Welcome to Expecting New Life
Hello there! I'm so glad you found me.
If you're an expecting parent, you're most likely looking for an expert Birth Doula. (Good plan!) I've got you covered. I attend births all around Nashville (and occasionally in Springfield and Clarksville).
You may also be planning to take a Birth Class. You've come to the right place for that, too! You can choose from online or in-person classes that either meet in groups or privately (even in your home). You'll get respected content from Evidence Based Birth® and Spinning Babies® along with insights learned from my 20 years of birth work.
You'll find answers to the most popular questions about birth support here (and probably a few you hadn't even thought to ask). I'd love to connect with you. Let's chat!
Blessings, Heidi Duncan
"I felt super ready for my VBAC attempt (which was successful!) due in large part to the calm presence that is Heidi, coupled with the fact that she is a walking encyclopedia of all things related to pregnancy and birth! If we are so fortunate to be blessed with another baby, I will not deliver without Heidi by my side. Treat yourself and get Heidi in your life!" —Lindsey P.
"I have to admit I was not sold on the idea of having a doula at first but after going through the birthing process I'll never not use Heidi. I didn't become as enthused until game day. You don't know how much you need Heidi until you are in the moment. When Heidi showed up, the room changed. My fiancé calmed down and so did I. " —Charles L.
"This lady is worth more than gold. If you are giving birth, I highly recommend hiring a doula; especially if you're planning to attempt a non-medicated birth. Her emotional and physical support through my labor was priceless and her ability to coach my husband on how to engage me could be unmatched. If you're in Middle Tennessee... this is your woman!" —Megan B.
"Heidi is awesome and totally worth it. She was a major help during the birth of our first child. She provides an incredible amount of information and support while allowing the parents to make the decisions without feeling pressured. I highly recommend her, especially for first-time parents." —Donald Z. (a former doula skeptic)
I have a passion for educating women about pregnancy and birth. Being a doula gives me the perfect opportunity to invest the time prenatally to impart knowledge to women and then support them in their birth experiences.
When I teach childbirth preparation classes, I can share insights that are only gained by being in the labor and delivery room.
To dispel myths, dispense truth and help women have a good birth experience: these are why I became a doula. I count it a privilege that my "job" allows me to witness the miracle of birth.
I've witnessed 350+ births since 2001 — most in hospitals, some in birth centers, and a few home births — and have learned a few things along the way. (I'm always learning something new!) Because I am familiar with the care providers and birthplaces, I can personalize the information I provide and focus on the areas that each client needs most.
I use the depth of understanding I've gained from my childbirth educator training combined with my hands-on experience as a doula to give my clients a solid foundation of support on multiple levels. My hope is that the two perspectives will bring balance and help my clients know how to apply what they've learned in context.