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Beth Hardy, PCD(DONA), SCMT, MT-BC

Heart Tones Music Therapy & Birth Services

Website: http://www.hearttonesdoula.com/

Phone: (617)835-6353

Birth Fee: $950 to $1100

Postpartum Rate: $35

Fee Details: I currently charge $950 for birth doula services and $1100 for Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth services. To learn more about what Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth is and what is included in the Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth package, please visit www.HeartTonesDoula.com. Thank you!

Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 10 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 4 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, January 2011
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 3 births and 0 to 1 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • MT-BC (Board Certified Music Therapist); SCMT (Utah State Certified Music Therapist); Trained in Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Single parents
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Babywearing education
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Member of Utah Doula Association; Member of American Music Therapy Association; Member and Media Relations Chair of Utah Association of Music Therapy; Member of Western Region American Music Therapy Association

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Beth Hardy, PCD(DONA), SCMT, MT-BC

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Lezlie

My partner & I found Beth when seeking queer-informed, trans-masculine-friendly care in Utah. Our vision for our birth was a loving, consensual, empowered, & educated experience with a team of caring, respectful birth workers. Having Beth as our doula was crucial to realizing that vision. She was present, active, & incredibly responsive to our needs/inquiries. She’s an amazing networker, & connected us to many care providers & fellow expecting families, which as helped us feel at home in a new place. Prior to the birth, Beth designed playlists & music for us, & helped us prepare emotionally & physically in so many ways. For the birth, she was solid, flexible & 2 steps ahead in anticipating every need. Even as Beth is calm & grounded, she was also confident & fierce when the moment called for it! I can’t imagine our birth without her, and cherish the many ways she supported both myself and my partner. Listening to Etta James sing At Last as we held our baby in bed  right after birth, watching her lock eyes with my partner and tell him “you can do this!' at the perfect moment, and sipping on juice from a straw she'd brought me while I chestfed our baby for the first time all stick out in my memory…In the weeks after birth, Beth’s presence as our post-partum doula was also essential: she took care of basic household tasks we couldn’t seem to manage, set up our rock and play, held our hands & talked us through the early struggles of newborn parenting. She was our rock throughout. As a queer family, Beth affirmed my partner & I at every turn: with gender neutral language, sensitivity for both birthing/non-gestational parents, refraining from assumptions about who would do what in our relationship, & mirroring our vision of our family. In a birth world thick with gender assumptions that didn’t reflect us, this was invaluable!

Posted 5/26/2019

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Jacoby Ballard

Beth is thoughtful, kind, attentive, trustworthy, and never judgmental. She shows up fully, brings a breadth of experience, and is good at planning for and looking after her own needs. Beth is not invested in any one thing working, yet offers up many options. She does what needs doing. During the birth, she was skilled at receiving my sternness, doubt, spaciness, determination, and glee, and didn’t personalize any of it. She was with me and my partner, moving closer and stepping back with intuition and finesse. She reminded the midwife of our preference to not make a sex announcement at the right moment. She let our friend in who walked the dog without disclosing where we were in our process in the other room. She installed our carseat base just after birth when thinking that way was not available to us at all, yet we would need the carseat available for checkups. 

 

As a transman giving birth in Utah, I knew that I was looking for unicorns to comprise my birth team, and I found one in Beth! Her queerness and trans alliance allowed me to be honest with her and other providers, to cry in front of her, and to really have the birth that we had dreamed of. I could not be more satisfied or grateful. Deep bows, Beth. 

 

Posted 5/24/2019

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Rick Weber

My spouse and I could not have asked for a better doula. As clients she made us feel important and cared for. She always arrived prepared and brought her extensive knowledge of the birthing community with her. She helped my spouse and I feel comfortable and confident. During early labor and the birthing process Beth demonstrated a remarkable devotion to us. She helped us pause and think through difficult choices that resulted in happy parents and a happy baby. After the birth, Beth checked in with us regularly. If we ever decided to have another child, Beth would be the first person we would call to be part of our support team.

Posted 3/9/2019

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Lydia

Beth was an excellent doula for me and my husband. I knew when I met her that she would be a source of strength for me. Not only was her energy positive and calming but she was fun to have in the moments where I did not think I would be having any fun. She used her hands and her voice beautifully to calm me and that really did help manage my surges and feel confident that my labor was nothing to fear. I’m so glad I hired her and I would recommend her to anyone! 

