Barbara Heid Doula Services
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to all the women, partners and families who have trusted me to support them on their journeys from pregnancy to parenthood. I have had the honor of witnessing their tears of joy and sorrow, their great accomplishments and challenges in bringing a new human being into the world. Every birth and postpartum experience has deepened my admiration for the awe-inspiring power of maternal and paternal love, the strength of families and the resilience of the human spirit. I am forever grateful. Thank you.
I really do believe I could not have given birth(in the way that I most wanted) to my beautiful baby boy without Barbara there by my side. I wanted a natural birth from the moment I became pregnant, and in doing some research I discovered that there is a lower percentage rate of medical interventions of any kind with a doula than without one. Someone recommended Barbara to me on Facebook. Hiring her was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy. She have me support during my pregnancy, meeting with my husband and I a couple times and went over all kinds of helpful things, such as what to expect my body to do when in labor, different things I could do to get baby in optimal position for birth, etc. She was always available when I texted or called her before the birth even happened. Then, the day I went into labor, she helped with knowing when to actually go to the birth center which was helpful since I had a long labor. At the birth center, she helped with some positions to ease the pain that I would've never known about if it weren't for her. She was a calming influence for me and my husband throughout the ENTIRE labor (which was 26 1/2 hours). With that said, she was also very discreet and knew when to give my husband and myself some privacy, which we needed at different times for one reason or another. Just having someone who has experience with so many other births to let you know that this is normal, or what this next part is going to feel like, is truly invaluable. It helps to give you peace of mind, and takes some pressure off you AND your husband who also has no idea what he's in for (if this is your first child like us)! Barbara is a gem and I would hire her again in a second!
Barbara was truly a life saver. Initially I obtained her services just to help with breastfeeding since I had difficulty nursing my first son. She was a tremendous help in this area and because of her I successfully continue to nurse my son and love it! However, things became difficult when my son was a horrible sleeper and would have screaming fits day and night and I had no idea what was wrong. On top of that my husband was in an accident 7 weeks postpartum and was unable to help me with the baby at all. I was exhausted and at my wits end. Barbara provided much needed support, encouragement, and kindness. I would look forward to seeing her as her presence alone was calming and comforting. With her guidance and input I eventually figured out that my son had reflux and a dairy intolerance. It was a long exhausting road but she went above and beyond in providing me support both in person and via phone/text. I would text her when I couldn't figure out why my son was crying and screaming hysterically and she would always have some helpful advice, or at the very least comforting words of support. I truly don't know what I would have done without Barbara during this very difficult time. She became a fixture in our family and will always be fondle remembered. I would highly recommend her to anyone and everyone!
KH (Samson's mommy):
My family owes Barbara for our sanity; she has helped us get through a tough, and beautiful, transitional period. She actually helped us enjoy it rather than just barely getting through it. We are also eternally grateful for the incredible sleep patterns she has helped establish for our baby. We first met her when our second baby was about 5-6 weeks old. He wasn't sleeping consistently (usually about 45 min intervals), he "fought" the swaddle, and he was barely getting the hang of breastfeeding. The nights were brutal, feeding every 2.5-3 hours after an hour long feeding because he would fall doze off while nursing and then have a hard time burping, often times spitting up as well. Barbara came to us and really saved several aspects of our new life. Immediately, we felt comfortable with her, particularly because she was a good listener and asked good questions about how we wanted things to go. She then worked with these preferences and helped us transition to a family of four. I would say that the most important lesson we learned from Barbara was how the baby wasn’t actually fighting the swaddle. I was naively convinced that he was unhappy swaddled, because he looked like he “fought it”, just as I incorrectly thought for my first born. With her guidance, my 4.5 month old baby now falls asleep on his own when placed in his crib with no pacifier, has transitioned out of a swaddle, doesn’t need any rocking and doesn’t cry or fuss at all – and has been doing this since he was 2.5 months old! She had a beautiful way of letting him try to fall asleep on his own, watching carefully how he settles himself with some fussy cries and grunts, while also not letting him “Cry It Out.” She made suggestions based on her expertise and experience while also keeping in mind my family needs and preferences. WE LOVE Barbara and recommend her HIGHLY to everyone.
