Phone: (206) 227-8554
Birth Fee: $1800
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $35
Fee Details: I charge a flat fee of $1800. This includes two pre-natals, the entire labor and birth,(no matter how long- i do not switch off with a partner, I am the sole business owner) and one to two post-partums. (more if desired for an hourly fee) This also includes unlimited resources on pregnancy, labor and Birth. I am also available by phone or email 24 hours a day if you hire me to be your doula. I will also attend birth classes or Dr. appointments with you if you need the support. I do offer low cost/free doula services for teen or single moms, or moms that do not have support and need it. I also will work with you if you need to make payment arrangements. This is on a case by case basis. please email me with your needs. If you are able to pay above and beyond my fee, then know that it goes into a fund to support moms that need low cost/free doula care. Every woman needs a doula. I accept HSA cards, checks, or cash. You can also use POPmoney or Square.
Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 285 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 9 years and 200 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 2 to 6 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No smoking households.
Certification Chair for PALS Doulas Volunteer 3-5 births a year to low income, military, or teen moms. volunteered at the Puget Sound Birth Center. YOGA flow teacher certified through YOGAfit.
Languages spoken: english
Service Area MapArea of practice: Monroe, WA
Heidi provided us with a birth class for our first child and acted as our doula for our second child. With baby #2, we were going for a VBAC, and I really wanted to have someone with experience who could advocate for us in the hospital and provide information to help us make rational, informed decisions. Even though my plan for a natural VBAC with our 2nd baby ended up being a c-section, I knew (because of Heidi's support and help) that we did everything we possibly could to have the birth that we wanted, even though it didn't turn out that way. Heidi was always available via text, phone call or email. She would answer all my questions, gave me support when I felt discouraged that things wouldn't go the way I wanted, and just made me feel relaxed and confident that no matter how I ended up birthing that everything would be okay.
Heidi was key for us to be able to have a successfull home birth. She was always calm, providing guidance and support, but also letting me and my husband drive our own experience. She made sure that we were doing ok physically and emotionally at all times. Thanks Heidi for inspiring us to trust you and helping us have the birth we were wishing for.
I look back at my natural birth experience and what made it the success it was. There were various components that included choosing a provider that supported my birth plan, my supportive husband, and Heidi. I know that if Heidi was not a piece of the puzzle it would have gone differently. Heidi’s approach to birth, her experience and resources are some of the things that make her such a great partner in your birth. She told us some things to expect early on and everything she said turned out to be true. Heidi offered connections and resources for everything from pregnancy discomfort to breastfeeding. There are a few things I will remember about my labor. I will recall my husbands physical presence, holding his hands and feeling so close to him. To complement my husband’s support were Heidi’s words and voice. Her guidance was soothing and seemed to carried me through my contractions. She seemed to know exactly where I was with each contraction and what I was feeling. I grasped onto her words and direction. I truly believe it was this guidance from her gentle but strong and supportive voice that helped me avoid asking for pain management. When it came to pushing I sought her voice with each contraction. There was a lot of energy in the room and everyone was so encouraging but again she seemed to be the one who was right with me and knew what I was feeling and how to make the energy as productive as possible. I also remember when my husband left the room for a much needed break and a contraction started I reached out for hands and found Heidi’s and felt immediate comfort and confidence. She knew what I needed at exactly the right time. Everything from encouraging words, to snacks, lots of water etc ... The icing on the cake was the photos she took! I was so excited to find after the birth that some amazing moments were documented with great photos that we will cherish forever.
I can't even begin to describe in words how amazing and priceless Heidi's doula services were, not just during my delivery but the care I received from her before and after the birth was a valuable addition to my birth journey. Let me start by saying that my prenatal visits with her always made me feel happy and confident that the birth was going to go well because Heidi is confident and extremely caring. She was available for me via email, text, etc. and it gave me immense comfort in knowing she was there to help. Therefore I never once worried that I wouldn't be able to get a hold of her when I went into labor. She changed my birth experience into something that was positive, calm and peaceful. Those three things I did not experience during the birth of my first child when I didn't know her. If we were to have another child in the future, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to hire her for her doula services. I just wouldn't have another birth without her there. She will support you from start to finish on your birth journey. There is nothing more I could have asked for, for she exceeded my expectations.
When my husband and I could no longer attend our labor and delivery class, we turned to Heidi for a private in-home lesson. Heidi was thorough, came prepared, and walked us through what to expect during labor and delivery. We now have strategies to use that will help us get through natural child birth, and feel much more prepared as we near the end of our pregnancy. We highly recommend Heidi for anyone walking the path of pregnancy and child birth!
First of all, I never considered my wife having a natural birth. I always thought myself in a hospital watching a doctor doing his or her job. Well, that definitely changed a couple months before my wife got pregnant. I remember we were watching Netflix when she said: “I want to have a natural birth”. My reaction was NONE. I thought “natural birth” was a synonym for “I want to have a baby at the hospital”. She was happy with reaction and said “Thank you! I thought it would not be so easy”. After that we had discussed it for 3 weeks by doing research, watching videos, YouTube, movies and having a 2 hour conversation with the president of the midwives in WA. I can say that I totally changed my mind: being in a hospital just in case we need. Well, after watching so many videos, reading, etc, I was so confident that I thought we did not need a doula. However, after talking to a lot of people, most were suggesting us to hire one. After a lot of interviews, Heidi was the one who got A+. My daughter today is almost 2 months. What I can share with you that are reading this and might be thinking if you should or not? I definitely suggest that everyone who wants to have a natural birth should do it with a doula. Why? Heidi supported us in very different ways. My wife’s labor took about 9 hours. So, during this time, she was working really hard and, unfortunately, she could not make decisions. So, I was making the decisions for her. However, on most of my decisions, Heidi gave me support and her opinion as well. Besides that, she also kept my wife moving in order to help in the labor. On the moments of most pain, she did some magic massages that could gave comfort to my wife. In summary, yes, you definitely should hire a doula. At the end, I was so glad she was with us, otherwise, I am almost sure our other end would be that one you read at the beginning of this testimonial.
This was our second birth with Heidi Biddle as our Doula. While the birth was very different from my first, Heidi was the same calming, supportive presence- just as she was with our first. This baby came very fast (under 4 hrs) and Heidi was crucial in helping me determine when to alert the midwives and when to leave for the birth center. She coached me through a very fast paced labor and helped keep me grounded when I felt very much out of control of my body. I cannot thank Heidi enough for her support with our births. She is an invaluable part of our birth team and we will definately be using her services for any future kiddos. I, with confidence, recommend her services to anyone who asks (and sometimes when they don't!).
From the moment we met Heidi, we instantly knew she was the perfect fit for our birth and our birth plan. We had interviewed a few other Birthing Doulas in the area, and had almost given up on our search, but with Heidi, we just had that instant connection. She is a warm and loving person with a special presence, and we felt completely comfortable from the moment we met.
For our first baby and birthing experience, we really didn't know what to expect or how to prepare for labor and delivery. Heidi has an amazing network and ammount of resources and tips to help guide us along the way! She also has a wonderful working relationship with the Midwives, our OB providers- so that is just a huge benefit in itself.
From pre-natal support to post-partum check-ins on us after we got home; Heidi has been amazing to us. We are SOOOO glad that we went with our gut feeling, but are also very thankful to have had the opportunity to have her in our lifes at such an important time! We love Heidi, and seriously cannot recommend her enough to expecting Mothers and families!
