Phone: (321) 277-5152
Birth Fee: $650
Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 180 births attended
Specific certifications for the above: Took cert. training from both DONA and CAPPA but never sent in my packets. Got too busy with clients and never got around to it before the time frame passed. I'm doing well enough with out the piece of paper so I've chosen to forgo it even though I've met all the requirments and took all the nesisary training workshops.Type of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am a member of DONA & CAPPA. I have taken Doula trainings though both organizations, not necessary but I wanted to get as much training under my belt as I could.I birth attendant with several area Midwives. I am also currently a Gestational Surrogate. I also work with/member of Florida Le Leche League, On the Board of Directors of Get PUMPed, MOMS club, Central Florida Birth Network, Connected Mothering, Florida Friends of Midwives (Central Florida) and Several local area mothers support groups. I donate my time to local area families in need of Lactation support.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Casselberry, FL
Heather answered every single question throughout the entire and was 100% in my corner through 24ish hours of labor. Even though I ended up with an emergency c-section, I've never felt more supported in my choices. My Doctor wasn't supportive of my requested VBAC, so having Heather to provide another perspective was invaluable.
I interviewed 5 different doulas in the local Orlando area when I was choosing for my first birth. While I WANTED the 'earth mother' aspect of a doula - in other words, the person who would be my advocate, my inspiration, my empowering force during my labor - my type A personality also NEEDED someone who was down to earth, supremely organized, to the point and focused.
All of the wonderful doulas I met fit the first requirements - beautiful women who would bring my baby into the world amongst positivity and love - woman supremely qualified and experienced.
However it was only in Heather that I met the PERFECT combination of spiritual earth mother AND practicality personified.I have never to this day met someone who is MORE 'together' - more organized, more present, more sure of herself, more accomplished - Heather has it all. From the moment I met her in person, I felt immediatley more relaxed, knowing that she would be with me EVERY step of the way - day or night - she was there for me, without question.
I recommend Heather without qualification. You could quite simply not find a better advocate for your pregnancy, for your birth, for your post partum recovery, for your breastfeeding/pumping challenges post birth.
It has been the best decision of my life to have Heather be a part of my first birth with a singleton, and subsequently with my twin birth to follow.
Heather was amazing. She was very knowledgeable and had lots of experience. We knew we made the right choice with her as our doula. I was worries were put to rest and she was always very responsivle to any questions I had before during and after delivery. All of the nurses complimented that I had one of the best doulas they had ever seen. I would highly recommend her to any of my friends looking to have a natural childbirth. She is very personable and listens to what you want and does not interject her opinion unless you ask for it. Overall amazing experience!
Heather Dunn is honestly the most best doula ever! No doubt about it.
Heather was a tremendous help early on in my 3rd pregnancy when I was having trouble finding a provider who would agree to let me VBAC. She helped me get in touch with my midwife as well as the local ICAN chapter in my area. She offered to be my doula, despite some major financial difficulties I had during my pregnancy. During my pregnancy she was so incredibly helpful with any questions or concerns I had, she attended one of my midwife appointments with me so we could all go over my birth plans together, she gave me some information on cloth diapering so I could become more familiar with it, and as I was nearing my due date and going through the early stages of labor, she answered my texts messages in the middle of the night and early morning without a fuss. During my labor she was amazing, she provided a great amount of support that I needed both physically and emotionally during the labor process and the birth of my baby, which was a successful homebirth after 2 c-sections. There's no way I would have done it without her important role in my birth experience. When I felt like I couldn't do it anymore, she insisted that I could and I would...and I did! She followed up with me post-birth to make sure baby and I were adjusting well. Since then, she has continued to be a great source of information and incredibly supportive through baby and I's breastfeeding experience, which has had many ups and downs. I know I can turn to her anytime I have any questions or concerns, no matter how silly I think they might be. I have told her myself that some days I don't know what I would do without her, because she has just been so awesome!
I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for that strong support and bond. She takes her job to the heart and I am so grateful to her!
Heather attended my son's birth in Feb 2011. I am so glad to have had her there. Heather gave willingly of her time and knowledge during our meetings before his birth, and was always available for any questions or ideas that I had leading up to the big day. During labor, she was a constant support. She knew when to step up and when to step back; she worked in perfect concert with my husband and with me. This wasn't my first baby, but it was my first natural birth. I felt lucky to have Heather there. She was a calm and reassuring voice when I needed it. I'm happy to recommend her to anyone seeking an enthusiastic and caring birth doula.
Best Doula Ever. Period. Heather was recommended to me by a good friend who knew her through the Central Florida Birth Network. I met with her and instantly knew she was exactly what we wanted. Because I was unable to have a homebirth as I wanted (I was pregnant with twins), Heather made every accomodation necessary for me to have the best birth I could at the Hospital. She impressed my OB so much, that he actually let her in the OR with my Husband, so she was able to assist with making sure my wishes were carried out immediately after the babies were born. (She also took some great pics!) Also, she successfully convinced the charge nurse and attending pediatrician to allow donor milk to be brought in for one of my babies who had aspirated a little fluid and needed some time in the nursery. She knew I was adamantly against formula and MADE IT HAPPEN. I was so lucky to have her, and will definitely be using her for my next baby!!
Having Heather as my doula was wonderful. She was very attentive to my needs during pregnancy and even more so during labor; she was always present, in tune with my process of labor and helped me to stay focused. I wanted to experience an un-medicated, natural childbirth with my second daughter and I truly believe Heather made it easier for me to do so. Her constant presence during my contractions, the ride to the hospital and birth helped me feel empowered, cared for and supported. On a practical note, she was always on time and reliable. She is also very knowledgeable and willing to do whatever my husband and I requested. We are very appreciative of her service and highly recommend her!
Although I ended up having another c-section with my 2nd birth of another daughter Alexa, on Sept. 28, 2009, Heather Dunn was there for me emotionally and physically before, during and after my birth. I did experience 18 hours of labor and she stayed at the hospital until the wee hours of the morning. She was very encouraging and helped me cope with my contractions by talking me through them and allowing me to lean on her while my husband was behind me rubbing my lower back. I wouldn't have made it through as long without meds without either of their support and encouragement. Since she has had a medicated birth and natural, Heather is very supportive during my birth and didn't judge me for getting an epidural, although I waited as long as I could, but my labor was not progressing and I was running out of energy. I would highly recommend her as a doula, from the moment we met I felt very at ease and comfortable with her and that is very reassuring. Heather and I still talk and look forward to seeing her soon and keep in contact with her.
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