Testimonials

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Bridget February 2015

I had a great experience with Heather and would definitely recommend her to anyone interested in a doula. Prior to meeting Healther I really didn’t know much about labor and delivery and my options. After hiring her, we had 2 prenatal appointments. She did a great job of educating my husband and I and laying out our various options for our birth plan. She is very knowledgable about pregnancy and labor and delivery and has a lot of delivery experience. I really appreciated having her with us for labor and delivery. My labor progressed fast and I was unable to get an epidural until 8cm dilated 90% effaced. The pain was intense and she helped coach my husband and I through it. During the pushing phase, I was having difficulty getting my son out because of the shape of my pelvic bone. Heather was very helpful in suggesting different positions to try. After my son was born so made sure that he latched prior to leaving. He took to breastfeeding right away and I attribute it to latching minutes after birth (something I would have forgotten to try in the moment!).

Nicole July 2015

Heather McCullough is outstanding.  She has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience.  We took her course and absolutely loved it.  She is a great speaker and covers the broad as well as the fine points when it comes to natural birthing.  My sister in-law used the organization Heather works with called “Gentle Birthing,” to have a home birth and that’s how we met Heather.  She was awesome.  Very supportive both in the course and out.  She was very resourceful and helped us overcome a few hurdles we ran into while preparing for giving birth in the hospital.  I highly recommend you use her she will guide you and make natural birthing an easier experience.  We love her and would definitely use her again and recommend her to all our friends.

Kate June 2015

We had an unusual situation in that Heather was not present for most of the actual birth.  Things happened much more quickly than we anticipated, so by the time we reached out to her, it was too late.  She arrived during the pushing phase of labor!  BUT, she was still instrumental in our preparations, and provided a lot of support along the way (via text/phone).    Our visits at 36 and 37 weeks helped us prepare for the birth – emotionally, physically, and logistically.  She came to our home and stayed for lengthy visits.  She was helpful, attentive, and knowledgeable.   She got to know us, our story, and our concerns, fears, and questions.  She encouraged us to consider what was important to our birth experience and helped us anticipate challenges that might arise and consider how we would cope with them.  Although the day went quite differently than we expected, we still felt great about how it all transpired.  We would definitely recommend Heather as a coach and support.

Jana June 2015

I had a great birth experience and much of the reason for that is because of Heather. Heather is amazing: she makes you feel safe, empowered, and loved throughout your birth experience…all of which was very important to me.

I had some complications in my pregnancy and was told I would be induced at one of my OB appointments. I was nervous about having pitocin. Heather advised me about what to do in early labor. My husband then texted her when I was in active labor at the hospital. Heather came right away and when she walked in the LDR room both my husband and I just relaxed and knew we were in good hands. Heather helped me stay focused through my pressure waves, she knew the hosiptal well and was able to get me the tools I needed to be successful (birthing ball, warm towels, etc.) that as a first time mom I didn’t know were available to me.

She included my husband in my birthing process as well. She would say things like: “Why don’t you sit here and put pressure on her back right here?” She also helped me find more comfortable laboring positions and helped me in the shower.

When it was time to push, Heather explained to me how to push effectively. She was supportive and encouraged me to feel the baby’s head. After baby was born, she helped with breastfeeding.

Afterwards my husband said that he was so glad Heather was there. He wanted to support me throughout the birthing process, but said he just didn’t know how to support me best until Heather came and helped us both. I am so grateful for Heather and her positive energy and love for me and my family.

If/when I have another child, she will be my doula again. I highly recommend her.

Lindsay April 2015

Heather was not only my doula last month, but a guardian angel for my husband, baby and I. Even now as I sit here to write this review, I am starting to well up with tears, as I recall the intense emotions I felt during my difficult labor and childbirth, and how much Heather was there for our family. During the arduous FOUR days and nights of contractions that I experienced at home, Heather made herself available via phone and text message to me at ALL hours, for four days straight. Even at 4am she would respond within 5 minutes of my text!  She not only saved us a trip or two to the hospital, but she came over to help me at home with exercises and examine me. Once we finally got to the hospital to be induced, I ended up needing an intense forceps delivery. She was not judgmental of me wanting an epidural and encouraged me to make decisions that I was most comfortable with. Heather was there for us at every step of the way. She is more knowledgable about birth than an OBGYN (she is also a midwife and has delivered tons of babies in the past) and having her by my side as I pushed, watching the monitors, communicating with the nurses and doctors, and comforting us, was priceless. Now I have a happy and healthy baby girl and although it was a difficult experience medically, Heather provided us with the comfort we needed to make it a beautiful experience, emotionally.

