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Heather Karlson (DONA)

DoulaKarlson.com

West Chicago, IL Service range 30 miles

(630) 926-7104

https://www.doulakarlson.com/

Birth Fee

$1800

Birth Fee

$1800


Birth Doula Experience

14 years and 350 births attended


Doula Training

  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, February 2011
  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, July 2022

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 6

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
2 of my 5 children were born at home


College Education

BA/BS

MA/MS


Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Childbirth education services
  • End of life doula services
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Miscarriage support
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Photography - Birth
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Therapist or counselor
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I have been a birth doula for 14 years. I have been DONA-trained (& re-certified multiple times) and have supported roughly 350 births. I am well connected and very much appreciate the birth community in the Chicago area. I am trained in Spinning Babies and also infant loss & bereavement. I encourage my families to find solid birth education, a supportive provider who is a good fit, and an experienced doula.

Fee Details

My fee is $1800. Deposit upon agreement is $900 and the remaining $900 is due at 36 weeks. Increased fee for out of my range (such as downtown Chicago, Wisconsin)

Service Area

West Chicago, IL Service range 30 miles

Client Testimonials for Heather Karlson (DONA)

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ann ittersagen

2/11/2024

Heather was an amazing support to me. First she helped me through my final hour at home when things were getting intense, giving me just what I needed: first a peaceful presence, then distraction, then coaching. Then Heather caught my baby IN THE CAR! It may sounds crazy, but (much thanks to heather!!!!) this was my most peaceful labor by far. (#5.) It takes a pretty special doula to keep peace in a moving vehicle, but she did just that. I couldn’t recommend her more sincerely. 

Lauren

2/3/2024

Heather was an amazing support to us while in labor!  We were induced and she joined us when we were near/in active labor.  She was checking in leading up to this part and after birth as well. Her presence gave all of us a boost of energy and encouragement to keep going.  She brought calming essential oils, candles, and helped me work through contractions.  She gave comforting touches that helped ease the pain.  She suggested different positions and ideas to help cope with the pain.  She was supportive of our goals and there was no judgement or sense of disappointment if I didn't reach a goal or if I asked for an intervention. I would highly recommend Heather to anyone and everyone who is looking for a doula.  She is lovely and amazing!!

Donna Voegtle

11/28/2023

I found Heather fairly early in my pregnancy. I was excited about finding a doula and was looking for one that incorporated her faith into her labor support. When I talked on the phone with Heather I knew she would be the perfect support that both my husband and I needed. Heather was great about checking in throughout my pregnancy and helping to calm any fears/anxieties. As we got closer to my due date we knew there was a possibility Heather wouldn't attend my birth just due to previous commitments her family had. She made sure there was a back up doula planned in the event that I went into labor while she was unavailable. It just so happened that's exactly what happened! But Heather stayed in communication with my husband throughout the labor and birth and really made him feel less alone. The backup doula we had was also wonderful and so attentive during my labor. After the birth Heather made it a point to come by with the back up doula and debrief the labor and birth with me. That was so healing to be able to talk through a somewhat traumatic experience and feel heard and seen. 
I love Heather and wish I could've had her at my birth but was able to recommend her to a friend who was soooo pleased with Heather and her care! Totally recommend giving Heather a chance.

Bethany Payne

10/30/2023

I have known Heather since I was 14 years old so we go back. She was the 1st person I told I was pregnant for BOTH of my boys! She has such a kind soul and such a wealth of knowledge. She is a marathon runner and her ability to stick with it and keep going truly translates to her skills as a doula. 
I remember the day we started our group chat and started sharing info as appointments got closer together and due date was approaching; she provided sheets with so much info and tips of the "trade" to help baby boy come sooner and quicker. It was like having a cheerleader and birthing encyclopedia as your finger tips. the day I went in for my NST she was available and checking in and THEN I was admitted a day early to start my induction and she was my first call;my anxiety was at a high and she was able to just talk to me and help calm me. we started the induction and kept her in the loop and we were progressing. I hit this point and it was around 12/12:15 am and I felt terrible and just couldn't focus and hubbie was helping BUT I needed my doula and I told her and she was on her way and then BAM! I was complete and ready to start pushing! I was shocked and it almost felt like a dream and when she walked into my room my nerves were calmed and her voice was like a balm to my soul! we started to labor and having her there was soothing. I was able to labor and try different positions and she kept me hydrated when I didn't want to or think I needed to; and helped me feel confident to advocate for what I wanted to do and what didn't feel good- my labor was what I needed it to be; it was healing from my last delivery and I was able to attempt pushing which was such a beautiful experience. It truly showed how strong I am. Heather will be someone who wont judge; supports whatever choice you make and gives you the facts to help you make the call for YOUR labor. Bethany, Jose and Nico and Lukas are forever grateful! 

Reiley Straub

10/29/2023

My husband and I cannot imagine labor of our first born without Heather. We were able to labor at home as long as possible (40 hours??) because of constant communication with Heather and her support in progressing labor with lots of creative positioning. Heather ultimately helped us make the decision to go to the hospital (we really needed help with this decision!) and was by our side as soon as my midwife broke my water. Heather was such an amazing and important part of our birth team, she fit right in and offered constant support and cheerleading and made us feel really comfortable (as comfy as possible during labor lol). Having Heather by our side was so wonderful and the best peace of mind for my husband and me, we are eternally grateful! 

Emma Tarkowski

9/19/2023

I didn’t love my birth experience with my daughter. I wasn’t prepared and didn’t know what to expect. I had a long hospital labor with an epidural. The outcome was positive, healthy baby girl, but I was left feeling like I had no control over my birth. I knew with my second pregnancy I wanted a different experience. I reached out to Heather because I was looking for a knowledgeable and kind person to guide me through an unmedicated birth.

Heather checked in on me daily to see how I was progressing and feeling. She gave me words of encouragement when I felt like I was never going to deliver this baby. I went into labor on my due date. All day, Heather checked in with me. My sons birth was quick. I once again felt like I wasn’t prepared. Heather was my calm in the storm. She kept me grounded and reminded me of what I wanted from this birth. She coached and guided me through my contractions and reminded me that I was strong and could deliver this baby when I was doubting myself.

I look back on my son’s birth, and I am so grateful that Heather was there. She empowered me and helped me learn to trust my body. Because of Heather, I got the exact birth that I wanted.

Megan Mateo

7/17/2023

Heather is an exceptional, loving, grounding, deeply caring & incredible doula.

At our prenatal, she was very down to earth and personable. She told us everything we should know. And opened up a safe space for me to share my desires and concerns surrounding the birth. She checked in on me through my pregnancy which meant a lot as well.

Heather was on the line during early labor- supporting me and making suggestions of how we can relax/rest to progress or move to progress. I expressed I was anxious and she sent me sweet encouragement to push away any doubt or fear.

Things eventually moved pretty quick in my labor for me. When my midwife finally came to check me, I was 5cm and 100%. Heather was truly such an incredible support as my contractions started to intensify. She helped me learn how to melt into my contractions better. She would continuously ensure that I was hydrated. Most of all, she supported me in trusting my body. Heather truly shows a trust in the process of birth. She held my hand and encouraged me to lean into it. She set up lights and deep soothing music while I labored on the toilet. Im so thankful she set the tone and space to be so safe. It helped me enter into the most difficult and intense part of my labor. She read my birth affirmations to me as I got in tub. She supported me and helped guide me as I started instinctively pushing. She put a cold towel on my head and ice chips on my face.

After my baby girl was here she stuck around as support and soaked in the joy with us. And made sure I continued to be well nourished. She has also supported me postpartum as I’ve struggled with breastfeeding. And made us the sweetest timeline so that I could remember the details of babys birth.

 


Her presence in our birth and this time of my life has significantly blessed my husband and I in such a tremendous way. She is simply the BEST!

Carolina Weiss

6/15/2023

Heather was an absolute asset during the birthing process! She offered so much support and guidance as we navigated different birthing tools for a healthy and happy delivery! Heather always remained calm and peaceful and informed myself or my husband of options throughout the day. She always made sure I was taken care of with essential oils, offering juice, proposing food, suggesting tools to use in the alternative birthing suite at Rush Copley. I felt so confident knowing as a first time mom, Heather was able to guide us through each step, she stayed with us for the whole day, over 10 hours of labor, an unmedicated birth, and made sure I had food post delivery! Couldn't recommend Heather more for peace of mind knowing you'll be supported and guided throughout your labor and delivery!  

Sarah Irvine

6/13/2023

My husband and I couldn’t imagine going through labor and delivery without the support of Heather. From the start, she radiated warmth, knowledge, and pure passion. She provided resources that helped guide our own research to prepare and plan for the birth we hoped for. Once in labor, Heather was there to support us each step of the way. Once she arrived at the hospital, both my husband and I felt a wave of calmness. A few things that stood out for me:

Heather dimmed the lights and filled the room with twinkle candles, and jumped into what she does best. She encouraged and suggested different positions in and out of the shower. She was reminding me to drink liquids/ice chips, so I would stay hydrated. She reminded me of my affirmations, had me repeat them to remind myself how capable I was. She provided gentle massage. She reminded me of my low and deep breathing, which got me back on track and most importantly, she made me feel safe.

With her support, I was able to have an unmedicated birth. Heather wasn’t only a support to me but for my husband as well. Guiding him in ways to support and cheer me on. We will forever be grateful for her!

Ashley Guge

3/26/2023

Heather was a great match for me and my birth not only because she had attended many births supported by my midwifes, but she,  herself,  had used my midwives for her own births. 

My daughter's birth was incredibly fast. Heather helped my through the last stage of labor. She gave me possitive words of encouragement and the counter pressure I needed. She also took many beautiful photos and a video of my daughters birth. I will cherish these forever. 

We were not planning on having our sons present during my daughter's birth but my labor progressed so quickly, plans changed.  Heather was great with the boys keeping them occupied before the delivery and helping us with them after. This was honestly such a life saver. It gave my husband and I the chance to focus in the delivery and soak up the moment. 

