Birth Fee: $750 to $975
Fee Details: Your positive birth starts here! I am passionate about reducing your fears and helping you feel confident in the birthing process. My doula support and GentleBirth education provide you with tangible resources to navigate the various stages, transitions or options in labor. My services will make you feel calm, confident and more in control resulting in a less painful more positive birth overall. Services include, prenatals, birth preference preparation, the birth, breastfeeding support and postpartum visit. I have a few packages to choose from which include birth photography as well. Check out my GentleBirth childbirth education and try the app for FREE at www.gentlebirth.com/heathernorris You've got this...and I've got you!!
Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 96 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Treasure Valley Doulas Membership Director 2018-present. Treasure Valley Doulas President 2015-2018.
Service Area MapArea of practice: Boise, ID
We hired Heather for the birth of our second child. Both of us had quite a bit of baggage from the traumatic experience of our first daughter's birth. Heather's patience and guidance were boundless. We took her hypnobirthing class as well and found it to be invaluable. In fact, I find myself using techniques we learned there right now through the torturous phase of new baby sleep deprivation. She proved adept at rolling with the punches, which is great when things don't go according to plan. I think what I appreciate most was her proactive attitude while we were in the hospital. She went to work immediately upon her arrival creating a peaceful room environment (something I didn't think I cared about until it was done). She helped with labor positions to get things moving. And when I got an epidural she continued actively working on me with stretches through our waiting time and then the delivery. She was exactly what we needed and we are so grateful.
My husband and I both agree that hiring Heather as our birth doula was one of the best decisions we made for our pregnancy. We took all of the birth classes from St. Lukes and I practiced prenatal yoga but none of this training could compare with having Heather in the labor room guiding us along each step. She met with us ahead of the labor and helped us determine our birth preferences, including a few options that were never mentioned in our other various courses, so we felt very comfortable with the "plan". During labor Heather knew exactly what to do to keep me comfortable and my husband was even able to rest for a few hours without me even noticing! The classes are great but no substitution for having a dedicated and caring doula like Heather for a wonderful birth experience!!
Having moved to the area right in the middle of my second pregnancy, I knew I needed to find a the right doula since having great doula was so critical in the birth of my first child (which was long and didn't go according to 'plan', but the right doula made all the difference). Heather came highly recommended from my midwife group and I couldn't agree more with their high praise of her.
We met with her several times prior to going into labor and she always gave great information and reminders to both me and my husband. She was positive, knowlegeable, and a great resource to have for all those things I had forgotten since our first baby. She also made a lot of suggestions of things for me to do during pregnancy to help make labor easier given some of the things that happened in my first delivery.
Heather supported us wonderfully at home during the early stages of labor. Her work with the rebozo to ease the pain during contractions was amazing and worth hiring her just for that! In addition, she helped us speed us the labor when things weren't really progressing and helped us figure out the right time to go to the hospital.
Once at the hospital, Heather did wonders to make the labor and delivery room feel more relaxing and inviting for us - mini christmas lights, essential oil diffuser, etc. I was worried my labor would slow down when we made the transition to the hospital, but it didn't and I think a lot of that was to do with Heather's attention to making it feel less institutional. Heather was very supportive and thoughtful throughout the whole process - suggesting position changes, offering wet towels, sips of water, etc. It was also very helpful that all the hospital staff knew her.
Heather also did a great job of capturing the birth. Her photography is a great plus!
Heather joined us rather late in the pregnancy after maybe 5 or 6 interviews, and I am beyond greateful that she was able to do so! I had a few visits with her and she was able to meet my husband and visit our home. My water broke at 1:30am, 2 days before my due date and she was immediately responsive. As a first time mom and doing a home birth, Heather was able to tell me what to expect and help me slow the pace a little into the morning hours. She joined us before the midwives arrived, and immediately assisted with making me confortable and coordinating with the midwives. We had a relatively short labor- about 6 hours. Heather was calming but strong and talked me through the process as I needed. Because we had discussed this beforehand, she also understood when I just needed a hand or a gentle rub and silence. Throughout the labor process, she took photos that our family is able to cherish for years to come- they were stunningly beautiful! When my daughter was just a week old or so, I was able to look through all of the photos and relive the magic of her coming into the world- something that every mother should have the benefit of doing!
