Phone: (412) 901-9568
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30
Postpartum Doula Experience: 21 years and 285 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 3 to 8Postpartum limits/restrictions: No
Director, Pittsburgh Doula Network
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Pittsburgh, PA
We called the Heather with the Pittsburgh Doula Network because we needed nighttime help with our 6 week old daughter. We were exhausted! I originally wanted the post partum doulas (Colleen and Jess) to bottle feed my daughter while I slept, but this was not possible because I was diagnosed with mastitis that same day and had to nurse every time my daughter woke up as part of the treatment. But even having Colleen and Jess bring me the baby just to nurse and for them to take care of diaper changes, swaddling, etc, still saved time and got me more sleep. Not to mention that I slept much better while they held the baby monitor all night long.
But the doulas helped out with more than just night feedings. Colleen came for a few hours during daytime to help put my baby on a routine, and that was a lifesaver! Prior to putting baby on a routine, I was nursing for 1 or more hours at least 8 times a day, and I was exhausted. Every time baby cried, it was a guessing game - and I always guessed she was hungry, but that was not the case! Putting her on a routine turned my chaotic days into a something much more manageable and saved my sanity. Colleen also helped me troubleshoot my baby's poor daytime napping. Jess is a lactation educator and addressed many of my insecurities and self-doubt about breastfeeding. I am much more confident about breastfeeding now, and it is no longer a dreaded chore.
Colleen and Jess are very knowlegeable and were so compassionate in dealing with my frayed nerves and emotional state. Their help and support has improved my life with baby so much that I cannot thank them enough. This was the best money I've ever spent, and I would definitely ask for their help again with our next baby!
I started to freak out when I found out I was having twins (with a toddler who would be 20months), and frantically started to search for help. Heather was so friendly and helpful with matching me to two of the best doulas in town. Words can not express my gratitude towards their help throughout my transition of 1 to 3 kids at home. Both Michele and Melanie were beyond helpful. Not sure what I would have done without them. I am forever grateful for their help. I would recommend either of them to anyone!
I gave birth to my baby in July 2017. Actually I was almost alone (I came from Russia to have a baby and went back)
Thanks God I found Pittsburgh Doula Network and doula Kim.
My husband told me that it was the best investment ever&
Kim hepled me to prerare the room and came to help us the nex day after we came back from the hospital.
She was really nice and helpful. She explained everything and showed how to wash, feed, lull, change the baby. Everything seemed much easier right after Kime came. She found breastfeed consultant. My baby really liked spending time with Kim.
I am sure I will call ber again.
I am so happy a friend of mine referred Heather to me as I was in desparate need of help with my newborn. I had two small children at home; 2 and 4 when my third boy was born and with the lack of sleep I was in desparate need of sleep. I was let go from my job two weeks after giving birth and quickly became a stay at home Mom with 3 boys under the age of 5. Heather was patient with me as I was barely able to get to the phone to text her back with the answers she needed from me to provide the best care and doula. Heather was able to help me right away with a doula and we loved Sandra so much we miss her to this day! She was amazing and made my nights much easier and I was able to sleep and take care of my two other children with enjoyment and not always struggling just to get by. My experience is a five star rating and I will refer Heather and Sandra to anyone. Having the connection with Sandra made me fee immediately comfortable with her and my baby. Thank you again Heather for making me nights easier and spending time with my children enjoyable. I know these years don't last forever and now I can remember them :-)
It was a bittersweet moment when the last doula left our house. Sweet, because I had come so far and was finishing the newborn phase; bitter, because I knew I would really miss the wonderful doulas.
Melanie, Ngozi, Robin, Brandy, and Micky were incredible. Each one offered something different--a different perspective, unique words of wisdom, helpful hints--but were all equally great.
This postpartum period was remarkably difficult for me. I've never felt so awful in my life. The doulas helped me in a practical sense (someone else to coax my son to sleep! I could take a long shower and a nap!), but more importantly, helped me to feel supported. In my lowest moments, I knew I only needed to tough it out until the next doula arrived.