Kathryn (Ava and Hunter's mommy):
Making the decision to have Barbara in our lives, helping us with our first babies was the best decision we ever made. It was something that neither of us had thought of doing, but was strongly recommended by my doctor to get help at night with the twins. I found it strange to invite a perfect stranger into your home with your most precise gifts. After meeting Barbara it was clear that there are special people that are gifted in this area. Our first conversation with Barbara sent a wave of comfort and ease. She has this way of calming and comforting those around her. My first night home from the hospital was rough. I was exhausted, my husband was sick, I was still recovering from my c section and I had two newborn babies. She walked in and I looked at her and began to cry. She was everything I needed in that moment. Barbara provided support, knowledge, comfort and reassurance in the time we needed it the most. She was also just a phone call away if I ever needed anything or had any questions. Barbara became part of our family and we feel lucky to have had her love and support. I constantly refer her to family and friends as any family would be lucky to have this wonderful woman in their lives.
Alexis (Phoenix's mommy):
My journey with Barbara began about five weeks postpartum. After several weeks of no sleep and severe postpartum depression and anxiety (which had yet to be diagnosed), I was desperate for help. I interviewed several candidates before Barbara and I met. What really struck me about her was her calming presence, nurturing and holistic approach to care for mom and baby, and the depth and breath of her knowledge. Barbara came into my life at a time when I was most vulnerable and truly gave me the tools I needed to feel confident as a mother. She is extremely loving and supportive and anyone who has the privilege of working with her should consider herself lucky.
Sun (Jackson's mommy):
My husband and I hired Barbara as our doula for the birth of our second child. She came highly recommended from our Bradley instructor, and we cannot express how grateful we are in having Barbara by our side during labor and delivery. She was very attentive and she knew the exact pressure points along my back and hip to relieve the pain I was experiencing. Her voice was very calming as she reminded me of how to breathe and push my baby out of me. Her reassurances and words of encouragement gave me the confidence to see this natural birth through. Moreover, she kept me well-hydrated and cooled down throughout the entire process. Barbara exceeded all of our expectations and made this natural birth smooth sailing! During our postpartum visit, she had also recommended some holistic method to alleviate my hip pain, and I took her advice and it worked! We are eternally grateful for Barbara and are definitely recommending her services to all of our friends who are looking for doula services!
Beth (Porter's mommy):
Barbara assisted our home birth in February 2015. My husband and I knew immediately upon meeting her that we wanted her to attend our birth. Barbara is warm, knowledgeable, and comforting. She visited our home twice before our birth and once afterwards. At our initial visit, we discussed our birth plan and concerns. Barbara called periodically to make sure I was feeling confident and healthy. She always followed up after midwife appointments. And, at our first home visit with the midwife, Barbara was there. I started having contractions on a Saturday evening and called Barbara around 3am on Sunday morning. The prodromal labor progressed very slowly over a 3 day period. During that time, she helped move our son into a better position with rebozo sifting, inversions, and some other stretches. She made sure I was staying hydrated and that both my husband and I were eating and otherwise taking care of ourselves. After a couple days having contractions, I began to questions myself and many of the choices we made for our birth. Barbara helped me stay level headed, encouraged me, and helped me manage the discomfort. She brought tools like a essential oils and a peanut ball. She kept us moving toward a birth that we wanted. Our son was born healthy and happy. Barbara stayed until we were settled with our son. Then, she returned the following day to offer breastfeeding support. Since that day, she provides other postpartum support through phone and email. We would never have another baby without her. My husband agrees, hiring a doula is one of the best things you and your partner can do to have a positive birth experience. We would absolutely recommend Barbara to anyone regardless of what kind of birth they are planning. She is nonjudgmental and seeks only to support your decisions toward the birth you want.
