Heidi gives excellent care! Prenatal appointments were made with flexibility to our schedule, in our home, with lots of time set aside for any questions and concerns. We really got to know her before the birth. Her postpartum care was fantastic. She was totally available for questions - checking on not only our newborn but also my physical and mental health. I would highly recommend Heidi.
Heidi was my incredible doula for the birth of my son, Gabriel. She was with me throughout my entire pregnancy, offering her support and bringing clarity to the experience. Gabriel is my second baby – my first was breech and was delivered via c-section when I went into labor during my 37th week. I had never planned on a c-section and so I had never thought to hire a doula, and how I wished I had one with me when my husband and I showed up at the hospital! There were so many things we didn’t understand but, it being our first baby, we were overwhelmed and did not totally understand our rights, or what questions we should ask. I was determined to change that with my next pregnancy!
I hired Heidi sometime after the 20th week. It was beyond wonderful to be able to contact her after each doctor appointment to discuss the details and understand my options. My goal was to have a VBAC and while my doctor was completely supportive, Heidi was able to bring new insight and offer alternative views to each situation: I felt so empowered!
We had a slight scare at week 32 and Heidi –amazing as always- showed up to the hospital and was with us during our brief six hour stay. Heidi was able to help us form questions to ask our caretakers – something I definitely could not have done on my own.
My due date was Christmas day, and Heidi had encouraged me to wait to have the baby until after December 19th, as that was the day she would be celebrating the holiday with her family…so, of course, labor began late on the 18th! Heidi and her backup doula arrived in the wee hours of the morning of the 19th and helped me to labor at home until I could no longer wait: the baby, it transpired, was posterior and the contractions were unlike anything I had ever experienced and I became desperate for some relief. Heidi not only coached me through those very painful and difficult contractions by helping to change the words of the mantra I was chanting, but when I felt completely shattered and broken by the pain, she supported my resolve to depart from my natural birth plan and ask for the epidural. This incredible doula not only celebrated Christmas with her family, she CAME BACK to the hospital and helped spur labor into action (I had stalled), and coached me on how to push to make progress.
As if that wasn’t enough, she was able to photograph the actual birth for me, and the incredible moment when my husband and I first met our son. I am overwhelmed at her commitment and support for her clients. She is a warrior doula, and she and her services are worth their weight in gold!
Heidi was a joy to work with and my husband and I are so thankful she attended our birth. We picked Heidi because of her easy going personality and I loved her laugh because it put me at ease. Heidi's knowledge shows and she was quick to respond to questions before and after my birth. During labor Heidi always offered new techniques to manage the pain even if I wasn't trying them. I know Heidi was one reason I was able to have a successful natural birth. I would hire Heidi again in a second for another child.
Heidi fully committed herself to helping me have the best birth experience possible. She is professional yet very warm and friendly. She provided excellent prenatal and postpartum support, and clearly has vast knowledge around pregnancy, labor and delivery, and babies. During my labor, Heidi worked very hard to facilitate all my intentions and wishes. She had great techniques and ideas that helped me and my husband get through the challenges of my labor. She truly listened to my needs and concerns and responded accordingly. I felt comfortable and safe in Heidi's care. ~B.M. and Family
Heidi was amazing! She was very informative during our meetings prior to the birth. She kept me well informed without making me feel like the decisions I chose to pursue were wrong. During my birth she was calm and prepared. She listened when I had concern and gave me space when I needed it. She is a very patient person; willing to work with multiple birth plan ideas. My husband said if we have another baby, Heidi will be there, she got us through our natural birth!
“My husband ended up getting deployed during my pregnancy and was going to miss the birth so I looked into getting a doula. She helped my mom and sister with knowing what they could do to support and help me through labor. I would have her again for my next child even if my husband was here so she could keep things calm and give my husband a break.” ~T.D.
The advice and services you provided helped us learn to ask the right questions, to be confident in our decisions, and informed of our parental rights as well as our babies' rights. As a result, Angela and I were at peace in the way we didn't think possible! Thank you! ~The Ryks Family