The Utah Doula Association invites all doulas, birth workers, and any person interested in women's health to join the 2022 Birth and Beyond Conference.

As an association we strive to hold a professional conference to support our members with continued education on a yearly basis. We also open enrollment to all birth workers, parents, and those interested in birth work to come learn and explore along side us.


Light Continental Breakfast Included on Saturday
Light Snacks Provided Friday and Saturday

For Friday Enrollment:
4:00-4:50 Bring your sack dinner for pre-conference mingling and door prizes.

For Saturday Enrollment:
Please bring a water bottle and brown sack lunch. We will have a short break and then continue with our speakers for a working lunch.

Miller Professional Development Center and Conference Center
9750 South 300 West, Sandy, UT, 84070
Date & Time
November 4, 2022 - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
November 5, 2022 - 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday November 4th, 2022
4:00 - 4:30 PM
Arrive, check in, mingle
4:30 - 4:45 PM
Welcome and Introduce Speaker
4:45 - 6:45 PM
Katie Foerster - What is Your Doula Magic
6:45 - 7:00 PM
Break for dinner / snacks and Introduce Speaker
(Dinner not provided, snacks will be provided)
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Lauren Davis - Ayurvedic Postpartum and Sound Bowl
Discover Ayurveda, what it is and how it can change during pregnancy, as well as how to best use your dosha information or a client’s dosha awareness for healing during the postpartum period. We will look at the 4 elemental doshas, take a personal dosha quiz, look at the 4 sacred windows, village, and pillars of healing.
Ending the discussion with a sound bath experience. This will be a beautiful topic and experience.
9:00 PM
Close and go home
Saturday November 5th, 2022
8:00 - 8:30 AM
Check-in: Meet/Mingle, breakfast, and find seats
8:30 - 8:45 AM
Welcome: Introduce morning speakers
8:45 - 10:00 AM
Susan McLaughlin - Pelvic Health: Prepare for delivery
Learn how to support the body throughout pregnancy:
-Increase space for better baby positioning in the womb
-Understand how sit and stand habits affect the pelvis and the pelvic floor
-Discover how breath connects the core: pelvic floor, abs and diaphragm
-Mobilize hips and pelvis for better birth
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Natasha Fett - Cesarean Birth Recovery from a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Lens
Topics will include:
-Overview of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
-Core and Pelvic Floor Considerations
-Safe movement for early recovery
-Scar/Incision care- physical and emotional coping
-Mental/emotional prep and coping
-Advocating for Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy during pregnancy
The session will also include interactive movement practice, scar mobilization demo, mindfulness exercises, and a Q&A
11:30 AM - 12:00 pM
Break for Lunch
(Lunch not provided)
12:00 - 1:00 pM
Postpartum Panel Q&A with Heidi Pyper, Destiny Olsen, Sariah Price, Brielle Bernards, Kristy Huber, and Hannah Sawitsky
1:00 - 1:30 pM
Jess Poulsen-Leonne - The Benefits of Yoni Steaming
The vaginal canal, because it's covered in mucous membranes, is one of the most highly absorbent body parts! Research indicates that the vagina is capable of absorbing a wide variety of organic and inorganic compounds. This is why many medications are given intravaginally! We will discuss how steaming works, misconceptions, and common herbs used, and the benefits of doing vaginal steaming.
1:30 - 2:30 pM
Sam Robinson - Getting Back to Running and Exercise After Baby
Presentation of research backed principles for guiding pregnancy and postpartum clients who wish to continue running. Establish anatomical weaknesses present during pregnancy and postpartum periods specific to runners. Discuss need for individualized screening, functional training/rehab and personal guidance for clients wishing to run.
2:30 - 3:30 pM
Anna Burch RN, IBCLC, CEIM - Breastfeeding Support after Cesarean Birth
Anna will discuss the risks and possible breastfeeding outcomes after cesarean birth. How to support and advocate for your clients before, during, and after cesarean birth to overcome breastfeeding difficulties and have breastfeeding success.
3:30 - 5:00 pM
Christi Creole DNP, CNM & Jeelan Fall DNP, CNM, WHNP - Improving Provider Comfort in Discussing Race-Based Health Disparities in Pregnant and Birthing People
Project Objectives:
• Recognize moments when issues of race and/or racism may be influencing patient-provider interactions.
• Increase comfort in asking patients/clients to disclose moments when they may have experienced racial injustice within healthcare settings.
• Productively discuss negative race-related incidents with their patients during a clinical visit with sensitivity.
5:00 - 5:30 pM
Board Awards & Closing
Katie Foerster
Katie studied Psychology at BYU-Idaho with the intent of becoming a sex therapist, I guess she always knew that she was meant for intimate topics, just not which ones yet. She served a volunteer mission in Berlin Germany where she met her husband and moved there for seven years where she worked as a baker and then a preschool educator. She learned to love the german culture and her time there helped her become more accepting of different mentalities and lifestyles which has been a huge benefit in her work. Her first two children were born in Germany and each of those births was a distinct landmark in her path to birth work.

