Birth Fee: $1000 to $1500
Fee Details: $750 retainer/initial payment then second/final payment $250-$750 an amount at the discretion of the client. This range is given as a value proposition for each family.
Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 101 births attended
Clients per Month: 2 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Current Member of Everyday Miracles Doula Program; Current Member of The Childbirth Collective; Registered Doula with the State of MN; Previously Served One Year as Volunteer Birth Doula with Woodwinds Hospital Doula Program
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Minneapolis, MN
I don't even know where to begin with how amazing our experience was with Heather. From the very first meeting, my husband and I felt like we had known Heather for years. Her energetic but calming presence was exactly what we were looking for in a birth doula.
Prior to the birth, Heather provided us with two in-home visits, going over valuable information and resources, discussing our birth options and preferences, and walking us through a variety of positions and comfort measures. These visits were invaluable to us, as they helped build our confidence and preparedness for the medication-free Birth Center birth we had hoped for.
Having Heather on our birth team was by far one of the best decisions we made. She provided us support while also empowering us to be in charge of our birth experience. We had the calm, peaceful, natural birth of our dreams thanks in large part to Heather's gentle, positive spirit and the knowledge and experience she has gained from years in the profession. Heather’s doula practice is informed by her background in yoga and physical therapy, which we found very valuable.
After our son was born, Heather visited us in our home two more times to follow up, provide support for the postpartum time, and go over our birth experience—she took extremely detailed notes about the timeline and captured things I never would have remembered had it not been for her. At 5 weeks postpartum, we continue to stay in touch through her other lines of work as well. I have enjoyed attending Heather’s Prenatal and Baby Yoga classes and look forward to trying out her Core and Floor class to learn more about re-strengthening my pelvic floor.
Heather often signs off her emails with “Peace and Light.” She truly embodies these two qualities. I could go on and on, but will leave it at this: My husband and I can't recommend Heather enough!
I would wholeheartedly recommend Heather to anyone. Heather supported my partner and I through our first pregnancy and birth; she provided us with education, support, kindness, understanding, and so much more. The day after my daughter’s birth, I told Heather that her gift to the world is being a doula, and I can't imagine anyone more suited for or passionate about this work.
During pregnancy, I was so comforted by the fact that I could go to her with any questions or concerns at any time. She was always incredibly accessible and responsive. She did a wonderful job helping my partner and I prepare for birth, and she was a great source of comfort and support during labor. And somehow amidst the intimate task of supporting someone through pregnancy and labor, she maintained a high level of professionalism and complete lack of judgement. Heather helped explain our options, but my partner and I made and owned all of the decisions. I cannot emphasize how important this was, as the world of birthing can be so full of ideas around “right” and “wrong” ways to have a baby. I also attended Heather’s prenatal yoga classes, and I was very grateful for this chance got us to get to know one another better before the birth.
During labor I was so thankful to have Heather as an incredibly knowledgeable advocate, dedicated to facilitating the birth experience I desired. She helped me understand what my body was going through, tirelessly helped us weigh options and make decisions, and questioned or pushed back to the providers when necessary. And when all of my birth preferences had to abandoned for the safety of my baby, I was even more thankful to have her there to explain what was going on during the surgical birth that I never imagined having. I was also able to find peace in accepting this outcome because, thanks to Heather, I felt confident we had tried every single thing possible to avoid it.
Where to begin with all the many amazing things to say about Heather! From start to finish she was such a joy- helpful and professional, compassionate and nurturing. She was our guide and support during one of the most emotional and magical experiences of life.
I greatly appreciated her clear and thoughtful communication throughout the entire process, from pregnancy through birth, as well as during the fragile days following the birth. Heather was very thorough in the information she provided and in preparing us for the birth in advance, and was with us every step of the way during birth. We were so grateful to have her expertise and extensive birthing knowledge and truly feel she was an essential part of our brithing experience.
I couldn't imagine my L&D without Heather.
We met with 4 other potential doulas, but from our initial email exchange I had a good feeling about Heather. We were able to schedule our initial meet and greet through an online scheduler (perfect for my Type A self). She was flexible and offered to come to the house since we also had to work around our toddler's schedule. Heather came prepared with notes and information, which was very helpful since this was our first experience hiring a doula.