 

Becca Waterloo

3/12/2023

I appreciate Heather's vast experience of being a Doula - and a mother of five! - and supporting me throughout my pregnancy, labor and postpartum experience. It was important to me to hire someone with home birth and years of doula of experience to walk me through what to expect being a first time mom. She has had a long resume of births with GBC and came highly recommended by my care providers. She was there to check in with us exponentially as we got closer to meeting our baby (11 days late!) and was available and ready when we needed her at just the right time for home circuits and breathing exercises. Her coaching during my painful early stages of labor were super helpful with trying to maintain energy for what ended up being 30 hours of labor, and she was especially thoughtful when staying overnight by our side as we got ready to meet our little one. She was open minded too with adapting to what labor looked like for me, which ended up being the opposite of textbook milestones! Her postpartum check-ins and support always came at the right time and I've always appreciated her honesty and communication from day one.

Amanda Laughlin

3/12/2023

My experience with Heather was incredible! In the weeks leading up to our due date she provided a lot of education to help me understand my options in the medical environment, and I felt so much more empowered going into delivery. I ended up getting induced and completely having to deviate from my birth plan, but Heather helped me still maintain a really positive birth experience from her support. While I was in the induction process, she stayed in contact with my husband and I constantly for 24 hours before she even arrived which was crucial! I experienced back labor and would not have made it without an epidural as long as I did if it weren't for her suggestions/positions/comfort techniques. She was present during the 2 hours of pushing and this is when her prescence really shined- she is an amazing and uplifting coach and quite literally got me through the hardest part! I wouldn't have thought to utilize essential oils but I am so glad that she had them, and she encouraged a variety of pushing positions that really helped as well. Our baby ended up having to go to the NICU right away after birth, and my husband went with the baby- if it weren't for Heather, I would have been alone for the hours following delivery! I am so grateful that she was there and stayed with me to help nourish, start pumping, and just process what was happening in the NICU. Our baby is now healthy and home, and I've been able to chat with Heather post partum to help with breastfeeding and discuss my overall experience. I am SO grateful that I found her, and she truly helped give me the confidence to face my fears surrounding birth that I've had my whole life. She's wonderful and I highly recommend!! 

Jourdan & Nathan Rainey

3/11/2023

Heather was truly amazing. She gave us all the knowledge we needed as first time parents to understand the process of labor, as well as support throughout our prenatal appointments. She taught me how to advocate for myself. As well as, taught me how to ask the tough questions to my medical staff that I would normally had just gone along with. I had a strong vision for how I wanted my labor to go, and she was supported the entire way. Even when I decided last minute that it was time to change that vision. She opened our eyes to how beautiful this experience truly is and I cannot thank her enough 

Anna Krupa

2/1/2023

Heather served as our doula for both of my births and I can say with 100% certainty neither of them would have been as great as they were without her. Most recently she assisted us with our first home birth and it was nothing short of magical! Heather always provides amazing support not only during your birth but leading up to and after. She guided us through preparing for our first home birth and put our minds at ease with all of her knowledge and experience. 
It is hard to put into words how amazing she is at her job. She is the calm and assuring voice you need in those exhausting moments. Whether it is providing a cold wash cloth, a hand to hold, a voice of reason, and so much more - Heather is without a doubt someone you want to support you in your birth experience. I can't imagine doing any of it without her. We are so grateful for all she has done for our family! 

Katherine

1/22/2023

We were so thankful to have Heather on our team for the birth of our first baby. She was such a helpful resource during pregnancy: she recommended a great birth class, helped us think through our labor and delivery preferences, checked in after doctors appointments, and helped us prepare affirmations/ music/ comfort for labor. When I needed to be induced unexpectedly, she offered wisdom and questions for the doctor to make sure we were completely comfortable with the new plan. She helped us know what to anticipate, and helped us to reorient our expectations for labor. Her encouragement and coaching was invaluable during the end of labor and while pushing. When our little one needed a little extra love in the NICU, Heather helped us know what to anticipate and what questions to be asking. Though she wasn't allowed to visit the NICU, she managed to support us and care for us from afar. She helped me establish breastfeeding despite being separated from my baby initially, and referred me to a wonderful lacatation specialist to visit us at home. Heather truly cares for our family's physical, emotional, and mental well-being, and she went out of her way to ensure that we felt cared for and heard throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. We will recommend Heather to all of our pregnant friends and family, whether they're expecting their first child or fifth. She is more than we ever expected to find in a doula, and we hope she'll be part of the birth of each of our children. 

Erica Davies

1/18/2023

There is so many wonderful things to say about Heather. From the moment I chatted with her on the phone I felt heard, valued, and encouraged as an expecting mother. I hired a doula to help me navigate an unmedicated birth and Heather was my biggest cheerleader in setting up the right mindset to achieve the birth I hoped for. When my due date approached I had a few days of early labor that Heather talked me through and helped calm my nerves. Finally my body switched to active labor and Heather equipped me with the confidence and calm to labor at home as long as possible. Once active labor started my birth was very quick! We headed to the hospital and my sweet baby girl arrived less than 30 min later! Due to the quickness Heather was waiting right outside the room to be let in. While she missed the "birth" she came right in and attended to me and helped calm me after a fast and furious birth. She took pictures, processed with me, and helped me navigate that post partum hour. I would hire Heather again in a heartbeat and thank you so much for her calm confidence! 

Amanda Miladinovich

11/17/2022

Our birth was far from what we had originally planned and Heather was with us through it all. We had planned a home birth and after hours upon hours of laboring at home and helping us there, Heather then helped us transition to the hospital. From there she continued to communicate with my husband on my status. We ended up having a C-section and Heather was there with me in the O.R. To this day, nearly 4 months later she continues to check in on us and has been an incredible resource. We are so grateful the Lord put her in our lives and will without a doubt use her if we have more children. ??

Sarah Saunders

9/14/2022

Heather was an absolute God send during my labor/delivery. I truly could not have done it without her. She was there from the beginning to the end. When I began to lose hope that I would not be able to have a natural birth, Heather was there like the light at the end of a tunnel. She never let me lose sight of the end goal.  She pulled me out of the darkness and into the light when all I wanted to do was give in. Her words of affirmations and consistent encouragement pulled me back into the headspace I needed to successfully birth my baby boy. I would absolutely recommend Heather to anyone who is looking for additional support. I know I will be reaching out to Heather again in the future. A special thank you for snapping such wonderful candid moments of our sweet baby boy entering the world. We will forever cherish those photos and our experience with you!

Thank you a million times, Heather. You are everything I hoped for and needed in a doula. XoXo

 

Mandy D

8/12/2022

As a first time mom desiring a natural birth at a birth center, I didn't fully know what to expect. Heather helped to educate and prepare me. She was checking in on me regularly during my pregnancy which made me feel so comfortable and cared for. On the evening my water broke, Heather was communicating with my husband and checking in regularly. As soon as we met Heather at the birth center, I immediately felt safe and comforted just by her presence alone. She has such a calming, loving, and nurturing sense about her. With each contraction she helped me to focus on my breathing and helped with ways to ease the pain. She helped coach my husband with how to help as well. She continued to whisper affirmations and had me repeat them after her. She prayed with me and encouraged me with scripture and reminded me that God was with me and would give me the strength to continue. She also made sure that I took sips of fluids. I ended up pushing for 3 hours and she guided me on how to push and kept reminding me that my sweet baby was almost here. She rejoiced with us when our baby was born and you could see the joy and love in her eyes. She truly loves what she does and it is so evident. She made sure we had everything we needed before she left. The first couple weeks postpartum were very difficult. Postpartum depression, anxiety, breastfeeding difficulties, colicky baby, and just adjusting to our new life. She continually checked in on us and offered advice, support, and encouragement through it all. She made me feel like I wasn't alone. I couldn't have done any of this without her. She felt like family and still does. If the Lord blesses us with a second child then we will definitely be contacting Heather again. If you are looking for a doula who supports you prenatally, during labor, and postpartum and someone who is calm, caring, loving and who will pray and worship with you, please contact Heather. You will be so glad that you did. 

Helen

7/30/2022

my home birth as a first time mama would not have been possible without three things: my husband’s support, the comfort and relaxation of the tub, and the experience and guidance of our doula, heather.

from my very first conversation with her, i felt a personal connection with her. she asked great questions and genuinely wanted to get to know me and understand my hopes for the birth. heather gave us great information about our options for the birth and postpartum, and advice that i took to heart.

during the birth, on the phone first and then in person, she guided me through contractions, helped set up the tub, kept me hydrated and nourished, and made helpful suggestions for position changes. she took a lot of the weight off my husband, who had been simultaneously setting up for the birth, supporting me during contractions when i needed him, timing contractions, and communicating with heather, the midwives, and family as necessary. heather's breathing guidance made the biggest difference for me, giving me cues to stay relaxed. both the doula and the midwives’ constant encouragement and guidance during the long pushing phase helped me mentally and physically.

after the birth, she made sure i ate something and made a delicious hydrating drink for me. she even accompanied us to the hospital to provide emotional support while my tear was stitched up, going the extra mile to make sure i was taken care of.

postpartum, she checked in on us and was always glad to hear the good or the hard. having someone i could text, who always had good reminders for me, was definitely helpful during that period. as my husband and i were going over the birth and processing together, he commented, “we’re going to have heather for the next birth.” i agree.

Kristah

6/8/2022

We hired Heather as our doula because we wanted an unmedicated, low intervention birth in a hospital setting. Unfortunately, my labor did not go as planned. My water broke at 38 weeks & 1 day and I did not go into labor spontaneously. My midwife wanted to induce after 24 hours for risk of infection. After induction, the pain was immediate, unbearable and non-stop. I truly do not think I would have been able to get through it without Heather. I had taken a hypnobirthing class and knew about the importance of movement to help progress labor, but if it wasn't for Heather telling me which position to get into, I would have stayed in one position the entire time because that is how I was most comfortable. She was so supportive during labor and she made sure I drank fluids (she even brought her own hydrating drink since we forgot anything but water). When the pain became unbearable, due to the pitocin and not sleeping for 48 hours, I decided I wanted an epidural. Heather suggested I wait 20 minutes, which I thank her for even though I didn't end up waiting. She wanted to make sure its what I really wanted, and also wanted to see if I could go just a little longer, since an epidural was not in my birth plan. I ended up with a vaginal birth which is ultimately what I wanted at the end of the day, and a healthy beautiful baby girl. I doubt my review can really sum up what Heather meant to us, if you are going back and forth about hiring a doula, DO IT! Heather was a god-send and I will never be able to thank her enough. I will not hesitate to call Heather when I am pregnant with my next child, I wouldn't want to do it without her. 