Posted 3/7/2019

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Melissa Jackson

I had decided I wanted to explore working with a doula on the recomendation of my best friend who let me know it was the best decision she made for her birth. My partner had always said the decision was up to me and he would support whatever I wanted to do. It was important to me that we both felt comfortable with my choice.

We met Beth Hardy at one of our favortie cafes with our dog one Saturday morning. From our first meeting, I knew Beth was the right choice for us. She answered every question we had without judgement and was just so easy to talk to. Our prental visits were helpful in making sure we were all on the same page on the birth day and I felt confident Beth and my partner would be all of the support I needed. 

I delivered at LDS hospital in SLC and my experience far exceeded my expecations. Beth met us at the hospital at 4 am and didn't leave until after our beautiful daughter arrived. She did everything I needed without me even realizing I needed it. From fixing my hair, rubbing my back and feeding me crackers after the birth. Little things that I needed and meant more to me than she will ever know. She was there when I received my epideral and even found tape to put up my inspirational quotes and photos I wanted near me on the delivery room wall. She allowed my partner to rest when he needed and provide updates to my mom in the waiting room. 

We can't imagine going through another birth without her and couldn't be happier with our experience!!

 

Posted 3/1/2019

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aliza mills

We met Beth at a local coffee shop and both my husband and I knew immedeatly that she was the doula we would want to hire.  We had not met any other doula but Beth's calm energy, warm and welcoming vibe put us both at ease and began to open up the world of birth in a way we hadnt yet explored in our heads (we spoke about everything from birth classes to post partum support groups in that first meeting).  We went home and sent Beth a text within 20 minutes saying we wanted to hire her.

As my pregnancy progressed, Beth would check in often and would offer words of wisdom as well as an ear to listen to. There were times where I felt very emotional and she was incredibly supportive and again so calming.  She gave both Joe and I tools to prepare for the day (movements, music, evening routines for relaxation, etc).  She was a fantastic resource at every moment.  The weekend before my scheduled induction she came over with the most delicious date truffles, which we devoured.   

Then came the birth, I labored for 38 hours.  It was the hardest thing I have ever done, I went 24 hours naturally before finally caving and getting the epidural.  Beth was with us for the entire time and not just physically present, but emotionally with me.  There were many times where I looked at my husband, who despite 12 weeks of birth class looked like a deer in headlights most of the birth, and I would turn to Beth and feel both reassured and safe.  There were a few scary moments and in those moments Beth would look in my eyes, hold my hands and remind me of my strength.  I think of those moments often and I am so grateful I had Beth with me.  She was so much more than what I could have expected a doula to be.  I have a few pregnant friends and I have adamently told them they need to hire Beth.  I truly dont know if I could have done it without her.

Posted 9/24/2018

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joe taylor

We had our first kid in August of 2018.  Before the process began I was vaugly aware of what a doula was, but didn't really understand the point.  However having a doula present was something my wife wanted and this seemed like the time to be supportive, so I went with it.

Once we met Beth I warmed to her immediatly.  She had tons of good info and I never got any kind of judgy vibe from her.  Our meetings before the birth all went well and I was glad we had hired her, for my wife's piece of mind if nothing else.  Having a doula felt like we were prepaired, like we were doing everything we could to be good parents.

When it came time to head to the hospital, Beth met us there immediatly.  She set about transforming the space from sterile to comfortable and warm.  The nurses immediably took to her, which I took as a good sign.  So far so good.

Then the fun part ended and Beth went into beast mode.  We had a 36 hour marthon of pain and sleeplessness and I don't know what I would have done without our doula.  She kept us fed, grounded and sane.  She was the liason between us and the hospital staff so I never had to feel like I was bugging anybody.  She was amazing.

There was one moment in particular, where they were putting a large needle in my wife's back durring a particularly painful contraction.  Beth took her head in her hands and maintained eye contact at a time when I had absoultly no idea what to do.  That 30 seconds alone would have been worth any price she asked.

 

TLDR; I'd recomend Beth to anybody asking.  I really don't know how you would do it without her.