When we first met with her, we immediately knew we wanted to work with her for the birth of our first child - she took her time to explain exactly what her role was. My husband appreciated that and was on board when she said 'I'm there for you (husband) so you can take care of her'. In his eyes, he felt at ease knowing she was there in case he did not know what to do during labor. Aside from being so laid back, down to earth, funny and just an all around awesome person Heidi, she has a gift for making you feel comfortable, relaxed and focused. I don't remember a whole lot from labor - bits and pieces here and there but I remember the moment Heidi walked into the room at the hospital. I was just getting into active labor leaning over in pain and my husband was doing everything he had been coached to do and did a fabulous job...but I have to say the minute Heidi walked in she took action. She came in and sounded positive and excited and immediately asked the nurse for a bucket and got ice and water to put a washcloth on me and did anything and everything she could to make me more comfortable. I felt completely at ease (as much as I could during labor) knowing she was there. The birth class prep we did was amazing as it definitely gave us an idea of what we will be going through and how my husband and I would react and work together during labor. I think aside form the support during labor the best support she gave was in post partum care with the struggles of breastfeeding and all the worries and anxieties of being a new mom. She came over when we got home from the hospital and helped out so much to again, relax us and help us with breastfeeding. I am sad that our services are done with her and can not wait to hire her again when we have our second child. She is apart of our birth story and we were so glad to share that with her.
We had the privilege of using Heidi for a private birthing class, since the scheduling stars wouldn't align for us for a regular group class. Heidi was a wonderful instructor, gracious and accomodating of our colds (which prevented me from participating in birth simulation) and offered easily-absorbed, but important material. It's clear Heidi has both passion and a great deal of experience in being a doula as well as a birth instructor. You will be well taken care of!
We are grateful to Heidi for prepping us for our birth. Our main motivation for hiring a doula was for my husband, he asks tons of questions, and wasn't sure how he would be during the birth so we wanted someone there to step in for my support if we needed it. It was so comforting having someone there who could answer my husbands questions, and keep him his best so he could help me. One of the things I remember during my amazing birth is Heidi's voice, "that's the way mama" and having her remind me to breath, and keep on top of my contractions when they were really intense. She also helped answer several of my breastfeeding questions after the birth which was extremely helpful for me! She was always calm and patient and a wonderful addition to our birth team. Thank you Heidi!
For all the Men out there that are questioning this Doula thing, I did too. Come on guys seriously, this birth think is not really our cup of tea. I truly wanted to be supportive and we went as a couple to birthing classes but I had VERY LITTLE idea how to support my wife through the birthing process. Heidi not only helped my wife through a very long and tricky delivery (which is her primary purpose), but she empowered me with clear and reassuring direction to enable me to support and help my wife through the whole birth. They told us in the birthing classes that there were many little fazes and emotions that my wife would go through. I was shocked at how many and how big they were, but mostly how quickly one thing that I was doing that had come across as loving and caring at one point was now the worst thing I could do. Heidi (I don’t know how) saw everything coming and enabled me in such a way that I was set and ready for each step as it came…except for the emotions, the pain your heart goes through as your wife endures and then breaks down from the physical pain and then the euphoric high of meeting your child! Nothing will prepare you for that and I would not miss it for the world. I am so thankful for the roll that Heidi played in our birth and I would be shocked if she did not play the same role in our next childs delivery.
Heidi's involvement was a game-changer in the birth of our second child. My wife had researched various doulas and we'd met with a few. Heidi immediately stood out from the rest on our first meeting - experienced, caring, professional.
I was just amazed watching Heidi talk Megan through contractions. The amount of deep expertise she has doing this was so apparent. She was able to on-the-spot figure out exactly what Megan needed to hear in a way that really altered the course of her labor. Five minutes in, I knew that Megan was in the best possible hands. I only wish we could have had Heidi there for the birth of our first child :)
I cannot recommend Heidi strongly enough. If you're in the process of making a list of potential doulas, put Heidi right at the top.
We loved Heidi. My husband and I have no family here in WA. So that was our main reason for hiring a doula. I knew after my first meeting with Heidi she was exactly what we were looking for. I felt like I had found a new best friend who I could share this birthing experience with. During my pregnancy she was there when I had questions and concerns. my husband and I have stated several times we have no idea what we would have done without her. Her support and knowledge made our birthing process the greatest experience ever.
I had Heidi again for the birth of my second baby. I had my first through a C-section that we didn't planned and I wanted to have this baby through a VBAC. Heidi was really helpful not only during the lovely, hospital bound, 7 hour long labor and natural birth of my son, but during the previous months to help me to walk the path through the not so supportive of VBACs medical establishment. She gave me recommendations and exercises to do to help position the baby, which was probably essential to the smoothness of his birth. I am so thankful that I could have this experience! She rocks!
When I became pregnant and my husband and I began discussing our birth plan for our first child, I hadn’t really considered using a doula. I’m the type of person who tries to do it all (and on her own) without asking for help… not the best idea with labor and delivery! My husband, on the other hand, really wanted some support (for both us) during delivery. Through childbirth classes at Evergreen Hospital, we learned more about how a doula supports both the birth mother and the father (or whomever is in the room during delivery). Given that our own parents and immediate families live out of state (and frankly, I did not want a crowded delivery room), we ultimately decided that a doula would be the best way to receive that support. We found Heidi based on a list of recommended doulas from our midwife at Mill Creek OB-GYN.
We decided to interview Heidi and one other recommended doula, but at our first meeting, we knew Heidi was the one! We appreciated the fact that she has not only attended many births as a doula but that she has her own experiences as a mother to three children. At our pre-natal meetings, Heidi really listened to our wants and needs and I firmly believe that it is because of Heidi that I was able to have an all natural, un-medicated childbirth for our 8 lb 13 oz (and 21 inches) son! Heidi didn’t ‘take over’ in the delivery room but she was there to help my husband help me. Without Heidi, I don’t know that I would have been able to make it through each painful contraction nor would have been able to learn how to successfully push. Heidi was there when our first son was born last month and I know she will be there when we continue to expand our family! We love Heidi and know you will, too!
When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I was petrified!. Although I had gone through giving birth before, and did it without drugs, I KNEW what was coming, and I had nightmares about it. I had no idea having Heidi involved would change my experience so dramatically. Instead of it being a somewhat traumatic experience like before, it was a life changing beautiful experience. We started out with just wanting a private birth class. She came to our home, and within ten minutes we knew we had to have her as our doula . She is non judgmental and beyond supportive of what YOU want your experience to be, with a vast knowledge that she doesn't overwhelm you with. She made us feel supported, strong, and totally able to handle this birth. She helped me immensely after my son was born, coming over to my house and helping me with nursing. Again I had done this all before, but wow did she open my eyes to things I didn't know in regards to nursing, sleeping, etc, making my life so much easier! If your not sure whether or not you should hire a doula, I'll tell you right now, Do it! And make it heidi. This woman knows what's up. You will Not regret it, whether your a first time mom or have ten kids.
Heidi has been our savior in every step of your birth journey and beyond. Prior to meeting Heidi there was so much that we were unaware of about pregnancy, birthing, and raising a baby. Heidi is a great resource and is very knowledgable, but she never made us feel like we were dumb for not knowing something. She understands that may aspects of birth are not common knowledge and she does an amazing job helping you understand the truth behind birthing and your options in the journey. I credit so much of what I have learned to her! She takes her job as a doula seriously and her personal experiences in birth have given her so much passion in what she does. We absolutly love her! She has gone above and beyond what we were expecting to recieve from her services. Now that our baby is here Heidi has been such a great resource and support system to us. Some times I feel I'm asking too many questions or using her too much but she is always there and never makes me feel that I can't keep asking questions. More than anything she wants moms to have a great birth experience and thats exactly what she has done for us. When hiring Heidi we got an amazing doula but we also got a caring and loving friend and cant wait to work with her again and again and again as our family continues to grow.