Alison (Cleo's mommy):
Barbara was wonderful! We don't have close family in the area so were quite daunted by the idea of childbirth and raising a newborn when neither of us had much experience with really tiny babies. My daughter is now 1 and we still talk about how grateful we were to have Barbara -- when my water broke before any contractions started, Barbara came to my house and coached me through what I would need to do to avoid sitting in the hospital for hours and hours, and getting unnecessary interventions. I'm convinced she helped us avoid a C-section. And afterwards, when the hard part begins, she came for weeks to help us figure out all the ins and outs of soothing a baby. She even spoke with me at midnight on New Year’s Eve, when my baby was 3 days old, to help me figure out why she wouldn't settle (pacifier, duh). Just having her in our corner, to talk through all the (sometimes conflicting) information you get in those early days, when it all feels so raw and important, was a huge comfort. Knowing she was a call away, or coming over sometime soon, made us feel so much more relaxed. I can't recommend her enough.
Rochelle (Ethan's mommy):
Barbara Heid was truly the best doula! I had an all natural birth with my third child (I was a second time VBAC), and Barbara was incredible throughout my 23.5 hour labor! I never ever met a more dedicated, soft spoken, positive, caring, honest, knowledgeable, natural minded, wonderful person!!!! Throughout my labor, Barbara stayed by my side, used essential oils, hot water bottles, different positioning methods. Barbara is a true testament of what every doula should be! After my birth, Barbara stayed to make sure I was settled and that I was able to go to the bathroom. When my labor began at 3:30 am, Barbara was up and ready... Truly a dedicated doula! Having Barbara by my side helped me tremendously with all of her encouragement and knowledge; I was able to have my third baby all natural. Barbara helped me in so many ways and never left my side. Her comforting methods and help is immeasurable and unconditional. Barbara goes beyond the scope of just getting things done and truly puts her heart into the work she does! I HIGHLY recommend Barbara Heid to anyone who wants an incredible doula! Having been a VBAC and having 3 kids, I have experienced many different people and truly, having Barbara was the best thing and such an asset to my birth and ensuring a natural and healthy delivery. Thank you to Barbara for being the best doula ever!
Ashley (Jake's mommy):
We had our first baby on May 12, 2014 at Abington Hospital with the assistance of Barb Heid as our doula and it was one of the best decisions we made in our birthing experience. She was very responsive from the interview process, all along the pregnancy, and during "go time!" All of her children are grown and out of the house so she is 100% available and there for you when you go into labor...no arranging for child care, she can just get up and go to you. She also has this calming, positive aura about her which I definitely needed because I tend to constantly worry and let stress overcome me...not something you want during birth. They say that you are alone for about 54 minutes of every hour throughout the birthing process (until the important part at the end obviously). I am so glad that Barb was there to help soothe me through that "alone time," and explain exactly what was happening to me and what I could expect next. My husband is such a good support person, but Barb has been a doula through many births, and has children of her own, so she was able to explain things that my husband just couldn't. She helped him be the best support person he could be. Even our delivery nurse said she was extremely impressed with Barb's doula skills and said she truly provided a significant value to the birthing experience! And she was just very good at reading the mood and knowing what you need before you need it. I will absolutely be calling on Barb for any future births we're blessed to have! I can't say enough good things about her!
Jennifer (Jack's mommy):
Barbara was the perfect doula for my second birth. My first birth had been traumatic and she was able to put my mind at ease and help me work through my fears about giving birth this time. She used her extensive knowledge to help get my baby in its optimal position for birthing and supported me in all the decisions I made throughout my labor. Barbara helped me to talk through my options with my doctor so that I could make educated and informed decisions. I would recommend Barbara's doula services to any expecting family.
Elise (Leah's mommy):
Barbara was truly a blessing to me and my family after the birth of my first child this past Christmas Eve. A few days after birth, I was unable to walk without great pain, and forget about the stairs. Barbara was able to step right in and help with laundry, household chores, organizing baby items and tending to both my daughter, as well as my 4 dog babies. Without her, I'm sure our nursery would still be unfinished. Barbara is an expert in child care and gave great advice about caring for our little sweetie. She also made certain that I was well cared for-both physically and emotionally. She brought calm to our house during a rough period, enabling me to recover from my injury, so that we could fully experience the joy of parenthood. I highly recommend Barbara as a postpartum doula, and I am certain she would be a great comfort and support during the birth experience as well.