Lauren Rosen

5/13/2022

I had the pleasure of having Heather as my doula for the birth of my fifth baby this past February.  This was my first home birth and water birth.  After talking with Heather on the phone for 30 minutes I knew right away it would be a privledge to work with her.  I just had the feeling she was a "pro" ...  and I was right! The main reason I wanted to work with Heather was because I wanted help with pain management (knowing what positions I should be in) and also to support me emotionally.  This was by far my best birth yet and I can honestly say that is mainly due to Heather and the support that she provided me. I knew I was in good hands with her because of her many years experience and attending so many water births.  I'm so grateful for Heather!

Randall Rosen

4/26/2022

Heather is an amazing doula, but she is an even better human being. Before our first visit with her was complete, we felt like we reconnected with an old friend. Although she excels in so many areas required of a 'wing-woman' during labor and delivery, perhaps her most assuring and remarkable quality is her selflessness. She supported us with our first home birth (child #5) and was instrumental at both accompanying my wife through her contractions while keeping me informed of the intricacies of having a baby outside of the hospital. In the end, it was our favorite birth yet, and we can thank Heather for a large part of that. Although we don't plan to have another child (said that twice already!), we feel like and hope to remain friends with Heather forever; she has become like family to us. I assure you, you will feel blessed inviting Heather into your birth plans,  into your home, and most importantly, into your hearts. 

Grace

3/26/2022

Heather is exactly the type of person you want by your side pre-birth, during delivery, and postpartum. She goes beyond her duties to make sure you feel comfortable and cared for. When you spend time with Heather, you can sense that being a doula is more than just a job duty for her and that she puts her whole heart into caring for you and your baby.

I hired Heather when I decided to try for an unmediated, low intervention birth. And even though my baby was not in the right position up until the very end and I ended up going in for a scheduled c-section, Heather never left my side in providing professional guidance and resources on things I could try to help baby turn down, helping me mentally prepare for the surgery, coaching me through the recovery process, and taking care of me in the recovery room when I was in a daze coming off from the anesthesia.. but even beyond that, she was a wonderful friend and cheerleader in making sure I knew that whatever type of delivery I ended up having didn’t determine my qualifications as a mom.

Right around my due date, Heather had a family emergency and needed to travel in and out of the state. Despite everything that was going in her personal life, Heather still remained professional and composed. I don’t think I could’ve done what Heather did for me if I was in her shoes, and it showed how committed she was to providing the best care.

I already Heather that as soon as we find out we’re we having a second child that I’d call her right away to ask her to be our doula again! :)

Brittany

1/12/2022

Heather was everything and MORE than we could have asked for in a doula! This was our first time using a doula for our second child, and our delivery would have not been the same without her! She truly cares about all of the people she works with and wants to support them in any way possible, no matter what your childbirth journey looks like. We never felt an ounce of judgement from her in our childbirth plan, and felt we could be open and honest with her throughout the whole process. 

While Heather was amazing to work with pre and post partum, she really shines during the delivery! Heather has a natural ability to calm you during the intense moments of childbirth, while also giving you the strength and courage to push through. She gave the most simple and clear directions that made a world of a difference in my mindset and my physical ability to push. And after our sweet boy was here, Heather continued to give guidance and support (and took so many awesome pictures!) and checked up on us throughout the next weeks/months to see how we were all doing. 

Using Heather as our doula was one of the best decisions we made for our second pregnancy. We would recommend Heather to anyone for their childbirth journey! You will not regret it!

 

Janine

10/26/2021

My 38-week appointment led to an unexpected inducation for gestational hypertension. The induction went smoothly overall, and by about 7:30 the following morning, we were told we'd likely be delivering our baby in the next couple of hours. Those 3 hours would prove more eventful than we anticipated.

Heather was a backup doula sent our way when our doula was unavailable. We were nervous about working with a doula we hadn't met, but now I can't imagine having had anyone else there. She helped talk me through increasingly intense contractions that came as my epidural started wearing off, and walked us through what pushing would look like.

Then a lot happened all at once. There was bleeding around my epidural catheter which they tried to fix, giving me more medication to see if it worked. At the same time, the doctor came in, and had me do a few practice pushes. The next thing we knew, a flood of nurses were in our room. Baby's heart rate had dropped, and we were told I would need a C-Section before being told we would try the vacuum. This led to an intense 10 minutes or so of me pushing non-stop, an entire room of people yelling at/encouraging me to push, a task made harder by the epidural medication that had been administered last minute.

Heather and my husband were by my side, Heather supporting and encouraging us as things felt more uncertain by the second. When our baby, “L”, was born he was briefly put to my chest before being rushed to the other side of the room, attended to by NICU nurses. We didn't hear him cry right away, and the wait until we did felt endless. I don't know that my husband and I have fully processed the delivery experience, but Heather played an essential role in helping to keep us calm and reassure us that things were okay. We were so grateful for her presence as we greeted “L”, and the essential oils she used help me through contractions comforted me long after she had left. 

Terry Herlihy

10/11/2021

Heather was outstanding. Couldn't imagine not having her there for the birth of our daughter. As a first time dad I had no idea how long birth would go on for or what it would entail. I know they tell you, but I'm a bad listener. My wife was in labor for 13 hours. She would have divorced me afterward if I was the only encouraging voice telling her to remember to breathe for 13 hours straight. Heather was such a pro and was great at coaching us and our dog Taz through the birth. She was well prepared and knowledgeable. Most importantly she helped make one of life's miraculous moments even better. 

Alison O.

6/22/2021

My husband and I chose to work with Heather as our doula after interviewing with a few different ones because her warm, encouraging, and positive energy stood out to us.  We appreciated that she came to our house for a prenatal visit and talked through what we should expect during early labor.  I loved that she listened closely to what we wanted out of our birth experience and went through each part of our birth plan to make sure she was clear on each point.  She checked in on and off in the month and weeks before my due date with encouraging words and tips on how to help with some of the discomfort towards the end of pregnancy.  On my actual birthing day she continually checked in through text and phone calls with my husband and me.  She sent some handouts for us and gave ideas for comfort measures.  She didn't make it to my house to help support me due to how quickly my labor progressed but she met us at the hospital and was an immediate comfort.  She sat near my head and was an instant source of positive words and encouragement on how to keep my breathing steady.  She helped cool me down with a washcloth, held my hand during the pushing stage, and helped me to understand how to focus my energy to bring my baby into the world.  I liked that she stayed with us for a few hours after the baby was born to help us get settled.  She continued to check in in the days and weeks after my little one was born and was there to simply listen as well as give advice when I needed it.  Having Heather as part of my birthing support team was such a wonderful experience and she truly helped me acheive my goal of having an unmedicated, postive birth experience.  Her love and passion for the whole pregnancy and birthing experience kept me encouraged and excited for when my birhting time came.  I'd highly reccommend her to anyone looking for a doula that will help them have the birth they want!

 

Erin P

6/22/2021

Heather was recommended to me by a friend who used her for two of her births.  She was not available for my first but I scored and had her at my second.  There was a night-and-day difference between her and my first doula.  She checked in with me frequently and offered provider recommendations when I had discomforts or concerns.  On the day of my home birth, I was starting to get a little overwhelmed by contractions and the moment she walked in, the vibe changed.  She knelt beside me, took my hand and helped me change my breathing.  Her energy allowed me to relax and refocus.  She was calm and nurturing and made me feel confident.  Postpartum she has continued to check on me and the baby and offer support for any concerns I have had.

I highly recommend Heather.  Her experience makes her a strong doula and she made the difference at my birth. 

Christine Parrilli

2/8/2021

Everyone needs a doula, and everyone should hire Heather! From the moment we met Heather, we knew she was a perfect match for us. From her enthusiastic attitude, to her experience, to knowing she’s a mom of five, we couldn’t have asked for anyone more equipped for the job. Heather was available to us in the weeks leading up to birth, calming my nerves and answering any questions I had. When we weren’t sure if my water had broken, she was our first phone call. Heather was a calming, knowledgeable presence (especially for my secretively panicked husband) via phone in the early stages of my labor and after her arrival. She made sure I ate and drank, helped me get comfortable, and gave me an amazing massage (that I wished I could have enjoyed while NOT in labor!). But Heather offered so much more - as much as I knew a doula would be there to support me through labor, I didn’t realize how much she would be GUIDING labor. Heather coached me through the entire process, and my labor wouldn’t have progressed the way it did (or at the rate it did) without her. Heather went from being a calm yoga instructor to the coach of an Olympic athlete. She kept me moving, walked me into positions that progressed labor, encouraged me to lean into pain, and reassured me when I wanted to give up. When it was time to push (and I couldn’t figure out what to do), Heather sat with me for an hour and taught me the mechanics. She truly led me through labor, and I don’t think I would have found my way without her. After hearing so many stories of friends in labor who were told they were “too tired” to keep going, who were pushed into Pitocin or epidurals or c-sections, I’ve realized the biggest missing piece for them was a doula.  Birth is an incredibly intimate, vulnerable experience, and only the very best people should be invited into your experience. We highly recommend Heather for being part of this experience for you.

Maryann

12/15/2020

My husband and I are thankful to have had Heather's support throughout my pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. I was a 2nd time mom, and had previously had a successful,  unmedicated, intervention-free birth at a hospital, with the support of a doula. We knew we would be more likely to achieve the same outcome if we had a doula's support again. My husband and I met with Heather several times during my pregnancy to discuss our birth preferences, early labor coping strategies, and active labor plan. When my water broke at home in the late evening, I was able to text with Heather, and then speak with her on the phone, as I quickly progressed from early to active labor. Heather stayed with us on FaceTime and speaker phone as we drove to the hospital, and coached me through contractions, verbalizing her methods so that my husband could continue coaching me until she arrived. As fate would have it, my baby arrived just 15 minutes after we got to the hospital (about 4 hours after my water broke). Heather stayed with us after the birth, took pictures, helped me begin breast feeding my baby, and reassured us that we did a great job welcoming our baby into the world, again unmedicated and intervention-free. Heather also texted and called after we got home, helping me process my labor experience and celebrate my strength. I truly wish all pregnant women could have the support of a knowledgable and caring doula.