Although this was our second birth, Heather's pre-natal visits included great reminders and education of childbirth. We also practiced some techniques and positions that we could (and did) use during labor. During labor, Heather provided a great balance of involving my husband and taking charge as needed. I liked her extensive experience with mamas delivering at Methodist Hospital. She even knew where to find all the paraphernalia in the various triage and delivery rooms as if she worked there. :-) My birth wishes included an epidural-free experience and I would not have been able to do so had it not been for Heather's continuous mental and physical support, breathing reminders, and her knowledge of options.
An extra bonus is that since Heather teaches small classes of prenatal yoga, I was able to get to know her and check in with her a lot before the birth, outside of the 2 prenatal visits. I now take baby yoga and family yoga at her studio with a wonderful community of mamas, many of whom I had gotten to know at prenatal yoga.
I would highly recommend Heather and wish I would have had her with us for our firstborn!
My husband and I had the incredible opportunity to work with Heather Struwe as our Doula during our pregnancy and at the birth of our Daughter. Heather is a gifted Doula who exudes passion and compassion for the entire birthing process. Heather was a warm smile and hug as well as a knowledgeable leader and coach throughout our birthing experience. The confidence she brought us when we were anxious and worried about my high risk pregnancy, allowed us to relax and enjoy every moment of the delivery process (even the uncomfortable parts).
The first time we met Heather she greeted us with a smile and open arms. She took the time to teach and guide us through all of the decisions and experiences we would have during labor and delivery. Each time we met with Heather was the same, huge smile and big hugs.
We would highly recommend Heather as a Doula and feel fortunate to have had her by our sides.
Heather was simply wonderful to work with during our pregnancy journey. She is an expert in her field and excuded confidence, warmth and strength to both me as the birthing parent and to my partner throughout our whole pregnancy and delivery. She provides dedicated, thorough educational sessions leading up to the birth and her support post partum is equally thoughtful and helpful. She coached us through 27 hours of labor and a safe delivery, supporting us every step of the way. As an added bonus, Heather also teaches pre-natal yoga which allowed me to work with her more intentionally leading up to the birth. I highly recommend Heather to any person or couple who is thinking about hiring a doula.
1000% would recommend Heather!
Heather was our doula and my prenatal yoga instructor.
This journey into first time parenthood would look completely different without Heather.
Her guidance as a doula gave us the mental preparedness, information we needed, and peace of mind of knowing we could rely on her anytime for answering questions.
Her guidance as a yogi during pregnancy gave me the physical preparedness for opening my body for childbirth, positioning for labor, birth and recovery.
During the birth itself, I was not in a place to answer questions from medical staff; nor to do much other than focus on breath and the moment. All I had the space for was hearing directions. Heather magically had the right things to say. As a coach, a cheerleader, and advocate.
I have put thought into it, and I literally could not have done this without Heather. My partner and I are SO grateful for her.
The whole experience has been more comforting, and went smoother than navigating on our own. We truly owe it to having Heather on our team.
Small words for helping us with the greatest gift in life. Thank you, Heather, for everything you do!
Short story: Heather is AMAZING. Hire her now.
Long story: With my first pregnancy I had every detail planned out and wanted to take an all natural approach. I had a doula hired within the first few months and let’s say nothing went according to planned. My doula didn’t show until after I caved and got the epidural.
Fast forward to my second pregnancy, with an almost two year old in tow, everything went by much faster and I had no time to plan anything. I accepted the fact that I’d probably just go w the flow this time and take the pain meds again or whatever. Needless to say I made it to 3 weeks prior to my due date and something in my head flipped. I decided I needed to once again try to for a natural birth so I set up two interviews with two different doulas. The first was with Heather.
Within seconds of meeting Heather I knew she’d be the one! Heather was so friendly and made my husband and I feel at ease right away. She went through her whole doula process w us and made me feel a natural birth could be possible this time around.
We had two prenatal visits w Heather prior to the birth and she went over everything we could possible need to know including techniques my husband could use before and during labor. We felt she had covered just as much as our 6 week birthing classes did the first pregnancy, if not more in just those two short visits.