The doulas helped me to be a better mom to my daughter and son and a better wife for my husband. A lifelong extrovert isolated on leave, I had the best time just talking to them. Their presence helped my husband return to work for his school year without worrying about my son and me at home. They were so kind to our animals! Our dog and kitties were very excited each time a doula walked through the door.
Heather's team helped everyone who loves us and was worried about us. My dad's mother had a friend who committed suicide as a result of postpartum depression. The doulas' presence gave him great comfort these past few months.
Anyone who could assemble such a wonderful team clearly is at the top of her game.
When I developed post partum pre eclampsia and ended up in the ICU three days after giving birth, it was an extremely frightening and stressful time for our family. Heather and her team of doulas came to our rescue, providing the very best care for our newborn and much needed peace of mind for us. We are beyond grateful to Heather not only for arranging everything at a moment's notice, but also for providing the most competent and compassionate doulas imaginable. We happily and readily recommend Heather and her team to anyone considering doula services!
Our mothers had children, our grandmothers had children, our mothers in law had children. But, the ability to ask questions of someone who deals with newborns EVERY SINGLE DAY? Priceless. Every night Heather came over, I felt like I had a pediatric nurse; an expert, walking through my door. Breastfeeding questions? Answered. Sleep questions? Answered. Postpartum questions? Answered. Sanity? Reclaimed.
No matter how much preparatory reading you do before your baby is born, it's almost of no help when your first little one actually arrives. You just can't be prepared for it. The relief and comfort I felt knowing Heather was coming on a particular night was literally priceless. She was beyond patient with me, which was a feat as I tend to be pretty high strung. Add to that postpartum hormones; I was needy. She was literally an angel walking though my door and I couldn't have been more thankful to have her - her advice, her cooking & culinary expertise, her help around the house, her companionship...everything about her. Best money spent.
Heather & her group of doulas were an absolute godsend after the birth of our preemie twins. Heather went above and beyond, out of her way to make sure we have nighttime coverage (over Christmas & New Years holidays no less) for a few months. She and her girls were so nurturing, sweet, knowledgeable, reliable, attentive (I could go on), and we could finally sleep soundly knowing our babies were so well cared for. Ngozi came most nights & I feel developed a special bond with our babies- I loved hearing all about the little things they were doing at night (Scarlett being a wild woman and moving all night long & Robbie, the little charmer, always trying to smile and coo instead of eating & going back to bed!) & the progress they were making from night to night/week to week. Heather was so sweet and always supportive of the decisions I was making as a mother and encouraged me to trust my instincts and intuition when facing all of the challenges that new motherhood brings! The babies are now big enough and sleeping through the night, but we miss seeing all these wonderful women & are forever grateful for the support they provided!
My husband and I moved up here 6 years ago and it was an extremely tough adjustment. At the time I had my one year old daughter. We knew we wanted more kids, but we were also scared. Having a child requires any and all help. Especially in the first 6-8 weeks. I come from a huge family where help is always available. I proceeded to get pregnant with our second child and being that I'm from Florida I did not have help available like before. It took its toll on me. I was exhausted stressed depressed and just overwhelmed. With my third pregnancy my husband and I were both scared of what I would suffer through. It became obvious when our third son was born that I needed help. I contacted a doula I knew and asked if she knew of a baby doula or nurse that was available. Se gave me a strong referral and I contacted heather who was nothing short of wonderful. she was a "mom" through and through. we hired her services and were thrilled with thup communication level. They text!!! I met three different women Marian, Michelle, and Robin. I fell in love with every single one. They came to my house at 10pm and would leave at 6am. Every single woman offered me peace of mind , comfort, and best of all rest. The women were super knowledgeable . They are so kind sweet and understanding when you need it most. And trust me any mom knows what I mean and what you crave after giving birth, these woman gave it all! I can tell you these woman became like family. They offered to clean my fridge or do laundry! On my last day with Michelle and then Robin I was so sad. I had come to love them and want their presence. If you are in mom in need of any post pregnancy help, newborn help you need to call Heather. She is attenfive and perceptive and super experienced. Feel free to contact me for any additional questions! XO ladies. Miss you. I'm still so grateful!
