th, 2011 at 9:38pm
Babymoon Inn - A Birth Sanctuary
Weighed 9lbs 10oz and 21 1/2 inches long
Proud parents are Heather and Tom

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Feedback From The Birth Journey

"I did not expect to get emotional and feel so spiritual about me and my wife's pregnancy bond." ~ Mark (father of nine!)

"Today was such a great day for me...I really cannot say enough!!! From sitting there listening to information you provided to hands on interaction to being reduced to tears...I just thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of today!" ~Annette

"I'm glad we went today. I had no idea what to expect but I really enjoyed it!" ~Jim

"I felt like it really prepared me and my spouse and brought out such a tender and caring side of our relationship. We are always that way but this is a very specific journey that requires something a little more." ~Krystal

"Thanks Dianne! This exercise totally shook me such a positive way!" ~Grace

If you are interested in participating in The Birth Journey workshop, please send an email to or call 602-881-2729. The dates are listed below through June 2012, but are subject to change.

  • November 19th, 2011

  • December 17th, 2011

  • January 21st, 2012

  • February 25th, 2012

  • March 24th, 2012

  • April 28th, 2012

  • May 26th, 2012

  • June 23rd, 2012

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Amazing Grace!

"Mothers and daughters are closest when daughters become mothers!"
~ Author Unknown

"Women do well with pain...They don't do well with abandonment or fear"
~ Dr. Gladys McGarey

Grace endured a very long, difficult labor and didn't complain once. Could it have been because she knew she was surrounded by nothing but love from her husband, mother, mother-in-law, sister, two doulas and a wonderful midwife? Maybe it was the scriptures she had chosen to be read to her as she was laboring. "But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is a reward for your work!" ~ 2 Chronicles 15:7. Whatever it was that got her through, she earned the title of "Amazing Grace!" Her little guy had a rough start as well after ingesting some meconium. He needed a little help with breathing and was kept in a higher level nursery under observation for four days. I am happy to report that everyone is home and doing great! Mom and Dad are in awe of this little guy...Isn't he a cutie!
(Photo below courtesy of one proud Dad!)

Meet Jacob Garrison
Born October 10th, 2011 at 4:09am
Phoenix Baptist Hospital
Weighed 7lbs 9oz and 21 inches long
Proud parents are Grace and Jason

"For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful and my soul knows that full well." ~ Psalm 139:14-15

Friday, October 7, 2011

An Unplanned Journey

"This is my wish for you:

Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life."

I'm so glad you have those elements in your life...They were ALL needed as you labored and gave birth to little Cole. You are surrounded by wonderful family who supports you with prayer and put their love into action!

Welcome Cole Nathan
Born October 4th, 2011 @ 3:45pm
Saint Joseph's Hospital
Weighed 8lbs 14oz and 22 inches long
Proud parents are Merissa and Nathan
Big Brothers Jayston and Blake

Monday, October 3, 2011

What's in YOUR Doula Bag?

This is the bag that I take with me whenever I leave my house. If you were to open it right now, this is what you'd find: Three client folders (expecting a labor call from any one of them any day!), my camera (to capture those great moments during labor and birth!), peppermint oil (helps with nausea!), a lavender filled squeeze ball, some Cliff bars and an Oriental hand-held fan. Sometimes at a birth I'll use everything in my bag...sometimes I'll only take out my camera. The most important things I take with me aren't actually in my bag. You see, I bring my heart and my hands, my comfort and confidence...I don't EVER want to walk into a birth setting without them!