Heidi absolutely made my birth experience; her help and guidance were invaluable before, during and after labor. Before labor, she gave sensible and guidance that made both my husband and me feel much more confident and at ease. After labor, she again gave straightforward and sensible advice that smoothed the scary early weeks of having our first newborn on our hands. But it was during my long, difficult labor that Heidi absolutely shone. For almost the whole time, it was Heidi who directed my labor, suggesting new positions to labor in, keeping me hydrated and fed, keeping me going with her firm hand and unwavering encouragement. In the end, I delivered my little girl naturally, just how I'd hoped to, and I can't imagine doing it without Heidi.
Heidi has been an amazing assest to both my labors. Words can't describe how wonderful she is and how important her support has been while giving birth to my two babies. When i first met with her during my first pregnancy, I knew instantly that she was the person i wanted to hire to be by my side during this amazing time in mine and my husbands lives. She was a great support person allowing my husband to be as involved as he wanted to be. I know for him, it was super comforting to know there was someone else there to not only support me but also him. I believe it made the experience so much better for him not having to carry all the stress of this experience on his shoulders alone. Thankfully, i had two very uneventful labors, but even so, its so nice to have a doula at your side. When i was pregnant again, i just knew Heidi would need to be there for us again as she was the first time. It happened a lot quicker the second time and i remember breathing a sigh of relief that I would get through this once Heidi arrived. She is such a personable and kind soul with a gentle nature. I believe she would be great at helping anyone. She's one of those people that i see getting along with anyone. This is helpful when dealing with different styles of doctors and nurses in the hospital setting. I just could go on forever about how great she is. Just know if you hire her, she will be awesome and provide you with great information and support to make your birth the best it can be for you and your family! Thank you so much Heidi for everything you do!
I'm not sure that I can put into words the impact that Heidi had on our birthing journey as our doula. I'm also not sure that I can refer to her as just a doula, as she was much more to my husband and I throughout the entire process. Heidi was a mentor, an educator, a support system beyond just the birthing process, a friend, and a resource (for every need from the prenatals to nursing and everything in between). With both my family and my husbands family living in Chicago, Heidi became family to us. We had interviewed a number of doula's and had given ourselves, and those we interviewed, a two week dead line on when we would make our decision. After meeting with Heidi my husband and I got in our car and we both said, "Should we call her tonight or in the morning to tell her we're choosing her!" We knew as soon as we met her.
Heidi was there for us every step of the way. She was so supportive of all of our choices and in the toughest parts of the labor was so encouraging. I'm not sure if Heidi would agree with me but I truly believe that had she not been there with us, I would have ended up needing to have a c-section. My labor had gone on for what felt like forever and I was completely exhausted, I just didn't think I was going to be able to do it on my own. And with Heidi's better judgement and encouragement to trust my instincts, we got through everything naturally...exactly how we had planned. There is no way we would have been able to get through everything the way that we did without her. Heidi has been such a blessing to our family and I know in my heart that it was her that made our first birth the beautiful and amazing experience that it was. I don't think that I could ever thank her enough. This is truly what Heidi Biddle was meant to do and I would recommend her to anyone 1000 times over.
On July 17th I delivered my son at 8 lbs and 20.5 inches long. I moved back to Washington 3 months proir to this date, coming home not having any sort of plan on how I wanted my birth to go. It never occurred to me how important this day really is untill I met with Heidi and she had offered her service to me with such little time left. I have known Heidi since I was a child and I could not have been more blessed to have her as my coach during the most memorable moment in my life. Before I had spoke with Heidi I had decided that I was just going to have an epidural not knowing any other option or the pros and cons of each. So with the help of Heidi's knowledge I made the decsion to have a natrual birth. Even though it was a very chalenging expiernce I would not change one thing. Without Heidi I really don't know how I would have done this. I can not say thank you enough for she really is a true blessing it takes a very special kind of person to do this. Thank you again Heidi!
My husband Matt and I were very excited when we met Heidi at our initial meeting. We just seemed to click with her and we felt like she would be a great match for us in the laboring process. I liked that she would meet with us multiple times before the birth and after the birth. I also liked that she had lots of resources at the ready for us. Prior to our birth we met and went over our birth plan, did some labor simulation and walk through the nursery and our room to make sure we were ready for baby. She met us at our house and really got a sense of who we are as a couple. Both Matt and I felt confindent in our choice going into the birth. We now know that she was absolutely the best choice for us.
My labor was extremely long- 46 hours from first contraction to vaginal delivery. My water was broken for 40 of those hours. When my water broke I called heidi and she consulted me to contact the midwives but that likely I would just try to get some sleep (it was the middle of the night) I labored at home until morning when Heidi and the midwives met us at the birth center. We labored at the birth center for 24 hours before transfer to the hospital. while at the birth center Heidi was very proactive in helping me with my labor, suggesting positions, and encouraging me to walk the stairs. She really helped guide my husband to be there for me, especially if he didn't know what to do. We feel so blessed to have her as part of our team. When we transfered to the hospital she reassured my fears and really helped us work well with the nurse on staff. She helped me with position changes to make the most of the augmented contractions. In the end I was so happy to have her hold my leg as i pushed.
Postpartum i looked forward to Heidi's visits. She reassured us and helped us with swaddling and really boosted our confidence as parents. I can't recommend her enough- she is an amazing doula.
Heidi was recommended to me by a friend who had a fabulouse 1st birth experience with her. My husband and I decided to have Heidi as part of our birth team, and we are so incredible happy that we did!! Although I wasn't an anxious mom-to-be, when I went into labor, it was very reassuring to have someone present that radiated love, encouragement and most of all EXPERIENCE! Heidi was the one who told us to get to the hospital when we weren't sure if it was time yet, and she made sure that we were prepaired ahead of time for any and all complications that could arise. I was lucky to have the quick, natural birth I wanted, and I know I was able to stick to that birth plan because I had my husband and Heidi in my corner. Honestly, I can't imagine having such an incredible experience with out Heidi there, and when we add to our family with baby #2, I know exactly who to call!! I'd definitely recommend her to anyone and everyone :)
I am a mother of 3 daughters. One of my daughters just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy with the help of Heidi at her side. The plan was as the mother, I was to be there in the room with my daughter while she was in labor. I was realizing as the labor was progressing it was very diffucult for me to watch my daughter in this uncomfortable pain. Heidi was amazing! Her calmness,tenderness and loving touch was just what my daughter needed. Heidi is a true blessing and has been given a gift. The mothers she helps through this time in there lives is so precious to themselves and there babies. Thank you Heidi
Heidi was an integral part of giving me the courage to fight for the birth I wanted. She supported me through helping find a provider that would allow me to try for a VBac. She was always there for me after my discouraging Dr's appts knowing just what to say, helping me relax and trust that everything would be alright for us. When I went into labor she was checking in with me and came over and knew it was time to head to the hospital. She was in the "background" when she needed to be and right there when we needed her hands on helping. The photos and birth story she took for us are inmeasurable treasures. She researched and is a wealth of knowledge for support people throughout the whole process, we wanted to learn all we could about VBac, and she knew just who to go to for that, and when we had troubles nursing she found a wonderful lactation consultant for us.
I wouldn't do it again with out her, and cannot wait to do it again(Lord willing)! Thank you so much Heidi Biddle!
I dont think I could ever properly explain how grateful I am for Heidi. As a single mom, I knew that I would need someone during labor and delivery to provide the physical and emotional support that I needed since I didn't have a partner, and Heidi suprassed all of my expectations. She was so knowledgeable on the birthing process that it made it very easy to trust her. I felt very comfortable in her hands, and with her help I was able to acheive my goal of having an unmedicated hospital delivery. She is very sweet, and got along great with my family and the hospital staff. She took lots of pictures for me as well which was great. She was so helpful during the postpartum visits, answering all the questions I had about my newborn, breastfeeding, etc. and also answered many questions via text on her own time. I couldn't imagine going through labor/delivery without Heidi by my side, and I honestly wouldn't have been able to do it without her knowledge and support. I HIGHLY recommend Heidi, and would hire her again in a heartbeat.