Heather was a terrific postpartum doula. She showed up on time every night and did her job well! She worked with us from the time my daughter was born until she was around 3 1/2 months and she did overnights for us. She became part of our family and I could tell how much she loved working with my daughter and babies in general. She helped us to get her to sleep through the night and helped us to determine how to get her to do this through the use of the Merlin's magic sleep suit and finding the formula that was right for her. I would highly recommend Heather as a postpartum doula. I can't say enough great things about her and I am sure your experience will be the same.
Heather helped me and my wife find day and night doulas for after the birth of our daughter Lia. At night we mostly had Michelle (one night we had Jill who was great too) who we love. She would show up around 10pm, leave around 7am, and basically give me (dad) a chance to sleep. I really needed it because little Lia had some health issues and we spent a few days in the NICU with basically no sleep. We then spent another few days in the hospital for some serious post-labor issues that my wife had. All in all, sleep was even more at a premium than it normally would be postpartum. Michells was an absolute pro and took care of my wife and Lia quite well. Basically, she would stay with Lia while my wife slept. When it was time to feed, Michelle would change Lia's diaper, bring her to my wife, help her feed, and then would take Lia away to sooth back to sleep. This let my wife sleep as much as possible, something she desperatly needed following all the hospital stays.
During the day Marian helped us. She took care of laundry, ran some errands, did some cleaning, and even cooked a bit. More importantly, she was there with my wife while she was breastfeeding. Marian provided plenty of good tips to help my wife and really took some of the burden off of me.
We are grateful for all this help and can't imagine how we would have gotten through the first 2 weeks of Lia's life with the doulas. Thank you!
When we had our second daughter we were nervous. We had a rough experience with our first child when she was a newborn, and we were not sure what we would get the second time around. Someone talked to me about the idea of having a night-doula, and I contacted Heather. I remember liking Heather instantly, as did my husband. She was an incredible resource for us, and having her here several nights a week was incredibly helpful! I remember feeling quite sad when we actually didn't need her at night any more.....both my husband and I missed her tremendously. We have recommended Heather to several people and they have all been overwhelmingly happy about their experiences with her.
Heather was truly a lifesaver during the births and aftercare of 2 of my boys. Not only was she organized, timely, proficient and knowledgeable, but she was one of the most affectionate and caring people I know. With each child, I felt COMPLETLEY at peace when she was looking after them with night time care. During each birth, she was quick to help us make important decisions, which helped my births go smoothly. I had a very long and strenuous 36 hour labor with my first son. She frequently talked with me and gave me massages to relax and breathe through the contractions. She was there to give my husband time to take breaks and sleep. There was a scary moment when my son's heart rate decended and she was quick to help move me around until his heart rate went up again. She dealt with serious issues. As I finally gave birth, we discovered that my son had a triple wrapped cord and was facing up, so it could have turned out to be a very bad situation, but she was with us all the way was instrumental in helping us make the right decisions, quickly! With my second son, my husband crushed his knee and was in a wheel chair when I went into labor and taking very high doses of pain medication, so Heather was able to make important decisions when he couldn't. She made it to my house in under 6 minutes and drove us to the hospital. During my brief and VERY intense labor, she was there to talk me through help me breathe through a natural birth that I absolutely did not want to experience, but what coach she was! She talked me through, what was for me, a very intense and painful period. I don't think I would have gotten through it as easily without her help. She was calm and incredibly intuitive to my needs. She has always kept in touch with me, as she surely does with all of her clients. She has become a cherished friend and will always be an important part of our lives. She is an amazing doula and I wouldn't choose anyone else-ever!
Without Heather we wouldn't have made it through our first month as parents. Our son was a wonderful infant, however, with my challenging recovery due to an unexpected, long labor and delivery, my husband and I required sleep, rest and additional support. Healther was beyond words and I often reflect by saying, "we couldn't have done it without Heather!" Beyond her gentle and loving care for our son, her expertise and experience supported my new role of motherhood. She provided superb insight and knowledge into breastfeeding inclusive of helping me connect with a lactation specialist and pediatrician as well as providing resources to help our son with struggles to feed intially. Furthermore, guided us with developing a schedule, taught us how to read the signs for caring for our son, kept our home in order, and helped us to acclimate to being a family of three. We feel so lucky to have Heather in our lives and each evening we go to bed wishing our door would open and there would be Heather! Every new family should be lucky enough to have the support, expertise and knowledge of Heather.
