Making Birth Better
Your birth experience is vital to you, your partner and your baby. You’ll remember this day for the rest of your life. I believe that with the right support, birth can be better! I help you build and maintain the confidence you have in your body’s ability to birth. We work together so that you can advocate for your best birth possible.
As your birth doula, I am honored to provide emotional, physical, and informational support to you the laboring person and your family.
I work directly for you and will support your decisions.
Creating Your Positive Birth Experience
Positive birth starts with building your resources so that your mind is leading your birth rather than fearful reactions to the sensations of your body. When you hire me you have enough variety in your resources “toolkit” to navigate the various stages, transitions or options in labor. My services will reduce your fears and build your confidence in your ability to birth. I walk with you before, during and after the birth to help you let the mind lead so the body can follow.
All of my birth doula services are designed to bring you peace of mind. Included are prenatal visits to get acquainted, go over any concerns, talk about your preferences and desires, teach and practice comfort measures and advocacy techniques. Throughout our journey I am readily available by phone or email for those questions that pop up at any moment. Breastfeeding education and support is included before and immediately after the birth. I also come to your home for a postpartum visit to help with new parent adjustment.
When you hire me as your doula you also get the benefit of my professional photography services. I can photograph your labor and birth as your desire and provide a CD of images. I am happy to capture those first precious family moments.
Payment structure: Deposit is half of the Care Package, non-refundable, and secures your place on my calendar. Balance is due at 37 weeks. Contract details will be discussed at consultation and/or contract signing.
Nurturing Package $1275:
Birth doula services, GentleBirth workshop, birth photography, a CD of images and Newborn Photography. All of below is included and then you get the further pampering of having your first photography session. This session can take place in my studio or in your home for your convenience and usually happens about the second week after the birth.
Confident Package $1025:
This is the complete positive birth package. Birth Doula services (see below), birth photography with CD of images and GentleBirth workshop teaching you about the physiology of birth and how to prepare the mind through mindfulness, affirmations, breathing and hypnosis so that the sensations of labor are less painful. (The workshop with this package is only a $225 add on to my birth services when normally $265 on it’s own.)
Care Package $800:
Birth doula services–including prenatal visits, birth preferences preparation, practicing comfort measure, and advocacy techniques, breastfeeding support, postpartum visit, and birth photography with CD or email access of images. My support is tailored to the type of experience you are hoping for.
“Heather was an absolute life savor during labor! I had heard of doulas prior to my pregnancy and knew that research showed more favorable outcomes and more satisfaction during labor but I wasn’t sure it was right for me. I don’t really like being touched and usually like being left alone when hurt or sick. However, I decided that get a doula ‘just in case’. Heather was recommended by a friend and she was fabulous. She listened to our wishes for labor and got together with us a few times before labor to talk about how things might go and get comfortable with each other. she has a calming presence is a great listener. I honestly couldn’t have done my 27 hour labor without her. She helped me through every contraction and reminded me to breathe. She knew to do things I didn’t even know I wanted. She also followed up with us after the birth to talk things through and make sure breastfeeding was going well. She was professional, warm, reassuring, and very accessible. She was willing to skip thanksgiving with her family if I went into labor! My husband was worried she would essentially take his role but afterwords he said she was the best money we spent pregnancy wise. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.” –Christina