Rose Rock Birth Services, LLC
Oklahoma City, OK Service range 20 miles
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: cat allergy
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have worked at OU, St Anthony's, Integris Baptist, and Mercy in OKC.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I have not had the pleasure of serving at a birth center yet!
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Ask about my discount for homebirths!
Trust Birth OKC Group Facilitator (2011-2016)-- Co-leader of Natural Nurturing of Edmond (2012-2014)-- Doula Association of Central Oklahoma (DACO), Inc, Executive board positions (2013-2015)
I am open to bartering and payment plans. I believe all women deserve to be supported how they choose to be, and I'm willing to work with you to that end. Postpartum care including household tasks is $25/hr. Lactation counseling services are $60/hr.
Oklahoma City, OK Service range 20 miles
I hired Heather for the birth of my second child, which was a home birth after cesarean. I was carrying a lot of baggage from my previous birth and breastfeeding experiences, including the knowledge that we would likely deal with a severe tongue tie and formula would be a possibility. She respected my previous experiences and listened when I said we may need to explore other options instead of pushing to just "try harder." For the record, I did end up being able to successfully nurse after a release and 3 months of body work. Heather's calm support helped me achieve that with my mental health intact. Back to the birthy side of this review- Heather worked with us to help fill some knowledge gaps for my husband since he was only able to attend one session of the birthing class I took. She had a good handle on her work/life balance and was upfront about how she made sure she had time everything she was doing. Part of this was in how she scheduled her clients: She only took clients with due dates far enough apart that if she had to miss a birth it was most likely due to illness/family emergency. I found the increased likelihood that I would have the person I expected and not a backup reassuring. Heather gave gentle reminders during labor (i.e.- Yes, going to the bathroom is a good idea; remember that it might speed things up). She was a calm presence and worked well with my midwife and her assistant. She followed up with us after the birth and did a little extra help with breastfeeding support. Heather also encapsulated my placenta for me. I highly recommend her.
I knew Heather for several years through motherhood and the local birthy community, and I'd always found her energy very calming and encouraging. She was who I wanted to be when I grew up. So, when we started trying to conceive #3, I knew I wanted her at my birth.
Thankfully, the arrival of her baby was far enough ahead of my own labor that she was able to come support me as I brought baby #3 into the world.
She was there, being a calming and comforting presence for me during a long day of what turned out to be prodromal labor, and she was there when my water suddenly broke two days later, despite baby #3's desire to be born with speed after a long, drawn out two-day labor of intermittent and unpredictable contractions.
Heather is a calming, knowledgeable woman and a delight to have supporting you and helping you to make informed choices for not only your birth but also your pregnancy. She made me feel important and supported throughout my entire pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Although we feel done with three little ones, should we have an "oops" that creates another little person, I will definitely choose Heather to support me through the journey again.
I looked for a doula not too long after becoming pregnant. Most of my friends already had babies, and professional labor support was recommended by all of them. My husband was somewhat skeptical. Heather and I had a mutual friend, and seemed like a good place to start. We met Heather in person, felt at ease with her, and hired her that day.
I am a high risk case, and Heather was committed to understanding my situation. She did research, and helped me find resources addressing my specific concerns. She was available, checking in regularly, reminding me that she was there if I had any questions or needed a listening ear.
Heather was at the hospital with us for something like 16 hours (I don’t remember exactly, some of those hours are a blur). She was a source of calm encouragement. I think my husband was more confident in supporting me, because we both had Heather to rely on. She is experienced with supporting not just mom, but dad too. I am certain that without Heather’s reassuring presence, he would have been more than a little overwhelmed.
After our daughter was born, in the wee hours of the morning, Heather warmed a bowl of soup for me. Soup never tasted so good! She made sure I ate, and I was so grateful.
She called to check on us, made the 1+ hour journey to our house to offer breastfeeding support, and continued to offer her encouragement and wisdom for weeks after our daughter’s birth.
When asked if hiring a doula was worth it, my husband said, “Yes.” We both wholeheartedly recommend Heather’s services.
Heather was an amazing doula! I hired her for my third child and my husband was deployed so she had extra work to do :) she was great for any questions during my pregnancy and provided everything I needed while I was in labor. If I decided to have another kid and hadn't moved away from OK, I would definitely hire her again!
I hired Heather to care for me during the birth of my second child. I was already fairly knowledgeable about the birth process, but every birth is different and I knew that I needed a Doula with plenty of experience going through all types of births herself. Heather has a very primitive trust in birth that I found so important for me to turn to when I started to have doubts. She was available at all times of the day during my pregnancy to chat about my fears, concerns, hopes, and goals as well as to field my questions. As the due date came and went she would keep in touch. I had a lot of prodromal labor and she welcomed the chats about what the contractions were feeling like and was great about convincing me to rest. She lent me a book to read about positive birth stories to help block out the negative talk that sometimes surrounds homebirth. The night I went into labor she could hear the change in me and intuitively knew that it was not another night of prodromal labor. She was the first to arrive and rested beside me while I labored on the couch. She was listening to the patterns in my breathing and right when I felt that I had hit active labor she immediately started helping out more. She was so in tune with what I needed and when I needed to be left alone. She worked amazingly well with my husband, who is a very difficult man. She helped him get the birth pool set up, gave him ideas of ways he could help, and kept him busy so he didn’t feel useless. Heather was right there, a steady, strong, supportive face to look to when I was having the give-up moment. With just a look and a simple word she helped me square my shoulders and get back into it. During pushing she was a fabulous support, literally, as she held up my very heavy leg for the better part of an hour. Afterwards she was very attentive to helping me get settled and was great during the postpartum time. I have recommended her to friends. She is awesome.