When I became pregnant I knew I wanted a doula for my birth. I found Heidi through a friend and after meeting with her, my husband and I knew that she would be a wonderful support and resource for us through our pregnancy and birth. My daughter is now 10 weeks old and I cannot imagine having gone through labor and delivery and the weeks that followed without Heidi by my side. Heidi is an incredible warm, caring and loving person and she has an aura about her that makes you feel safe and comforted. Heidi visited us twice at our home before our birth and we talked about our birth plan and she helped my husband and I learn about pain coping skills and different positions. I had to be induced 4 days after my due date and once I checked into the hospital and throughout the next day when my induction started Heidi was constantly checking in on me. Once she arrived at the hospital (Swedish Ballard) and walked into the room labor was getting pretty intense for me. When I heard her come in I immediately felt calm; she came right over to my side and started massaging my back and giving me positive encouragement and just making my husband and me feel better. My labor progressed rather rapidly after Heidi arrived and became extrememly intense. Heidi never left my side and I remember her talking me through each contraction. I am not sure I would have been able to deliver my child naturally and unmedicated without Heidi by my side. She was amazing to have with us and was completely focused on me during the whole labor and delivery. I am convinced that no woman should deliver a baby without a doula and if you are lucky enough to get Heidi I know you will have an amazing birth experience. I am still in touch with Heidi and if we ever decide to have a second baby I will not give birth again without Heidi by my side!
When getting pregnant with my second child, I knew I wanted the same AMAZING experience I had with my first. So the second I got that positive test, I knew I had to have Heidi by my side again, without her I knew I wouldn't have that experience. With our first, my husband and I choose to deliver him in a beautiful birthing center, and it was the most wonderful and empowering experience of my life. I wasn't sure if my experience could be anymore powerful; however, after meeting with Heidi again, she encouraged us to have a home birth…a decision I will NEVER regret.
As my pregnancy progressed I had Heidi's full support of love and compassion. I was in connection with her the whole time, and near the end she was my go-to knowledge of if "this was real or not". After many weeks of prodromal labor, Heidi kept reminding me that he'd make his enterance soon enough and just to rest and relax. Finally, the time came when my little guy decided it was his birthday, within 2 hours I had gone from questioning if I was in "real labor" to delivering my precious little guy. My home birth experience was nothing short of amazing with Heidi's help! The second she came to my side my mind was put to ease, she knew exactly when I needed to call the midwives, what positions and actions I need to take to help myself relax and let my body do its job, and how to guide my husband to help him know how to support me best.
While, with my first labor, I had the typical full-day of laboring and a few hours of pushing, this labor couldn't have been more different with how fast and intense it was. Heidi knew the perfect steps to take to help both situations progress in the most natural and effective way. Heidi's support, passion, love and friendship WAS the reason my husband and I have had two unforgettable experiences welcoming our sons into this world.
We couldn't have done it without you Heidi!
After interviewing doulas for the birth of our first child and then having such a wonderful experience with Heidi, it seemed only natural to invite her back for the birth of our second baby.
So now, having had two births with her on our team, I can confidently say that Heidi is an amazing and incredibly supportive doula, and it would be difficult to find someone I'd rather have supporting my wife and I in labor.
As a husband and dad, I think there's a lot of guys out there who either don't want to become actively involved in planning the birth experience, or else feel like they may not be able to help very much while their wife is in labor. My experience has shown me that, whether you're giving birth in the hospital, birth center, or at home, your impact and ability to connect and support your wife during the birth process is both supported and maximized by having a doula there on your team.
Like us, even if you're planning on having a quiet, relaxed home birth experience where things are more familiar, my personal advice would still be to have Heidi there. Why? Well, in the midst of the whole birth experience, even as a confident, supportive, attentive husband here at home, I realized there was still so very much support, guidance, and care that Heidi provided. My primary goal was to be there by my wife's side and have everything go perfectly for her - and while I was doing that, Heidi went above and beyond to support both her and I in making sure that our ideal birth plan could be a reality.
So, even if you've decided already to have a doula at your birth, let me still say that there's a large gap between 'a doula', and Heidi. She's all the good things you might hope any doula would be, but her caring, supportive, and encouraging personality, combined with her extensive experience and knowledge are what truly make her the best doula for any birth.
Heidi was our doula for the birth of our first son and I am certain we would have had a very different birth experience had it not been for her. We took all the classes, read the books but there are so many aspects of birth that really benefit from having a calm expert in the room- and Heidi is absolutely the person you want. As just one example of her influence- we checked into the hospital and based on our desire for a natural birth the doctor suggested we go walk around to speed up labor. If it had been just my husband and I we would have leisurely strolled around the block (which probably wouldn't have helped), but Heidi had me walking up and down hills, doing cat/cow in the hospital lobby and upon re-evaluation had made significant progress. She was a great advocate for us and was very patient and understanding throughout our very long labor! Heidi has a very down-to-earth nature and approach to childbirth, she is very practical and pragmatic all key attributes we were looking for. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a doula!
Heidi was amazing - is the simplest way to say it. I had my daughter 13 years ago in a hospital with only the nurses as my guide. They broke my water to speed things up, it was too much so I ended up getting an epidural which slowed things down, it was a mess. I was determined to have a much different experience with the birth of my son. I wanted someone on our side. With this being the first labor/delivery for my current husband, I also wanted someone there to help him. Heidi did that & much more. Her inital meetings to lay out the plan & get to know her made us feel so comfortable, we trusted her from the begining. She is a master of knowing what's going on, she walked me through my contractions like she was in my head knowing before I did when they were peaking or coming on again. I just listened & trusted in her encouragement to get through it. This time I had back labor the whole time & Heidi took turns with my wonderful husband to put pressure on my back. She worked so well with our doctor, whom she'd never met before, they were the perfect team. I ended up having a totally natural delivery for the birth of our son. I have no doubt that I would have ended up getting an epidural this time if Heidi wasn't with us. She is totally worth the added cost - although I'm sure we ended up saving money by going natural. Her follow-up visits were so helpful. I have been struggling with my milk supply & she had so much great advice. She's gone above & beyond what I expected, we are so grateful for all of her help.
Totally. Worth. It! Heidi was our doula with the birth of our first child in July 2010. She was amazing then and I knew I wanted her there to help us welcome any more children we would have. Once I found out I was pregnant she was the second person I called. I wanted to make sure I was on her calendar! Since having my daughter in 2010 and having a wonderful experience with a doula I decided to go to school and become a doula myself. With this second birth I had a lot more knowledge and comfort with the whole birthing process but I still knew Heidi would be an asset and I wanted her there. We chose to birth at home this time and I had an amazing team of birth professionals there along with my husband, daughter and mother. Heidi and my husband took turns helping me cope and letting me dance with them during contractions. Once it was time to push Heidi was right there in my ear saying everything I needed to hear. I was really fighting pushing my baby out at first and Heidi helped me get over that and start pushing effectively. She was invaluable and I plan to include her again if we ever have more babies.
I would recommend Heidi to anyone considering a professional labor support person who is calm yet motivating, professional yet warm. She was indispensible in helping us prepare for labor – we had such a better understanding going into the process about how to cope with pain and how my husband could help support me, and when it came time to give birth to Baby N, Heidi was with us from the moment we needed her and provided support not only to myself but to my husband. I could not have done it without her support, and it was because of her encouragement and steady calm in the face of labor that I was able to have a natural birth without pain medication. I have no doubt that without Heidi by my side, I would have opted for an epidural. In addition to being there for me, it was also so important to me that she took care of my husband during the labor and delivery – she knew the opportune moments for him to get some food, or a needed cup of coffee – so that he could come back refreshed and ready to be 100% involved. Her post-partum visits have been incredibly helpful, from breastfeeding advice to general tips that only a mother could provide. Thank you, Heidi, for being there for us before, during, and after our first son’s birth — we are so grateful to have had you as part of our journey.
