Five stars is not a high enough rating for Heidi. If I could rate her even higher, I would. I truly wish every laboring woman could have Heidi by their side. She was my angel leading up to and during my labor and the birth of my daughter. Heidi provided me with education, information, and encouragement leading up to labor which greatly eased my pre-baby gitters. During labor she was by my side the entire time. She provided physical support and brought a calming presence to the room. I never doubted myself or my ability to birth my baby because I had Heidi with me. She knew from experience (and I think intuitition) what I needed before I even asked. Heidi was able to support me, soothe my partner's fears, and deal with the midwife and nurse quietly without me even noticing. She was like my grandmother, mother, sister, and best friend all rolled into one tiny package. Thank you so much Heidi for all that you are and do. I cannot imagine birthing another baby unless I can have you at my side.
Heidi was a blessing to our second birth experience. She calmly entered my home as I was laboring after I contacted her and started immediately supporting me. She was by my side the whole time speaking positive affirmations and when I struggled to cope with pain she suggested different positions or techniques. She provided me with evidence based information to help me make the most informed decisions during my pregnancy and labor. Ultimately she supported my decisions and let me control my labor setting. I successfully had a 9lb baby 100% natural with no tearing and I could not have done that without Heidi!!
Over these nearly 4 months since our child was born, I've reflected on my birth experience and I know I wouldn't have had such a positive experience without Heidi's guidance and teaching! Your teaching was invaluable! One thing that sticks out in particular, is you saying an epidural is a tool. Throughout my pregnancy I was adament that I didn't want an epidural. But as I neared 12 hours of labor and falling asleep between contractions and countless times of turning down an epidural from the nurses. My husband and I had that "real talk" at the 12 hour mark and we decided that getting an epidural was my best option to avoid exhaustion and delivering a healthy happy baby girl.
July 27, 2020
I attended the peanut ball workshops, basic and advanced that Heidi taught at the end of May. I came away excited and empowered to use this tool while supporting my clients. She clearly loves what she does and it shows in the way she teaches. Very grateful for the time invested in this class.
June 13, 2020
Heidi is a WONDERFUL teacher and asset to the birthing community. Her trainings are some of the best I have ever taken in 4 years of birth work. Her peanut ball workshop was informative,engaging, and top notch! she stays up to date on all things birth, and gave us the latest information. highly recommend her, and will definitely take more trainings with her in the future!
June 3, 2020
My partner and I took Heidi's group childbirth class in Nashville. It fit well into our busy schedule (we met in person two times) especially since we do not live down in Nashville. The class focused on advocacy and late pregnancy/labor and delivery information. I felt very informed and loved the targeted nature of the class. I also loved hearing advice from and being able to ask questions of Heidi since she has so much experience in our local birth culture. So glad we took the class!
June 5, 2019
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. -a former doula skeptic
October 14, 2018
I met Heidi professionally almost five years ago. I’ve learned in that time frame that her knowledge and passion for birth is endless! When I discovered she was teaching workshops to other birth professionals, I knew I had to enroll in a class. I attended her Peanut Ball Workshop at the beginning of the year and was not disappointed! I left more knowledgeable and confident in using the Peanut ball with my own clients. Heidi presents the information and demonstrates techniques in a way that makes it easy to understand and remember. If you’re thinking about attending one of her workshops, quit thinking about it and go for it!! You won’t be disappointed.
August 9, 2018
I attended one of Heidi’s workshops recently and came away very informed and impressed. Heidi knows her stuff and is a very enthusiastic and effective communicator. She did a great job of getting a lot of important information across while keeping us all engaged and involved. I highly recommend any of her workshops!
August 2, 2018
My favorite peanut ball skills trainer and Evidence Based Birth Instructor! Heidi's passion for improving the birth community and evidence based information shines through in all her workshops. I continue to use skills and information learned over and over with my own clients, and I always encourage clients looking for childbirth education to check out her classes. Plus, she's just a fun and engaging person to be around! 🙂
August 2, 2018
Heidi is dedicated, caring and passionate. She is well prepared to lead her workshops and is incredibly thorough. She shows concern for participants and offers so many benefits that would probably be a lot more difficult to achieve with other formats. I would like to see more engaging presentations and be more stimulated with activities through the actual training, but each learning style is different.