As the Director of Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh, we have referred many postpartum clients to Heather over the years. She has received glowing reviews from clients. Her service is professional and dedicated to helping women and their families during this special time in their life. Thank you Heather for all the work that you and your doulas do for mom's everywhere!
As a single mother by choice, I knew I was going to need some assistance in those first few weeks after my son was born. Heather was recommended by several experienced doulas and her presence was absolutely vital. Yes, I was able to get some sleep, but more importantly Heather mentored me through those early days of motherhood, answering questions about baby care and breastfeeding. In addition she helped with all sorts of things including laundry and light cleaning. She added her own special touch, making muffins or creating a photo montage of my son as a gift. All in all a wonderful experience due to her reliability, professionalism, and loving care.
A family member and several friends reccomended Heather. She was a godsend. Heather helped us out during night time with my son. She was so knowledgable and was able to answer all of my new mom questions. She was awaesome with my son. Helped get him in sleep routine which was imperative before I went to back to work. I cannot say enough good things Heather. She was the sanity to my sleep deprivation. I plan to have Heather for my next child due in June. Heather is AWESOME!
Heather was there every step of the way for us, through three long attempts of labor.
We felt so vulnerable at the time and having her nurturing presence was something that we will always remember.
She wants to be there in the ways that you need her to be, and is amazing at anticipating your needs in the most respectful and gentle manner.
After this experience, we could not have imagined going through the birthing process without her loving and knowing heart and hands.
We are so thankful that she was there!!!
Heather helped me prepare for the birth of my daughter at a time when I had no friends or family nearby. She was there for me when my pregnancy lasted longer than usual, and there for me in my disappointment when the midwives indicated that I would have to go to the hospital rather than their free-standing birth clinic. She helped me navigate the decision-making process at the hospital, and supported my attempt a natural birth. In the end, it seemed that a C-section was the best for my daughter and Heather’s guidance and knowledge allowed me to have an excellent ob/gyn who did a surgery that would support a VBAC and has been completely without complications. This alone would be great reason to recommend Heather to you.
However, Heather did so much more for us. By the time of my daughter’s birth, my husband and parents were in town, but Heather made the postpartum time so much easier. She did many things to allow me time to bond with my daughter, including laundry and cooking. Nearly a decade later, my husband is still talking about her lasagna. Because he was living and working in Canada, I was on my own in Pittsburgh for a while. When it was time to move, Heather helped us drive my stuff and 3 cats into Canada. We are still telling the story of that border crossing. Even though the health certificates for the cats she was driving with were in the second car, behind her, Heather convinced the guard to let her through. That he let her pass still amazes us, given our many other (pre green card) experiences with border crossings, and is a good illustration of how determined and supportive she is for her clients.
I am glad to have this opportunity to let people know how wonderful she is. Any discussion of my daughter’s birth includes accolades for Heather.
A good friend had recommended Heather to me when I was pregnant with my first child. I felt so blessed to have been connected to Heather because I felt instantly comfortable with her from our first meeting a few months before my due date in August 2009. Her presence really was a gift to my husband and I. She was not only a support for me but also for him. She thought of things that we forgot or didn't think of such as asking if I wanted a mirror so I could see the head coming out. She was also so awesome in helping me make decisions during labor, giving me great feedback. She was with me for the birth of both my boys (17months and 3yrs old) and created birth stories and beautiful dvd's of pictures of their births. I also had Heather help me at night after my second child was born. It was so nice to get some sleep and have Heather there to watch my precious newborn and answer any questions I had. I can't say enough about how positive my experience was with having Heather as my doula. If we have a third some day I want her to be there! She is the best and she was a very important part of the "team" who helped bring my little guys into the world!