Not only was she supportive of me throughout my labor, but was helpful to my husband as well. He has 2 previous children who were born in a hospital setting so a home birth was new territory! He asked me to pass along that having Heather at the birth was invaluable. She made him feel calm, supported and confident that everything was going smoothly.
I couldn't imagine not having Heather at our birth. We are expecting a second child and we are hoping she is available again! I seriously don't know if anyone else could live up to the expectation that she has set for us as far as the support of a Doula!
(Our daughter was born in April 2016, and we moved about 2 weeks later. In all the hustle and stress, I didn't even realize that I did not leave a testimonial at the time!)
I can't begin to tell you how incredible Heather has been through my whole pregnancy and birth. Heather was so helpful in my birthing experience. I was well informed by her, felt safe with her and empowered by the work we did together. I was scared of the birthing experience and Heather helped me to feel safe and confident for my special day. I took Heather's mindful birth classes (which I loved!) so that I would have tools to use during my arduous labor. I was super grateful that my husband and I had her help once I found out I had to be induced but did not want an epidural. She is knowledgeable and very willing to share her knowledge. She has a very calm and peaceful demeanor which is very reassuring during labor and after bringing the baby home. My little one and I had a tough time being successful breastfeeding and Heather visited with us multiple times and helped me get in touch with a lactation specialist as well as a great therapist for my babe!
Words will never be able to explain our gratitude to Heather. On February 10th, 2017 our son was born. Thanks to Heather, I was able to achieve exactly the birth I wanted. This is our first baby and I knew if I wanted to have a successful natural birth I would need a fantastic coach to provide me with knowledge and support before, during, and after labor. Heather offered just that. Before our son was born my Husband and I took Gentle Birth Classes from her to help prepare us. Heather provided us with resources for birth affirmations and hypnosis recordings to listen to the weeks prior to delivery to help set the mood and prepare our minds. These resources helped immensely during my 21-hour labor. The morning I went into labor I reached a point at which I started to get nervous as my contractions were building. Just then Heather arrived at our home and the moment she came in she provided me with instant support and relief. She stayed with us at home the remainder of the day as my contractions continued to build. Heather used all of her tools and massaged me constantly through each contraction. She helped us to decide when it was time to go to the hospital and by the time we arrived I had made a lot of progress and was able to deliver within about 3 hours. The timing could not have worked out better. Heather is a true professional, master of her trade, and the best support a woman and man could ask for. Thank you, Heather, over and over for helping us bring this amazing little soul safely into the world.
Heather was an absolute life savor during labor! I had heard of doulas prior to my pregnancy and knew that research showed more favorable outcomes and more satisfaction during labor but I wasn't sure it was right for me. I dont really like being touched and usually like being left alone when hurt or sick. However, I decided that get a doula 'just in case'. Heather was recommended by a friend and she was fabulous. She listened to our wishes for labor and got together with us a few times before labor to talk about how things might go and get comfortable with each other. she has a calming presence is a great listener. I honestly couldn't have done my 27 hour labor without her. She helped me through every contraction and reminded me to breathe. She knew to do things I didn't even know I wanted. She also followed up with us after the birth to talk things through and make sure breastfeeding was going well. She was professional, warm, reassuring, and very accessible. She was willing to skip thanksgiving with her family if I went into labor! My husband was worried she would essentially take his role but afterwords he said she was the best money we spent pregnancy wise. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
Heather Norris was the perfect support for our birthing experience. She met with us a few times before our sweet baby girl arrived to get to know us, our style, and our desires for the arrival of our first baby. She was very knowledgeable, kind, funny, confident and supportive. She helped us get prepared for the special day when we would get to meet our daughter for the first time. Once the day came, she helped support me through a detour to our original birth plan (induction due to hypertension). She helped me to see the positives of the detour by reminding me that I was in the 40th week already and my husband and I would get to meet our daughter for the first time and be a family of three within hours. She played a major supporting role with me. We used a hypnobirthing approach for a calm and peaceful environment. She massaged me with essential oils, helped me with visualizations, and she was on point with affirmations for me with a calming and confident voice which helped me be confident and relaxed. She was great too for my husband, he can't say enough about her. He tells everyone who is expecting to take advantage of her wonderful services because she is more than worth her weight in gold! We were very fortunate to have achieved a successful birth experience. We were able to realize our desire to have a calm natural birth experience without pain medication. I am so thankful that Heather was there to share in the first few moments of life with our baby girl, Harper! She stayed with us after Harper arrived to ensure we settled in for the night. A few days after we were home, breastfeeding was proving to be very difficult and stressful for Harper and myself. Heather was right there again supporting us. She connected us to a wonderful lactation specialist again we were on the road to success. I have no doubt this experience would not have been the same without her genuine love and support. We sincerely thank you Heather!