July 31, 2018
I've attended a few of Heidi's seminar/workshops and they are so valuable! Come prepared to take notes, ask questions, and participate. Heidi knows her stuff and walks you through some potentially complicated and fraught issues that dominate today's maternity care system. I always leave with my head buzzing with new info and new ways of looking at what I already thought I understood.
July 31, 2018
Heidi is a fantastic resource for your birthing needs! She is very knowledgeable and educates her clientele with the most up to date, research based evidence. When our birthing plan was forced to be changed at 41.5, Heidi was a consistent support for my husband and I by presenting us unbiased, truthful facts and knowledge that come from her distinguished experience as a doula. Heidi extended support through knowledge and grace when we were faced with unpanned decisions for the birth of our second child. I am forever grateful for her service to me during my pregnancy and delivery. My heart is full!
February 6, 2018
Heidi was my doula for the birth of both my babies, and I couldn't recommend her more! I knew immediately from our first meeting that I liked Heidi. She was very experienced and knowledgeable, and something about her made me feel calm and confident. I have written a review for my first already, so here is one for my second baby... Knowing that my first labor progressed quickly, Heidi didn't even wait for me to ask her to join me this time around. She decided to go ahead and leave her house and run errands close by me so that she would be readily available as soon as I needed her. I am so thankful she did that, since this birth was fast as well!! Heidi was such a calming comfort during this labor. She reminded me of all the things we had discussed prior to labor (things that we had talked about that would keep me calm and focused and in control mentally), and provided physical support with hip squeezes, etc. Because she took care of all that, my husband was able to simply love me and encourage me without thinking/worrying about these other things, which was perfect. As I was thinking about my birth after the fact, I was so impressed and thankful that Heidi had truly listened to me and tailored her approach to what I needed and wanted. I did not feel like just another laboring mom or like she took the exact same approach with me as she did with all her other clients. She truly listened to me- what sorts of things would help me, what sorts of things would make me feel calm and confident, what my fears were, etc. and she took that and tailored her approach. I could not recommend Heidi more and I'm so thankful she was able to help me bring my babies into this world!!!
January 23, 2018
My husband and I scheduled a 3-hour private childbirth class with Heidi. This was a great fit for our busy schedule. In addition, we both are heavy readers and researchers, so we were able to highlight specific topics and ask specific questions of Heidi when she came to our home for the class. She reviewed peanut ball and rebozo positions with us and reinforced the importance of laboring at home as long as possible in order to remain comfortable. She also took us through a packing list for labor/the hospital. When the day of our son’s birth came, we successfully labored at home for 12 hours and made it to the hospital with 1.5 hours to spare before he was born. My husband took everything we learned from Heidi and put it into play so that I could have the childbirth I envisioned and wanted. If you and your partner can’t commit to the 5-session childbirth class, I would highly recommend prioritizing a private session with Heidi. It made all the difference for us.
January 16, 2018
My wife and I attended Heidi's 5-week course. Needless to say, my wife asked me several times about attending this class and I really never showed a lot of enthusiasm. But, after agreeing, I went in with an open mind. Truth of the matter, I never expected to learn 90% of what I learned when I finished this course. Here are a few things that we did; Open classroom discussion, listened to first hand experiences, watched videos, heard pros and cons of multiple scenarios, given handouts and guides, and talked to others that are in the same situation as we were in to name a few. When this course was over I was confident in my ability to be there for my wife through everything and have her be confident in my abilities. Many, many eye openers for me during this 5-week time frame. Guys, don't be negative about this, it is very educational and you will be glad you attended in the end. Heidi is a very experienced professional. Her knowledge in this field was very impressive. Thank you, Heidi, for the experience! My wife and I enjoyed it! ~Cameron and Erin Crouse
November 28, 2017
We took Heidi's 6 week class and the knowledge we gained and were encouraged to seek on our own is irreplaceable. I wanted an unmedicated birth but didn't know the right questions to ask my provider and facility. We quickly realized Baby& Co was the right choice for us so we transferres and had the best birth experience I prayed for. Thanks to Heidi for teaching informed decisions, labor and birth process, and pain management. Heidi's knowslege ans teaching style is priceless guys, you won't regret learning with her.