Natalie Hoffer

11/21/2020

Even the briefest interaction with Heather brings immediate reprieve from the anxiety of becoming a mom in a world that, overnight, becomes exponentially more hazardous. Somewhere in the second trimester of our pregnancy, I was beginning to feel truly overwhelmed with all the decisions surrounding labor. I found Heather's profile in the early hours after going down the rabbit hole of the internet, as I researched hospital statistics for C-sections and alternate birthing options in the state of Illinois. Feeling lost, I reached out to her, and she responded with the name of an OB who allows mothers to labor naturally without staging unnecessary interventions based on liability/convenience.

Just as it did in the throes of anxiety-inducing research, Heather has a unique ability to infuse immediate peace with just her presence (although she brings many accoutrements to help with that too!). Through the 16 hours of active labor with our first, she walked with me up and down stairs, around the neighborhood, helped me try a range of positions to speed up and slow down labor, plied me with water and labor tea, provided stretches of unbelievable calm through her magical heating sock and skill with a shower sprayer, and just generally allowed for me to focus on weathering the storm rather than trying to direct it, be above it, fight it. With our second, it was a given that she would be there - except we had a precipitous labor and NO ONE attended the birth! Yet I still attribute our sense of calm, despite the speed of labor, to her. When I texted her in early labor, she called me and reminded me how to breathe through contractions and to try to rest up what was ahead. Her words and her confidence in me were what allowed for me to manage the incredible speed of our labor and even though she wasn't there to catch our baby (I know she would have), she was an integral part of the equation that allowed us to begin parenthood with confidence rather than fear.

Anna

11/17/2020

If you have landed on Heathers page looking for a birth doula, look no further, she is your girl! We found Heather by word of mouth and we are so glad we did. From our first interaction with Heather you could tell 1) How much she loves her job and 2) How much she truly cares about her clients. 

We swtiched from a traditional OB practice to a midwife practice at 20 weeks after talking through our birth experience desires with Heather. We could not be more grateful we made that swtich with Heather's guidance. Just one of the many ways she supported us. 

Heather always made sure to check in on us to see how we were doing and what support we needed. She provided us with so many tricks/tips and eased our minds as first time parents, especially during a pandemic like COVID-19. 

Heather was not only a great birth coach for me but also my husband. She communicated with him while I was in early labor at home which was so helpful as I didn't have to worry about a thing. 

There is no way I would have had as smooth of a labor if it wasn't for Heather. I specifically remember her coaching me through every contraction at the hospital, breathing with me and reminding me of our relaxation techniques. Because of her coaching I was able to fall asleep/rest between some contractions - who knew THAT was possible! LOL 

Heather's support didn't stop after our daughter arrived. She stayed with us after birth to make sure we were settled and our postpardum desires were met for both mom and baby. She continues to support me postpardum and went through a debrief with us a couple weeks later. This was huge to me! It is so important to process your birth and most don't get that opportunity. 

We highly recommend hiring Heather as a doula. We hope to have her at the birth of all our future children should we be so lucky! 

Malia Ropp

3/5/2020

Five years ago I had my first child. Heather was so helpful that I always knew I’d use her help again. Fast forward to January 20th, 2020 and I was in the hospital getting induced. This time I had gest. diabetes and gest. hypertension, so we were inducing at 37 weeks. Once my water broke, I quickly felt things rev up so I texted Heather. I had no idea we were just at the start of a merciless two hours of pushing. What we didn’t know is that baby Warren was coming down kind of slanted and was going to enter sunny side up. The next two hours were the hardest hours of my life and had Heather not been there, I don’t know what would have happened. I had to have Heather right in my ear, holding me and coaching me through every second. I held on to her for dear life. We tried birthing on all fours, on my back, on my side and on a stool. She cooled me with a wet wash cloth, reminded me I could do this and most importantly, was able to calm me down time and again. There were times when I moved that were so difficult that I began to shriek and scream and Heather was able to quickly get me grounded again. Finally, I was able to push a head out, then the shoulders and Warren was born. Heather had calmly explained me earlier that he was going to be taken away by a neonatologist since there were some heart rate issues at the beginning of pushing. Once he was out I began to shake uncontrollably and I refused to even look at, let alone hold my new baby (whom the neonatologist deemed in perfect health). Heather continued to help me calm down, eventually got the baby on me and hand fed me pizza. She also questioned the nurse’s assertion that I needed to give the baby formula to help his sugar levels and sure enough, the nurse came back after double checking and we didn’t have to do any formula. There are so many ways Heather supports a birth from the prep weeks, to the labor, delivery and beyond. I can't recommend Heather enough.

Luke

1/31/2020

I especially enjoyed using Heather as our Doula as she made my wife and I feel very comforted during the entire process of birth. It was nice to know that Heather was there at our side the entire time and I was able to just focus on being there for my wife and for the baby and leave any concerns or logistics to Heather. 

Alyssa Clements

9/30/2018

Heather is an amazing doula! During our very first meeting, she listened to our desires for a natural birth and then helped us to choose a supportive provider and connected us with a Bradley childbirth class. She was there for us all throughout Alyssa’s pregnancy, answering our questions and encouraging us as we neared our due date. When labor started, Heather coached us over the phone and then came to labor with us at our home. Prior to heading to the hospital, she helped Alyssa practice what to do when we would arrive there. Her calm demeanor and clear coaching gave us the confidence we needed as Alyssa’s labor progressed. Heather and Forrest made a great team as they worked together to help Alyssa change positions, stay hydrated, and manage pain. She played music in our labor room and (without Alyssa even realizing it at the time!) took pictures that beautifully captured our labor experience. While Alyssa was in transition, Heather vocalized with her and provided gentle, clear guidance. She worked exceptionally well with the hospital staff and got the first pictures of our new little one when he was born! In the days following our baby’s birth, Heather was there for us as we processed our birth experience and adjusted to being brand-new parents. Even weeks later, she still checks in to see how we are doing, and we are so thankful for her friendship. Heather was instrumental in us having a positive, unmedicated birth, and we will definitely choose her to be our doula again in the future!

Monica Allen

9/19/2018

I was a week overdue and my doctor started talking to me about being induced. I was already pretty on edge from the long wait and induction was definitely not my ideal birth plan. Heather helped keep me calm and used some of her resources and references to help. Chiropractic and acupuncture definitely got things started! I experienced painful but very infrequent contractions (maybe two an hour) overnight and throughout the morning. Taking a walk didn't really move things along so I took a nap. Woke up and contractions were more like 10 min apart so thought things were just starting up. Took a bath to relieve pain but again-- contractions weren't getting regular and close together like they should to signal "it's time to go to the hospital." We called Heather to come over and let us know what she thought about my progress and whether we should go in. I live 15 min from the hospital so we figured we had time. Well, instead I felt that famous pressure and knew it was too late. I stood up and hobbled to the bathroom saying "we aren't going to make it" and immediately my water broke. Basically dropped to the ground and couldn't help but push. Heather walked in the door at the exact perfect moment. She was calm and collected as she assessed the situation. She saw baby girl's head crowning, popped on gloves, had my husband get what was needed, and had a midwife on the line for help. She confidently delivered our baby while my husband called 911. Little one came out in about three pushes during one contraction and was super alert and content immediately. Heather handled it like a pro! She then helped navigate the emergency personnel and helped me deliver the placenta. And in the midst of the chaos, she helped clean up and took pictures too! She met up with us at the hospital to make sure everything was ok and we were settled. She was so good at taking more pictures and just celebrating with us! We are SO thankful she was there!

Rachael Goins

3/9/2018

I was training to become a birth and postpartum Doula when I first met Heather. I was drawn to her right away. Her sweet smile and voice just made you feel like you already knew her.  I always remembered that feeling when she spoke at a Doula training event I was at . And years later when I needed a birth Doula myself I thought of her right away.

I had support from family but I knew I needed someone who shared my veiws on childbrith. She listened and always told me the truth about what my options were. She came prepared with all the knowledge, tricks and ideas for labor pain aid and emotional support AND even her camera for when you dont remember because trust me you don’t remember everything about your childs birth :)

Feeling safe and at peace is what I remember most about Heather as my Doula and I know she will give that to you as well. Whatever your circumstance maybe Heather will work with you and make it happen.

She is truly amazing and loves what she does.

Katie Kirkwood Patel

10/27/2017

Heather is an amazing doula!  I feel fortunate to have different doulas for both of my births.  Heather was my doula for my secocnd child.  She came with great reviews and I did my own due diligence by interviewing her and 3 others.  My husband and I connected with her instantly.  She's very warm, personable, organized, and knows her stuff.  We had high expectations and she delivered.  Heather helped me achieve an unmedicated VBAC with my son.  Everything about my birth was perfection!  I labored at home through the night.  We let her know where things were while she caught up on a little sleep from another birth. :)  I incorrectly thought I was still in early labor (apparently I handle pain ok) and by around 10:00AM Heather listened to my contractions on the phone and said, "Let's all head to the hospital" in her sweet, confident tone of voice.  As it tuns out, I was 10cm when I arrived and the nurses thought I would push at any moment.  I felt pretty confident that the baby wasn't coming yet (after all I had been laboring for awhile and had a good sense of my body and the baby).  Once Heather walked into the room, it was everything I needed.  Labor got hard at that exact moment and she gently held my hand, assisted me in relaxing my jaw, and continuing to moan through my contractions.  She and my husband were the right amount of coach and cheerleader to beautifully welcome my son into the world at his time, on our terms.  After the birth, she took pictures, helped to order food (the important things :)), and knew exactly when to leave to allow our family to bond.  She has a gift!  I feel fortunate that she came to my home after our birth to make sure everything was going well.  She has always been an email, text, or phone call away.  Do your research and if you're fortunate enough to have Heather by your side, consider yourself in excellent hands!

