I knew as soon as I found out I was pregnant that I would need to hire a doula. My partner in the medical field and we don’t have family in the state. I instinctively knew I’d want women surrounding me as I labored and wanted to make sure I had a highly trained doula would could deal with my opinonated partner. He had his own vision of how he wanted to support me (with Rocky quotes from Coach Mic ???????) and I knew I’d need silence and a calming environment. As soon as we met Heidi I knew she was up for the task of supporting us both.
I truly wish every laboring woman could have Heidi by their side. She was my angel leading up to and during my labor and the birth of my daughter. Heidi provided me with education, information, and encouragement leading up to labor which greatly eased my pre-baby gitters. During labor she was by my side the entire time. She provided physical support and brought a calming presence to the room. I never doubted myself or my ability to birth my baby because I had Heidi with me. She knew from experience (and I think intuitition) what I needed before I even asked. Heidi was able to support me, soothe my partner’s fears (and keep him quiet), and deal with the midwife and nurse quietly without me even noticing. She was like my grandmother, mother, sister, and best friend all rolled into one tiny package. Thank you so much Heidi for all that you are and do. I cannot imagine birthing another baby unless I can have you at my side. ??
I had Heidi as my doula for two births. The first I had naturally and she came to our home and educated us on everything about pregnancy and birth. She helped me labor at home so I was only at the hospital for 2 hours before my daughter came, to avoid unnecessary interventions. For my next birth, I had a natural one planned but transferred to Vandy to have my son induced. Heidi supported my choices and went over and beyond to make it special. She decorated my room with lights and affirming messages, danced with me, massaged my back, held me up while I got my epidural which was intense and scary, and kept me calm and comfortable the whole time which meant she spent the night and was with me for about 13 hours. I highly recommend her for your next birth!!!
Heidi was wonderful! From the beginning, she made me feel at ease with her knowledge and experience. She went out of her way to help me and be by my side (even on the day I thought I was going into labor but didn't). During labor, she helped me find positions that made the contractions manageable and helped provide a peaceful environment for a time that could otherwise be stressful. I highly recommend Heidi!
I am so thankful for Heidi! She was such an encouragement during the birth of our son in 2014. When I got pregnant again with our daughter in 2016, there was never a doubt that we wanted her to be there for her birth also! Her calming personality helped me stay focused and her knowledge helped me stay more relaxed and my pain more manageable. My husband is also so thankful for her! Having her there put him at ease if he needed to step away for a minute during the 40+ hours (total) I was in labor. We would highly recommend Heidi to anyone and will be using her again if we are blessed with another baby someday!
My water broke at around 7am so I called Heidi. I was pretty sure I woke her up, but she was gracious. I waited to go to the hospital until late that night since I was having really zero signs of labor and due to that, I told Heidi to just come in the morning when they were planning to start intervention due to not progressing. Turns out I did start laboring through the night, but with an exhausted husband who despite his best efforts, fell asleep a few hours in, I labored alone until morning. When Heidi arrived she was surprised to learn I had done so and that I didn't call her in sooner. I don't know why I didn't even think of it! When she got to the hospital, I felt so much more at peace with her calming presence. She intuitively knew right where I needed support physically, and was my emotional rock as I ultimately failed to progress and had to get pitocin and an epidural. I think having her there to help me labor may have helped me avoid those things. I was so tense and painful even with the help of my husband while in early labor, so my only regret in my doula experience was not calling her sooner! Next time, I will ;)
During pregnancy we were very hopeful for a natural delivery and peaceful arrival for our little one. As we neared and passed the 42 week mark we were met with induction and eventually a c-section. Heidi was available for questions throughout the waiting time and during the induction and delivery. She is very knowledgable and more importantly was a source of kindness and calm during what felt like a storm of emotions and medical procedures. Upon delivery our little one required chest compressions and was sent to the NICU. My husband went with the baby and Heidi stayed by my side throughout the recovery and my first meeting with our little one. We were so grateful for Heidi's gentle presence at our birth.
Heidi is the best of the best!
