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Heidi Blanton-Pohl

Heart of Virginia Birth Services

Website: https://www.heartofvadoula.com

Phone: 434-390-3888

Birth Fee: $1000 to $1500

Postpartum Rate: $30

Fee Details: Congratulations! I am always honored to be a small part of this world changing with your child's birth. I have a passion for teamwork, supporting families, and helping make your experience the best we can. Fees include two prenatal visits, entire labor and delivery, and two postpartum visits. Also, if you are interested in birth photography, I do offer that. I am open to all kinds of births. As each parent/baby are different, each birth is different. I have experience in water birth, scheduled cesarean, unmedicated, as well as helping laboring parents that choose pain relief medication. I am hired to help support you in what you want your birth to be like. *Contact me for a full description of what my fee includes. (Please feel free to contact me with your financial needs, I am happy to accommodate all families.)

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years

Doula Training

  • The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources (toLabor), June 2014
  • DONA International, April 2019
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Prefer no indoor smoking. Pets must be friendly.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have attended quite a few births (vaginal & cesarean) in a traditional hospital setting. With good support I feel that non-medicated and low intervention births are possible in this setting if thats your goal. I am here for you during your birth as you need me. No judgment, just complete support for your wants and needs.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I have attended multiple births in a free standing birth center & one in a hospital birth center. All of these births were as unique as each client. I am here for you during your birth as you need me. No judgment, just complete support for your wants and needs.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Absolutely! I will however only attend a homebirth with a licensed CPM or CNM present.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse)
  • Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner
  • Acupressure for Birth Attendants, Side by Side VA Working With LGBTQ+ Parents, toLabor Perinatal Loss and Traumatic Grief

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Babywearing education
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I have completed the Doula Internship (for a time I coordinated this) at Embrace Midwifery Care and Birth Center here in RVA.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Heidi Blanton-Pohl

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Holly Dunn

Following the birth of my first child, I knew that if I had another, I’d have a doula. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started my search and I’m so glad we found Heidi. From our first meeting, I knew that Heidi was the best choice for us. During our prenatal conversations and appointments, she truly listened to my delivery wishes. The meetings were very informative and I felt confident to implement what she had taught us.  Heidi was always available by text, call or email. The night I went into labor, she was able to discern by my text messages that things were progressing and called my husband to help her assess the situation. Labor progressed quicker than we could have imagined and Heidi helped us make the quick decision to transport via ambulance which I truly believe kept my baby from being born in my bathroom or the car. Her calm demeanor was a huge factor in how smoothly the evening went despite the chaos. Postpartum, Heidi checked in on us several times and even my toddler looked forward to her visits. If I have another child, Heidi will be one of the first people I contact to make sure I’m on her calendar.


Posted 1/6/2020

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Liz P

We met Heidi at a doula speed dating event. After talking with her for a couple minutes I knew immediately she was the right fit. She is warm, kind, calm, and funny. Most importantly, both my partner and I immediately felt at ease with her. My labor was long (36 hours!). Heidi was there for us from the moment we called her in the middle of the night through the entire labor and delivery. I could list out the million things she did for me in those 36 hours, but I don't have space. What's important is she  intuitively knew exactly what I needed at any given moment. She knew when to encourage me to change position or eat/drink despite discomfort and when to let me rest. She knew how to help my nausea, when to coach my husband and when to give him a break, and how to work in harmony with the nurses/midwives while remaining "on my side." My midwife even commented to me that she wishes Heidi could be at all of her births, as she was suggesting positions and strategies even before the midwives had a chance! My labor was long and eventually I had an unplanned epidural then an unplanned c-section due to circumstances beyond anyone's control. I can say it is one of the most difficult things I've done but Heidi knew what to say when and also when to just be with me quietly as I made decisions about my care. Her support ensured a difficult experience was something I look back on with happiness and pride rather than fear and trauma. Through all of this Heidi also managed somehow to get a ton of beautiful photos that I was super thankful for because they allowed me to look back and reclaim my birth story. Her postnatal support was also essential. She helped me talk through and process the birth, helped me access supports I needed for breastfeeding and PPD, and provided us with excellent overnight care so we could catch up on sleep and feel confident about going back to work. 

