The journey to parenthood is a big deal. Riverdale Doula will help you navigate it all.
Heather offers unconditional support as you prepare to give birth and transition into parenthood. She believes that a relaxed mind supports a relaxed body, and thereby an easier birth experience. In working together, Heather hopes you will feel ready and excited for your birth! The nature of her support is grounded and evidence-based to help expectant families make well-informed decisions. Heather's personal experiences of birth and motherhood helped her realize the importance of women feeling nurtured, respected and informed throughout their childbearing year, and the beautiful ways this benefits the entire family. She will be present for you throughout your childbearing year with a spirit of personal empowerment and patience, as you explore your birth options and preferences together. She provides private childbirth education, birth planning, labor support, postpartum care and breastfeeding support. Heather is DONA trained and certified as an Advanced Holistic Birth Doula. She is also trained as a breastfeeding counselor and has the personal experience of breastfeeding her own 3 children. Heather loves to support and educate new families about breastfeeding and their feeding options in general. She also finds beauty and value in learning to read newborn babies' cues as a tool to help new parents feel confident and excited about their connection to their baby.
Before becoming a doula in 2012, Heather worked as a school psychologist for 12 years and has since attended 100+ births. She is "Mommy" to three precious little ones (pictured :) She became mommy the 1st time in 2008, for a 2nd time in 2010 and had baby #3 in 2017. She is "Honey" to her overly affectionate husband and a lover of all things relaxing and emotionally centering. Being a mom is Heather's most cherished role and she is so excited for expectant families as they are born into the club! She looks forward to getting to know you and supporting you in your journey.