In our meetings prior to labor and delivery, she was easy to talk to and very supportive of my decisions and natural birthing goals. Heidi allowed me to share with her some of the trauma that I had from my first birth and prepared me for what to expect the second time with a Doula and being able to make informed decisions. The resources she shared with me (evidenced based articles, list of what to pack, how to cope with pain, Bible verses, etc.) all helped to prepare me mentally, physically and even spiritually for my upcoming “marathon”. And once that “marathon” arrived, she was on point with everything, including her wisdom of when I should leave for the hospital. Thank goodness for that because my labor progressed very quickly!
Once at the hospital, Heidi really orchestrated and worked in unison with my Midwife and my other support people. She kindly instructed my Mother and Husband how they could help and even could tell my water was about to break and warned the staff so I didn’t make a complete mess of the room (It was in fact Christmas Eve, so one less thing to clean up was an added plus.) Heidi coached me through every step of the way and said just the right thing to motivate and comfort me to keep going. My husband held my hand and was by my side, while Heidi helped with technique to ease pain and her words were exactly what I needed to hear to stay strong.
In short, Heidi was an answer to prayer. I highly recommend her to anyone expecting, no matter if it’s un-medicated, medicated or a planned C-section. Heidi has great integrity, passion and heart in all she does and I am so thankful we made the choice to have her as our Doula. It made every bit of difference!
July 23, 2015. The day that my world changed forever and my son was born. Leading up to that day there were many questions and doubts that I had about achieving my "perfect birth". I wanted to have the right birth team to help support the natural and Unmedicated labor and delivery I wanted. When I hired Heidi as my doula I knew that she would play a role in my story but I didn't know how big of a role. i had been in labor for hours fore Heidi actually came to support physically, but she was always a text or phone call away. Ehike I was home she gave me different things to try that would help labor and contraction along, and it made the world of a difference. Eventually when my contractions picked up Heidi made her way over to my home and we assessed the situation. We headed to the hospital where she there became my voice. My husband was great at supporting with words and touch but Hedi supported in such a different, much needed way. She was the gentle voice, the light or heavy touch whenever it was asked for. She helped me stay calm, she applied pressure whenever it was needed. She spoke up when something could be happening differently, I have happy to have someone there who was so knowlegable about evidence based birth. She was the perfect kind of support. Once my son was born, I thanked my husband for all of his help and attention, but I the looked over at Heidi and said, "I couldn't have done this without you". It's true, i feelbhings could have gone completely differently if not for Heidi being present. I will be forever thankful for the birth experience that she helped me achieve and the calming presence that she brought to the experience. I was able to have a birth that I can look back and remember how beautiful it was and be thankful I had her there.
Hiring Heidi as our doula for our second pregnancy was the best decision my husband and I could have made. She was a wealth of knowledge and information. The resources she provided for us in one on one coversations and a birth class that she led were priceless and gave my husband and I a whole new perspective on labor and delivery preparation. We did not have a doula with our first pregnancy and did a lot of research on our own to prepare. Despite that, we learned way more information this time around once we started working with Heidi. I was honestly amazed at all the great info she gave us because both my husband and I poured over books to prepare on our own.
Heidi was a calm, supportive, and strong presence in the hospital and was able to meet needs I didn't know I had. Her attention and sensativity to even the tiniest thought I had was so kind and thoughtful and unexpected. For example, I jokingly wondered why there was a mirror directly across from me in a delivery room. I didn't want to see a reflectlion of myself at that moment! Heidi went right over and taped some paper over the mirror. On a larger scale, Heidi gave me confidence to be assertive enough not to allow my baby to be taken away during the Golden Hour to be weighed, etc, and that is something I am grateful for, especially after missing out on it with my first born.
I felt absolutely taken care of with her there along with my husband and never once felt that his presence was being overshadowed (which was the main fear I had the first time around and why I didn't hire a doula then). I am so graetful for Heidi and thankful that I was able to hire her. My labor progressed so quickly the second time that I barely made it to the hospital to have my baby. So Heidi was not able to get to the hospital in time for my delivery. That is how amazing she is. We didn't get her skills at the hospital and I still feel she was a crucial asset to our birth story. Thank you, Heidi!
Having Heidi as our doula was one of the best decisions we made as soon-to-be new parents. My husband and I were looking for someone to help make the birth of our first child a beautiful, calm experience. We knew exactly what we wanted and Heidi made it possible. We had two meetings with Heidi before the birth to go over our birth plan. She provided us with a ton of resources to back up our choices for our birth. She was also available at anytime if we had any questions throughout my pregnancy.
