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Dr. Michael Pound with Traverse Health

Dr. Michael Pound

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to start your business?

“Lots of schooling and years of practice! I do more continuing education outside my profession than in because I love learning!”

What inspires your work and what sets you apart from other chiropractors?

“I look to serve first…when I approach patient care, I listen not to just what patients tell me, but how they tell me. I specialize in getting to the root of the problem, and after working in a pain management clinic with a Stanford anesthesiologist, and interviewing hundreds of doctors and health professionals on my podcast (Heal Better Fast Podcast), I’ve learned a lot about how to interpret pain. I feel most inspired when I am able to serve others by helping them live pain free lives!”

Dr. Michael Pound with his son

What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

“Helping patients change their lives by getting rid of pain.”

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

“I enjoy rock climbing, traveling and spending time with my boys.”

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service?

“I started going to see Dr. Pound while I was pregnant with my second daughter for Symphysis Pubis Pain. I had a doctor that wasn’t pro chiro for the first pregnancy and my second OB was. I was so desperate for pain relief that I would try anything! He helped me so incredibly much and helped me deal with that daily horrific pain that I had. I was able to enjoy so much more of my pregnancy than before. Also, after birth, my pubis healed so much faster than without the chiro care. We are still seeing him to this day 2 years later!”

Tell us something that people might be surprised to learn about you?

“I invented a pillow to help achieve perfect sleeping posture which I was able to pitch to Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington!”

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Annie Hurst with Annie Jean Photography

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to start your business? 

“A little bit about myself and how I got here…I worked in Corporate America as an Executive Assistant for 12 years. After exiting that world to be a stay-at-home mommy, I found myself looking for a creative outlet. I decided to start a children’s clothing boutique. Crazy enough, that’s what lead me to photography! I needed images for my website for my boutique so I nervously picked up our “fancy” DSLR and fiddled around with the software I had purchased with my employee discount before leaving Adobe. Yep, I said Adobe, the creators of Photoshop. Ha! Funny how one thing leads you to another, isn’t it? I’m now five years into photography. I’ve learned from some of the industry’s finest via in-person workshops, online workshops, and tutorials. It’s been such a fun ride. ”

What inspires your work and what sets you apart from everyone else? 

“I’m willing to try new things. I don’t put myself into a box.”

What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

“The variety, the creative outlet, capturing moments.”

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service? 

“I’m crying.”

What do you enjoy most about your partnership with the UDA? 

“I love that we can work hand-in-hand with mothers who entrust the doulas in helping bring newborns into the world and the photographers capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments.”

What’s something we might be surprised to learn about you?

“I went paragliding in Switzerland!”

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Susan McLaughlin, PT with ALIGN

ALIGN is a private physical therapy practice. Susan McLaughlin specializes in the management of pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, and orthopedic dysfunctions.

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to start your business?

“I have been practicing physical therapy since 2001. Going into physical therapy school I knew that I wanted to have my own business one day. I have always had an interest in approaching the body holistically and I believe in the body/mind connection for health and wellbeing. In 2012 I made the decision to leave the traditional medical model of physical therapy to start my own private practice, ALIGN integration | movement. I am a self-proclaimed continuing education junkie and I love to learn, so I have woven and integrated that education into my practice.”

What inspires your work and what sets you apart from everyone else?

“Our capacity for healing and growth is limitless. I have a deep respect for our nervous system and an understanding that when our system is under stress (due to day to day living, mental/emotional/spiritual incongruences, developmental or shock traumas, etc.) healing is compromised. In working with clients my intention is to create an environment within the body where the innate healing capacity can be restored. I bring many different levels of learning outside of typical physical therapy practices for additional growth and healing.”

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

“Being able to tap into human potential, growth and change. I love it!”

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your service?

“I had a client who came to me with pain and nerve tingling down both arms and legs. Her doctor wanted her to get checked for MS. As a hairdresser she couldn’t lift her arms to cut or blow dry hair. She couldn’t do her job or workout for exercise because of the pain. She sent me a letter of thank you saying that working with me was ‘life altering;’ she can now do her job, sleep and was even able to complete a Hot Fusion Fitness certification. Without my help, she felt that she would have lost hope and had been talked into surgery. So yeah, nicest thing: ‘Working with you was life altering!”

What do you enjoy most about your partnership with the UDA?

“Doulas are amazing! I love the community, support and compassion that I feel in the UDA. I am so grateful that women have support to birth their own way. Thank you!”

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Sarah Roberts with Yellow Kite Lifestyle Photography

What inspired you to become a photographer?

“I’ve always enjoyed photography and my parents gave me cameras when I was young. I was a photographer for my high school yearbook staff but then went on to study journalism in college and didn’t take many pictures. I received my first DSLR when my second child was born and loved taking pictures of him and his older brother. So it’s been a gradual process but I just love capturing beautiful things!”

What motivates your work and what sets you apart from everyone else?

“I love witnessing the sacred event of birth and seeing the empowering women who give birth. What sets me apart is my journalism background and unique way to tell a story.”

Yellow Kite Lifestyle Photography

What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

“I love documenting babies and women doing amazing things!”

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service? 