My birth was extremely fast this time around (all natural, yay!). So fast that Heather made it just in time for the baby to arrive. Again, not according to planned, but I would hire her on again without question if I have a third child. Without the techniques Heather taught us to use prior to birth we wouldn’t have had the amazing birth experience we did. She is amazing and thorough and likely one of the best out there!
I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with Heather.
I first encountered Heather as a prenatal yoga instructor. I was instantly drawn to her calming demeanor and her encyclopedic knowledge of movement & physiology. I knew both of those traits would be valuable in the delivery room.
When my husband met Heather, he was immediately comfortable with her. He appreciated her presence as another level of support, and never felt she was overstepping or overshadowing his role during our son's birth.
During labor and delivery Heather had an endless supply of suggestions for pain management, as well as techniques to ensure labor progressed. With her assistance and encouragement, contractions continued to be manageable...and suddenly it was time to push! I sincerely do not believe I would have been able to have an unmedicated natural delivery without her.
And the relationship did not end just because the baby was born. Since the birth of our son, Heather has continued to make herself accessible for lactation education, postnatal fitness suggestions, and general emotional support. She is ALWAYS available. She responds to text messages within minutes, even in the middle of the night. And she sends milestone text messages, like when my baby turned one month old, to celebrate him and wish us well.
I am so grateful to have found Heather; I love how much of a role she played in my son's birth and my postpartum recovery. If we have more children, I am going to call Heather immediately!
I was lucky enough to take a Prenatal yoga class from Heather three years ago. Her knowledge of the pregnant body and mind made me feel right at home in her weekly class. In the early part of my first pregnancy, I had never even thought of having a doula but I quickly realized that more than having a doula at my births, it was her that I wanted to be apart of our birth experience. She gave me comfort in both her knowledge as well as her presence that is in my mind essential.
My two birth experiences (both of which Heather was my doula) could not have been more different. The first was one in which I went into labor on my own and gave birth to my oldest son 18 hours later. Heather was there to be both my advocate in the delivery room as well as my husband and my physical and emotional rock.
My second birth experience was a scheduled c-section, and again, although the needs were different due to the circumstances of a surgical birth she provided us again with both her knowledge to help us prepare for a change in our birth plan as well as emotional support to process this new experience.
We both would say how blessed we are that she has become apart of our lives and if we have any more children, we hope that she will again be apart of that experience as it would not feel complete without her!
I am so glad we found Heather to be our birth doula! We had recently moved from the east coast when I found out I was pregnant with my third child. I had used doulas in the past but was now very far away from them. When I first saw that Heather is a PT I knew she would know how movement affects the body better than anyone as I am also a physical therapist. After meeting with her in person, I knew she was who I wanted to support us as a family through this process in a new place with limited other support. She is so warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Even though it was our third baby, she spent a lot of time with us during prenatal meetings. She was great with my other two children and was able to keep them involved in the process. She taught my 5 year old ways to help me with back pain. My 3 year old still asks if Heather can come over to exercise. On the day I went into labor, Heather recognized that I was likely in labor before I did. She was great about keeping in touch throughout the day. Thankfully, she met us right aqway at the hospital when we went in. She was the one who realized baby was coming right now before the doctor or the nurses were ready. She stayed for a little while to help us with breastfeeding and then gave us space and time just my husband, the baby, and myself. During our post-natal visits she gave us information on so many things but most especially in reminding me to take it easy. I appreciated everything Heather offered for us before, during, and after the birth of our son. However, she really went above and beyond what was expected of her when at 13 days old I had to rush my newborn to the emergency room while my husband was out of town. She met me at the emergency room and stayed with me through all the procedures until things had settled down and she knew I had another support person on the way. I am forever grateful to Heather and would recommend her to anyone!
I met Heather in the prenatal yoga class. I immediately liked her cheerful and positive personality.
We are so grateful that she was our doula! As first time parents we had nothing but questions, and we didn't know what to expect. Heather was a great childbirth educator, explained to us step by step the delivery process, and informed us about possible outcomes, and choices.
Our delivery wasn't what we had planned... At all! We were hoping for a natural, low intervention birth, but our baby decided to be 11 days late, and one thing lead to the other.
