This is why I doula. This is why I educate.

This is why I doula. This is why I educate. If for no other reason than to say, THIS IS NOT OK. Part of my heart breaks every time I read another trauma story revealed. Part is angered to know this is happening TODAY. IN AMERICA. And then I go back to the beginning. Educate. […]

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Water Birth Options in Middle Tennessee

Planning on using water during your labor and birth? Hydrotherapy is a great option for comfort and pain management. The water offers warmth, buoyancy, and freedom of movement. UPDATED JULY 2921 Despite research evidence that shows the safety of water birth for low-risk laboring women, an opinion statement by ACOG in 2014 has influenced many facilities […]

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How to Design a Birth Plan

…and then Deconstruct it (An easy but essential 12-step birth plan process.) You’re pregnant. Congratulations! Do you know yet if it’s a boy or a girl? What color will the nursery be? You have a design in mind, don’t you? Yeah, you probably had something in mind all along. Have you designed your birth yet? […]

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Why I’m happy to be a Heart Doula

“It’s time to let go of the cutthroat competition…” When I saw this pop up in my Facebook newsfeed, my curiosity was immediately piqued.   I clicked the link and quickly read the post.  Every word resonated with me.  I moved on to the Pledge. Yes!  Finally!  Oh, how I love this! What I read […]

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Birth & Babies: Courtney’s births

Heidi served as doula for the births of both my sons, and I can’t imagine having anyone else by my side throughout both pregnancy and birth. I first met Heidi in 2008 when I interviewed her as a doula. I felt immediately confident that she was the right person for us. I knew I wanted […]

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Birth & Babies: A Father’s Story

by Thomas P. When I found out that Prudence was pregnant I was happy and overwhelmed at the same time. Sophie is our first child. After enjoying life as a married couple for 5 years, the thought that everything is about to change was daunting at first. As a man, I did not give the […]

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Birth & Babies: Zoe – Bursting with Life

ZOE’S BIRTH STORY (as told by Kyle) Holly went into labor early on the morning of March 19th. She woke me up at 3:00 to say that she thought she was having rhythmic contractions. It turned out that they were coming about every twenty minutes. We decided to call our doula, Heidi Rau, to let […]

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Birth & Babies: Jessica’s vbac Journey

In the natural birth community, it is sometimes assumed that a woman who has a cesarean section will be dissatisfied with her birth experience. And in many cases, that would be correct. Or that a woman who has a natural birth with no complications will be thrilled about her experience. This is often correct as […]

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Birth & Babies: Kasey’s Circle of Life

Before I tell you about my birth, I want to begin by sharing that having a birth doula was the best decision my husband and I could have ever made about the birth of our son.  Heidi was amazing (before, during and after the birth).  Even though my pregnancy went as planned, the birth was […]

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Birth & Babies: Kristin’s vbac Experience

I had an awful experience with the birth of my first son in 2008.  The same old OB routine that is so common it’s disturbing: not dilating and progressing as they want you to; being pressured into epidural and pitocin; pitocin affects the baby’s heart rate dramatically and boom, you’re in the OR having an […]

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