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Heidi Blanton-Pohl

Heart of Virginia Birth Services

Website: https://www.heartofvadoula.com

Phone: 434-390-3888

Birth Fee: $500 to $1100

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. I have also completed an Acupressure training workshop and I am familiar with Rebozo. Recently, trained in Spinning Babies techniques. 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 as well as helping laboring parents that choose 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

Doula Training

  • The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources (toLabor), June 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

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)
  • I have attended a 16 hour acupressure training specifically for pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum taught by Keith Bell.

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
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Military famiies
  • 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)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I am a member of Richmond Doulas. 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

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Richmond, VA
Travel Range: 45 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: With adequate notice when hired, I am willing to travel further.

Client Testimonials for Heidi Blanton-Pohl

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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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