Since her first training in 2017, Katie has established herself as a thought leader in the birth community in Utah. She has built a thriving doula business that has recently expanded into an agency. Her thirst for knowledge has been fed by a multitude of courses and trainings and the many books in her every growing library and is not even close to sated yet. In 2019 she created and began teaching courses for other doulas on topics like holding consultations, business savvy, and mindset. She has many things brewing for new doulas that she cannot wait to unveil!
Susan McLaughlin, PT
Susan McLaughlin is a physical therapist who helps people get out of pain and improve function, so they can live their life to the fullest.

Susan believes that when we provide the optimal environment for our body, we have the capacity to heal.

Susan’s interests in health, wellness and the mind-body connection inspired her to launch her business in 2012. ALIGN Integration & Movement is a holistic practice specializing in whole body healing and pelvic health physical therapy.

Susan has been awarded the “Best Physical Therapist” in Utah’s City Weekly Best Of Utah Body & Mind in 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 and second runner up in 2019.

Susan holds a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah, 2001.
FB @Align Integration and Movement
Jess Poulsen-Leonne
Hello, all, I'm Jess Poulsen-Leonne! I'm the mother of 4 amazing children and “womb and board” to 2 awesome surrogate babies!

I am the owner of Full Circle Doula Collective, Luna School of midwifery and birthwork, and Full Circle Wellness Center!

I am a dual certified Birth Doula of 10 years, a dual certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, an FAM/NFP Instructor, Birth Arts Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula, Master Herbalist, Reiki Master & Teacher, and Infertility Mentor!

I love to help birthing people connect with their primal, instinctual, and biologically programed intuition that society has helped us to overlook for ages. I love seeing the look in a person eye when they achieve the birth scenario that they were unsure they could accomplish! My favorite moment is when a client realizes that they are in charge of their pregnancy/birth and they don't have to be a passanger to the experience!

I love helping people take charge of their bodies, their wombs, their babies, their fertility, their postpartum, their cycle, and their birth!

I offer reiki sessions, yoni steaming (herbal vaginal steaming), Birth Doula services, placenta encapsulation, childbirth education classes, ionic foot detox baths, ear candling, reiki certification trainings and Doula certification trainings at the Full Circle Wellness Center!
Instagram: @fullcirclewellnesscenter.ut
Anna Burch RN, IBCLC, CEIM
Anna is a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). More importantly, she’s a mom. She has three children, including twins, who are her IVF miracle babies.

Before becoming an IBCLC, she worked in an OB/GYN office and found a greater need for breastfeeding education and services. After having her first baby she became an IBCLC to help mamas Breastfeed with Confidence.

Now as a member of the UDA Board she desires to help other birth workers to feel more confident in helping the mamas they serve to Breastfeed with Confidence.
Instagram: @prenatalinsights
[email protected]
Lauren Davis
Lauren is a wife of 14 years to her high school sweetheart, mother of 2 daughters, (12, 5) a trained bereavement, labor and Ayurvedic postpartum doula, herbal bath formulator, midwife assistant, reiki practitioner and sound healing practitioner.

She’s passionate about supporting mothers/families by bringing back the village mentality through her work, giving them what she did not receive throughout her journey into motherhood.

She’s constantly learning and exploring both ancient and modern practices that resonate with her to weave into her own life and work.

We were never meant to do this alone, and it is part of her life’s purpose to help mothers feel more connected and held through their journey in motherhood.

