Testimonial for Heidi Blanton-Pohl, CPD & Birth Photographer

We hired Heidi as a birth doula and photographer for the birth of our first child in 2021. After considering our values and priorities around birth, we decided to deliver at the River City Midwifery birth center with their midwives. Planning for an out-of-hospital birth motivated us to find "the best of the best" doula in Richmond. We wanted someone who could help us proceed confidently and in an evidence-based manner through an unmedicated childbirth or alternative scenarios if needed. Heidi IS the best of the best. She helped us achieve the most transformative, serene out-of-hospital birth experience we could have imagined. We feel that we are better people and better parents because of what we learned from her. 

During labor, Heidi helped everyone do their best work. She helped Kim progress through labor by helping her move and align her body to maximize each contraction. She gave Bryan confidence to support by suggesting ways to help in each moment. Bryan felt he was much MORE involved in the labor with the presence of a doula than he would have been otherwise. Heidi helped our midwives by taking over responsibilities that she could handle. And she somehow managed to capture much of this on camera, giving us photographs that we will cherish forever.

Heidi checked in throughout pregnancy and visited our home before the birth. She consulted on everything from breastfeeding books, to what baby clothes to buy, to how to alleviate Kim's back pain, to how to psychologically manage the end of a long pregnancy (our baby was born at 42 weeks + 1 day, yes, that's 15 days past due date). We appreciated her postpartum visits too. For new parents with little baby experience, even watching how she briefly held or burped our baby was helpful. She shared in our excitement by talking about the birth and helping us remember details.

We are grateful for Heidi's expertise. We wish Doulamatch gave us more characters to sing her praises! Hire her!

-Kim and Bryan

November 27, 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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Updated 5/28/2024

Birth Fee: $1500 to $1800

Postpartum Rate: $30

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