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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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Birth Doulas Diversity UDA Membership

Better Together: A Message From the New UDA Board President and Vice President

Karina Robinson, UDA President CAD(MCU), CHD, AAHCC, PES

Hi everyone! I’m Karina and I’m excited to serve as the UDA President this year alongside the brilliant Bonnie Baker!

Our theme for this year is “Better Together”. We want to create unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation. We believe we are better together than we are separate and that many hands make light work. We hope that we can help new doulas connect and find their tribe to lift them up to success and that seasoned doulas will allow us all to glean from them to better our skill-sets and to form good relationships with providers.

Our goal for the UDA this year is to support our sisters with whom we have been working side by side and strengthen our connections to each other and the community where we work.

We want to be a resource for doulas, new or experienced, that if you need support with anything, help is only a request away!

My journey to become a Birth Doula started as I prepared to become pregnant with my first baby. I knew that I wanted to have an unmedicated birth, and I have Type 1 Diabetes which could make it harder to achieve. During my research I realized that many women don’t know their options during childbirth and many don’t even realize they HAVE options. After having my eyes opened to this magical world of birth I could not close them again, nor did I want to. I want to help every birthing woman feel empowered, supported, educated, and excited for the birth of her baby.

I am a Certified Advanced Birth Doula, HypnoDoula, The Bradley Method instructor, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Mother’s Blessing Coordinator, Moxibustion Practitioner, and Bengkung Belly Binding Practitioner. When I’m not doing one of those things, I am loving on and caring for my 3 children, binge watching Netflix shows, gaming with my husband, or screen printing shirts.

I look forward to  working together with each of you this year as we build relationships with each other and the care providers and nurses we work with, because we are Better Together. 

Bonnie Baker, UDA Vice President HCHI, HCHD, PES

Hi everyone! I’m Bonnie and I’m excited to serve as the UDA Vice President this year!

I came to love all things birth related through the birth of my children.  I am a mother, wife, yogi, bookworm, and wanna-be world traveler who is working hard to expand my passport. I also remodel houses from time to time and I’ve noticed that construction is like pregnancy, birth, and transition, it’s hard work but the pay off is so worth it! I am also a Birth Doula, Hypnobabies Instructor, Happiest Baby on the Block New Parent Educator, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and Bengkung Belly Binding Practitioner.

I love nutrition, cooking, green living, and making new friends. I want the Utah Doula Association to be a place where doulas feel safe to reach out with questions, advice or ideas, to make connections that further their passions, and to provide a space to process the hard things that come with our role in birth. I’m excited to walk alongside Karina, who is organized, driven, and all around good at whatever she does.  Our mission is to take what years past have established and build upon it to continue to make the Utah Doula Association great! We have a strong board and amazing members in this group.

We welcome your advice and suggestions through our feedback form so that your voice counts this year.