After a routine check up, the midwife decided to start ripening the cervix, and that lead to continuous heart rate monitoring, my water broke, that lead to pitosin, IV, baby stressed out... and then the c-section :/
Heather arrived to the hospital promptly after I started taking the pitosin at 2:00 am, and coached me during my contractions, helped me changing positions, walking, and dealing with the pain. When the midwife began talking about a c-section, Heather "translated" for us what was happening, and helped us to made an informed decision.
Heather's knowledge, and professionalism was invaluable for us in the delivery room, and was enormously helpful. We would recommend her to anyone that is looking for a caring, warm, and professional doula.
With love, Tatiana, Nick and Martina
I am beyond thankful for inviting Heather to be a part of our birth experience and cannot say enough good things about her. I did not have a doula for the birth of my first child and although I knew it would be beneficial to have a doula, I was very hesitant to spend the money and worried about finding a good fit. My husband was even more hesitant to hire a doula and he now tells everyone how helpful it was to have Heather with us. Heather supported him throughout the experience as well leaving him more empowered and confident in supportming me.
When we first met with Heather, I was drawn to her medical background and extensive experience as well as her warm personality. She spent a ton of time with my husband and I during our prenatal visits and this in and of itself was invaluable. It was so helpful to practice some techniques, talk through our previous experience and think about possibilities with Heather and as a couple. During my labor, Heather was extremely responsive throughout a long time and helpful in listening to my concerns and being able to talk through options before we went to the hospital. As I was almost rerouted do a different hospital and ended up having a midwife I didn’t like I was also so thankful to have a support person there who I knew and felt comfortable with. When Heather met us at the Hospital I was completely defeated and she instantly stepped in and I felt such relief in that moment. She was extremely hands on in providing comfort measures and encouraging and coaching me throughout the labor process. I trusted her experience which helped her to coach me into trying different positions I was resistant to and encouraged me through difficult times when I wanted to give up. So many things about my labor and postpartum experience have felt more positive and I wholeheartedly feel that is largely due to having the support of Heather. My only regret is not having Heather come to our house earlier in the process.
We feel so glad and lucky to have had Heather as our doula for the birth of our first child. She is one of the most energetic people we've ever met, but also projects a soothing calm, which was exactly what we needed from the moment we first met her, through our prenatal vists, labor, and after. It's very clear from how Heather runs her practice that she is fully invested in her clients feeling as safe, supported, and settled as possible throughout the whole journey of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. She spent hours with us during her two prenatal visits which I think were huge for establishing rapport and trust between the three of us before labor. During labor, I can't imagine what we would've done without her. My contractions were hard and close together for nearly 20 hours and a number of things did not go entirely according to our hopes. Having her knowledge and calm and another pair of hands as I labored at home before we went in to the hospital was crucial -- and having her there to help navigate the hospital environment was essential. There is so much to process and many decisions to make and Heather was great about helping us to interpret what was going on, making sure we had space to decide things when possible, and being a knowledgable ear to help us work though decisions (especially important since for much of the time things were too intense for me and so it was great for my husband to have someone to bounce things off). After labor, Heather does two home visits, which were also much needed -- it was especially great to have her visit a couple days after we got home just to help us settle in and process, and to keep the line of communication open with her. She's remained a very caring presence, checking in and making it clear that she wants to hear from us, throughout the postpartum period. And her baby yoga classes are wonderful -- the best new mother support group I've found!
A Father’s Perspective:
I imagine that there are a lot of soon-to-be fathers out there that are sitting in the same shoes that I was. I was a first time father with little knowledge of pregnancy, labor, or delivery. My wife approached me because she was interested in hiring a doula and I said, “A Do-What? My wife explained to me what a doula is and I was skeptical. It was clear to me that my wife was nervous about her pregnancy and I could tell that hiring a doula would put her at ease, so I agreed that hiring a doula was a good decision.
We interviewed multiple doulas and hired Heather Struwe. Heather has an infectious personality and was clearly an experienced doula. However, the thing that I was most drawn to was the fact that Heather is very well educated and has a medical background. For me, Heather’s education and training made her resume stand out.
Heather came to our home for educational and planning sessions prior to my wife’s delivery. I found these meetings to be absolutely essential and a vital aspect to our successful delivery. Heather was very organized with these sessions, with about half of the time dedicated to educating us and the other half was devoted to labor and delivery planning.