Hannah Fridley

8/2/2017

My labor started at 6am on Sunday, Heather came to our home around 11am and she stayed with us until nearly 4am the following morning! My labor was unusual in that while I was clearly in labor with close and strong contractions, they weren't always regular, which we know know is because my baby was asyncletic, so her position was giving my body a challenge to push through labor. Her position also gave me excruciating pain in my right side for nearly all of my labor. Heather was amazing as a source of calm and support - just being with us and helping me find positions to alleviate discomfort, massaging me, giving me tea to help my labor, answering questions, encouraging me/us, and lots more. We decided to go to the hospital just to see where my body was at, if midwife could come up with ideas to help baby move, and even possibly take medicine to help with the terrible pain in my side (I had always planned to have a completely unmedicated birth but I couldn't even stand). We got to hospital and I was 6cm dilated and nearly 100% effaced. But the pain in my side was so excruciating I couldn't even focus on my labor. The whole night Heather stayed with me holding my hand, helping me shower to have heat on my side, guiding me through positions, holding my hair back when I was vomiting, verbally affirming me and encouraging me about everything that was happening, that it was normal, and getting me focused on the end result! Her guidance with my breathing was a game changer when it came time to push. I pushed my baby out in 16 minutes without any medication, which apparently is pretty fast for a first time mom! I really attribute it to my breathing (which Heather guided me in).

Both my husband and I have told everyone we can't imagine having gone through this process without Heather! We are so grateful to have had her be a part of such a special and exciting time of our lives.

H.Y.

2/19/2017

I had a negative experience with my first birth and decided this time I didn't want to go at it alone. I wanted a doula and from the start of our email conversations I knew Heather was the one. She was very informative and I could tell she genuinely enjoyed what she did and had a lot of experience. When I went into labor she was there for me right from the beginning with helpful tips and words of encouragement. She also helped my husband help me which he was grateful for as well. She got along so well with the hospital staff that they were cooperative with everything we wanted to try. I really felt so well taken care of. She helped me stay positive and believe in myself in getting thru it also. She checked up on me a few times weeks after I had my baby as well! I will definitely call her again if I have another child and I definitely recommend her highly to anyone looking for a doula!

Ashley DeBoer

1/20/2017

Being pregnant you have enough on your plate, so if you don't want to read the remainder of this review, please just read this: Heather made my birth what I wanted it to be. Best money ever spent. Hire her as your doula and she will be your voice, support system, rock (along with your partner of course) and your epidural. If I get pregnant again, she will be my first call so I can lock her down to be my doula again :)

I was one of those over researchers while pregnant. Everything had to be perfect. True to my nature I did lots of research to find the best doula out there. After my very first meeting with Heather I knew she was my person. I immediately connected with her on a level that I connect with very few people. She is so warm hearted, compassionate, reliable, and has the most amazing calming energy. She was there for me my entire pregnancy. She checked in on me and I went to her with questions and support. She would always put me at ease.

My birth did not go as I had planned it to go... which tends to happen. I had to be induced due to low amniotic fluid. Despite this, Heather made my birth go as close to how I had planned as anyone possibly could. She was the reason I had a natural, drug free labor and delivery. I could not have done it without her.

Heather will always hold a large part of my heart. She helped give me the birth I want and I will forever be grateful for her.

Mike Heatwole

12/16/2016

Heather was our Doula this past May 2016 and she is amazing.  We first met Heather in January and she spent 3 hours with us during our first meeting.  She was very kind and let us ask all of the questions that we had as first time parents.  As the due date got closer, we found out that our baby was breach and Heather was so helpful during this time.  She has a network of care providers that she was able to refer us to as we tried to turn the baby.  We ended up having a C-section due to the breach position and Heather was there every step of the way with support and encouragement.  Even after the delivery, Heather helped with questions on breast feeding and latching. We consider her a friend and are forever thankful to her for the support she provided.

Luke Wynsma

11/30/2016

As a first time father with all of the natural nerves and fears as to what every wince of pain for my wife could possibly imply for her well-being and that of the baby, Heather filled every bit of my personal panic and alarm with a sense of divine peace with her loving personality, positive attitude, and God given talent in recognizing and responding to all stages of my wife'a labor. Heather allowed me to be strong for my wife and help her through the highs and lows of her labor. Heather made this possible by creating and setting a tranquil mood and feeling of togetherness for my wife and I (rather than doubting ourselves) with her helpful suggestions and in-depth knowledge of labor and delivery. I recommend her to all of my friends and family as someone to trust and lean on during this beautiful experience.

Kelly & Gary

11/30/2016

I was an IVF patient with a goal to have an all natural pregnancy, this was extremely important to me & my husband to bring our baby girl into this world un-medicated.  Heather made it possible!  With out Heather, I know I may have requested an epidural or someone else to manage pain.  Even thought we took all the classes, we would have never remembered what to do without her.  Heather was not only a great Doula for me & but also for my husband, keeping him on track to be the best couch I could have had.  Heather was not only awesome to have by my side but came to the rescue when my original Doula was out of town & wouldn't make it in time.  Heather topped the experience by delivering pictures she took during labor, delivery & post & an adorable little gift fort our baby girl.  Overall, it was a wonderful experience with Heather, I would highly recommend her & we will hire her for our next baby too.

Ryan Farhat

11/30/2016

Heather was amazing. Every step of the process from the planning, to the delivery itself was outstanding. We went to the hospital at 11pm so we knew we were going to be in for a long night. Heather was with my wife the entire time assisting her with her contractions and giving us BOTH confidence and emotional support! She stayed with us all the way until 7am when our child Gavin was born. It's great to look back 10 months later at all the pictures she took! She even has one of me when I came in the delivery room as they announced the gender of our baby! We will never forget how big of a help Heather was throughout the delivery and there is no way that I, as the husband and father could have made it through on my own! My wife couldn't have been happier Heather was by her side the entire time- tirelessly assisting her. Thank you so much Heather for everything- hopefully we will be able to use your guidance again for our next child, and we highly recommend you as a top Doula.

Ryan and Carrie

Whitney Belz

10/17/2016

I'll admit, the doula finding/hiring process frightened me. We were having our first baby and had no clue as to how one would pick the person who is supposed to coach us through. After one failed attempt at hiring a doula I was feeling weary of the whole process. I was given Heather's contact information along with glowing reviews from several different women at my Midwife's office. When I finally got the guts to call and start the interviewing process all over again, I quickly discovered the gem that Heather is. Within minutes of being on the phone she had made me feel more comfortable and confident in my birth process then anything I had encountered yet. Needless to say, Shawn and I were eager to meet her. Heather gladly met with us on a week night between kids soccer games and dinner, and managed to seamlessly ease our anxieties of our impending birth. We felt comfortable to ask her absolutely anything, leaving no leaf unturned. By the end of our meeting we felt like family, and were now eagerly awaiting our big day! A few weeks later, when my water broke, Heather showed up at 3am ready for action. During my roller coaster of a birth, Heather kept me calm and confident the entire time. Her knowledge of the birth process, alongside her ability to keep things flowing,even when my labor stalled, made all the difference to us. Heather was an excellent team player with Shawn, and ensured that he was still a very active part of my support. From head rubs, to making tea, showering me with positivity, and catering to my odd requests for teeth brushing and clothes changing, Heather never missed a beat. After 26 hours of hard labor, our Son finally showed up to the party. Heather wasted no time making us all eggs, passing out celebratory cookies, and somehow still captured every precious second of meeting our son for our birth photos. We could not have done it without her, our family is grateful to have had such a fantastic birth story to share.

Shawn A Frick

10/17/2016

I believe it was an act of providence that Heather ended up being our Doula. Being a man, I found it a little stressful trying to figure out how to even evaluate a doula in the first place, not even knowing what questions to ask. Never having been through a birth before, I felt inexperienced, and no amount of book reading was getting me comfortable that this baby was definitely coming and it was going to go down at our house. Nothing, I mean absolutely nothing gave the sense of relief that the first meeting with Heather gave. It was like ok, Heather knows what's she's doing. She has all sorts of confidence(maybe faith is the better word)in the process and makes you a believer. She was just what was needed for Whitney and I. We had a newer relationship, having yet to work out many kinks in getting along and dealing with conflict. Although the birth was fairly difficult, having over 18 hours of rather intense labor that began at midnight, add nearly four hours of pushing, yet somehow, considering,it couldn't have been more flawless. Plus, Whitney really was amazing too. :) But there is no doubt Heather was a huge contributor to the sense that everything is unraveling just as it should and really helped make the birth of our boy Ezra beautiful, like it should be. She really helped deliver Whitney's dream birth and for that, I feel so fortunate and grateful that she was there. It's worth mentioning that I did consider one thing to not make much sense when it comes to Heather. She absolutely does not charge enough for what she does.

Michaela Jaros

9/18/2016

I had Heather as my doula for my second home birth in June 2016. From start to finish my experience with Heather as our doula was fantastic! Heather takes special care to make each of her clients feel comfortable, cared for, and prepared for their labor and delivery...she's no rookie! And it shows. I really appreciated the little things she did, from encouraging me to prepare certain things for labor day to stopping by early on in my labor to just "check in" and bring me laboring tea. When she arrived at our home for the birth her calm and respectful presence helped me sink into laborland. She was able to estimate that I was already in active labor and likely 7cm, something which my midwives confirmed when they arrived shortly after. It's difficult for me to imagine what my birth would have been like without her assistance, but I do know that with her there I was able to have the exact birth I had hoped and prayed for. She helped me manage the pain through massage, counter pressure, words of encouragement, and more. I also appreciated how she communicated with my husband throughout the process. She comes prepared - with snacks, oils, and more. She was even kind enough to make me eggs after delivery! Thank you, Heather!!

Carly Virginia

5/26/2016

From the moment I first met with Heather at a Starbucks I knew she was the perfect fit for me to use as my doula. Her positive energy and love for what she does was very evident immediately and made me feel very comfortable. Choosing to have a home birth for my first child I knew I would need a great doula to help support me through something that was very new to me. My husband and I can not say enough great things about her and how she helped my birth to be just like I had envisioned it. She was a great coach, provided constant encouragement, and gave advice on different things we could try to keep the labor moving along. I honestly had the most amazing and positive birth experience and know that it would not have been the same without Heather there!

Rachel Kondraschow

5/13/2016

We used a doula with our first born but she moved so I was very nervous about finding a new doula. I googled "Christian doula" and came across Heather's name. We were very happy that we found Heather to be our doula. She is very thorough and helps you understand the whole birth process. She was always open to texting and helping me figure out if it was "the real labor or not". On the night before I gave birth she encouraged me to relax and get sleep...this was such great advice. I would not have had as good of a birth experience if I hadn't gotten that great night of sleep the night before. Heather became more than just a doula- she has become a friend too which is so special. On the day of my daughter's birth she did an amazing job of massaging my back and hips to relieve the pain. She was encouraging and positive. She was also calming, respectful, and professional. I liked that she was hands-on. I highly recommend getting a doula for your birth and Heather would be a great choice!