Our son didn't come into the world exactly as planned. We had a few bumps in the road. Heidi was right by our sides, even as things changed as labor progressed. She gave us all the information we needed to make informed decisions and kept us focused on the light at the end of the tunnel, our precious baby boy. I know my husband also appreciated having Heidi there once labor started. Anytime he felt uneasy or had questions, he could turn to Heidi for answers and insight.
We couldn't have asked for a better doula to help bring our son into the world tha,kHeidi. She was such a blessing and we couldn't thank her enough.
The first time I met Heidi I was in labor and 7cm dilated. She greeted me warmly and showed up ready to support me in any way. I immediately felt comfortable around her and trusted her completely. At the hospital, I was met with resistance from the on call physician and hospital staff due to attempting a vaginal delivery after two cesareans. She was able to keep me calm and reminded me to focus on my body and my baby, depsite the opposition around me. She talked me through each contraction with encouragement and recommended changing positions when she saw me struggle. She supported my husband and gave him suggestions for helping to manage my pain. Heidi stayed by my side through the entire labor and showed amazing intuition by knowing exactly what I needed and when. At one point, an unexpected fear came over me- a memory from a previous attempted VBAC- she intuitively picked up on this and helped me to work through it. She encouraged me that this was a different labor and my body was made to deliver my baby. My beautiful baby girl was delivered vaginally and unmedicated, she came out pink and screaming. I am confident that I could not have had such a positive birth experience without Heidi. She made such a difference in my mood and focus. She has a gift with laboring women and I am thankful that she was there during such an important event in our lives.
Heidi was hands down the best part of my home birth!
Heidi checked up on me regularly the last weeks of my pregnancy and the day that I was in labor. She came over immediately when I texted her. I didn't have a doula with my first baby, but I would never birth without one again! She was really invaluable. Heidi helped me work through contractions, gave me wonderful advice on how to make the most of my contractions and stay comfortable, and most importantly she advocated for me when I needed it most!
She was a solid, cool and collected, and just immeasurably knowledgeable part of my birth experience!
Also, I know Heidi is a very devout person, and my family is not so much. She asked if that was something that I wanted in my birth and when I declined she was very respectful. I have a deep, deep respect for her professionalism.
Our deepest gratitude is felt for our doula, Heidi Duncan, who we affectionately refer to as our Guardian of Birth. Heidi's enduring wisdom, guidance, and compassion before, during, and after Oliver's birth allowed us to welcome Oliver from womb to world in a loving, confident, safe, and healthy way. We would recommend Heidi in a heartbeat to folks seeking a doula as part of hteir birthteam.
Heidi was a huge support for my first born's birth. She stayed with me the whole 2 days I needed her, coached my husband, helped me ease the pain, prayed with us, and helped me address the fears. Heidi also supported our decisions and educated us before hand to help us have the birth we wanted. She was an integral part of my birth team!
Once you find out that youre expecting a little one, finding a Doula should be one of the top things to do on your list! i was a little skeptical( especially my husband )at first but when i talked to my close friends who have had one by their side, said it was the best decision they made for their birth plan,so i did some research! Heidi was recomended to me by friends that have had her for their births. Being my first time expecting, Heidi had no problems answering all my questions whether day or night she was really good to text or email me right away! Besides her abundent knowlegde and experience her true talents are shown in the delivery room! This is when you realize she was worth every penny and more! It was great to have my husband their along the journey but having Heidi their made every thing less scary. Her methods helped my delivery go as smooth as possible from her breathing methods, knowing when to use essential oils for certain situations. I truly believe that if it wasnt for her i wouldve been pushed to have a c-section. i was stuck at 8 cm for quite a while and the positions she put me in to help baby move down worked. The most memorable thing she told me during all the craziness was when i decided to get a epidural even though i was trying so hard to go without it was that she told me that it was okay, that this birth needs to be as enjoyable as it can be and it doesnt mean i failed. She wanted us to have a wonderful birth journey and that is what we got. Heidi knows what she is doing and is always in your best interest! Her time and knowledge is priceless and i would most defnitely recommend her to everyone and anyone! If it wasnt for the Army moving us around i would have her for all my pregnancies!