Labor and delivery is where Heather really shined and became an unbelievable partner for me as the husband/father. My wife labored for over twelve hours and Heather was incredible the whole time. She has a bottomless bag of tricks for labor comfort measures, positions, etc. I truly believe that Heather’s expertise contributed to the success of my wife’s labor and delivery. During labor, Heather became a teammate for me. She supported me, so I could support my wife. She challenged us to remember our plan despite adversity.
In conclusion, Heather’s doula services far surpassed my expectations. I can’t imagine going through this process without Heather.
I don't even know where to start! I searched several people to be a part of the most incredible experience in our lifetime. When I came across Heather's profile I knew she was the person that we'd work with. From our initial visit (not a handshake but a hug) to postpartum, Heather has been a source of comfort. We had 2 initial visits with her. She meditated with us, showed us various excercises, helped my husband learn various tools to be supportive, and explained the prenatal, delivery, and postnatal expectations. She let us talk to her about what our expectations were with our birth story and she helped us write it. She didn't put any pressure on us with any of the choices we made on what we wanted to do. She helped educate us on some of the choices and really got into helping us understand the benefits of the various choices. When we went into labor we contacted her and she responded immediately. She showed up at the hospital with coffee and a smile in letting us know that she was there for us, which she was every step of the way. While laboring she kept me calm and educated. She supported me and stayed positive when I was not! She gave me massages, used essential oils, did hip squeezes, meditated with me, kept me moving around, kept me hydrated, and talked to me the entire time to keep me motivated. Because of her guidance and pre-education there were no surprises. Heather stayed with us to help with breastfeeding and we met again for a postnatal visit. At that time she presented a transcript of our initial call to let her know my water broke to when our daughter was born...this alone is priceless. I couldn't have pushed through it all without her and being that she was such an integral part of the process you can't help but feel connected to her. We absolutely adore her and feel so blessed that she came into our lives.
We recommend Heather 100%! I can't imagine how things would have gone without her. We will be forever indebted and hope to keep her in our lives as she was such an important and significant part of bringing our baby into the world. In our pre-birth meetings, she walked us through many scenarios and what we can expect at the hospital since that was our plan and she had so much experience with those. She listened carefully to all of my MANY questions and gave us very complete answers. She has some good exercises that helped us come up with a Birth Wish List. We practiced relaxation and labor techniques so that we would be ready and comfortable using them. She gave us some good exercises and advice for baby positioning and starting labor. Our birth was nearly 36 hours and she was with us the whole time. She was such a positive and calming presence and kept our team all hydrated, comforted and motivated. She guided us with all of the many decisions and we felt that we were well informed. She made sure that the laboring environment was as we wished. We had hoped for a medication and intervention free labor and we were mostly able to do that. She was a strong advocate for us with the hospital staff to make sure that our wishes were considered as much as possible. I did wind up with a c-section. We really wanted to go through the labor process and she helped us accomplish that. She was even in the OR with us and helped update my family. The next day, she made sure that we were getting good care and that breastfeeding was coming along. In her post natal visits to our home, she made sure that we were all recovering and that breastfeeding was going well. She continues to be a resource for questions via text, e-mail and phone. Heather made us feel at ease and more confident going into this adventure. Plus, her sense of humor is most welcomed! She has such a calming and warm presence that it just felt right for her to be a part of this momentous event.
My partner and I did not have a doula for the birth of our first child. The result was a healthy baby but a stressful birth experience that resulted in a severe perineal tear. It wasn’t until we were pregnant with our second child that I realized I needed a different birth support plan.
I initially felt drawn to Heather’s positive energy and life experiences (e.g., mother, physical therapist, yoga instructor, lactation consultant, etc.). My partner and I were struck by her warm, friendly, non-judgemental approach, passion for education, and ability to make us feel like someone was really listening and cared. It was an easy, natural fit.
Heather helped us to work through the emotions of our first birth and prepare for our second birth by meeting with us and walking us through a number of thought-provoking, meditative, and physically active exercises. Even though we had taken a birth preparation class with our first child, we didn’t feel as prepared as we did after a couple meetings with Heather. When I went into labor, she was there as soon as we needed her. She kept us calm, focused, relaxed, and feeling encouraged. Heather also helped to ensure we were supported in the postpartum period by visiting us multiple times and helping us to process our birth experience. While we were once again blessed with a healthy child, this time I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful, empowering birth experience (not to mention an easier, less traumatic physical recovery).