Kimberly Pelletier

4/23/2016

Heather was a godsend! This was our 4th birth and we were hoping for something different. We had a stillbirth, a medicated vaginal birth, and a cesarean...we were really hoping for a unmedicated non-interventive VBAC. We knew we needed support if this was going to happen.

We interviewed several doulas before deciding to go with Heather. We both connected easily with her and felt like she could support us well. We were right!

Heather knows her way within the birthing scenario, she is intuitive in her approach but also full of tools to help to help with labor and birth. She gave me constant help in relaxation through every contraction while giving my husband a sense of peace that he never had before in our births. He didn't feel like he needed to have all the tools to help me, he could rely on her while simply being with me while anticipating the birth of our baby. Both of our experiences were impacted because of Heather's presence. I really don't think I could have held on like I did for the birth I wanted if it wasn't for her. Even the daily texts with my questions and her answers and encouragement leading up to that big day were a support I didn't even know I needed.

I would highly recommended Heather as a doula!

Julie Rosnick

10/9/2015

My husband and I didn't learn what a doula is until I 30 weeks pregnant! We hoped for a natural birth, and a coworker recommended we work with a doula for our first baby. We found Heather on doulamatch.net and are SO glad we did. After 1 Starbucks meeting we knew she was a great fit for us. Despite being well into our third trimester and feeling late in preparation, she was tremendously supportive and encouraging every step of the way. We never felt like we couldn't achieve the birth we wanted. We did achieve it and we owe it to Heather:

  • She was a strong advocate for us and always simply supported the birth we hoped for
  • Pre labor she was there for all our questions, any time. She recommended books, a prenatal chiroproctor (covered by fsa!) and helped us find a natural birthing class in our area in the limited time we had left (all invaluable on "game day").
  • When I went into labor, we already felt completely comfortable with Heather. She labored at home with us all morning - massages, feeding me, walking me around the neighborhood, getting me in different positions, you name it - she helped us through an incredibly intense transition at home
  • She kept the environment CALM and ENCOURAGING - all I needed
  • If I got to the hospital before 7cm I knew I would be so disappointed. Heather was a pro at watching my outward signs to help me labor at home to my goal. My water broke at the check in and I was 10cm ready to push - what relief and excitement!
  • Pushing was fast but harder than I anticipated and Heather was an amazing coach
  • She worked with the hospital delivery team SO well. The labor nurse even said Heather is her favorite doula she's ever worked with!
  • Heather's labor pictures are the best, unexpected memory

I will recommend a doula to eveveryone, and Heather is the absolute BEST OF THE BEST. We love her and can't imagine our delivery without her!

Megan Adams

10/2/2015

Heather assisted us with our hospital birth on 8/10/15.  I can't not say enough good things about the knowledge, as well as emotional support she provided us throughout the process.  As a first time mom, I believe Heather was instrumental in helping us achieve our birth plan.  We had hoped to labor at home as long as possible and then deliver at the hospital about 35 mins from our house, without pain medications.  As soon as we were ready, she came to our house to assist with early labor and then supported us as we moved to the hospital, until after the baby arrived safely.  She worked with myself, my husband, and well as the nursing staff and that really put me at ease that we were making the right decisions.  Heather also provided many awesome resources throughout my pregnancy, all of whom I would also recommend.

Asta Svedkauskaite

9/11/2015

"I've got you!" Heather repeated during my long transition. Her strong yet slim body, gentle hands and encouraging words eased me through each contraction. Gently, she told me what to expect next and reminded me how much closer to meeting my baby I was. She applied massage oils, ran water over my back,  changed my positions, vocalize WITH me! She kept everything going according to our birth plan and it was blissful. She arrived quickly after my water broke and blended into our environment, gave my husband a break, encouraged our toddler and my mom to give me sips of water, hold a shower over my back, hold my hand. We all felt calm in Heather's presence. I was able to labor effectively, on my own time, as my body moved me, and arrived to the hospital at 8 cm! Heather never left my side and I never had to open my eyes, just stay focused on my body. She dealt with all hospital distractions, guiding us, moving my hips, and allowing my husband to be a part of it all. It was as if she could see through my body and tell me exactly where the baby was and what to do next, even though it meant that things would get more intense every time I moved, Heather knew it wouldn't be too long before pushing. I got into the tub at perfect timing, and 16 min later our beautiful baby girl was born! Oh, that indescribable feeling of pushing out a baby naturally, in water, surrounded by loving team, and to be the first person ever to touch your own baby. I'm grateful that Heather was an essential part of this lifetime experience for us. I give her credit for my 7-hr long birth (my first birth was 32 hrs). I feel so lucky she could fit us in amongst her homeschooling four kids, moving into a new house (and painting it), and training for a 199-mile relay race to raise money for clean water in South Sudan! On top of it all, she took beautiful pictures of our labor and birth and gave the most thoughtful present to the baby which has a special connection to her christening name.

Annie Ittersagen

7/17/2015

My water broke in the middle of the night. I had light, irregular contractions that followed, but I did my best to sleep despite my excitement...our first baby was finally coming!! The next morning I texted Heather to let her know our status, and my husband and I killed time. I was leaking a lot of fluid at this point, and it seemed to be discolored. Heather and I talked it over and decided that, unfortunately, it could be meconiun. I was thankful, even this early on, to have Heather to talk through the situation. My plan had been to labor at home for as long as possible, but now it was looking like we would have to go in earlier than I hoped. I was having consistent contractions at this point, and Heather met up with us at our home. For the next few hours we did everything we could to get labor to progress as quickly as possible. Then, we felt like we had to go to the hospital to make sure the baby was still okay if it happened to be meconium.
When we got t the hospital, I was so disappointed to find out I was only 3 cms dilated. Heather encouraged me and my husband and kept our heads in the game somehow; we needed that. No meconium – praise God – but now we were stuck at the hospital with a long way to go…
We labored for 7 hours at the hospital. Heather recommended different positions, kept me energized with food and water, and encouraged both me and my husband. Heather kept my husband involved, but gave him relief when he needed it. Looking back, my husband and I can both say that there is no way we would have been able to have been able to have a natural delivery if we hadn’t had Heather. I had no idea what my body could do, and I lacked faith; but Heather told me I could do it, and she was right! I pushed for a short 20 minutes and out came our beautiful son! We will never forget the totally vital role Heather played in his birth.

Virginia Massey

3/3/2015

My husband and I had our birth experience with Heather which was nothing short of fantastic.  My hope was to have a natural birth without the use of an epidural and to avoid a c-section if possible.  Heather had helpful tips, resources, and referrals throughout the third trimester to combat discomfort, which was very reassuring for us as first time parents.  I opted to induce after a week past my due date, and went through with the use of pitocin which can cause more severe pain with contractions.  With Heather's knowledge, support, and skill set, I was able to endure it painkiller free.  Unfortunately due to some unforeseen complications I had to get a c-section, but was extraordinarily pleased to have made it as far as I did with the labor.  Considering I have a chronic pain disorder, it was outstanding to be able to do what I did, and I could not have done it without her.  Her calming and compassionate coaching were invaluable!  I highly recommend you go with Heather if you're looking for a Doula to add to your support team.

Karen Elizabeth

2/24/2015

We used Heather for my fourth birth, and it was a wonderful experience.

My first two births were c-sections, and my third birth was a VBA2C. I used a doula with my third birth, and while I liked having a doula, I didn't feel like I connected well with the one I used. For my fourth birth, I knew I wanted to try someone new.

Heather was recommended to me by some friends. One friend said, "If you use Heather, you WILL have a non-medicated birth!" At the time, I had my doubts. Little did I know how amazingly helpful Heather would be! Heather joined us at home as we labored, and then we headed to the hospital. When we arrived, I measured 8cm. I had no idea I could manage labor so well, and it was all thanks to Heather! Her massage and aromatherapy techniques were very relaxing and helpful, as was her encouragement to do things like squatting when a contraction came--ouch! Heather was so supportive, calm, and experienced. She is easy to like and get along with! I can’t imagine having another baby without her supporting me as my doula!

Malia Ropp

2/5/2015

I found Heather through a friend who had a wonderful home birth, so that alone made me feel very confident about using her.  Heather was very helpful and encouraging in the weeks leading up to our daughter's birth. I had been dilated and effaced for weeks, so I had a feeling the birth would be early or short (or something different!) and that truly ended up being the case. I texted Heather when I had a few easy and random contractions one morning, thinking maybe that night or the next day baby would come.  We texted a couple times over the next few hours and all of a sudden it felt like I went from zero to sixty in minutes.  I was home alone in the tub and after Heather asked me to time the contractions, we both realized they had freakishly become over a minute long and only about a minute or two apart.  Heather immediately got me on the phone and began talking me through the contractions. Had I not had her on the phone, despite  the Bradley classes we took, I think I would be gone into a complete panic. Heather could tell right away I was in transition, told me to call my husband home that instant and call the midwives and tell them I was in transition.  I obeyed her advice and we all met about 50 minutes later at the hospital.  I was completely dilated and began pushing seconds after getting there and 35 minutes later our sweet baby arrived. The midwife didn't even have time to change out of her street clothes! So much of the experience is a blurr, but I remember having real trouble with the pushing and Heather was really great about explaining how I needed to put my pushing energy much lower and not all in my face (which is exactly what I was doing). She also took some pictures that I will treasure forever.  Having Heather's knowledge and expertise was absolutely what we needed and even though I have a feeling baby #2 will fall out on the living room floor, I'm still going to hire her as my doula. She is priceless!

katie kenoe

1/16/2015

Because my initial doula had to backout due to her own pregnancy complications, i was on a hunt asap.... Heather met me at a local whole foods and talked me off the ledge (just a few weeks before my due date) and calmed my nerves and made me feel extremely comfortable.  i met with a few that day and right away my husband nad i both picked her!