My husband and I met Heidi through a friend. Heidi helped her in the birth of her baby, and she was so pleased that when I became pregnant she recommended Heidi to be my doula. After meeting her we were immediately at ease, her personality is calm, collected, informed and confident, and we knew she was the one we wanted to be with us for the birth.
She helped us to prepare for our planned natural birth, providing reassurance and guidance along the way. Our birth didn’t go as planned, so having Heidi’s presence to guide us was a blessing. As first time parents, her advice and tips were really helpful during labor. After our baby girl was born, she was extremely helpful and responsive to our questions and concerns about breastfeeding and also providing ideas to the daily challenges with our newborn.
We are very happy to have had Heidi with us during this whole process. We are extremely grateful, and would recommend her to anyone!
Heidi is incredible at what she does. From her prenatal visits to breast feeding support, we feel that our experience was so positive because of Heidi. Heidi is more than just a birth coach, she is an educator. Our birth journey ended in an emergancy induction and we were able to make the right decisions leading up to the birth of our son because of the education we recieved from Heidi. We were able to trust that the advice Heidi gave was not biased or about anything other than getting our son here safely. During the birth, Heidi was an incredible support for not only me (Tiffany), but my husband. Mitchell and I were able to communicate successfully and support eachother effectively because we were at ease knowing that we had Heidi's support. She was able to keep me (Tiffany) focused and strong when labor got difficult and I turly believe that our birth would have ended in C-section had Heidi not been there to keep me on track. Now that our son is here, Heidi acts as a lactation consultand and counselor to me. We are so blessed to have Heidi in our lives, she is a life long friend. We will definately use her services again!
It's hard to put into words just how wonderful our experience with Heidi was. When we got pregnant, we were told that a doula was the way to go, but we were uninformed as to what one could really do for us. After going through the birthing experience, I can confidently say that there is NO way my husband and I could have done what we did without Heidi's help.
First and foremost, Heidi helped us feel empowered going into labor. In the months leading up to the birth of our son, she came over to our house twice and helped us put together our ideal birth plan. She was extremely informative and provided a lot of insight into possible challenges we may encounter, as well how to make educated decisions in dealing with them. She also helped us prepare for pain management, and taught us different methods of coping. She made my husband and I feel like a strong team, ready to deal with anything that came our way.
At 38 weeks, I started to get nervous about a hospital delivery. I was determined to have as little intervention as possible, and realized that a hospital environment was not the best fit for what I was envisioning for my birth. At the same time, I thought it was too late for a switch. Heidi recommended a wonderful birth center and encouraged us to visit and listen to our hearts. We took one step into the birth facility and realized that we had to make the switch.
During the birth, I had excruciating back labor. At times I honestly didn't think I was going to be able to make it. But Heidi's incredible support gave me the strength I needed to get through it. She was with my husband and I every step of the way, helping with different positions, and coaching us through the challenging low points. Shw was calm and soothing and gave us both confidence.
I feel like Heidi is part of our family! She is amazing!
I knew from the beginning I wanted to hire a doula for the birth of my first child and knew it would be Heidi minutes after meeting her. She is so easy to be around and my husband and I felt such at ease with her. I was hoping for a natural birth, and it didn't go exactly as I hoped but I was able to get through it with Heidi. I had alot of anxiety about giving birth because it was the first time and I wasn't sure what to expect or how I would react to everything that was happening. Heidi helped me have the confidence to believe I could do it and also reassued us we were doing the right things throughout the process. I ended up with pitocin, an epidural, and the vacuum to get little girl out. All of these interventions were stressful but with Heidi there to help us through it, it was managable. My husband was a great birth partner and I know he couldn't have done all he did without Heidi. The postpartum visits were invaluble! Being a new parent is so overwhelming and knowing Heidi was just a phone call away was so nice. We also love the photos she took during the process. I'm so grateful to have the photos which we wouldn't have without her. All in all, the birth experience would have been so much different without Heidi and I woule never do it again without her. Thank you Heidi!
Christen, Jeremy, and Ellie (born 2/25/2012)
Heidi was the perfect guide for the birth of our first child. The time she spent with us beforehand was excellent preparation for the unknowns in this process, her availability and advice in the two days immediately leading up to the birth was invaluable, and her calming presence throughout labor and delivery was a crucial component to helping us have a great birth experience, even when things didn't go as we had hoped and planned for. Heidi listens well (a skill we both highly valued) and is calming and reassuring, friendly and personable, and knowledgeable and passionate about being a doula. At the risk of sounding cliched, we could not have done this without her.
Heidi was a wonderful support during our delivery and gave us MUCH needed guidance throughout the last trimester and birth. She walked us through preparations for the birthing process and helped us understand the procedures that we could expect the doctors to recommend once we arrived at the hospital (there's usually a pretty strict timeline of events and steps to which they like to adhere). Knowing our desire for the "least medicated" birth possible, she instructed us how to ask the doctors the right questions to get proper information from them, weigh the various options appropriately and objectively, then confidently let the doctors know the path we wished to take. Before labor began, Heidi was checking in with us and giving me advice via text messages (my preferred communication) while my wife relaxed and focused on her body and the baby. Once contractions began, Heidi was with us through the entire 20-hour process, giving my wife much-needed expertise, support and encouragement. She was amazing.
Our baby was (finally) born exactly 13 days late but thanks to Heidi and our birth plan, without any medical interventions or pain medication. Heidi was incredibly helpful from start to finish. Without her, Jason and I would truly have been up a creek. I knew I wanted a doula with experience, wisdom and one who would support us in whatever decisions we made during our labor. When meeting her, we found Heidi to be knowledgeable, funny and relatable. What we would later find out that Heidi is part coach, part big sister and part sherpa. In our initial meetings, she helped us work through our birth plan, reminding us about "healthy baby, healthy mom" as our ultimate goal and talked us off the ledge of induction more than once during those last awful weeks of 41 and 42 . She instinctively knew when to jump in during labor, stayed one step ahead of me and my contractions, how to guide Jason and continued to check up on us all in the (sometimes hard) weeks following the labor. I can't thank her enough and continue to look to her for support and knowledge.
Both my husband and I HIGHLY recommend Heidi for a doula. She provided incredible pre-labor support, guided us on our birth plan, and helped us know what questions to ask our midwifes and doctors along our 9 month journey.
Once it was time for labor (which was 56 hours long), Heidi kept with me the whole time! She helped me move through the contractions by keeping me focused, provided me with reassurance when I needed it most, and gave us guidance on the decisions that needed to be made at the birth center and hospital. It was such a relief for my husband and I to have someone there we could trust and who knew what was in the realm of normal.
Heidi, you truly provide such an amazing service to moms and dads at a time where they are most vulnerable. Thank you for sticking with us and providing us with guidance, focused energy, support and love. All these things leave us with a memorable birth story filled with happiness and best of all —no regrets.
Much love to you,
Jennifer & Brett Griffin
We're so glad we had Heidi as our doula. I had been planning on having a natural, midwife assisted birth, but was told I couldn't work with the midwives at the clinic because of my gestational diabetes. My husband and I hoped that Heidi would be able to help us have as natural an experience as possible in the hospital. Heidi stepped in and gave us the tools we needed to communicate our wishes to the healthcare team, and was there to support us through the 50 hours it took us to get from premature rupture of membranes to the birth of our daughter. While she was invaluable in the hospital, Heidi's greatest gift to me was that she gave me the confidence I needed to approach the birth and my role as a new mother from a positive perspective. She helped ease my many doubts about the pregnancy and birth was there to help guide me through the first weeks of breastfeeding and managing a newborn. I would recommend her to anyone giving birth, but particularly to new mothers. We couldn't have done it without her.