“Sarah was absolutely fantastic! She took my birth photos, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! She came to the hospital very quickly and was great to work with. She was super friendly, but was also great at disappearing into the background making having her there for the birth experience totally natural. I will cherish the photos she took forever.”

If you could have one photographer super power what would it be?

“It would be to take pictures with my eyes!”

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Elizabeth Gray

“I am an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor- intern. As a mental health professional I strive to be a healing force when people need it the most. I believe that healing comes when there is a heart connection made between the counselor and patient. I have received training with Postpartum Support International and have completed level 1 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I work with individuals and couples. I am also one of the board members for The Birth Circle, and Empowering Fearless Birth. I have been a Certified Lactation Counselor for 7 years and still occasionally see breastfeeding clients.”

What inspires your work and what sets you apart from everyone ?

“Being able to be with someone when they feel alone is very powerful. I have learned one of the best things I can do for another person is to hold space for them.”

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

“Seeing growth in the people I work with.”

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service? 

“That I saved their life. That I was there when they were the most lost.”

What do you enjoy most about your partnership with the UDA?

“The UDA has made a community that touches hundreds of people. I most enjoy seeing all that they can offer people.”

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Rowan Steiner with Salt City Birth and Newborn Photography

Rowan Steiner
Salt City Birth and Newborn Photography

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to start your business?

“I started photography 3 years ago in college to capture moments of my young children and the hobby quickly turned into a passion. I spent about 2 years building my skills before shooting my first birth. After that first birth, I instantly fell in love and ultimately decided to specialize in birth and newborn”.

Photo by Rowan Steiner

“I absolutely love birth and I’m fascinated with all it has to offer. I love capturing my clients authentic and raw story”. -Rowan Steiner

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

“I love being able to provide families with memories that they’ll be able to cherish forever”.

Photo by Rowan Steiner

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service?

“I had a customer say, ‘Not only were my birth center birth photos documented gorgeously … but Rowan contributed her gentle but supportive energy into the room. I connected with her and also forgot she was there – if that makes sense. I had a preview photo that I could use for social media announcing within a few hours of my sons birth. I will cherish her work for me as long as I live’.”

What do you enjoy most about your partnership with the UDA?

“I enjoy the genuine connections I get to make with other birth workers in the community”!

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Why I Doula…

To celebrate World Doula Week we reached out to a few of our UDA members to learn why they “doula.” Here’s what they had to say:

 

Heather Tolley

“I doula because I believe every birthing person has a right to be treated with respect and compassion, and that doing so leads to better health outcomes. I believe positive birth experiences aren’t just a women’s issue or a parents’ issue, but a public health issue. Our world would change for the better if life began with empowered parents and I want to do my part to help that unfold. I want to remind women of their intrinsic power; to help build confidence in their body and abilities as a mother. I’m a bereavement doula because how parents experience the birth of their baby matters especially in the face of loss. I’m a doula because I want to offer loving kindness in difficult moments.” -Heather Tolley

 

Rachel Seangsuwan, CD (DONA)

“I doula because I love it!  I’m able to help mothers and fathers discover their strengths and achieve their goals. I get to witness couples bond in a new and unique way. I make special connections with people that I wouldn’t have otherwise and most of all I see love, strength, and beauty every time I go to work!” -Rachel Seangsuwan 

 

Meredith Cohen

“I doula because I am called to the work. Years ago on a phone conversation with my sister after complaining about experiencing zero passion in my corporate job, she said, “you ought to become a doula.” “What’s a doula?” I asked her. She briefly explained the role of a doula and a strong voice inside me said, ‘I was born to do that.’ Doula work is meaningful work, it touches lives in a significant way that leaves me satisfied every time. I love engaging in the transition of this new life, it’s the perfect blend of practical and soulful work.” -Meredith Cohen 

 

Meagan Heaton, CD(DONA) AD(MCU) AVD(TVL)

“I doula because I love serving women and couples through one of the most vulnerable and exciting times of their lives. I love helping them feel supported, loved, and educated along the way. I cherish the relationships I gain with each family.  To be apart of someone’s birth is truly an honor.”  -Meagan Heaton

 

 

 

Andrea Lythgoe, LCCE 

“I doula because I believe adding a baby to the family is a time when parents can find new confidence and learn new skills that can have a positive impact on their families for many years to come. I really enjoy seeing that process happen and being a small part in facilitating that. Witnessing the love and joy that welcomes a new baby is a huge plus, too.” -Andrea Lythgoe

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A Postpartum doula

A postpartum doula helps new parents transition into parenthood in the comforts of their own home.  She can help with infant care, light housekeeping, meal preparation  breastfeeding support, care of other children.

 

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Positive Birth

The day you give birth should be an amazing day, filled with wonderful memories you will want to cherish forever.  Our society often teaches us that birth is terrifying and negative.  It doesn’t have to be! With a doula birth can be exhilarating,  positive, empowering, even fun!

 

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A Birth Doula

A birth doula is a trained continuous labor and birth support person for a mom and her partner.  She will help prepare the couple in many ways.  *birth preferences  *optimal fetal positioning  *comfort measures  *relaxation  *what to expect in the hospital  *advocacy