I met Heather when I was 8 months pregnant with my second child. She was so knowledgeable and supportive when we discussed my previous birth and my plans for my second. It was clear from the very start that her only agenda was to help me to have the birth experience that I desired and personally felt was best for me. The morning I went into labor she made herself available in every way, from monitoring my contractions and seeing to my comfort to tidying up my kitchen and even cooking us breakfast! When the time was right she drove me to the hospital while my husband dropped off our eldest child and met us there. It was such a relief to have Heather there; I felt as though I had my own personal medical advocate. She did all the work of explaining the situation and my needs to the various nurses and doctors along the way and relaying neccesary information, leaving me free to focus inwardly on my labor (I was in transition at this point). During the delivery her support and encouragement were truly invaluable, and after my daughter's birth (by far the most pleasant of my three deliveries thus far), she quietly whisked herself away and left my husband and I to enoy our new baby girl together.
I've experienced friends/family in the past wanting to support me during labor, only to find they were a drain on me emotionally and physically, as somehow events were made to be about their own experiences/opinions/needs rather than what I was dealing with at that time. Heather was absolutely wonderful; I felt she was like a fairy godmother-there when I needed her the most, taking care of everything and freeing me to focus on what was most important, and then silently flitting away once she was no longer needed. Heather is an amazing doula and I'm privileged to call her a friend. I am really looking forward to her presence at my fourth labor this coming July 2013.
Heather and her team were with our family as night nurses for more than three months after the birth of our premature twins. Heather's take-charge attitude helped us stay on track during those early days. She taught me so much about childcare, and kept our fussy babies calm and happy and on a good sleep schedule overnight. Heather always went above and beyond--cleaning up the kitchen one evening after we'd had people over, bringing us food, letting us borrow baby supplies--and was cheerful, knowledgable and compassionate. She was always on time, very reliable and a hard worker. We think of Heather as part of our family and I'd recommend her to anyone who needs some extra help at home after the birth of a child.
I first met Heather as I was preparing for the birth of my first child. We were recent transplants from State College, and I had been taking HypnoBirthing classes in the hopes of having a natural, unmedicated birth. Heather was one of the few people in the area who had been trained in this method. My birth experience with her in attendance was all that I had hoped it would be. She was supportive of our plan and and helped me to keep my focus on my birthing as well as avoiding unnecessary interventions. She knew all the tricks to help me stay comfortable and calm throughout the process. I had an amazing birth! She took pictures for us - and wrote my daughter's birth story so I would always have a memory of that wonderful day. At the births of my second and third children, she knew me well enough that she could tell just by the change in my breathing and facial expressions that the baby was coming- and got the midwives back in the room just in time! She has become a valued friend in the last 11 years, and I recommend her to everyone expectant mother I meet!
I was lucky to have Heather as my doula for my children, Oban (six) and Lucia (three). As a new mother expecting our first baby I was excited and very anxious. In my mind I had a good plan of what I wanted during the delivery. My birth plan went with eaze and it was all very beautiful. After my sweet baby was born, I had serious complications that was not part of my plan. I felt that I had climbed the biggest mountain but had more to overcome wth zero strength. Heather brought my focus back with encouragement and love. I truly could not get through it without her. She was a true professional at what she know best and makes you feel so calm and comfortable. I could of moved many mountains that night because I know Heather would get me through it. A few years later when I found out I was pregnant again, there was no doubt that Heather would'nt be there. She wil forever be in my birth plan and has a special place in my heart. I would recommend her to anyone.
I met Heather quite a few years back when she was my doula when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, who is now almost 15 years old. I had an extremely rough pregnancy with her, almost losing my baby several times, and everytime I had to go to the hospital with a complication Heather was always right there with me, most of the time she got to the hospital before I did, and if she wasn't there, she got there very quickly. She was my rock through my very rough pregnancy, she was the only support I had. I will never ever forget how caring and how loving she was. I just recently got back in touch with her a couple years ago to tell her how much she had meant to me during that time, and that I never forgot her. She is one of the most caring, special woman I have ever met. In my mind, she went above and beyond her call of duty, and now everytime I look at my beautiful daughter, I remember Heather, and I always will!
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