I had a good experience with Heidi and I am glad she attended my birth. I was especially happy with Heidi's pre-birth services and house visits because she got to know and understand me. Her labor simulation and planning for the worst case scenarious was also very helpful.
My labor was fast (7 hours total, 5 of which at the hospital) and it was such a relief finally to see Heidi arrive! She knew what kind of birth I wanted - she had also helped me write up my birth plan - and she helped me have that birth. She held my hand and massaged my body when I was going through the most difficult contractions. I felt Heidi was most helpful when I had to push. She suggested many different positions to find what worked best for me. I had an all natural birth as I had wanted - no interventions! Also she was able to take pictures for my husband and I to view later. I was really thankful for that.
Post partum, Heidi called and visited promptly and I was glad to have her around to help me adjust.
I felt lucky to have Heidi assist my husband and I with the birth of my first child. I would recommend Heidi as a doula for your birth.
When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted a doula for support during labor, but I didn’t realize what a vital role Heidi would play throughout my pregnancy and beyond… She was the there for my first ultrasound and answered endless questions during the following months, offering advice and guidance. Heidi has extensive knowledge and resources about everything related to pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
We also decided to hire her for our childbirth classes. It was nice to cover the material in the comfort of our home and to have the course tailored to our specific needs. Once again, Heidi was a wealth of information and completely put our fears at ease. To my surprise, I became excited about giving birth!
When my water finally broke in the middle of the night, Heidi was the first person I called… And she was still there with me, 45 hours later, when I finally gave birth to my son. During that time, she intuitively knew exactly what I needed, providing comfort, support and insight when I had to make decisions.
Although I did not end up having the birth I planned, I look back on the experience fondly – Heidi helped me understand what I was going through during each phase, made me feel confident in my abilities and tirelessly encouraged me throughout the whole process. I couldn’t have made it through labor without her comfort and wouldn’t have known how to push without her coaching.
Heidi has an amazing ability to care for others and an almost psychic ability to know what someone needs or wants. She was my closest ally during pregnancy and has become a dear friend. I can’t imagine having gone through this experience without her… I’m not sure when or where I’ll have my next baby, but Heidi will definitely be there! She has a genuine gift for what she does!
I knew i wanted to deliver naturally and heard about Doulas, but wasn't sure what they did. Luckily we had some friends that had used one and highly recommended Heidi. After meeting with her, we felt a natural connection and knew that she understood our wants and needs for the birth of our first child. But what I really liked about her, was that with every desire I wanted, she reminded me that labor could go many different ways but no matter which way it would go for us, she would help to make each desire possible. In addition, her presence was comforting and confident.
Heidi wasn't just labor support, but also a great source for any concerns that came up during my pregnancy. She encouraged me and helped me feel confident about myself and the health of my baby.
We took birthing classes from the Hospital, but it didn't compare to the training from Heidi. Her personal approach to coaching us through labor techniques were emotional and encouraging. Most importantly, it made my husband feel more confident that he would be able to concentrate on me during labor.
During labor Heidi guided me through every contraction. She explained to me what was happening internally to my body and baby. Hearing her words help me visualize through the pain and gave me strength to continue through labor naturally. On top of her guidance to me, she also took care of my husband. Making sure he wasn't too tired and that he had something to eat. It may not sound like much, but it meant a lot to me that she was there for both of us. Labor for me became very painful, but each time I heard Heidi's voice during each contraction, was like hearing a guardian angel. She helped me breath through the pain with her encouraging words of strength and confidence, I couln't have done it without her. Words cannot explain my gratitude in having Heidi as our Doula. Her presence at the birth of our little girl will always be a blessing to us that we will cherish forever.
Heidi was absolutely fantastic during my daughter's 45-hour labor. She was there for her every second, she encouraged her and she soothed her. It was truly touching to see her interact with her and make all the difference. And she also was there for the rest of us, especially when the going got tough. But because of her confidence, calmness and even humor, we all got through it and now there is a most precious baby in this world. Thanks, Heidi, thanks a million! You're the best!
We hired Heidi for the birth of both of our children. At first, I was unsure whether or not I wanted to have a natural birth because of my fear of the pain. I had my first born a decade ago via epidural. Even though it was not my first birth, I knew I would need some assistance during my attempt to birth without pain medication. When I met Heidi, both my husband and I were instantly put to ease and felt like she was family. Initially, my husband had some anxiety about all the unknowns of labor; but after our meeting with Heidi, he felt quite confident and ready to take on the task of birthing partner! She was always available for questions and encouragement during the pregnancy. Heidi was right there by our side during the labors, allowing my husband to take a break as needed. Heidi was always giving constant reassurance that I could get through this labor. She gave me the encouragement I needed when I was started to feel as though I was not strong enough to continue. When it came down to the pushing, it was Heidi's voice that I remember help me center my focus. I know there is no way I would have been able to have two natural births in 18 months without her. As soon as we hear one of our friends are expecting, we immediately give them the recommendation to hire Heidi. Several of our friends chose to have Heidi as their doula and been so thankful!
I vacillated during my entire pregnancy as to whether I should hire a doula. I wanted to try to have a natural birth, without any pain medication, but I knew this was a lofty goal and that professional support would be a necessity. I was, however, unsure of how I'd feel having a "stranger" in my delivery room. Well, all I can say is that one of the best things to happen to my labor and delivery experience (besides my beautiful son!) was finding Heidi. Immediately from our first meeting I felt as if I'd known Heidi my whole life. Heidi has a natural, affable way that puts you at ease. During my labor, my worries of "having a stranger in the room" quickly faded as I watched Heidi talk and bond with my partner, Kevin, and my parents. On a professional level, she is extremely responsive. From the start of my labor at home, Heidi was there for me, answering my questions via text and taking my calls. In addition to her responsiveness, Heidi knows her stuff! She helped me muddle through the confusing and overwhelming information given by doctors and nurses, including helping me make the decision to get an epidural after my labor had gone on for over 40 hours. And later, when it came to the heavy business of pushing, Heidi was at my side, feeding me ice chips and reminding me to breathe. Heidi's support also helped Kevin, by allowing him rest at times. This proved indispensible later, as I slept for twelve hours after the birth and Kevin front-lined our baby's care. Even now, weeks after my son's birth, Heidi still answers my questions. Her experience as a mother of three, combined with her knowledge of pregnancy, labor, delivery and what happens postpartum, make Heidi uniquely positioned to provide the full range of support a woman needs to prepare for, deliver, and mother a baby. I feel blessed to know Heidi and call her my friend. Kevin and I have plans for more children. I can say unequivocally: I will never birth without Heidi by my side.
Heidi was an awesome coach for my wife and I during the birth of our first son. It is one thing to take the classes and read up on birthing techniques, but when the time comes to coach your own wife through a natural delivery things get real. My wife was on bedrest for 8 weeks, and as such we missed most of the birthing classes, but having said that, I will be sure to work with her again for our next birth. She has an excellent approach to coaching the mother through the very difficult final stages of delivery but her support does not stop there. In fact, her support starts much earlier in the engagement. The preparatory work that she guided us through prior to delivery was instrumental in me being of calm mind when the labor began. I knew what to expect, our bag was packed, we had a plan and most importantly, we had a number to call that was our coach, our advocate and knew our wishes to the letter.
One thing that I had not thought about prior to the delivery, but became crystal clear during the event is that our Doula is someone that we will shared what is likely to be the most intimate experience we will have as a family. Even though we had only met with Heidi for a number of hours prior to the day, her assurances and genuine interest in our happiness meant that I was eager to share in that event with her. Far from an interloper or barrier between my wife and I, she removed much of the stress of the day and allowed us to focus on each other. Had the birth been long or difficult, her interpersonal and birthing skills would only magnify her value. There is no professional I have worked with in any capacity that I would recommend more than Heidi. Thank you!