Connect with Lauren at:
IG: @theinfinitydoula
[email protected]
Natasha Fett
Natasha Fett is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, specializing in perinatal recovery, exercise, and return-to-sport. With a background in Pilates and Strength and Conditioning, she has seen huge gaps in the care and coaching of perinatal people. She brings these disciplines into her work as a PT to empower perinatal folks to stay active and to believe they are strong and resilient. Natasha owns Engage Physical Therapy & Wellness in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.
Sam Robinson
Sam is a VDOT 02 Certified Long Distance Running Coach and AFPA Certified Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness Specialist. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion and Health Behavior with an interest in health programming, from Oregon State University. As a lifelong runner, Sam loves supporting women at various stages of motherhood. She emphasizes tailored, one-on-one training in her coaching practice to ensure each mother has exactly what she needs to progress safely, feel confident and continue doing what they love.
FB @One Bad Mother Runner Coaching
Christi Creole, DNP, CNM
Cristi Creal, DNP, CNM is an Afro-Latina Assistant Professor at the University of Utah-College of Nursing where she leads the pre-licensure Maternal/Newborn didactic and clinic course and helps facilitate an Inter-Professional Education Clinical Empathy Simulation course. Cristi is a co-chair of the College of Nursing’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Outreach Committee in hopes promote an inclusive and welcoming environment where her students feel empowered and valued. In part of her mission, Cristi organized the University of Utah’s College of Nursing’s first BIPOC student group. Cristi is also a licensed Certified Nurse Midwife with the BirthCare HealthCare midwifery practice at the University of Utah and sees patients weekly in outpatient clinics and attends deliveries once a week. Cristi earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in Nurse-Midwifery, and a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education from the University of Utah. She is passionate about doing all that she can to help correct race-based health disparities, especially for birthing people of color. In part of completion of her doctorate degree, Cristi launched a quality improvement project entitled, Improving Provider Comfort in Discussing Race-Based Health Disparities in Pregnant and Birthing People. Before graduate school, Cristi worked as a labor and delivery nurse for over eight years. She has been a member of project ARIISE for over two years, co-facilitates local and national workshops, and helps run the community advisory. Cristi hopes to provide better healthcare for historically marginalized individuals because of her lived experience of seeking healthcare as a person with brown skin.
Jeelan Fall, DNP, CNM, WHNP
Jeelan Fall, DNP, CNM, WHNP is a first-generation graduate with a life-long calling to the world of childbirth and women’s health. She has a particular passion for maternal health disparities and how they tie into increased rates of morbidity and mortality among mothers and neonates who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Her doctoral project was Identifying and Addressing Racial Bias in Maternal Health: Piloting a Virtual Training for Midwives, which was awarded the 2021 Outstanding DNP Scholarly Project by the University of Utah’s College of Nursing. Jeelan has worked in multiple roles with Project ARIISE since 2020. She is a community storyteller, continues to co-facilitate workshops, and runs the community advisory board for Project ARIISE. Jeelan received her BSN at Westminster University in Salt Lake City, Utah, and her Doctorate from the University of Utah. She is currently working as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner for the BirthCare HealthCare midwifery practice at the University of Utah.
Postpartum Doula Panel
Heidi Pyper
Heidi is a birth and postpartum doula located in Provo. In addition to supporting home and birth center births, Heidi offers mother's blessing ceremonies, makes and sells herbal products for the childbearing year, facilitates postpartum yoni steaming, and offers in-home traditional postpartum care. She includes prenatal and postpartum planning for her birth and postpartum clients, enjoys preparing warm, nourishing, and nutrient dense meals for recovery, and she also offers rebozo closing ceremonies, moxibustion/mother warming, birth processing meditations, gentle bodywork, belly binding education, and more. She emphasizes the importance of community during pregnancy and postpartum as the foundation for thriving life.

Business Name: Maiden to Mother
Instagram: @maidentomother
Destiny S. Olsen
Destiny Olsen (she/her or they/them) is the proud owner of SHAUNTEA, a company focused on individual health and wellness. She has been teaching somatics for over 16 years through yoga, dance & meditation specializing in the prenatal and postpartum body. 

She acquired her BFA in Modern Dance and Childhood Education from the University of Utah in 2009. In 2012, she refocused her love of teaching to Hatha Yoga and later on Prenatal Yoga. Destiny is a certified DONA Birth and Postpartum Doula, an ICEA accredited childbirth educator and parenting group coordinator. She sits on the board for Postpartum Support International & is the Utah Perinatal Mental Health Conference Chair for 2022.