Although i never actually even needed her at my house before my birth, her advice and encouragement leading up to my birth is probably what led me to have such confidence i didn't even know i was at 9cm when arriving to the hospital... and at that point helped me break my own water with positioning techniques and feel completely in control of my birth, she gave me the best gift during pregnancy which was empowerment and contentment.  I can't say enough about her... if i have anymore, it will HAVE to be with heather... she is truly gods gift and this is exactly what shes meant to do in life.

Christin Fairchild

1/15/2015

My husband and I are firm believers that God puts individuals in our lives to guide us or teach us valuable lessons. We know Heather Karlson was brought to us for a reason! As we prepared for the birth of our second child, I knew I wanted a Doula to help me achieve my goal of a healthy, natural birth. For this to happen, I knew we needed someone special to help us on our journey. From the moment we met Heather, we knew she was a perfect match for us! Her warm smile, caring personality, and wealth of knowledge made us feel at ease. In the weeks leading up to my due date, Heather sat down with us to discuss our goals and what we envisioned for the birth. As the big day approached, Heather checked in to see how I was feeling and how my appointments were going. I always knew she was only a call or text away. When the day arrived, I labored at home comfortably while staying in constant contact with Heather. She met us at the hospital with that same warm smile that put us at ease the first time we met. Upon arrival, I was 8cm dilated. All I can say is thank God Heather was by my side! As I labored the final 2cm, Heather was a source of strength and comfort. Her encouraging words and techniques such as, massage and aromatherapy helped me stay focused and as comfortable as possible. When it came time to push, Heather was right there reminding me of how strong I was and that I was accomplishing my goals! After 23 mins of pushing, our healthy daughter was born! Had it not been for the support of Heather, I don't know if I would have been able to have an unmedicated delivery. Finally, but most importantly of all, Heather was a huge source of spiritual support. As I mentioned earlier, Heather came into our lives for a reason. I personally needed someone who I could connect with on a deeper, more spiritual level for the miracle of birth. If you are looking for a Doula that will support you physically, emotionally and spiritually, look no further than Heather!

Tori Farquhar

1/14/2015

I first met Heather at our public library when I was 6 months pregnant with our daughter. My son and I were playing and. I happened to be talking to our librarian about my hopes for a natural delivery. Heather (thankfully) chimed in while playing with her kids and gave me some wonderful advice and encouragement even before telling me she was a doula. She immediately made an impression on me, as I had been feeling so discouraged lately by all my OB's.  I came home feeling encouraged and empowered and talking with her was just what I needed. Of course, I called her back and asked her if she would be my doula!

She was so great during my labor with Ivy. She was at my home for 8 hours and at the hospital with us for another 8. She pushed me when I felt like I couldnt go any more and I loved her for that because she knew what I truly wanted. She was there for me the whole time, rooting for me. And while my daughter ended up being delivered via c-section, I was so glad I had the experience that I did with Heather'. Expertise. She even took some beautiful pictures of me laboring with my husband coaching me. I would definitely recommend Heather!

Esther Bendele

10/3/2014

My husband and I liked Heather right away and appreciated her advice and support as we prepared for the birth of our first child. Our little one suprised us by coming early, and it was the first time that Heather couldn't make it and had to have her back-up Doula come instead. Though I had never met the back-up, she was great and I very much appreciated her calming and encouraging presence at the birth.  Heather came to visit us once she was back in town and brought little gifts for Mommy and baby. =)

shirlee b

5/29/2014

I found Heather on this website when I was 2 months pregnant. In our first conversation, I knew she was the right doula for us. She was easy to talk to, full of information and followed up quickly and thoroughly. She recommended the Bradley childbirth class to educate ourselves and alleviate anxiety I was feeling about giving birth.

For the next 7 months, Heather offered many insights, advice and encouragement to help me at each stage of the expectant mother process. With the knowledge from our birthing class and knowing we had Heather on our team, my anxiety about labor and giving birth had diminished months ahead of time. After going into labor, my husband contacted Heather by text in the middle of the night to let her know that process had begun. She immediately texted back and stayed in touch throughout the night. When she arrived at the hospital the next afternoon, I was still only 1 cm dilated, exhausted and frustrated. Before she even had her coat off, she was gently “in my face” getting me back on track to a sustainable mindset for the work I had ahead of me. From that moment on, she did not waver in her gentle, confident demeanor, continually coming up with new positions or techniques to attempt to move the process along whenever the dilation paused. She partnered with each shift of the hospital staff to ensure we were one big team. She gave my husband much needed breaks for food and rest and partnered with him when the going got tough. She coached me through the decision making process of getting an epidural every time I wanted to give up.

If it weren’t for her, I would have never made it through 34 hours of labor with a successful unmedicated birth. She also took lovely pictures of the birth, which we would never have had the presence of mind to take. It’s great to know we have her as a resource should we need anything going forward as new parents.

Lisa Rispoli

4/30/2014

Heather really shined during the labor process. After laboring at home for 2 days, we headed to the hospital the evening of the second day. By the following morning, my water had finally broken. Heather arrived shortly thereafter and did not leave my side.


I was extremely exhausted and frustrated. I wasn't making progress despite all of our efforts. We tried a birthing ball, walking, swaying, a breast pump, different positions- all the tricks in the book. However, Heather remained persistent, focused, and undeterred.


My positive attitude wavered. My energy dwindled. Heather did not take offense when my emotions got the best of me. She keenly stepped to the side when it was time for my husband and me to work alone. She jumped right back in, not missing a beat, when my husband needed a break.


Unfortunately, after nearly 70 hours of contractions 5 minutes apart and several complications, a c-section was recommended by my midwives. With Heather, I felt assured I truly tried everything I could to have a vaginal delivery.
Heather jumped right in the operating room as soon as my husband left with our son to go to the nursery. She was right there with me as they sutured me up and transferred me to recovery.


Between the help of my midwife and Heather, my baby was able to latch immediately when we finally had the opportunity to meet in the recovery room.
I don’t remember how I got to my hospital room that night, but I do know Heather was right there with me. A couple hours later, Heather slipped out and gave my husband and I time to get to know our little one.

Kim Thompson

3/19/2014

March 19, 2014

Heather would be the perfect addition to your birthing team!

We decided to hire a doula after attending childbirth classes. It was evident that an unmedicated birth would be the best decision for us.

When I was 34 weeks, I contacted Heather. She came highly recommended by great friends. Most importantly she was available. During our first meeting, her warm, extremely organized and very professional attitude was evident. Mike and I knew we had made the best birth decision with Heather on our team. She helped us to create our birth plan and continued to support and guide us.

My ‘first baby’ jitters shone through the night before our due date. I was experiencing much apprehension. Heather’s reassuring ways calmed me. Three days later, with the birth of our baby eminent, Heather arrived at our home. She eased my anxiety and my pain with her ‘tricks of the trade’ (comforting music, dimmed lights, warm bath/shower and heated rice packs). It was a blessing to have Heather as my angel.

We arrived at the hospital dilated to 7cm. I remember thinking we’ve got this. Heather worked with me as we went back and forth from the shower, to the toilet, to squatting and walking. However, I stayed dilated at 9cm for 5+ hours. Our baby was in a posterior position refusing to turn despite every imaginable solution we attempted. After 24 hours (and no sleep for any of us) a“C” section was the outcome.

Dedication? Heather was waiting for us taking pictures and toasting the birth of Kinsley Marie, along with our families. Heather is one of the most genuine people both Mike and I have ever met. She was our coach, our angel, our everything. We were able to achieve our goal of having an incredible childbirth experience.

If you are looking for the same goal, hire Heather! She will be able to help you achieve yours too!

Charlene oh

3/3/2014

i was pregnant with my 4th child when I hired Heather to be our doula.  Even from our initial meeting, both my husband and I felt extremely comfortable and very personable with Heather, so much that 4 hours went by so quickly!  She was a great listener about my desires and expectations, fears and concerns, as well as, understanding that my husband wanted to be by my side as the main coach.  She made herself available by phone or email/texting, even as a busy homeschooling mother of 4 herself. Once my labor were consistently 5-7 min. apart and 1 min. long, we called her.  She immediately drove over 1 hour from her famiily vacation during Christmas break to drive down in the middle of the night.  Amazing!!!!!

Her presence, gentle soothing and encouraging words, massages, and her infamous rice sack were some of the ways she assisted during my intense labor pains.  My husband was free to rub my back, walk by my side, and whatever else I needed while Heather provided suggestions and constant support for me.  She provided the extra hand for my husband so that he could focus on providing physical and emotional support for me.  We got to the hospital in time for me to push my beautiful girl to be born without any medical intervention!  It was my dream and ideal form of delivery, especially since I was gestationally diabetic and of mature age.  Even at the hospital, she made sure I was hydrating myself (brought me her own electrolyte powder mix), making sure I am bonding with my new baby and nursing well; while she has been taking such momentous/memorable photos since her arrival at our home.  She also became the liaison between us and the hospital staff.

Our whole experience with this birth was recaptured when she delivered the photos she took on CD, visiting us at home couple of weeks later.  Wow! From beginning to end, Heather was fantastic!  I strongly recommend her!

Jill Rietema

1/2/2014

Heather was great.  She arrived around 1am, I was in active labor, and had me walking, squatting, and lunging during contractions.  My daughter was 9lbs 6oz and I think all of the moving really helped get the baby down the birth canal. She stayed with me at all times and offered water, food, and of course support!  When we arrived at the hospital she suggested I get into the shower which was a great place to labor.  I labored for a few hours at the hospital and delivered my daughter in the bathtub after only 11 minutes of pushing.  Heather was calm and confident which is exactly what you need a doula to be during labor.  I used a doula for my first labor and although it was a good experience overall she didn't offer nearly as much active support as Heather did.  My second daughter was a pound bigger than my first and if it wasn't for Heather I believe the labor could have been more difficult.  I highly recommned using Heather.

Monica Gee

11/21/2013

Heather is one of a kind! She is everything you are looking for in a doula -- friendly, easy-going, intentional, educated, positive, and reliable. Even though this was my third pregnancy, I had a lot of questions and concerns during my final trimester. She was always prompt in answering texts or sending encouraging emails. She even offered to bring me Starbucks when she knew I was having a rough day! She was a valuable resource in the end of my pregnancy -- getting me supplements, tea, and arranging for acupuncture/chiropractic treatments that helped bring me closer to delivery.