Heather was my doula for both daughters. She was and is an amazing, educated and open-minded person who is very good at what she does. I had two hospital births, with epidurals, and I never felt as though I "shouldn't" have a doula. Her presence was calming, and it also gave my husband the opportunity to focus more on me. I never had a question that went unanswered throughout the whole process. I will keep in touch with Heather forever! Love her and so grateful to have had the chance to work with her in such important times in my life.
Looking back we are so glad we hired Heather because we couldn't have done it without her! Our birth was very long and wasn't progressing as regularly as we would have liked. Heather knew just what to do at every step along the way to keep our spirits up and to offer advice on techniques and strategies to keep things going. Without her guidance I imagine that we would have become frustrated at the lack of progress and we would have been at a loss about what to do. With her help we were able to stay very close to our original birth plan and we can honestly look back and say that although the birth was hard, it was everything we hoped it would be in the end.
If you're on the fence as to whether or not to hire a doula, we recommend it! Heather's style is professional, knowledgeable and helpful. She is there when you need her, but never pushy or overwhelming. She was just what we needed when we needed it!
This was our second birth with Heather as my Doula.
Every birth is different but she has a way of getting in sync with what you need right as you need it. I would not have it any other way. If I could go back in time I would have chosen her for my first birth as well. The support for my husband and myself allowed me the natural birth I had hoped for again, even after an induction at 40 weeks this go around. I was worried with the pitocin and monitoring rhings would not work out, but with Heather by my side ,a nd even helping me in the tub my perfect daughter was born after 6 hours or so of labor. I am so greateful for the birth experience she helped create.
Having Heather as our doula completely changed our birth experience. I know that I will not be able to adequately put into words what she did for me. Heather completely understood, and fought for, my deep desire to have a HBaC. She helped me labor at home, came with me when my midwives recommended that I transfer to the hospital, held my hand during my ceserean, and was there when I finally got to hold my baby. Heather was there for 36 long hours of labor. She had energy when I had none. She pushed me to keep moving and changing positions throughout labor. I was exhausted and she kept me going. At the hospital, when the doctors made recommendations, Heather was there to make sure I understood my options. She advocated for my husband and I, and always made sure we got a moment alone to discuss our decisions together before we made them. After my baby was delivered, she sat with me for the rest of the surgery while my husband went with our baby to recovery. Heather stayed until we were moved to the postpartum floor of the hospital. She understood that the delivery did not go as I had planned, but because of Heather I was able to feel that I had done absolutely everything possible. Her presence made all the difference! I would choose Heather over and over again!
Heather Norris is incredible! Look no further & call her! My husband and I appreciated and cherished our experience with her. She is educated, articulate, reliable, compassionate, resourceful, and adaptable. She respected our wishes & concerns. She empowered us with knowlege & started important dialiagues that we didn't realize needed adressing. We had a unique situation: A Gestational Carrier was carrying our son. First of all, we were out of state. Heather was informing us all along the way via texts and calls as soon as the labor process began for our GC (16 days early). We asked that Heather be the first person to hold our baby in case we couldn't make it in time for the delivery. Thankfully we made it on time. Heather eased our worries during our 11 hour travel time to Boise. She greeted us at the delivery room door and explained what we should do and what was going on. She was our link to the birth process & kept us informed & calm. After the birth she helped us with our first feeding, filled us in on the birth process during the hours when we were in route, and even took some goregous photos. Leading up to the birth, Heather worked with our GC and gave her coaching advice that helped our baby turn from a Frank Breeched position into an ideal birthing position. She also spent a great deal of time on the phone with me going over the Birth Plan. She brought up many excellent points for Intended Parents. She is supportive and doesn't judge one bit-- she supports anything that the parents want and desire and helps them understand all the possibilties, implications, etc. She was a wonderful liason between the Doctor and the GC. Her eyes and ears were imparative. We appreciated our consultation with her.Our GC felt immediately comfortable. Heather walked us through explanations of medications during delivery and answered all of our questions...no question was too "out there" for Heather. If she didn't have an answer she did research.