Posted 9/12/2018

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Rebecca Wilson

From our initial prenatal visits to our labor and delivery experience and postpartem visit, Beth Hardy was an irreplaceable resource to enable a confident and ecstatic birth. In addition to her fountain of birthing knowledge, Beth also has unique gifts with the music, touch/massage, and creation of space that she brought to our labor and delivery. She showed up for us within 30 minutes of calling her in the middle of the night with early labor onset and tirelessly endured the next 24 hours of our labor process, providing intuitive, hands-on support to shepherd us through the hours prior to delivery and thereafter. She was an awesome resource for grounded discussion during moments of decision making for various interventions and served as an advocate with hospital staff to assure optimal communication. Where our preconceived ideas of "the ideal birth experience" and interventions involved had to shift given the unique circumstances of our delivery (as they likely do with most), my husband and I emerged from our son's birth feeling that we had still been gifted the most ecstatic birthing experience and most joyous day of our lives we could imagine. Beth was fundamental to this in the affirmation, wisdom, calm, and support that she brought to the whole process. She was our grounded and loving guide through a most charged liminal space, assuring a confident and euphoric emergence into our new life as parents. We would recommend her beyond measure. 

Posted 7/18/2018

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Maria Longhurst

Beth was a dream to work with. She was encouraging, supportive, and completely accepting of meeting us where we were at. She supported our wishes and our birth plan completely. I felt safe opening up and sharing my fears and concerns with her in our pre-birth appointments so she would know what might be concerning me during labor.

The day our baby was born, I was home in early labor all day. Beth arrived at about 2:30 to check in on me, and shortly before she got there, things picked up really fast. She did a great job of calming me down and helping me find a labor position that was comfortable for me. Our baby was born less than three hours after we got to the hospital, so I really appreciated her calm, supportive presence at our house before we got to the hospital. If it had been just my husband and I, I think we both might have been nrevous wrecks! Beth gave us a calm presence to focus on. I would deinitely recommend her as a doula.

Posted 6/24/2018

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Jennifer Garrison

Having Beth as our doula was truly the most special  experience. She truly new how to comfort me and my husband. I love the  prenatal visit, where she works meet with us to discus our birth plan and show us relaxation practices. I had a long 22 hour crazy labor, where nothing went as planned. She Was super helpful to  reassure me and make me feel strong when I was weak. It was a magical experience one ill treasure foreVer. Having a doula is a must! Thanks Beth ??

Posted 8/1/2016

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Sam Weiner

We had a great experience working with Beth.  It was very important for us to incorporate music into our pre-natal process and birth experience, and Beth helped us do just that.  One of our favoritie experiences was, in the span of no more than five minutes, writing a womb song with Beth's assistance.  We sang this song to our son almost every night, and often did so after he was born.

Beth's work with us on the Sound Birthing playlists (and super helpful suggestion to buy a particular portable speaker) was invaluable during labor.  She also helped us make a custom playlist of songs that are meaningful to us.  As the birth partner, it was so helpful to have music going at pretty much all times, and I really felt myself getting lost (in a good way!) in the exploratory classical music.  It made the difficult parts of labor go by so quickly, and it solidifed my feeling of having an important role in the birth process.  

Perhaps most importantly, I am convinced that one of the playlists saved us from having a cesarean section.  We were brought into the OR for a vacuum extraction, or in the alternative, a C-section.  The hospital allowed me to bring our speaker into the OR and I have no doubt that the Native American flute playlist was what was able to get my wife Genevieve to relax, push with all her soul, and open herself up, which lead to our son coming out with the first pull.  It was also nice that these peaceful tunes were the first music our son heard after exiting the womb.

Thank you Beth for all of your work.  I strongly recommend her services!

Posted 3/12/2016

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Terra Maynes

Beth is one of the most intuitive doulas I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her knowledge in the birth community as well as her experience in music therapy is phenomenal. Any mother looking into having an attendant who is aware of a mothers needs shoils consider Beth. She is calm and can create calm for any family in any situation! Her music is beautiful and full of emotion. I can't imagine a better birth companion for a couple in their birthing time. 

Posted 1/16/2016

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Chance Selinger

I have known Beth professionally as a music therapist, personally as a friend, and also as a postpartum doula. She is a very warm and caring person who is very passionate about doula work. She was not at my birth, but helped me in the first 6 weeks after having my baby. She arrived on time for each visit and helped me with anything that I needed. She listened when I needed a supportive ear, which was a lot because those early weeks were very hard on me. She held my baby while I took a nap and whenever I came out from napping my baby was peacefully asleep in her arms. She helped fold clothes and cloth diapers which she is very good at, I might add! She brought snacks and helped prep some food items for dinner. Her presence is so calming and grounding for the whole family. She really is an amazing doula. She doesn't have that much doula-specific experience yet, but don't let that deter you. She has a lot of experience as a music therapist and that very easily translates into doula work. I cannot say enough wonderful things about her. If you choose Beth, you will be so glad you did!  

Posted 9/17/2015

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