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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