Board Members

Founder of the Utah Doula Association

Kristi Ridd-Young
founder@utahdoulas.org

President of the UDA
The wonderful Raquel Alfaro
Raquel Alfaro – Starlight Doula Services

I have been working as a doula since 2014 and have volunteered on the UDA board and committees since 2015. Some of my positions have included, New Member Rep, Area Rep, Conference Committee Member, Retreat Committee Member, and special tasks. I value the friendship and mentorship I’ve gained from my membership in the association and look forward to continuing to foster opportunities for connection, education, business development, and inclusion.

I see the doula world as a heart-centered service, and it’s my intention to move forward in that space of grounded, heart-centered connection that initially called each of us to this work.

President-elect of the UDA
Sara Pixton, Doula
Sara Pixton – Summit Birth Utah
Hi, I’m Sara Pixton. I’ve been a doula since 2017, and I served on the UDA board in 2020 as the Communications Co-Chair and as a member of the Equity and Inclusion committee after its formation in July 2020. Doula work found me after the life-changing transformative VBAC of my son, and I love empowering families as they bring children into the world.
I feel passionate about the importance of the language we use as we serve our clients, and I address this through my work with my clients and other birth professionals. I love working closely with birthing families and other birth professionals and will represent the doulas of Utah with heart and commitment.
Vice President of the UDA
Yolanda Fredrickson, Doula
Yolanda Fredrickson – Aware Birth Services
Hi, I’m Yolanda Fredrickson, a perinatal educator, doula & Certified Family Life Educator – Provisional. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies with a minor in psychology and I trained to become a birth educator & doula.
I love learning AND teaching. I am a workshop & conference nerd. I also love Marvel movies and board games. As a family educator and doula, I have helped families to prepare for childbirth, feel emotionally and physically supported in childbirth, work as a team with their partner or labor support person, and transition to parenthood.
Secretary
Erin Yates, Davis County Doula
Erin Yates – Born to Birth

After successfully birthing 3 children un-medicated, Erin wanted to help other birthing people gain confidence in their body by preparing for the type of birth they desire. She completed doula training with DONA International and is working towards her doula certification. Erin is trained in safe baby massage and breastfeeding consultation and is continually seeking training to expand her knowledge and expertise. Her training has fueled her passion for the incredible birth process, the indescribable strength of a birthing person’s body, and her desire to help people have the birth they want!

Treasurer
Meredith Doula Utah
Meredith Cohen – Meredith

Meredith Cohen

Website Administrator
Karina Robinson, Certified Advanced Doula
Karina Robinson – Peaceful Deliveries, LLC

Karina Robinson is a student midwife, monitrice, Advanced Certified Doula and Bradley Method Instructor, and much more! She has a passion for serving birthing people in the community. She enjoys serving the community of birth professionals as a UDA Board member for over 5 years.

Membership Committee

Membership Committee Chair

Anguie Doula in utah
Anguie Merritt – Wild Flower Doula Services

Hello my name is Anguie! I am 27 years old a mom to two boys, I love doing photography on the side as well as being a doula, I also work in healthcare and have 2 wonderful pups and 1 cat. I become a doula because I have always been fascinated with labor and delivery, I got to be there for a couple of my friends’ birth and I knew that was what I wanted to do I wanted to help all the wonderful women have that confidence and joy and peace.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Utah Birth Forum Chair
Lucia KillianSimple Birth

Lucia is a DONA certified doula who has been practicing since 2017. Through her company Simple Birth, she focuses on communication, education, and understanding to help parents simply give birth.

UTah birth forum Committee Members:
Conference Committee

Conference Committee Chair

Clarissa Norton

After working in the medical field for several years, I left to be a work-from-home mom & be more present in raising my 6 children. After 8 years of being home, I found I missed helping and serving pregnant women and new moms. So in January 2019, I began working as a Doula. Being a Doula fills my cup and gives me the opportunity to serve women in their most powerful moments. I firmly believe that women are more powerful than they realize, and I find no greater joy than helping a woman find their strength and in serving them in their time of need. I am educated in HypnoBirthing, Lactation, and Newborn/Infant Massage. I completed my training through DONA and working on finishing up certification.

Retreat Committee

Retreat Committee Chair

Bonnie Baker
Bellissimo Birth

Bonnie has been a doula since 2014 as well as a Hypnobabies instructor, placenta encapsulation specialist, bengkung belly binding practitioner, and also teaches Happiest Baby on the Block classes. She serves the families of Weber/Davis and surrounding Salt Lake areas and loves what she does. Bonnie is committed to completing the circle of care between birthing families and their care providers while maintaining good working relationships with many care providers along the Wasatch Front. Bonnie has served on the UDA board as a county rep, Secretary, most recently as the Vice President for the board as well as other supporting positions. She feels honored to be surrounded by such driven, caring women in the birth community and UDA, and is excited to return this year as the Retreat Chair once again!

Retreat Committee Members:

Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs
Outreach Committee

Outreach Committee Chair
Sara Hutchinson
OMazing Birth

Bio coming soon…

Outreach Committee Members:

Ad Hoc / Bylaws Committee

All board members provide their support to the UDA on a volunteer basis.

Please contact HELLO@utahdoulas.org for general support