When Heidi found Belly to Cradle, she was looking for additional support for her VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) for both herself and her husband. Her first birth had ended in a cesarean, and Heidi was looking for a different experience. She had read the evidence that using a doula could reduce her risk for a cesarean and increase her chances of meeting her birth goals, so she Googled doulas in the Pensacola area and discovered Belly to Cradle.
Heidi was able to achieve a birth that left her feeling confident and satisfied by utilizing the information and skills she learned in her private childbirth classes with Amber. The coaching, comfort measures, and guidance for positioning that Heidi recieved throughout the process of labor and birth brought her reassurance and confidence in what was happening.
"Having a doula meant I had someone just a phone call or text away who could help me figure out if something I was experiencing was normal," Heidi says. "Because we had a doula, we were able to labor at home well into active labor with which made it so much more comfortable!"
Having a doula also allowed Heidi's other support people--her husband, Billy, her mom, and her best friend--to truly enjoy the process. "She let everyone know that what I was going through was okay, and gave them suggestions for what they could do to help the process," Heidi says. "As a result, she only enhanced Billy's role as my primary support!"
She and Billy found so much reassurance, comfort, and confidence from the care they received that in 2016, they had yet another Belly to Cradle baby!
Complete Doula Care
All Belly to Cradle Doula Care Clients Receive: