Heather Norris CD(DONA)
Heather Norris has been a doula since 2013. In this time she has gained experience in over 130 births; supporting women in hospitals, birth centers and home births. She believes whole heartedly in women making informed decisions about their birth no matter the path they are on.
Heather is married with two children.
She is currently serving on the board of Treasure Valley Doulas as President
Previously she was the Membership Director in 2019 and was President from 2015-2018.
Congratulations on your bundle of joy! I believe that birth can be an amazing, life-changing event; for you, your partner, and your baby. My basic philosophy is that birth matters, and with the right support, birth can be better! I am here to help you build and maintain the confidence you have in your body's ability to birth. We will work together so that you can advocate for what it is you want for your birth.
As your birth doula, I am honored to provide emotional, physical and informational support to you the laboring woman and your family.
My doula services and childbirth education will give you peace of mind.
Through my journey of having two children I recognized the need for women to have more support during labor and to feel confident with their body in birth.
I believe that our bodies know how to birth if given the right support. Historically, birth was an intuitive act. A "village" of women came to a birth...grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, and friends would surround a mother with comfort and knowledge. Western medicine has made birth safer in many ways for mothers and babies. But I believe that we could benefit from the intuitive approach of times past. I can be the doula that helps you bridge the benefits of modern medicine and the intuitive power of your own body. I will work directly for you and support your decisions.
Certified Birth Doula with DONA International
Gentle Birth Certified Educator
Positive birth starts with building your resources and your team. I will be by your side helping you to navigate the various stages, transitions or options in labor. My services will reduce your fears and build your confidence in your ability to birth.
All of my birth doula services includes prenatal visits to get acquainted, go over any concerns, talk about your preferences and desires, teach comfort measures and advocacy techniques. You will learn how to asses what the body needs and then shift your focus to reduce your pain. I am there during your birth and for the immediate postpartum to assist with breastfeeding as needed. I also come to your home for a postpartum visit to help with new parent adjustment.
When you hire me as your doula you also get the benefit of my professional photography services. I can photograph your labor and birth as your desire and provide digital images. I am happy to capture those first precious family moments.
Nurturing Package $1395: Birth doula services, Childbirth education series, birth photography, digital images and Newborn Photography. All of below is included and then you get the further pampering of having your first photography session. This session can take place in my studio or in your home for your convenience and usually happens about the second week after the birth.
Confident Package $1100 This is the complete positive birth package. Birth Doula services (see below), birth photography with digital images and Childbirth Education series teaching you about the physiology of birth and how to prepare the mind through mindfulness, affirmations, breathing and hypnosis so that the sensations of labor are less painful. (The workshop with this package is only a $225 add on to my birth services when normally $265 on it's own.)
Care Package $900: Birth Doula services--including prenatal visits, birth preferences preparation, practicing comfort measure, and advocacy techniques, breastfeeding support, postpartum visit, and birth photography with digital images. My support is tailored to the type of experience you are hoping for.
Mind Centered Birth Education: $225
Preparing for your Positive Birth!!
What happens in the mind is just as important as what the body is doing. The Mind Centered Birth Education series combines evidence based information with mental training. Prepare the mind and body for your positive birth experience. You will learn about the basic aspects of birth and how to assess what your body needs as well as train the brain to shift its focus to reduce the amount of pain you experience. This childbirth education will make you feel calmer, more confident and prepared for your positive birth!
This class we make you more excited for your upcoming birth!!
All classes are being taught on-line with the option for an in-person one on one component.
VIRTUAL DOULA PACKAGE
Local hospital are allowing doulas in but if you would still prefer a virtual option we can build it together. We will create the package you need to support your vision of birth in these uncertain times.
Education and Training:
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Photography: May 1998, Boise State University
Birth Doula Certification: May 2014; Recertification: May 2017 & May 2020
Heart Saver CPR Certification: May 2015
GentleBirth Childbirth Education Certification: February 2017
Basic Life Support Provider Certification: July 2019
GentleBirth Childbirth Education Training: December 2016, Tracy Donegan
Intuitive Birth Teacher Training: April 2016, Holly Lammer
Lamaze Childbirth Education Training: August 2015, Terri Shilling
Breastfeeding for Professionals: February 2014, Lynelle King
DONA Birth Doula Training: April 2013, Kyndal May
TVD Conference with Rebozo Boise ID, Feb 2020
Conference: The Mighty Tongue; Boise ID August 2019
TVD Conference Boise ID: October 2016
Spinning Babies Training: October 2016
DONA Conference Seattle WA: July 2016
DONA Virtual Conference: September 2015
Treasure Valley Doulas Conference: April 2014