Hi! I'm Heather. As a doula, your vision for your ideal birth is my goal. I can help you and your partner have a positive experience with pregnancy and birth by cultivating confidence and providing individualized support.
I wasn't always interested in birth. Like many, I considered birth a topic to be avoided. This changed when my psychology professor at the University of Utah presented research on the clear benefits of having a doula. My passion for birth work grew as I came to understand how women could have empowering and joyful birth experiences when given respect, options, and evidence-based information. In 2015 I completed my training in the Curtis Method HypnoDoula program.
My journey in birth work took a unique turn when I completed a crisis response internship at St Mark's Hospital. I now work as a multi-faith chaplain for hospice, providing counseling and a comforting presence to clients and their families at end-of-life. I've enjoyed seeing how my experience as a chaplain informs and improves my work as a doula, and vice versa.
Between my work as a doula and healthcare chaplain, I have worked advocating for compassionate healthcare for four years. I have a degree in Psychology from the University of Utah, and have advanced training to support those for whom birth may feel more emotionally complex, such as those with a history of trauma, or loss, intended adoption, or experiencing faith transition. I am very comfortable with expressions of spirituality in birth. If feeling strongly connected with your partner during your birthing time is important to you, I can take care of many of the small details of the birth space and offer helpful guidance to enable your partner to give you their full attention and be the most effective in their support.
I am a mother of two and wife of one. I love outdoor adventures, studying rock & roll history, and growing things, but my favorite pastime is laughing.