This was our first birth, and my wife, Kinsey, and I both felt our best experience would be at a birth center since we were low risk. We did the birth class, read the books, and were as preparred as two first-timers could be. I knew I would appreciate having Heidi there to coach and encourage both of us, but didn't know just how critical it was to making our birth journey such an amazing experience. Kinsey has said multiple times on our daughter's birth day, and since, that she doesn't think she could have made it through with such confidance and conviction to stay the course without Heidi. I didn't know what a doula was before we got pregnant, but I wouldn't do a birth without one from here forward. We look forward to having Heidi at the birth of our next child, whenever the Lord blesses us with number two. Thanks Heidi!
Heidi was a fantastic support for my husband and me. Although Heidi was unable to be at our son's birth because he was 3 weeks early and delivered via unplanned c-section, we still felt her support. She was one of our first visitors the following day and was such a great help/support in the weeks following Henry's birth. The first time we met Heidi we were so relieved that we found such a caring, knowledgeable person to support us during this exciting and unknown time. We give Heidi our highest recommendation. Anyone would be lucky to have Heidi as their doula.
Since we were expecting our first baby, we didn't know what to expect during the delivery. We'd heard doulas were helpful which is why we sought Heidi out, but we didn't realize how invaluable she would be.
Heidi's calm, strong, and supportive presence got me through 22 hours of labor. During the last 5-6 hours of hard labor when I really had a hard time keeping focused on my own, Heidi was there at my side every minute keeping me focused through each contraction. I'd had birth classes that taught excellent techniques on how to stay focused but during the actual labor, my techniques flew out the window! I'm really glad I had Heidi there because she was my rock.
We are so glad we had Heidi as our doula. She took the time to get to know us in our pre-birth meetings. I was able to share how my family has a history of quick births and that I was under chiropractic care for my hips. She listened and reassured me that she would be able to help and support me in my labor experience. She helped us prepare for the big day and gave us suggestions of things to bring to help keep our energy up through the labor process. When the time came she was awesome and there for both of us. She helped remind my husband to eat as well as made sure I kept my energy up. We thought everything was going great, I had been in labor for 4 hours and then found out that my labor had stalled. The hospital wanted to send me home and I knew I couldn't go home then. Heidi helped coach me through different positions to help get my labor get going again, she also spoke with our midwife on duty and told her about my family history and that I should not leave the area. Next, she turned to me asked me what was it that I really needed at that time and I said and IV (I was feeling light headed from loosing my food earlier). Heidi helped me tune into myself and make the request and the hospital listened. Soon after my labor picked up and went quickly with Heidi helping me to move into new positions and listen to my body. She helped make sure that everything in our birth plan was followed and not forgotten about. The birth of our little girl was wonderful and we are very glad to have had Heidi there to help us move through it. We would highly recommend her.
It is great when you meet people you feel so comfortable with that it feels like you knew them your whole life. That is what happened for me and my husband with Heidi.
I had a great, super easy pregnancy, and everyone told me I was going to have such an easy labor and birth. I listened, but kept my mind open. I knew that you can't control every aspect of your experience of birth, but one of the few things that I can choose is to be surrounded of caring, knowledgeable, like-minded people to support me and my baby in the choice of having a natural childbirth. Heidi was a fundamental part of the team that created a lovely, relaxed atmosphere for my labor. I treasure the memories of that night, it was magical how much love and presence everyone showed, and how beautiful was the atmosphere we created. When things didn't progress the way they needed and we had to transfer to the hospital, Heidi's knowledge and experience was key to support my decision and to help me find the best option. I felt so relieved to have her in those circumstances. My daughter was born through C-section with the care of an amazing team. She is a healthy, happy baby! It was incredible to see her being born and to see my husband hold her for the first time, tears in his eyes, all marveled like me at the miracle of life. I would be forever grateful!!
As the expectant father of a recent birth attended by our doula Heidi Biddle, I can honestly say that Heidi turned out to be the key ingredient in achieving the drug-free, vaginal, midwife-attended birth we hoped for, rather than an intervention filled trip to the hospital.
After about 20 hours of labor, my wife was ready for some pain meds – birth plan be damned. While everyone in the room knew that this was not really what my wife wanted, there is only so much reasoning a husband can do with his laboring wife. Moreover, the midwife’s role is not to talk the mother into or out of personal choices. This is where Heidi filled the void beautifully.
Heidi was able to cajole a couple more epidural-free hours out of my wife, while also helping me ease the concerns of our conflicted midwife who was unsure of how serious were my wife’s demands for pain medication. That extra time and effort Heidi coaxed out of my wife was all we needed to provide our baby girl with a drug-free birth. I’m almost certain that had Heidi not been there for us, we would have ended up at the hospital. THANK YOU, HEIDI!
When my wife first brought up the idea of a doula, my initial thought was this was another uncovered expense that we could do without. We had already hired a great nurse-midwife, so what would a doula add to the equation? It turns out Heidi was the best addition to our birth team I could possibly imagine. Heidi won me over with her knowledge and expertise, and the reassurance that she was there to help me, the soon to be father, who had no clue what birth and fatherhood was about. Leading up to the birth of our daughter, Eloise, Heidi kept me motivated and on task with details that I normally would have let my procrastination get the better of. She was comfortable to be around and also responded to emails and text messages answering questions as they popped up. She became my birth book that I never quite finished reading.
When the big day finally came and my wife went into labor, Heidi was my first phone call. As the contractions started getting closer and more intense, Heidi came to our house and helped us cope with the stress of labor. After 24 hours of labor and no sleep, Heidi was my saving grace. After a total of 50 hours of labor and a transfer to the hospital, Heidi was still by our side providing encouragement and support. We successfully had a vaginal birth of a beautiful 8 lb. 3 oz. baby girl, and I was thrilled to have Heidi in the room with us to celebrate the occasion.
Heidi was incredible. At 4am, when we had our perfect baby girl in our arms, and 50hrs after labor had started my husband looked at me and said "I am so glad we had Heidi here!" and I could not have agreed more. Our birth did not go as planned, but Heidi helped us feel like every decision we made was an educated one and it was truly our decision (even at the stressful moments). She was always one step ahead of both of our needs (from making sure my husband got his very necessary coffee to wiping the sweat off of my brow with a cool washcloth). Despite the fact that we did not have the birth we planned, we had a very positive experience, and Heidi played a huge part in that. Thank you, Heidi!
My husband and I were open to a drug free birth but after attending a hospital birth class we felt unprepared, after all neither one of us had ever done this before. In searching for resources we decided that a doula was the right choice for us. Luckily a friend recommended Heidi and upon meeting her we knew it was a great fit. Having Heidi felt like having a secret weapon, we didn’t have the growing anxiety as our due date approached and pasted, we knew that we had someone who was not only going to support us through the labor but someone who was our advocate and had our interests at heart. As for our big day, we simply couldn’t have done it without her!!! Heidi was such a calming and comforting presence in the delivery room. She was able to provide guidance and remove some of the stress, which really helped to make the experience a lot more joyful. Having Heidi by our side made this a wonderful process with a great outcome a natural birth and our sweet little Perry. I hope that you choose to work with Heidi the experience is priceless.