Posted 1/6/2020

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Bethany Z

As a first time mom, I was very nervous about childbirth and knew I wanted a doula's help. My husband and I decided to hire Heidi because she was so friendly and personable and we both felt comfortable with her right away. Her prenatal sessions and the items she provided, like birthing balls, were very helpful ahead of time, and I truly think my husband would have been lost and overwhelmed on the day my water broke if Heidi hadn't been there to guide him. It was great to have someone to answer all my questions without reservation, and she has continued to do so even after my little girl was born. I would definitely recommend her to any other moms who want some extra support before, during, and after their baby's birth. 

Posted 1/5/2020

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Lauren Coers

Heidi was fantastic. I could not have done this without her knowledge and expertise. She kept me and my husband calm and provided solid support through the entire birth process. She helped me voice my concerns to the hospital team and was a real player in my successful birth. Highly recommend if you want to have a great experience. 

Posted 8/6/2019

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Lee Mitchell

Heidi was amazing. She was super informative for my wife and I with our pre-delivery visits and had great resources for us. The day my wife starting going into labor she was here quickly and with us for the entire experience. She was great comfort for my wife and I and really helped us have a less stressful birth. She did a wonderful job as well capturing all the moments of the delivery and our new baby girl with her newborn photography. Even after the birth once we were back home, she visited us a couple of times just to check on us and make sure we were doing okay. She is a true professional and very talented at what she does. We would highly recommend her to any family who is going through pregnancy. :) 

Posted 7/1/2019

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We are very thankful to have hired Heidi because of her experience, upbeat personality and her ability to help us determine when to call the on-call provider at the hospital.  I had a precipitous birth, so Heidi was not at our house very long before going into the hospital but just in that short time that she was at our house she was very calm and jumped right in helping me manage a labor that went from 0 to 60 in an expedited time frame.  At the hospital, she captured precious and scary moments with her photography which have helped me understand my baby's birth more since I was so in the moment and trying to avoid a c-section.  In addition, Heidi is very fast to respond to calls and text messages.  She is very positive, understanding, joyful and easy to connect with.  I would highly recommend hiring Heidi and would hire her again for my next birth.

Posted 6/29/2019

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Rachel K

Heidi was amazing! She was supportive of our birth plan from the beginning. I experienced toe very king days of early labor and she was at our house for both. At the hospital she continued to make sure we had what we needed and were comfortable. She made several visits postpartum and it was great to be able to talk through the process and have her visit the baby! 

Posted 4/22/2019

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Courtney Coleman

We met Heidi at a meet the doulas speed dating event and instantly met a connection. Although I was looking for an African American doula, I felt extremely comfortable with Heidi so we decided to hire her. She knows her stuff and is a true people person. My partner was also concerned that he would be left out of the process but she made sure he was involved and comfortable. We hired heidi pretty early in my pregnancy but she was constantly sending me helpful material to get my mind and body ready for my labor and birth and was always a phone call or text away. Whenever I felt down or anxious, Heidi did not try to downplay how I felt or sugarcoat anything. She was very empathetic and caring. I had to be induced at 37 weeks and Heidi quickly went on call for us. She was so helpful in prepraring us with labor and pain techniques. When it was time for my scheduled induction she was there bright and early waiting for us and did not leave until early the next morning after our sunshine arrived. She was sooo helpful and made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Heidi became like family to us and we miss her already!! We would recommend her services to anyone. 

Posted 4/10/2019

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Stephanie Engstrand

We use daily Heidi for our first birth and cannot say enough good things about working with her. We could not have done it without her. Heidi’s nursing background and acupressure training were invaluable, and she is constantly adding to her repertoire with additional training. More than anything, she is a genuinely good person who cares about her clients. We went more than a week overdue, and had to have an emergency c-section after 15+hours of labor, and she was so supportive, going above and beyond. 

I know a big part of choosing a doula is personality match. If you are a type A personality that likes direct communication (gently given) Heidi is a perfect match. She is prepared and informed, and listens to her clients needs without pushing you on her own agenda. 

Posted 1/24/2019

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Jessica Capozzola

When my husband and I met Heidi we immediately felt comfortable in her presence. She is warm, knowledgable, and so obviously cares about the birth experience and helping her mamas and families to feel comfortable and safe throughout their birth journey. We had two pre-consultations with Heidi during which she provided us with different laboring techniques, positions, and massage techniques. She spoke with us about the post-pardum time and continuously provided us opportunities for additional support. Heidi also provided us with useful resources such as information on local mom groups, lactation support, pediatrician referrals, websites, you name it. While I ended up having a c-section due to my little man being breech, Heidi was with us every step of the way (arriving at the hospital well before myself and my hubby!) and providing every possible comfort she could until I went into the OR. 

