Testimonial for Heidi Blanton-Pohl, CPD & Birth Photographer

About 5 minutes after my son was born, my quiet, stoic husband turned to me and said, "Thank god we had Heidi."  

The longer story is that we hired Heidi for our third child (second pregnancy - had twins first).  With my twins, I had a traumatic c section, so I wanted to do everything I could to avoid a repeat this time.  Due to a variety of factors (c section history, had to be induced, had to use an interuterine pressure monitor), my dream of an epidural-free birth went out the window pretty quick.  Heidi helped me process this change in plans as it was happening and was a great sounding board.  Once I was stuck in bed, she gave us some subtle position changes so that I felt like I was still doing something to help this process happen. Thanks to her help, I felt like I was still the one actually doing the birthing, and that it was ok that it was so medicalized. 

She was attentive to both my needs and my husband's needs.  Even though I was getting IV fluids, she made sure I drank water so that I wouldn't have a dry mouth.   I couldn't eat real food- she prepped me some broth and grabbed popsicles.  I had a really hard time with pushing (almost 2 and a half hours!).  But Heidi worked HARD that whole time too.  She was right there helping with holding a leg, talking to my husband telling him to relax his shoulders or drink some water when we had a break, coming up with new ideas to try to get the pushing to be more effective, and making sure that I had some comfort too like a cool cloth.

But the biggest thing she did was pull me out of my doom spiral.  At one point around 2 hours into pushing, a variety of things brought me right to the brink.  Heidi gave me the exact pep talk I needed.  I couldn't even tell you what she said at this point.  But I'm 100% sure that without that, I would have given up and I would have had to endure another c section.

-Laura Lee Miller

August 31, 2021

a photo from Heidi Blanton-Pohl, CPD & Birth Photographer

Heidi Blanton-Pohl, CPD & Birth Photographer

Heart of Virginia Birth Services, MyBirth RVA LLC

Birth Fee: $1500 to $1800

Postpartum Rate: $30

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Birth Fee: $1500 to $1800

Postpartum Rate: $30

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