We decided to work with Heidi right away after meeting with her. My husband and I both felt very comfortable with her and didn't feel the need to meet anyone else. I had tremendous confidence in my midwife to keep me and baby safe during labor and birth, but my confidence in Heidi was in helping us work with all that we'd face in the actual process. Meeting with Heidi twice before the birth helped us feel more calm and prepared. The day of our daughter's birth, things happened pretty fast. We found ourselves headed to the hospital two weeks early after I developed some new symptoms at home. After calling the midwife and getting in the car, I didn't even think twice about calling Heidi even though it was the middle of the night. I felt confident that she wanted to hear from us. She checked in with us frequently that morning, and when we knew for sure we were having our baby by C section within the hour, she walked through the door in what seemed like no time at all! We were so relieved to see her. She helped us talk through and feel good about a very hard and scary decision. Her support during my surgery was invaluable to me. She came in the operating room with us, took photos of our first moments seeing and being with our baby girl, and held my hand and talked to me while they sewed me up. She stayed with us until we felt settled and secure in our room. The follow up visits at home were a huge comfort. Heidi came over and gave us fantastic information and advice plus some much needed reassurance that we were being good parents for our baby. I've heard so many times that no matter what the process actually looks like, the number one factor that determines a woman's satisfaction with her labor and birth is whether or not she felt supported. Heidi has contributed so much to the sense of fulfillment I have when I think about Alice's birthday. We look forward to working with her again when we're ready to grow our family in the future.
Heidi was an amazing doula, she truly provided to best support to help me fully succeed in keeping the birth plan I wanted. She kept me on track, helped me to listen to my body, and made me feel fully confidence in myself with every step of my labor. Heidi not only provided great support and coaching as I went through each contraction, she also knew exactly how to work with my husband to have him provide support for me in each position I was in.
As a first time mom, it was great to have her by my side as I progressed in each stage of labor and to have her experience to reassure me everything was normal and my body was still on track for my birth plan.
Heidi knew how to make me feel comfortable throughout my labor and delivery. I would highly recommend her to any expectant mothers who want the ideal birthing experience!
We immediately felt comfortable with Heidi the first time we met her. She was knowledgeable and conveyed that she was a great resource and would be available ongoing. She was also encouraging about the childbirth prep we'd done already, and fit her ideas around our preferences smoothly. In the prep meetings we came to know her on a more intimate level and got to practice strategies for delivery. Our labor went much faster than we expected and we didn’t have the time to relax into it that we’d planned for. But Heidi responded quickly and kept us calm. Since we labored at both the birth center and the hospital, we felt lucky to have Heidi close by to support us and interface with the midwives and medical staff. Although the delivery did not go as we might have wanted, Heidi’s help was what we needed and were counting on. Throughout our time knowing her she has given us so much care and compassion, as well as a ton of valuable suggestions. She is a wonderful doula and birth and baby resource!
After having an unexpected c-section with my first pregnancy, I wanted to do everything possible to have an unmedicated vaginal delivery with my second baby. I had heard that using a professional labor assistant can reduce your chances of delivering by c-section by up to 25%, So my very first step was to hire a doula. From our very first meeting, I knew that Heidi was going to be a good fit with our family and our birth goals. She provided us with all the information we needed to approach the VBAC with confidence. She also helped me find a hospital and healthcare provider that would not only allow a VBAC but would encourage it. When the big day came, Heidi helped me to labor at home for as long as possible – I desperately wanted to avoid being on the hospital “clock.” With her help, I felt confident that both the baby and I were perfectly safe during the labor. When we arrived at the hospital, I encountered some challenges that felt too familiar to my first birth. Heidi reassured me that these little hurdles were not the same things that lead to my c-section and guided me through them. She was so in tune to my hopes and misgivings that she addressed my fears before I was even able to articulate them. I was absolutely thrilled to safely deliver my baby boy by unmedicated VBAC! I could not have done it without Heidi! Thank you Heidi for being a part of the most amazing thing I have ever accomplished!
Because we were going through our first birthing experience, we knew that we wanted a doula to support us. Our goal was to have a natural childbirth. During our 36 hours of labor, we ended up changing our birth plan. Heidi was extremely supportive throughout our whole journey. She was with us from start to finish, and she supported every decision we made during labor. Heidi guided us through all contractions, all birth plan changes, and, she suggested the final pushing position that brought our beautiful baby girl, Sofia, into the world. We could not have done this without her.
Heidi was so fabulous! My husband and I were looking for someone to help us through our first natural childbirth. Heidi was the absolute perfect fit! She is calm, comforting, easy going, and very skilled. We were so happy with our decision and it made laboring go so smoothly. She was there for us from start to finish as well as continuing to provide support postpartum when times have been rough. I would recommend Heidi to anyone. I think she is someone that could get along with anyone. She was more than willing to have my husband be as involved or not involved as he wanted. She is very professional but also like a best friend. Thank you so much Heidi for all you have done for us! She was everything we could have asked for and more. I am so pleased with our decision and my birth experience was perfect because of it!
I am thrilled my husband and I decided on Heidi as our Doula! This was our first birth and she was a wealth of information and support and once the time came to have our little girl Heidi was there helping me through it. I truly believe I would have had a completely different birth story if Heidi wasn't there with us. She definitely kept me on track once the labor got intense and hearing her voice and advice through the toughest parts was so calming and inspiring. Heidi really helped me know I could have a natural, unmedicated child birth even with the unexpected diagnoses of Preclamsia and need for inducement with Pitocin. Two days after the birth Heidi came to the house and was so helpful with answering questions and just letting us know we were doing a good job. I would reccomend her a million times to anyone having a baby!
Thank you so much Heidi!
I loved Hedie as a doula. She was fantastic.
This was my second bith (both my births where vaginal with no pain medication attended by a midwife). I did not have a doula with my first birth just a good nurse, which was very lucky. I realized after this that I wanted more support with my secound labor and looked for a doula. My husband had just been laid off but I thought I would put out feelers to see if I could find an new doula or training doula but I lucked in to Heidi a well-trained doula, who was so willing to work with us on being affordable.
A bit about my birth story and experience with Heidi...I had complications with my second pregnancy and I went into Labor 3 weeks plus early just 2 days after meeting Hedie for our first official gathering as client/doula. I had a strong feeling that Heidi would be a wonderful support (a feeling I don't often have upon meeting/ interviewing people fo the 1st time) She was great. She was extremely supportive even at my 1am- OMG my water just broke - phone call. I was in early labor for 30 plus hours and she stayed slept on the floor in the hospital room. She got along great with my support friends and husband. She almost delivered the baby because when he arrived it was very fast and somewhat unexepected.
After the birth she was so patient as I wanted to process and re-process my birth story. She was also very helpful positive voice for me as I processed some hard feelings and disappointments regarding the birth and participation from my providers and family. Heidi is very giving and loving she is sensitive and knew when to be with me or give me (and my husband) space. If you would like to contact me directly - I am happy to tell you more and you can go through Heidi to get my info. Hidie has had a lot of experiences with various midwifes and MD's and can give her perspective on how they support women. I trust her implicitly.
I would recommend Heidi a thousand times over. I had a 47 hour labor in which I had to take a few car rides, labored 3 places and ended up in the hospital with an emergency C-section. Heidi went the distance with us through out the entire journey. She is caring, compassionate and an excellent communicator. Thank you for providing comfort and support during the birth of our daughter.
Being a young, single mom, pregnant with my first, I had no idea what I was doing! A friend referred me to Heidi and insisted that having a doula was the way to go. Not knowing exactly what a doula was, and half expecting an ancient hippie woman, I was pleasantly surprised when I met Heidi! She is hilarious, approachable, full of knowledge and exudes confidence. We became fast friends and she became a huge support for me during the final months of my pregnancy. As planned, I called her when I went into labor and she was with me my entire labor and delivery at the hospital. I could NOT have done it without her. She joined my mother and my sister "support team" and got me through 16 hours of hard labor and a natural child birth. I was absolutely set on getting an epidural when I met Heidi, but after learning about child birth and my body, I was open to a natural birth, and much to my surprise, I did it!!! I am so lucky to have had an incredible experience. I wouldn't have changed a thing. Heidi is an amazing woman, doula and friend. I know she will be our forever! We love you Heidi! Thank you so much for everything!
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