$1500 to $2200
$25 to $45
Years in Operation: 4
Type of practice: Partnership
Clients per month: 4 to 16 births and 4 to 6 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
*COVID-19: We are offering VIRTUAL LABOR SUPPORT around the country, which includes phone, text and email support throughout pregnancy *One online prenatal consultation *On call when contract is signed *Labor & Birth support via phone, text, email or Zoom *Evidence Based Birth® Savvy Prenatal Visit *[M]otherboard Birth Planning Tool *FREE online Breastfeeding Course created by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC $600 *all completed via Zoom
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Heather McCullough & Victoria Michonski provide advanced skills and training for clients, with our fees ranging from $1,500 - $1,800. We also have within our group many other amazing doulas who would love to support you!
Chicago, IL Service range 20 miles
View all 2 partner doulas
Birth Fee: $1500 to $2200
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $45
When we found out we were pregnant, our first priority was to find a doula that would help us navigate the journey for the first time. From our first meeting with Heather and Victoria, we felt comfortable, confident and like we would always have all of the information available to be in the driver's seat with our birthing decisions. Our pregnancy was going smoothly until the third trimester when we were faced with several obstacles; two of which were COVID-19 adding restrictions at hospitals and finding out our baby was breech at 38 weeks along. Heather and Victoria willingly went above and beyond to guide us through all of these challenges; helping us change hospitals at 33 weeks, educated us on all of our options with the breech positioning and constantly made us feel at ease with our decisions.
One hour before the planned c-section, we found out that the hospital would not allow doulas. Victoria stayed in touch with us through the entire day and guided us from afar on decisions, advice and helpful tips. Knowing she was there with us, although not in person, was extremely empowering and helped us remain calm and that we were not in it alone. We felt very comforted by her support, even though she was not able to be with us in person.
Although we did not end up having the natural birth we worked so hard for, I would not change a thing about our journey to meet our son. I know for a fact we would not have had such a great experience, despite all of the twists and turns, if it were not for Heather and Victoria. I cannot speak highly enough of their expertise, knowledge and flexibility during such an important time. If you are looking for a doula who will advocate for your hopes and desires, guide you through the ups and downs and provide education so you can make the best decision for your family-you will not be let down with 312Doulas!
Heather and Victoria had a tall task ahead of them, unbeknownst to them, as giving birth was one of my greatest fears. Both Heather and Victoria provided extremely personalized support and guidance, even before we decided to work with them as our labor and delivery doulas. We found the Evidence Based Birth class to be invaluable, especially after we learned that we wouldn't be able to have either of them at the hospital due to COVID. We were able to have informed conversations with our care providers (OB, nurses, etc.), which they seemed to really appreciate. 312Doulas went above and beyond in our new virtual reality to ensure that my husband and I felt informed, supported, and comfortable about the on-going pandemic and our desired birth experience.
When I went into early labor, Heather and Victoria were constantly texting with husband to check in and provide advice. When my early labor started to stall past 24 hours, Victoria came to our condo and slept on our couch to ensure that she was able to help us the second we woke up the next day. She did an incredible job providing and faciliating a game plan that would move me from early to active labor, and enable us to meet our goal of spending as much time at home as possible. What was especially cool is that she provided the direction, but my husband was the hands-on support, which was super special to both of us. We are excited to report that we made it to our labor and delivery room at 9cm dliated and water broken (more like exploded), which would have been, in my mind at least, impossible without Victoria's support. We have recommended 312Doulas to all of our friends and family that plan to have babies in the future! Thank you for making our birth experience everything we could have wanted and more!!
Victoria and Heather are absolutely incredible. We chose 312 Doulas based on their glowing reviews and tons of experience. We had an in-home initial consultation with Victoria and knew right then and there that we made the right decision. Both Victoria and Heather have amazing personalities and are so warm, knowledgeable, supportive and compassionate.
My husband and I took the 6-week Evidence Based Birth course with Heather and our minds were blown by how much we learned in each class. It's hard to even describe how much we gained by attending these classes. It was invaluable and better prepared us going into labor and birth.
Both Victoria and Heather supported me throughout my labor, Victoria for the first half and Heather for the second half. I could not have gone through this without them. They not only supported me, they supported my husband. Every step of the way they helped with various comfort measures and positioning exercises to help with labor. They worked alongside my midwife to ensure that my husband and I were involved in all decisions and fully informed of our options along the way.
Again, I can't say enough positive things about Heather and Victoria and my experience with them during pregnancy and through birth. They have also been so attentive postpartum. I highly recommend them and will absolutely turn to Heather and Victoria again in the future.
Forever grateful. Victoria and Heather are incredible. I highly recommend 312 doulas to anyone looking for knowledgeable, compassionate birth support. They worked with me throughout my 42 week pregnancy and natural birth and I honestly can't imagine what it would have been like without their support. They are so patient and bore witness to a very intense birth experience. They advocated for me when I couldn't and encouraged me to advocate for myself when I could. They will always be a part of my son's birth story and I am so grateful!