I don’t have the words to express the deep gratitude my partner and I feel for Heather’s entrance into our lives and the guidance she provided. My only regret is that we didn’t find her sooner! She is truly a gift!
I originally got to know Heather by attending her prenatal yoga classes. After learning about the many benefits of having constant support throughout the birth process I decided I wanted to have a doula present at my labor. My husband and I were already signed up to attend her Childbirth Couples workshop, and after meeting her he instantly knew why I wanted that support person to be Heather.
During our sessions to create a birth plan it became clear Heather was there to support both of us, not just me, during labor. Any hesitation my husband had about losing his place in the delivery room vanished as they high-fived over comfort techniques and became a team.
Soon enough the day came. I looked at my husband and gave the instruction to "CALL HEATHER!" Once she arrived in the delivery room my entire mood shifted and the panic I had been feeling went away. My labor didn't start the way I wanted and I didn't have the chance to labor at home. Heather made sure everything was as serene and home-like as possible while guiding me through labor. Looking back, I know I wouldn't have been calm or able to focus without her working her magic. She instinctively did things I wouldn't have thought to ask for and my husband wouldn't have had a clue about. It was like she was setting the stage for a play, masterfully creating a background perfect for bringing our daughter into the world.
My birth experience was extremely positive and I was able to incorporate many aspects of our birth letter into labor. Heather was instrumental to that experience.
Now anytime we have a friend or family member who announces they are pregnant, the first piece of advice my husband gives is, "Hire a doula." I wholeheartedly agree. And if you live in Minneapolis, you should definitely hire Heather.
We worked with Heather for the preparation and births of both of our sweet kiddos, and I can't say enough good things about working with her. Positive energy is Heather in a nutshell. In the preparation, she armed us with lots of great information and definitely helped us get our head in the game (since you never can be truly 'prepared' for such a life changing event). It was comforting to know she had such great experience with body mechanics/movement give her work was a physical therapist, yoga instructor and doula. I was hoping to have unmedicated births with both kids, and was able to do so in large part to the hours of coaching, positioning, massage, movement and support that Heather and my husband provided (with her help). My husband was a little unsure about using a doula before we got into this, but he also had a great experience with Heather - he was definitely a key part of the proess, and appreciated having someone there who had more perspective on what was going on. She did a lot in the pre-coaching to arm him with positioning and information on how to help me during labor as well. She worked very seamlessly with the labor and delivery team at the hospital, and which made me feel very secure as I labored and prepared for delivery. For the second birth, we certainly had a lot more confidence going into it, but no two births are ever the same and again we were very grateful to have her support. After the births, she met with us twice more, which was incredibly helpful for me as I was still working through nursing issues and baby blues. She followed up with me via text often as well, and was always willing to give advice (or a cheer!) throughout. Both babies and I joined Heather for her postnatal baby bonding classes (highly recommended as well), and it was so fun to see her again and show off the fruits of our labor ;)
Heather was an amazing support for both my husband and me before, during, and after the birth of our little girl. I have thought to myself so many times "I don't know what we would have done without Heather." Obviously we'd have gotten through, but it would have been such a different experience. I feel I can't appropriately express how deeply her support and encouragement impacted us. From texting with her before labor started stressed about a looming induction, to actual labor where she was both wise and helpful in 5 million different ways, to post-labor visits where she encouraged me when I was struggling with breastfeeding - I truly am so grateful for the person that she is and the amazing work she did. The birth of your first baby is a crazy, life-changing event, and she helped make sure it wasn't scary but rather empowering and beautiful. My husband was skeptical about hiring a doula, but he's a huge doula advocate now! HEATHER ROCKS. The end.
Heather is an exceptional blend of strength, kindness, softness, and compassion. She's a trained physical therapist, yoga teacher, and doula. She's a mom of three too. That is a very appealing blend of skills for the big event and all the work preparing for it. She believes firmly in meeting the needs and style of the clients she is serving. She educates you but never pushes a philosophy. She helped birth my spectacular child and for that I am forever grateful.
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