I was about 36 weeks pregnant, 36 years old and considered a "high risk" pregnancy in the view of modern medicine. I desperately wanted a VBAC for the birth of my second child. I knew I needed a Doula, and Heather was recommended to me. I could immediately tell Heather was trustworthy, had incredible postive energy, and a wealth of knowledge. My intuition excitedly screamed, Yes!!
Heather gave me and my husband valuable information and helpful tips to prepare us for game day. When that day came, and my water broke (10 days before my due date), Heather was the first person I called. She came to the hospital and we began the 36 hours of Labor. From the start, the hospital staff wanted to do a c-section. Heather gave me the courage and confidence to persist in my dream of having a vbac. It wasn't always easy, as some of the hospital staff were completely unsupportive. Heather made up for their lack of support in so many ways. She informed me on some medical procedures that I did not understand, she supported all of my decisions and let me make them for myself. She held my hand, held my hair back when I got sick, relieved my husband by letting him rest and set up someone to encapsulate my placenta, (as this was still on my to do list). Heather made me feel secure and gave me strength. When it came time to push, Heather was right by my side coaching me along. As my baby girl came into this world, I felt the most amazing sense of accomplishment and miracle. Heather helped me achieve this and I will be forever grateful.
Lastly, the postpartum visit and follow up was done with such intergrity and joy. Seeing Heather again, after the birth, was like seeing a long time friend. She relived the birth with me and filled in some of the holes. If anyone is searching for a Doula, I highly recommend Heather!!!
-Mary Beth Rim
July 07, 2013