No words can begin to express how grateful I am for the 312 Doulas! With their guidance and support I was able to have the birth story of my dreams!! It is possible!
Pregnant with my first child, I knew that I wanted a natural birth with no epidural and I knew I couldn’t do it alone. I needed guidance and support and Victoria & Heather went above and beyond my wildest expectations. I was open to any outcome during the birth (I knew I ultimately was not in control) but I wanted to know that I was putting my best foot forward. Heather & Victoria were always there for me whenever I had any questions and always put my mind at ease.
Victoria was right by my side on game day and she guided me with through every contraction. I remember looking at her at one point and asking her if there was any way we could speed up the process. She told me there were a few things we could try and guess what, they all worked! 6 total hours of active labor and 4 pushes later my beautiful baby boy was born.
Do yourself a favor and hire the 312 Doulas! My husband and I cannot thank these wonderful women enough! They were a BIG part of why I was able to have an unmedicated birth. We love you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We were so excited to hire Heather & Victoria as our doulas for our first pregnancy/birth based on their deep expertise, many years of experience, and the personal connection we felt when speaking with them. We felt safe and secure in their care from the moment we interviewed them all the way through the home visit post-partum.
They provided great education through our pregnancy to help me prepare and reach my goal of having an unmedicated and active birth that was everything they promised - confident and joyful.
Victoria attended my little guy’s birth at the hospital and with her essential oils, squat chair, warm compress, guidance through different positions, and encouragement, I was as comfortable through the contractions as I could be! It was especially helpful to have her focus on my physical comfort so much husband could focus on my emotions. The two of them working together to help me was incredible. I would hire Heather & Victoria again, no doubt, and would love to be a reference for anyone looking for further details on their services. Thank you Heather & Victoria!!!
My family and I had an excellent experience with Victoria and 312doulas. We got a recomendation from a friend to use a doula (and specifically 312Doulas) for our first pregnancy/delivery and I am so glad we took their advice. From the first call with Victoria, I impressed with their deep expertise on the end to end process - from the pregnancy, delivery, the hospital experience and resources. It was AMAZING to always have someone to text or call and ask all of my questions to. I felt very cared for during the whole experience. Their online portal and resources were also incredible and I accessed them daily. As I first time mom, I didn't know what I didn't know and the resources helped to educate myself in a very efficient and effective way. Victoria was also very available during my labor (which went much quicker than expected!) and joined us at the hospital to help with all of the things I needed after delivery (predominantly breastfeeding). Finally, in the days after my daughter was born, Victoria's postpartum visit was very reassuring and she was very encouraging and answered all of our questions. I would 100% recommend 312Doulas to my friends and family and hope to have the occasion to use them again in the future.
Let me begin by saying I will never have a baby without heather or Victoria as part of my team. I decided to hire a doula for the birth of my first daughter in 2016 and Heather‘s reputation (as best in the business) certainly preceded her. I fell in love with both heather and victoria during the prenatal visits and from there decided to enroll in Hypnobabies; this was taught by heather and my husband And I learned so much! After the most amazing birth of our first daughter, Ruby, with Heather by our side we knew we would work with 312 doulas again. I gave birth to my son Miles one week ago today and I couldn’t have done it without heather and Victoria. Between the support and coaching my husband received (he was able to give me exactly what I needed when things got intense) and the physical and emotional support I received from both heather and Victoria, I could really trust my body and enjoy my birth experience...this is priceless. The education, support, responsiveness, love and acceptance I received from 312 doulas really took my birth experience to a level far Beyond my expectations. I went from thinking of the birthing process as a necessary means to an end to LOVING every moment of birthing my babies. Thank you heather and Victoria for helping me meet my babies. Truly the best days of my life...can’t wait to do it again, with you by our side!!!!!!
When we found out that we were pregnant with our second, we knew that we wanted to work with a doula. We had a doula for our first when we were living in a different state and felt that the support was huge during pregnancy and birth. Additionally, wt knew we wanted to try for a VBAC and wanted to find the best team to help us with this goal. We were thrilled when we met Heather and Victoria as they were knowledgeable, compassionate, and supportive. They were able to point us in the right direction with supports in the area as well. We ended up changing our hospital and team based on their recommendations and we believe we ended up with the birth we wanted based on these factors. Heather was with us during labor and she was a constant support throughout. She encouraged me to try different positions and talked me through decisions that needed to be made in a calm manner. We are so thankful to have found Heather and Victoria and would highly recommend working with them to anyone looking for a strong doula team!
Yesterday we had the joy of welcoming our daughter Hadley into our family. And for the second time, the 312 team walked along side us throughout our journey. Whether it was answering questions about muscle cramp relief, helping us come up with a plan for a baby that was again breech at 39 weeks or giving us the tools we needed for to have the kind of birth we wanted, they were amazing partners. I most appreciated that they gave me the confidence to trust my instincts, my body and my baby. They helped me feel powerful and well supported, and I loved all of the evidence-based information they shared so we could make the best decisions for our family. They are a wealth of insights, all delivered with kindness and compassion, and without judgement for a family’s choice.