We had a wonderful experience with Heidi and would absolutely recommend her!

Posted 6/8/2018

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Jake Reynolds

Note: This message is written by a husband that had no idea what a doula was before my wife talked about getting one... in short, I’m so happy she did. 

Our son, Jay, was born on 10/3/17. He is our first child. As a typical soon-to-be dad , I was nervous about his birth. My wife, Renee, had so many question; all of which I was uncertain or did not know the answer. As her pregnancy progressed, it was clear that we needed to find someone that could help us with the day-to-day questions we had regarding pregnancy and delivery. Many of our questions had simple answers, others did not. In the 20th week of Renee’s pregnancy, our list of questions and anxiety about becoming first-time parents grew tremendously. It was around that time that we decided to hire a doula. Renee and I showed up to a meet-and-greet with other expecting parents and doulas. Here we met Heidi. Heidi instantly connected with us. She was very understanding and never treated us like we had a dumb questions. She was easily available and provided us with a sense of ease when anixcously awaiting Jay’s arrival. During the delivery, Heidi was very helpful. Most importantly, she stayed by my wife’s side. Nurses and doctors frequently checked on Renee. However, their visits were short. Heidi was able to provide more reassurance and explain their practice. Heidi made the world of a difference. Renee’s stress level was significantly decreased just by having Heidi in the room. Heidi provided many tools for making the delivery experience as comfortable as possible. We could not have been happier. 

Posted 3/12/2018

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Joy DuVal

Heidi is the absolute answer to every prayer I had. God led her to me because He knew my delivery was going to be rough. Heidi before labor was always available if I had any questions. Her gift is service. We both connected because our love language is acts of service. The day of my delivery she met me at the birth center. My water broke but I wasn't contracting. She knew everything my midwife perscribed me to do to try to get them to start. She went home with me and helped me walk around. She stayed with me until Lily was born which was a total of about 35 hours. Since I had to transfer to the hospital from the birth center because my contractions weren't starting. When I was finally contracting she encouraged me and kept me going even when I wanted to quit. She was there for my husband and helped him get his bearings. She let me squeeze her hand as much as I could. She was so prepared and I couldn't have asked for a better doula.

Posted 10/9/2017

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Michelle Climo

My husband and I chose Heidi as our birth doula when I was about 20 weeks pregnant. This was the best decision we could have ever made! She helped us throughout our entire pregnancy. Heidi came over to meet with us a few times before Summer was born. She helped us figure out what we wanted in our birth and the best way to make it happen. Heidi was there for every question,  curious text, and was full of encouragement. She kept my husband and I calm and focused through out the birth.  She made sure we had a voice in all medical decions made. Heidi helped empower me and give me the courage to give birth they way I wanted to.  Not only that, she truly has a passion for this.  You can tell how much she enjoys helping families bring babies into the world.  She cares so much and my words can't even express how appreciative we are and how blessed we are to have had her as our birth doula.

Posted 10/8/2017

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Gretchen Garber

Heidi was one of our best decisions in having the birth of our son.  She was always professional, prepared, communicative, but more importantly was warm, calm, caring, open and alleviated our anxiety about having this experience for the first time.  She not only provided soothing to me when needed, but also helped my husband in his role as well.  She thought of things we hadn't, particularly on the day of the birth, and was consistently calm and supportive.  We felt so much more at ease knowing she knew more than us and I credit having an easy, non-stressful and well-planned birth to her services.  I couldn't have asked for a better doula for our birth experience.  We highly recommend Heidi and can't thank her enough for her services! 

Posted 10/2/2017

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Lauren Greene

We were second time parents trying for a VBAC. Heidi is so easy to work with and has such a great, positive energy. Our preschooler loves her too. We ended up with a repeat cesarian for a footling breech. Heidi was such a great support through the pregnancy as we tried a version to flip baby and looked for information about allowing spontaneous labor with a breech. When my labor started in the middle of the night she was so responsive and came to the house as we tried to decide if it was time to head into the hospital. Being in active labor in the triage room was made so much easier by her support and interventions. If another baby is in our future we would definitely use her again!

Posted 9/28/2017

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