Beth December 2015

Heather was an incredible asset to my birthing team.  She is so knowledgeable and keeps up on all the latest research.  She knows everything there is to know about pregnancy and birthing and is happy to tell you fact from fiction.  Having been a midwife for many years before becoming a doula, she’s had the unique experience of being both a provider and deliver babies and also as a support via her role as doula.  This combination experience, makes for one strong advocate for you and your baby! Heather was available and easily accessible during my pregnancy for any pregnancy related questions that I wanted to run by her and when she showed up on the scene when I was in labor, it was an INCREDIBLE difference to the efficiency and quality of my experience.  She is fully supportive of however you want to experience your labor, medicated or unmedicated. There is no judgement but she will be right there with you each step of the way.  I chose unmedicated and having Heather with us supported me in easefully reaching my goals.  She listens to what you most want out of your experience and will work to provide you with that.  She is an incredible support to all, including husbanads/partners.  Babies and birthing are her life and it is clear from all her extensive knowledge and experience that you couldn’t have a better doula than Heather.

Rachel April 2014

I had just two meetings with Heather before my daughter was born (two weeks early), but her advice and support before, during, and after the birth was incredible. Heather has a calming, peaceful, knowledgeable way about her. My partner initially had no strong opinion about involving a doula in our birth experience, but if you ask him now, he will tell you how amazing Heather is and how worthwhile it is to have a doula on your side. Amazingly, when my water broke and the rushes began and were accompanied by bleeding, I called L&D at the hospital (UIC) and the on-call doctor told me only to come in if it was worrisome but gave me no indication about what I should I do or if I should in fact be worried. I had no frame of reference. I texted Heather at 3am and she immediately wrote back and then called me. Once active labor began, she stayed in communication with my partner, giving him resources and a peace of mind. Although Heather did not get to attend my labor/delivery, she immediately sent her backup doula to my house while I labored at home; her backup doula was phenomenal. I wish Heather could have been there for the birth, too, but I am so, so thankful that she was part of the whole experience, both pre- and post-partum. She is a fount of knowledge and is so accessible and willing to answer questions or provide support and encouragement.

Sharon January 2013:

Heather was truly amazing. She was very supportive in the months leading up to our delivery, answering our questions, guiding us about decisions we had to make. She relieved a great deal of our anxiety and made us feel very prepared for childbirth. During delivery, Heather anticipated both of our needs. She championed us through a challenging labor. I felt free to be who I was in the moment without being self-conscious or worried about others around me. This was very important when I reached that very primitive place. Heather was also an amazing ambassador for us with the doctors and nurses. I was so happy we were able to have an unmedicated delivery without complication.  We now have a beautiful son and we can’t wait to see her again when we decide to grow our family!

Sarah 2013:

Heather has a wealth of experience as a Doula & Midwife & is a wonderful character. She is friendly, gentle, listens & is personable in every way- feeling like a friend with a wealth of knowledge in the birthing arena.

She made my husband & I feel so comfortable from the minute we met her. She was a great judge of our character/personalities & adjusted her style to suit ours. Heather answered all of our questions & used many different birth scenarios to help us think about what options were available & what we may/may not consider if we were faced with those situations.

Heather made us feel absolutely at ease & in good hands going into our birth experience. I didn’t heave the easiest of labors & Heather was our rock throughout it. She gave me all the support I needed; suggesting positions, props, activities, provided emotional support & when it came down to making tough decisions- gave options & advice. She guided my husband & relieved him when exhaustion set in. Her interactions with the medical staff at the hospital were very professional at all times.

Heather followed up with us at the hospital & via phone when we got home to ensure my husband, our son & I were doing well. She also provided some lactation advice/referrals when we needed it.

Heather clearly cares about her clients, well after her job is done. We would recommend Heather as a Doula to family, friends & to anyone wanting extra guidance & support throughout labor/delivery.

Jaime 7.16.2013:

Heather was a lifesaver in so many ways during my pregnancy and birth.  Having her by my side made what could have been a very tramatizing experience at the hospital instead a positive memory.  From the beginning Heather helped Brian and I make educated decisions.  Her calmness and knowledge made an otherwise unbearable 9 hours in triage doable.  When the hospital let me down Heather was there to support me and she stayed by my side for 24 hours without a moment to herself.  In addition to everything that she did to support me I know that my partner was also very appreciative of her support.  Heather was able guide and support him so that he could be the partner that I needed for the birth of our son.  I would highly recommend Heather to anyone looking for labor support!

Heather has a wealth of experience as a Doula & Midwife & is a wonderful character. She is friendly, gentle, listens & is personable in every way- feeling like a friend with a wealth of knowledge in the birthing arena.

She made my husband & I feel so comfortable from the minute we met her. She was a great judge of our character/personalities & adjusted her style to suit ours. Heather answered all of our questions & used many different birth scenarios to help us think about what options were available & what we may/may not consider if we were faced with those situations.