My birth experience with my first child was not at all what I imagined it to be, so I sought out a doula for my second child. With my first birth, I felt like no one cared what I wanted to do. I wasn't sure that a doula would be worth the expense, but now, having gone through labor with a doula, I can't believe I ever considered birth without a doula. Having Heather as a doula made such a huge difference. With her support and guidance, and the support of my midwife, I felt like my opinion during labor mattered. I felt confident that my wishes during labor would be respected. Heather spent a lot of time with me and my family before the birth, talking about relaxation, pain coping strategies, and the birth process. Once I went in to labor, she met us at the hospital and provided the support I needed. The advice she gave me as labor was starting helped me cope with a rather quick labor with no pain meds. She was calm, patient, and respectful throughout the entire process. Then after the birth, she continued to support me while I remembered what it was like to have a newborn. She also provided support and resources as I began breastfeeding. I absolutely recommend Heather as a doula.
I absolutely love Heather. Before my successful pregnancy and delivery, I had a long fertility struggle complete with several miscarriages. I was so stressed during my pregnancy. It helped so much to have Heather. She kept me calm throughout, providing me encouragement, education, a listening ear, and prayers. The same held true when I was in labor. It was such a comfort to have her there. There were so many things going on that I would've been overwhelmed and confused about if I didn't have her with me. She kept both my husband and me informed and calm. We chatted all day long, breathing through contractions and taking things slow and steady. I fully believe that calming spirit not only kept my fears and pain at bay, but helped the birth to go so perfectly. During the pushing part, I had Heather right there in my ear, coaching me through it. As a first time Mom, it helped so much to hear her encouragement when everyone else was just yelling "push!" I wouldn't have known what to do without her!! Heather also helped us during postpartum and I know I never would have been able to breast feed without her help! She's so knowledgable and encouraging. She was absolutely invaluable to both my husband and me. I'll never let a friend or family member give birth without her by their side!
Heather wasn't my primary doula, she was shadowing Amy for the night when I was five days into my labor and finally dilating. They came to my house around six pm and our first time to meet was when I was in the full swing of labor. Even under the circumstances, I was instantly comfortable with Heather. She was calm and sweet, and they just sort of let me do my thing until I knew I was ready to get to the hospital. They met up with me in triage and, lo and behold, I was finally dilated enough to be admitted. It was a tough time for everyone, my daughter was pretty stubborn about leaving her cozy home, but this amazing woman who didn't even know me was there the whole 28 hours between being admitted and giving birth. When things didn't go my way and I ended up with a necessary epidural to allow my body some rest after days and days of labor, Heather and Amy both helped me feel comfortable in my decision. Had it not been for that unwanted epidural that Heather and Amy helped me feel confident in getting, I would have probably had an unwanted c-section. Even though she had four children at home and my labor was taking forever, Heather stuck it out and helped hold up the legs that I couldn't feel while I birthed my sweet girl at 11:35 pm. This wonderful woman has a heart of gold and I am so happy that she was there to share in the biggest day of my life. Although we'd never met before, she didn't feel like a stranger. I would recommend Heather to anyone and everyone looking for a great and trustworthy doula!
What I loved most about having a doula is that I didn't feel like I needed to remember anything and I didn't have to expect my husband or
mom to either. My husband could hold my hands and encourage. We actually felt more connected during this birth than my first birth
without a doula because my husband didn't feel pressured to perform a job that he's rarely called upon to do and I didn't feel disappointed
because I didn't have expectations of him (such as being my coach) that he couldn't fulfill.
Heather made sure I did things like drink water and go to the bathroom. She thought of things that someone less experienced might
not such as when I went to the bathroom late in labor, she knew to come check on me because I might be stuck.
When my labor progressed differently than my first labor, I felt very confused. The midwives came and then left. Once my labor picked up,it progressed very quickly. Without Heather there, I might havewaited too long to call them back since I felt a little embarrassed about calling everyone too early the first time didn't have to worry about when to call with someone more experienced at telling where a woman is in her labor. During my first labor, my husband I felt very unsure about when to go to the hospital. I felt like he should be able to help me make that decision, but he didn't feel knowledgeable enough to do it. We had none of these issues the second time with Heather to help us. I remember feeling alone and scared at this point the first time. During my second labor, I felt comforted and at peace knowing that Heather was there.
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