I was blessed to have worked with Heidi on two separate occasions. First was with my daughter Capri. My water broke on its own but I didn't have contractions. She was there every step of the way. I did both births completely natural. She helped with massages and oils and helped me through every contraction and I loved all the advice she gave me when I was trying to dilate faster. She kept me calm and made it an amazing experience. With my son Camdyn my water broke naturally again and Heidi was there as soon as I went to the hospital. She walked me through every contraction and kept me focused until his arrival. She's just an all around beautiful individual and she knows exactly what she is doing. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.
My experience with Heidi was such a wonderful blessing! My husband was deployed around the time of our daughter's birth, and since we weren't certain he would make it home in time, hiring Heidi was a no-brainer! We loved meeting with her before the birth and having a crash course in the natural birth curriculum she offered (this was natural birth number two for us so we just needed a refresher). Along with the great rate for military, Heidi offered a la carte options that suited us very well. During our (super fast!) labor at home, Heidi arrived sooner than I expected, and it was a wonderful experience. I wish we would have had more time at home, but baby girl arrived 10 minutes after we arrived at the hospital, and Heidi was a wonderful support and advocate alongside my husband. I highly recommend Heidi, and I would love to share another birth experience with her if we have the chance again! She was a very knowledgeable and caring doula, and she brought her strong relationship with Christ into her role as doula when we requested it. I loved having a postpartum visit with her to re-introduce her to our daughter and talk through the lightning fast birth I had! Heidi is very active in our city's birth community and I refer any pregnant mama to her that I can!
My experience with Heidi was wonderful. This was my first child birth experience and eventhough i only got to enjoy her presence twice, i had her for the most important day, my day to give birth! I was new to the doula world, but she helped me understand a lot and she answered any questions i had or directed me to an answer even before i would see her. At the hospital, she was so helpful and everything she did worked so well. I could tell she is VERY experienced and secure with her great methods! She didn't judge any decisions i made and was so understanding and kind throughout my labor. She was my only other support other than my husband and she was amazing during and after i had my baby! She left me with lots of useful information and just a calm confidence in what had happenned. I will definetly have a doula with every child i have from now on and I am glad my journey started with her!
I hired Heidi as my Doula for the hospital birth of my second child. What attracted me to her was her level of experience, calming presence, and I really liked that her views on child birth are faith based. I had my daughter at Vanderbilt and I feel like selecting Heidi as my Doula was hands down the best decision that I made regarding birth preparation. As soon as she arrived at the hospital, Heidi became worth her weight in gold. My labor progressed quickly and since we were shooting for our second unmedicated natural birth, my contractions were intense and becoming very painful. My husband was able to relax as well since she immediately went to work comforting me and relieving the pain with essential oils and hip pressing techniques. Although my wishes for only the midwife and a nurse or two in the room were made clear in my birth plan, when it came time to push there were MANY nurses and interns present. Heidi 's strong presence however so lessened my awareness of this that I didn't even realize how many people were in the room until a few weeks later as I was looking at our birth photos. She never left my side and I felt deeply connected to her throughout the entire process. While the presence of so many hospital staff initially made me feel like something traumatic was happening to me, Heidi helped me remember that I was in control, I was safe, and my baby and I were on this journey together---I became unaware of everyone else. I successfully delivered my daughter Ava in eight hours naturally and medication and intervention free. I largely credit Heidi with my success---I couldn't have done it without her given the setting. If you are considering hiring Heidi as your Doula, I HIGHLY recommend her to you. I can't say enough good things about her!
I recommend Heidi to all expecting mothers. She was a true gift during my labor and delivery. She was able to work around my husband and I's schedule and took all the time necessary to make sure we felt prepared and comfortable in our prenatal education sessions.
During labor, she provided support to both my husband and I throughout the entire process. She assisted me physically, in massaging my back and helping me be as comfortable as possible. She also assisted me emotionally, helping me stay in the moment, relax my muscles, and stay calm through the harder parts of labor. Heidi was invaluable in helping my husband and I understand what was going on with my body throughout labor and in making sure I understood the things the hospital staff was telling me.
My husband and I are very grateful that Heidi attended our natural birth. We're really not sure how we would have done it without her support. The birth of our daughter was an amazing, positive experience, and we thank Heidi for contributing so strongly to making sure it was a positive, non-frightening experience for us.
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