While I could sit with you and share lots of great information about the benefits of doula care, perhaps the best way to learn the value of having a doula is through these doula reviews written by the families I have served.
Here are their stories:
“As a first time mom, I was full of questions, excitement and fear. Heather provided tireless support, guidance and most importantly for me, lots of factual medical information.” – Anna P.
Calm, Knowledgeable and respectful…
“From the moment I first met Heather, I knew I wanted to share with her my first birth experience. I really enjoyed the prep meetings Before (with a big b) baby. She guided and educated us on the birthing process, our options available in Alberta, and standard practices at the local hospital. She provided reputable sources, including interesting books and documentaries. We had small homework assignments that made us reflect and fueled our conversations. I was always happily surprised by how unbiased she was when providing information; she never pushed her opinions or trying to convince us of anything. She was very non-judgemental.” – Marie S.
Heather is an amazing doula!
“She was always there to answer any questions I had throughout my pregnancy. She gave me lots of information and things to think about regarding labor/delivery and especially vbac. Most importantly she was there for me every step of the way during my labor, and was always reminding me to breath and stay calm & focused. I wouldn’t have labored, as long as I did without her! My vbac turned cbac, due to unsupportive and impatient doctors. If I ever have another baby she will be right there beside me again for my vba2c!” – Nicole C.
Heather helped me to feel confident, empowered and excited during my pregnancies, labors and births.
“She also provided much needed support to my husband and took a lot of pressure off of him. She provided me with information about the birth process which I had not known even though I’d done a fair bit of research; sending me articles to read, documentaries to watch and was only a text or call away whenever I needed her, even in the middle of the night. She was my rock during my first birth when things didn’t go as planned and I had a c section(she was in surgery with me) and then she helped me have the vbac I had longed for a few years later. I would not have had my vbac if I had not had her support during my labor. – Alana H.
I would absolutely recommend Heather to all pregnant women.
Heather was also just a text or call away during my post partum time if I had any questions or concerns, she helped me find the best lactation consultant when I had issues nursing my first. One thing I especially like about Heather is her soothing voice and demeanor, she knows just what to say and how to say it. Whichever direction you are planning to go with your birth, it is something you remember forever, and Heather helps make that such a positive, empowering experience.” – Alana H.
“I didn’t fully believe in myself that I could have a vaginal birth until I got to talk to Heather.
“She made me believe in myself. Throughout my pregnancy, we met a few times, discussing all the aspects of labour, many of which I had never even considered. With her help, my husband and I made our birth plan. She fully supported my choices and was non judgmental. Heather met us at the hospital once I went into labour. The drive there I told my husband “I can’t do this – why am I trying for a VBAC?” Once we got to the hospital, my thoughts completely changed when she reassured me that I could do it and helped me cope through my pain mentally and physically. I breathed through my contractions while her and my husband held my hands encouraging me. After 14 hours of un-medicated labour my baby boy was born vaginally. I couldn’t have done it without her guidance and support. I have since had another successful vaginal birth. The moment I found out I was pregnant; I contacted Heather right away because I know she is a crucial key to a successful birth for me.” – Sophie S.
Her support as our Doula made an incredible difference in our birth experience and we would personally use her again in a heartbeat!
“We have had an absolutely amazing experience with the birth of our second child, in large part due to the fantastic Doula services provided by Heather Henson. From our first meeting several months prior to the birth to the postpartum follow-ups, Heather has been informative, supportive and extremely empowering to both my husband and I. Heather helped provide a lot of credible evidence-based information that better educated us, prepared us, and ultimately empowered us so that we were truly ready for not only the birth itself but for the postpartum period that followed. Her gentle and collaborative approach established a strong rapport between us immediately and she took the time to truly understand what our goals and desires were so that she could best assist us achieving them.
She was a strong, calm presence who provided critical support during the birth itself, making it that much sweeter of a moment when our daughter was born 100% naturally. She helped me develop a greater sense of self, knowing that my body truly could birth easily and naturally; knowing that I was ready and had done everything I could through my pregnancy to help ensure an optimal birth. I strongly recommend Heather’s services to anyone having a child, whether it be your first, second, or third, VBAC or not.” – Sara E.
I highly recommend Heather as a Doula!
“Heather was my Doula for the birth of my son and daughter. She was present as soon as I needed her, she was calm and knowledgable, she was supportive of my decisions( even when I deviated from the original plan), she was a support for my husband, she was the perfect Doula! My favourite moment with Heather was when I was in the operating room – my daughter had just been born via vacuum and I was in a lot of pain and the surgeon says bring the Doula in. She came and stood by my head and put her hand on my hair and I can’t describe the feeling of being cared for that took over.” – Katherine S.