August 12, 2017
I work with Heidi on a professional level. She's always keeping up to date on latest research so that she can inform both her birthing coworkers and clients on the most current information. Her goal is to support moms and families on their personal choices and desires, which I feel is the best way she can do her job!
May 23, 2017
Heidi is wonderful! She is passionate about what she does, and was a great support to my husband and I. Her passion shows through the amount of time and energy she spends compiling and providing resources for her clients. My husband learned so much from our discussions with her and the Roots Childbirth classes that she taught. He was able to provide great support for me as I labored at home. Although we barely made it to the hospital in time, Heidi wasn't too far behind. It made such a difference when she arrived and I heard her voice. I was beginning to get tense and hold my breath while pushing, and her reminder of "just breathe it out" made all the difference. I immediately relaxed. After the birth, she stayed a while to help us get settled and provide continued support. She's the best and I highly recommend her!
January 27, 2015
You supported us through bringing both of our babies into this world, and I will say it again: You are worth your weight in gold, and probably more, seeing as how petite you are 😉 We could never express our gratitude to you for being there for our family when we needed your expertise and experience the most, but in an honest attempt.... THANK YOU SO MUCH, HEIDI!!! XOXOXO, The Paulson Family
January 2, 2015
Heidi was the best choice I made for my first baby. She empowered my husband and I with knowledge and helped us make good choices for a better birth experience. Having her with me made me feel so much better during labor. Her words, her touch, and her essential oils made all the difference! Having her is worth every penny spent! I highly recommend her for your birth experience.
September 19, 2014
First I want to say Thank You to Heidi, for taking the time to train and gain the knowledge necessary to become a true professional Doula providing birth services. Even though my LO , Emma-Grace is 5 months now, I haven't forgotten how wonderful it was to have Heidi with my husband and I while we labored for 30 hrs until Emma made her entrance into this world. What I recall most is Heidi's quiet confidence... she knows her stuff and I can attest to that. I'm 36 yrs old a "mature mom" by OB standards, also Emma is our third child, my boys where both born by c-section. In hind sight they where both unnecessary sections, so I knew I didn't want that to be my experience the third time around. Heidi answered all my questions and gave my husband and I the confidence we needed to make the decision to try for a VBA2C. We did it ! I know that the progression of labor and delivery would not have happened like they did, if Heidi had not been by our sides. That being said with 30 hrs of labor we had some complications...but each time the nurses or doctors threw something at us, We huddled up, prayed it up and my husband and I where able to make decisions based off of the knowledge Heidi provided to us! If you are considering a VBAC or just would like the comfort and confidence that comes from having a doula present at the birth of your little one, Heidi Duncan is your Doula!
March 10, 2014
I can not recommend Heidi enough! The best decision we made was to have her be a part of the birth of our beautiful daughter. She is extremely attentive and was available to me and my husband before, during, and after the birth of our baby. She has a lot of experience, which as first time parents was crucial and important in our decision making. Heidi was nothing short of amazing before, during, and after labor. Without her my birth experience wouldn't have been as wonderful as it was.
July 23, 2013
Heidi was wonderful to have at the birthing of my second son. It was good to have someone there to help my husband and I make decisions on things when the time came for that. She was by my side from start to finish, which was over 24 hours! We were all exhausted. If I was going to ever have another baby I wouldn't do it without her! She knows her stuff! Thanks Heidi!!! 🙂
July 22, 2013
Heidi was amazing in the training and classes she gave my husband and me before the birth of our daughter. She made sure we knew what our options were and had us educated. All of it was more than needed. Even though I had a really fast labor and delivery, she was there and was extermely supportive. She is sweet, and calming, and listens to what your wants and needs are. I highly recommend Heidi to anyone.. first time mom or not.
July 22, 2013