Studio maternity photographer serving Kansas city, Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Raytown, Independence.
I had the pleasure of having Heidi in my studio this month for her maternity session! Heidi has a vibrant, positive, and energetic personality, and was so fun to work with. She is also the face behind Bloc Birth doula services, supporting parents through pregnancy, birth and postpartum in the Kansas City area.
I first met Heidi in August 2020, when I hired her as my doula for the birth of my second son. My birth experience with my first son left me feeling clueless, alone, and traumatized; even though I had taken birth classes and thought I was prepared. As the due date of my second son approached, and some complications arose, I began feeling anxious and unprepared. I quickly realized how valuable the support and encouragement of a birth doula would be to me. And though my second birth was not at all what I imagined it would be (again), I was so grateful to have Heidi on my team.
In addition to my pregnancy complications, I tested positive for Covid-19 upon my admission to the hospital to be induced at 35 weeks. This meant that Heidi wouldn't be allowed to attend the birth in person. So, in the nature of how unpredictable each birth experience can be, and true 2020 [shit show] fashion, enters my virtual birth doula! Yup, that's right! Heidi was on video chat with my husband and I during the labor and birth of my son. She was either being held by my husband, or propped up against my hospital cup.
Even though Heidi wasn't able to attended in the way that we had all hoped, I was surprised at how much she was able to help, even virtually. She was the calm, uplifting voice I needed, in addition to that of my husband. Her encouragement was steadfast, and helped me refocus when I began to feel out of control during painful contractions. Her suggestions and support to both me, and my husband, was helpful and so important to us. Heidi delivered the kind of support that I needed and had hoped for.
Heidi is an incredibly valuable resource to parents all over the Kansas City area, and beyond! The work she does is educational and empowering. She holds space for whatever your desired birth experience might be, and is there to support you through it! In addition to the work she does one-on-one with her clients, she offers a group style prenatal birth prep course, and is dedicated to sharing evidence-based information with anyone she can reach through Instagram and TikTok!
I'm so thankful for the opportunity I had to serve, and show my form of support to Heidi. It's my desire as a maternity photographer, to help mothers see the beauty and power they possess as they enter motherhood! ♥️
To learn more about the work of a doula and what Heidi offers, head over to her website Bloc Births
If you'd like to get more information about pregnancy, birth and postpartum, follow her on Instagram and TikTok!
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Check out the video below to watch a time lapse edit from this session!