It all culminated in a beautiful, intense and magical birth experience, without any interventions — Heather was with us for labor and delivery, bringing her calm, supportive energy into the room and helping both me and my husband keep moving forward toward the outcome we wanted. It was her “let’s get up and move” (nooooo was my screamed answer, but she persisted) that absolutely shifted things and immediately resulted in major progress and my beautiful daughter screaming on my chest 10 minutes later.
These two amazing women will forever be a part of our (very different but equally amazing) birth stories and they are incredibly talented at what they do. We feel so lucky to have had them with us for both of our pregnancies and could not recommend them more highly.
We chose Heather and Victoria as our doula team due to their amazing history of experience not only as doulas, but also as practicing midwives. We also loved that they were intimately familiar with Prentice Women's Hospital, as well as having worked with my particular OBGYN in the past. After going on an initial consult with them and hearing about their process and extensive birthing background, there was no doubt that they were the doula team we wanted to hire.
Heather was on call the day I went into labor. She was AMAZING. It ended up being a longer labor than I'd hoped for (20+ hours) but without her, it could have gone a completely different direction. Because of her familiarity with the hospital procedures and policies, she was able to get us a room with a birthing pool, and she constantly bugged them to get the pool into the room faster because they were dragging their feet on it. I was in too much pain to advocate for myself much, so I was so glad that she was there to do that for me. (She even was the only person in the room, nurses and doctors included, who even knew how to operate the pump for the pool!) Throughout the labor, she pulled out all the tricks of the trade - essential oils to help bring down my BP at one point, different positions to help the baby descend more quickly, and various other tools to keep me as comfortable as possible throughout the long labor (which I honestly feel would have been even longer without her). She was also in no way intrusive into the ability for my husband to participate. It's almost like she was this little fairy godmother in the background, offering gentle but constant help, guidance, and comfort, but letting him be the main pillar for support. She also has a very calming presence, and a very charming & diplomatic way of dealing with the medical professionals that will be surrounding you during a hospital birth.
Thank you for everything you did for the birth of our little guy!
Heather and Victoria greatly helped my husband and I with the birth of our first child. The two pre-natal appointments were incredibly comforting, as they gave us a good feel for what to expect and how to manage the early portions of labor. Once my labor started, it went really fast, so Heather didn't have a chance to come to our apartment. Instead she was at the hospital the moment we drove up. She stayed with us for the next 7+ hours, and again was extremely calming, comforting, and helpful. She helped us interact with the doctors and nurses (we don't like the hospital environment), relieved the burdens on my husband, suggested position changes and pushing strategies, kept us informed about what was happening and what to expect, etc., etc. -- it was really a lot, and this was a pretty straightforward delivery. It was comforting to know that if anything had gotten complicated, she would have helped with that too. I highly recommend 312Doulas.
Heather & Victoria were just AMAZING through out my pregnancy. Heather was on call for the birth of my daughter & really helped me get through it. There was a few scary minutes when my daughter was a little stuck & Heather knew exactly what to do. I give all the credit to her for making me change positions, telling me where to put my hands, my foot & just taking over. My daughter was born 3 pushes later. If I didn't have Heather, I think it could have been a totally different outcome. Having the extra support through out my pregnancy & the delivery was priceless. I learned a lot this time! They gave me many tips on supplements, things to eat, drink & how to make sure I had the best pregnancy ever. Do yourself a favor & hire these amazing women. You will not regret it. 100 stars!
I could not be happier with my experience with 312Doulas and I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!!! Although both Heather and Victoria were amazing, the majority of my experience was working with Heather. Heather completely changed everything I thought I knew about childbirth. She educated me on exactly what the body goes through and helped us understand that I had choices and the right to stand up for the type of medical care we recieved. Heather provided education, support, and guidance throughout the entire process and I am forever grateful for her. I especially love 312Doulas because of the support they offered my fiance. He was able to hold me and help me through the birth because of the guidance and support from Heather. She always allowed him and I to work together and sort of "coached" him at times. This made an incredibly painful experience much more special and and brought my fiance and I much closer together. He was just as much a part of the birth as I was and I couldn't be happier. On October 22 I naturally gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl and I know I couldn't have done it without Heather. No way. Not a chance. Heather was there every step of the way providing reassurance and a comfort and her visitis after the birth were also great because it gave me time to ask all of my millions of questions and have reassurance that I was doing things right. 312Doulas are absolutely amazing and I will definitely be using them again if I have another baby!
I used 312 Doulas for our first pregnancy/delivery in February. I cannot explain what an impact they had on our journey. So professional and so knowledgeable. I would recommend them to anyone interested in using a doula. Not only are they an amazing support system for the mother, but also the father. My husband and myslef could not have gotten through our natural childbirth without them. We will definitely be using them in the future. Thank you Victoria and Heather!
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