On the big day Heather was everything I needed her to be. Calm, proactive, and steady. With her help, labor moved quickly and her experience gave us confidence in our decision to labor at home for as long as possible. Even after the birth Heather was extremely helpful and wanted to make sure we had all our needs met before she went home.

Before going into labor Heather had encouraged me to think through and envision exactly what I wanted my labor to be like. I can honestly say that got everything I wanted out of my birth, and I know that Heather was a big part in making that happen!

Kristy Haywood

11/7/2013

Hire Heather!!

I was a first time mom who had just moved to the greater Chicago area at 30 weeks pregnant and clueless.

Heather was the game changer. I cannot imagine a birth without her!

Our first meeting was so amazing! My husband and I met with Heather and her back-up doula. They are so incredible, thoughtful, sincere and understanding (the list could go forever)! I hadn’t had many concerns about my pregnancy or delivery until one of the last visits with the new doctor (pre-midwives) where she raised some concerns about the large size of our baby. For the first time, I started to have anxiety about giving birth. I wanted as natural a birth as I could (no drugs) providing the safety of myself as well as my baby. Heather put any inkling of a worry at ease with her warm words of wisdom and experience.

It was less than two weeks between meeting Heather and delivering our beautiful baby girl!

My husband will tell anyone who asks what an amazing resource she was/is. He was most impressed with HER out of all the doctors, nurses, and midwives we encountered. We were only able to meet once before the labor, but even meeting her for the second time at our apartment at 3 in the morning I did nothing but trust her implicitly.  By constantly reminding me to relax, I released all my tensions and allowed my body to do what it is made for (labor and deliver a beautiful healthy albeit large baby). We arrived at the hospital and I was 9cm, ready to go!!  According to my husband, at the hospital she was the only person who was 100% focused on me. By continuously communicating, coaching, and feeding me she kept up my energy and spirits.

As if she is not already a godsend she took gorgeous pictures throughout the process for no extra fee!

I only hope we are in her area when we decide to grow our family in the future!! I really cannot fathom a birth experience without her!

Zara Kinsella

10/28/2013

I cannot recommend Heather enough to any expectant Mom. She is absolutely fantastic! I began searching for a doula late in my second pregnancy (around 33-34 weeks). Heather replied to my inquiry that same day, and began providing me with guidance/counsel before I had even hired her! She is an incredible genuine and caring person, which comes through in the doula services she provides.

We met twice before the birth (once without and once with my husband) where we discussed my wishes for the birth, and what to expect with a natural delivery. I had a difficult birth with my first child full of interventions that I did not want or need, and Heather calmed my fears that my second birth would be anything like the first. She also helped me switch practices to a wonderful midwifery practice that actually encouraged natural birth (a rarity in today's medical field).

As my due date came and passed, Heather fielded many anxious texts/calls from me about what was happening and when I would go into labor, always calming and centering me. When labor began and we met at the hospital (things moved quickly!), Heather's calming presence and soothing actions made my second daughter's birth an amazing experience. She knew what I needed before I did, and her voice was the one that guided me through labor and delivery. I should also say that Heather was very vocal about being MY advocate. Should I have needed pain relief or any other help, I felt absolutely no judgement or shame from Heather. She was clear that this was my birth experience and no one else can know how I feel/what I need.

If we have a third child, Heather will be the FIRST person I call (after family, of course) to make sure she can be a part of that birth as well. Do not waste time - contact Heather for an amazing birth experience!

Kari Becker

8/29/2013

Heather was the doula for our second birth.  I am not sure how I would have gotten through the last hour without her!  My labor came very quickly and she was such a support through the whirwind.  She offered guidance, comfort and helped me get through the pain those last few minutes to have the birth that I really wanted.  When she got to our house, I was already really laboring.  She helped calm my younger son, finish packing our bags and helped us quickly get to the hospital when we knew it was time.  Just having her there as that extra support was crucial for my well being and strength.  It also allowed my husband the freedom to do what he needed to do.  She is kind but strong and gives you a wonderful balance of emotional and physical support.  She checked in with me often both before and after the birth and it was wonderful to know I had someone watching out for me.  I would highly recommend Heather to anyone looking to have a partner on a wonderful birth expereince.  She also takes wonderful pictures during the labor and birth that are such a wonderful keepsake.  Heather is amazing!

L.P.

6/20/2013

Heather was absolutely indispensable as my doula during my 22-hour labor. A first-time mom, I had many concerns about the physical and emotional aspects of giving birth, and she attended to them all. She not only diffused my fears, but she built up a reserve of strength and confidence which I needed to get me through the event. From the moment I met her at our initial consultation, Heather felt like a close friend. She followed up with several emails as my due date neared and passed, and she went out of her way to give me all the possible contact numbers for where she could be at any moment I might go into labor. On the day of the birth, she came with aromatherapy products, honey sticks, an all-natural electrolyte drink, a birthing ball, and many other tools. She also brought a nice camera and (at my request) took photos and video that we will cherish. When I was laboring in a birth tub and felt overheated, she ran ice on my upper body. She looked me straight in the eyes during contractions and coached me through them. She knew when to challenge me and when to let me take a break. She helped my husband stay involved, but also gave him opportunities to rest. She was the only person who stayed awake with me from the moment she arrived until well after the baby was born. She stayed for several hours and helped with the initial latch-on, made us breakfast, and then left when the time was right to give our new family time to bond. My husband, midwife and I were all incredibly grateful for Heather’s services, which were worth every penny!

Katelyn Paston

6/13/2013

Heather is AWESOME! I'm a first time Mom wih serious anxiety and I honestly cannot imagine going through my son's birth without her! She is extemely patient and kind- perfect forthe job. She came out to my house immediately and labored with me until I was ready to go to the hospital.She followed hubby and I in her car and never left our sides afterwards until baby was here and safe. Extremely knowledgeable and worked well with my husband, midwife and the hospital staff. She even snapped a few action shots for us :-)

If we have another baby, Heather will be there! I would insist that anyone I love choose her- I can't say enough great things about her!

Massahoro Adja Traore

4/4/2013

 I was already 34 weeks pregnant when I decided I wanted to hire a doula. I did some research online and found and picked 3 doulas I wanted to interview. Heather was the first one I interviewed with. After meeting with her, both my husband and I immediately knew she was the doula we wanted! Before I even went to labor, we were constantly in touch; I called or emailed her when I had questions or needed advice on something. She is very knowledgeable and always provided me with the best answer to my questions. She also called/texted me to check up on me when she didn’t hear from me for a week.
Heather provided me with great support during labor and delivery. She was with us for more than 20 hours. We labored a few hours at home before going to the hospital together. We did a lot of walking, squatting, birthing ball etc….I did have a very long labor, but overall I very much enjoyed every part of it. Thanks to a great doula!!! without her it would not have been possible! I would hire Heather in a heart bit if I were to do it again!

Lisa Krawiec Arledge

2/20/2013

Heather was asked by one of my midwives-in-training if she would be interested in attending my home birth and thankfully she said yes.  It was just a few days later that and I went into labor earlier than expected!  Heather arrived at our house at the perfect time.  I was at the point in labor where I was starting to question my ability to handle the pain.  She came right up to the edge of the birthing tub and asked me what I needed without hesitation.  At that moment, all I needed was for someone to tell me that I was capable.  I needed a caring touch.  She was completely there for me and we had just met!  Heather has that natural ability to be warm, nurturing and help break down a birthing mother's fears that could inhibit the progress of birth.  It was a blessing that my 8-year-old daughter could be there and witness Heather, along with such a powerful team of midwives, bring a new life into the world in such a gentle way.  (Not to mention, she took some amazing photos with our camera that will help preserve the memory).  Thank you, heather, we will forever be grateful for your help as a Doula at our home birth!

Lisa Shah

2/8/2013

 I figured since this was my second child, I thought I knew what to expect from labor. However, this time around, everything was completely different from my first birth. I was 37 1/2 weeks when my water broke in the middle of the night.  Once at the hospital, my midwife informed me that since nothing was happening, I would either be sent home, or if admitted then probably started on pitocin. I wanted neither, so from that time on, Heather was in full doula mode! She had me bring my breast pump to the hospital and shortly after hooking myself up to it, I started with regular, hard contractions. We alternated with the breast pump and walking the hallways to get labor going and my contractions more regular.  My husband and Heather took turns rubbing my back, walking the hallways with me and making me comfortable while I was in bed when I got tired. As labor progressed, Heather helped me through each and every contraction by having me squat and visualize the baby moving down. This visualization helped me to the very end. It was the only thing I would think of during the pain and got me through the contraction. Once in L/D, Heather suggested the shower to help with pain managment, and this is where I spent the majority of the time until it was time to push. Again, she worked with my husband to help me squat and get into positions that helped move the baby down all the time using the water to help with the pain. She got me in the most comfortable position to push and my daughter was out in 3 pushes!

I am so happy that I happenned to meet Heather and would completely recommend her doula services. She is patient, kind, non judgemental and extremely supportive. Such a wonderful person to have by your side during such an important moment in your life. 

Cathleen Tracy

2/6/2013

I am so glad that Heather was my doula. I called her at about 3 am, when I knew that I was in labor. She actually beat me to the hospital, greeting me at the front desk with a big smile at about 5 am. As someone who wanted a natural birth, it was very helpful to have Heather there. She guided me into comfortable positions during contractions and reminded me to focus on something and breathe during the pain. She suggested positions to move the labor along. She also inspired me to walk around the hospital room and outside in the hall. She placed a nice warm heating pad on my back and even rubbed my feet. She pushed on my hips to minimize the contraction pain. She held me up with her shoulders as I swayed back and forth. These things really did help.

Heather is a very positive, gentle, and confident person to have in the delivery room. She was attentive and tuned in to my needs and eager to help. I was never afraid to ask her for something when I needed it. For example, sometimes I needed to be left alone, sometimes I needed ice cubes, and sometimes I needed a snack. She was quite flexible and easy going. There were times when she boosted my confidence in the process and made me laugh. It was great having her energy in the room. My husband was relieved to have the support and to not have to be everything for me for the 6 hours I was in labor. When decisions had to be made such as whether to break my water bag and/or take pitocin, I could process my thoughts with Heather. 

Heather was truly happy and excited when my baby girl was born. She took awesome photos with my camera and I didn't even have to ask. I feel that the birth was a better experience and life long memory thanks to her wisdom and support.

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