Heather is an AMAZING doula! She was right by my side through my entire home birth, there is no way I could have done it without her. Not only was she essential during my birth, but the knowledge and advice she shared during pre-natal visits helped my husband and I feel more prepared for labor. Heather was a key factor in me having a smooth and successful birth and I will definately be contacting her for any future pregnancies.
We are so glad we decided to seek out a doula for our first birth and specifically Heather. She was recommended to us through a friend that had worked with her in a few different birthing setting. Our plan was to labor at home as much as possible with Heather's help and then go to the hopsital to deliver. In the end I had to be induced at 42 weeks. We were in L&D for 3 days and Heather was there for about 85% of the time. She helped explained things that neither I or my husband understood as well as make some vital decisions along the way. On a side note she was also very comforting and a lot of fun! After our son finally arrived we could not of imagined going through the whole thing without her.
My husband and I had the most amazing birth experience thanks to Heather! She has been very supportive and knowledgeable from our very first consultation to today.
This pregnancy was our first child and we chose to have an out of hospital birth and wanted to ensure that we had as much support as possible so that we could have an amazing natural child birth. Heather was available throughout my entire labor and came to my home as soon as I needed her. She provided great guidance for myself and my husband so that contractions were manageable.
In the end we had a smooth quick labor and Heather is to thank for that. We highly recommend her and will use her for our next child.
First I must say, having Heather as my doula was the best decision I made during pregnancy. After having a pretty traumatic birth experience with my first child that ended in an emergency cesarean, I knew I needed additional support to have a successful VBAC. She was always readily available to answer questions and was easy to contact. She made me feel comfortable and confident going into labor. The first meeting I had with Heather I felt at ease and I knew she was the right doula for my husband and I! I called Heather when my midwife recommended an immediate induction and she helped me walk through different natural induction techniques so that I could avoid using any drugs and also came to the hospital to provide me with some essential oils, all of which was helpful. After choosing an induction technique and having her present during this not so pleasant process, I was so relieved. When my contractions started, Heather came back to the hospital and provided me with mental and physical support that allowed me to continue laboring naturally! She always went above and beyond to help me and was also great to have for my husband since he often needs direction on how to help. After laboring for quite some time, Heather and my husband were super helpful to help me decide if I should get an epidural. I felt like Heather was very involved and helped answer my questions but also provided my husband and I space to decide what was best for us and our daughter. I did get an epidural and due to my progress slowing there after and the babies dipping heart rate we also had to make a decision on whether it was urgent to have our daughter safely. Let me tell you, I had a horrible doctor on call that evening but having Heather present I believe allowed the doctor to give me space and allow me to make decisions. I ended up having a cesarean again, but this time I felt like I had a choice and still felt empowered!
I considered hiring a doula with my first child and to this day I really wish I would have. With my second I knew I wanted a doula to help me achieve a drug free birth. Heather was fantastic and worked so well with my nurse midwife. She has a calm but upbeat demeanor which I appreciated at such an intense time. I was able to deliver drug free but most importantly felt supported which is what having a doula is all about.
Heather was great for the birth of our second son, born at home. I most appreciated her professionalism and enthusiasm. Heather was great about checking in with me prior to the birth and was extremely knowledgeable about natural childbirth. My husband loved having her there for support felt like she was a huge help throughout my 12+ hours of labor. Many, many thanks to Heather for her help on our very special day!
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