After a pretty traumatic birth of our first son, 20 weeks into our 2nd pregnancy I decided I wanted to be a more active and educated participant in this birth process and to me that meant having a supportive team in place to try for a vaginal birth when the initial recommendation was for a cesearean birth at 39 weeks (to try to avoid another shoulder dystocia).
Heather came highly recommended from another doula in the commuinity and from the moment I met her over coffee, she had me at at ease. Heather provided so much great evidence-based information to my husband and I. She answered every question we had (silly or not). She was warm and open and listened as we described our wishes for our son's birth. We explored every option for birth from unmedicated to cesearean if it was needed. I can honestly say I felt so supported and confident as the end of my pregnancy neared.
When I went into active labor, Heather met us at hospital and helped us navigate the next few hours without pain medication and then when I felt it was time, with pain medication. She supported each decision we made and helped us communiciate our wishes to the care team at the hospital. One of my primary wishes was to have a calm, quiet, supported birth as our son entered the world and although I know much of birth is out of our control, when he entered the world it was calm and quiet and beautiful and a large part of that is because Heather was there and making sure what parts of our plan could be respected were. I will be forever grateful for Heather for helping our family have a healing birth and being there every step of the way. I cannot recommend her highly enough to another family looking for a doula:)
February 03, 2016