More recently she has been working towards becoming an IBCLC and finalizing her accreditation for the Perinatal Mental Health Certification. She is the founder of community groups The Doulas of Salt Lake City and co-founder of the Salt Lake Birth Movement. 

She believes a nurtured, intuitive connection to mind-body can guide people to become stronger, healthier and well-balanced human beings to live a fuller, more meaningful life.

All her diverse education, training and experience has been integral to confidently support the community of those in their childbearing & raising years with unbiased, trauma informed and evidence based practices.

[email protected]
Instagram: @destinysolsen
​​​​Brielle Bernards
Brielle Bernards is a Certified VBAC Doula through The VBAC Link and a trained birth and postpartum doula through DONA. Brielle specializes in trauma (survivors of sexual assault/abuse, birth trauma, etc.). She has a very warm, calming presence and works well with those who have mental illness (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.) In addition to doula services, she offers Birth Preparation Sessions and Birth Processing Sessions, including specific trauma strategies. She is currently training with Evidence Based Birth and will begin teaching the Evidence Based Birth Childbirth class (as well as other courses for birth professionals) in January 2023. She is also in the process of finishing her case studies so she can teach the When Survivors Give Birth beginning and advanced trainings.

Brielle is a survivor of sexual abuse. She used to be a chemist but switched careers and became a doula to help survivors of sexual assault/abuse have better birth and postpartum experiences.

Brielle has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and has published two papers under her maiden name (Woolsey). She worked with nanoparticles, porcine hearts, medical devices, and tissue samples during her career as a chemist. In her spare time Brielle enjoys ballroom dancing, spelunking, hiking, reading, and watching movies.

Phone: 801-602-0911
Email: [email protected]
Kristy Huber
With 28 years of service to women and their families as a childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula and an instructor. I still find myself quietly humbled at new life!  The birth of a baby also creates the birth of a family. Helping, guiding, nurturing, and sharing my wisdom is my role in supporting hundreds and hundreds of families. 
Now I train nationally with Birth Boot Camp and have been amazed at the growth throughout the country of postpartum doulas. 
If I'm not doing doula work. I'm busily cheering on 17 grandchildren in their various sporting events and being a game show contestant. Yes I've won in Family Feud and Let's Make a Deal. 
Laughing and creating JOY is my favorite pastime.

[email protected]
Hannah Sawitsky
Hannah is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Hypnobirthing Professional Doula. After her own experience with postpartum anxiety, she became passionate about filling the gap in postpartum support for mothers in her community. She trained as a doula with Contemporary Doula International and gained additional training in Maternal Mental Health and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD’s). Through combining these two worlds Hannah supports individual clients and families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She also hosts Nova Moms, a group for mothers and expectant mothers to gain connection, education, and support to navigate all aspects of the transition to parenthood.

Hannah Sawitsky
[email protected]
Instagram: @BirthWithNova @ThriveWithNova
Sariah Price

My doula saved my life! She was the one who noticed I was hemorrhaging after the birth of my fifth child. It was through this experience that my passion for birth advocacy was born.

I am a happily married, homeschooling mother of 5 children. Our oldest son was born Deaf, so our primary language at home is American Sign Language. 

I was blessed  to grow up immersed in the Mexican-American migrant culture and community.  It was important to my mother to keep us close to her culture, family and traditions. But it wasn’t until I became a doula that I began to make connections between birth and the culture of my youth.

I dove into conversations with my family and ancestors, books, online research, and within the Latinx community. Little by little I was able to recognize the traditions I grew up with and regain other traditions that had been lost to my family through immigration and assimilation. This path as given me a passion for traditional, holistic postpartum care.

I have been blessed to continue to broaden my experiences within the birth community. I love teaching childbirth education as well as supporting families in both birth and postpartum care. Over the years I have been blessed with the opportunity to write curriculum for myself and for other doula and now I am the owner and trainer of the Raise the Bar Doulas, a co-founder of Birth Circle and a longtime board member of the nonprofit, Empowering Fearless Birth.
[email protected]
 Join us on November 4 & 5, 2022
We look forward to seeing you!

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