Heather made us feel absolutely at ease & in good hands going into our birth experience. I didn’t heave the easiest of labors & Heather was our rock throughout it. She gave me all the support I needed; suggesting positions, props, activities, provided emotional support & when it came down to making tough decisions- gave options & advice. She guided my husband & relieved him when exhaustion set in. Her interactions with the medical staff at the hospital were very professional at all times.

Heather followed up with us at the hospital & via phone when we got home to ensure my husband, our son & I were doing well. She also provided some lactation advice/referrals when we needed it.

Heather clearly cares about her clients, well after her job is done. We would recommend Heather as a Doula to family, friends & to anyone wanting extra guidance & support throughout labor/delivery.

Glen:

If you’re looking for a “good” Doula, Heather is not the one for you…… “good” doesn’t describe her at all. She was AMAZING! It is hard to put into words how important it is to have someone you trust and can rely on during a time when your wife is going through the most pain she will ever experience and you are delivering your most precious possession you will ever have. There is nothing we wouldn’t do to have the most experienced professional along side us during these life changing moments.
Heather was perfect. There is nobody we would rather have had work with us. She is the quintessential professional, with a depth of knowledge you’d expect from a doctor. You know when the doctors and all the nurses rave about your Doula post delivery, you’ve hit gold. My wife went into labour 3 weeks early at 7:45am on Sunday morning. We called Heather at 8:30am. She was on the phone to us every few minutes for the next two hours during the early contractions and then dropped everything and came to our house at noon. She knew exactly what my wife needed (emotionally) and calmed us both down. She spent the rest of the labour with us and came through to the hospital and into the delivery room with us. Heather was all about my wife – while the doctors and nurses were analytical and almost clinical, it was Heather that was concerned about my wife’s dignity and comfort throughout the delivery. I used Heather as a sounding board to make the best decision for my baby and wife, and know when to push back on what the doctors and nurses when they were pressuring us into making decisions.
My health, happy son was born later that day and my wife and I are in awe.
I can honestly not recommend Heather enough!!!! Look no further – Heather is the Doula you want. Trust me!!

Alice:

Heather was indispensable throughout the whole process. She was able to give us advice, support and encouragement during switching doctors, issues with low amniotic fluid, having to be induced and breastfeeding issues afterward. She was always available for advice and really knowledgeable, reassuring and keen to go out of her way to help. As is usually the way, my birth plan of laboring at home with Heather for as long as possible was left by the wayside when the doctor decided to induce me for low amniotic fluid and sent me straight to the hospital from the doctors office. I developed high blood pressure during the labor meaning I had to stay in bed lying down rather than moving around or getting in the shower to help deal with the labor pains. Despite all this I was still able to have an analgesia free labor and delivery which was really important to me as it felt like the labor I wanted still, even though the circumstances had totally changed. This was due entirely to Heather. She just knew what to say and how to sooth a laboring woman. She knew intuitively when to talk and massage in just the right places and when to be quiet and take a step back. She stayed with me when my husband left to get food and explained the doctors jargon and what was happening to him as well as suggesting to him how best to help me during labor pains. Throughout the labour we must have had 8 different nurses coming and going, but Heather was the constant. That was massive. My husband was really quite upset and angry when I first suggested we hire a doula as he felt that this indicated I didn’t feel he could support me adequately, but now he’s the one encouraging all his friends to hire a doula and calls Heather our guardian angel!! He’s totally converted!

Bailey:

Our pre-natal visits were very thorough and informative, and we really felt like she wanted to get to know my husband and I if she was going to give us her best while on this journey with us. As my due date approached and then passed, I worked in tandem with Heather and my doctor to make the right decision for what was to come. I eventually went into labor on my own, and Heather helped me fulfill my goal of staying home as long as I could manage the pain. She also provided an invaluable skill – she was able to examine me to see if I had much I had dialated, and was able to confirm that I was in fact, in labor. When we got to the hospital, she was helpful in the best possible way – she was there when we needed her and she knew when to step back as well. Ultimately, I needed to have a C-section, a decision which she respectfully and kindly supported. She was also there for my husband with emotional support and medical knowledge during the whole thing. But what I think was the defining moment in the whole birthing experience, is when I finally made it to the recovery room with my newborn, after having been in labor for 18 hours, and reeling from a particularly uncomfortable surgery that I did not plan for, was when Heather helped me get colostrom into my baby’s mouth. I was pretty immobile and out of it from the drugs, but Heather basically climbed into bed with me and squeezed my breast into my baby’s mouth. Now that is dedication! She helped create a moment – perhaps one of the most important moments in a new mother’s life – that I may not have otherwise had without Heather. And for that, I will always be eternally grateful. Heather is a consummate professional and incredibly skilled doula and I couldn’t recommend her enough!