Heather W. in Ellicott City, MD

    Practice overview

    I come into full spectrum doula work after a decade of growing my own family through infertility, fostering, adoption, and IVF and documenting our life and births along the way. Showing the power, truth, and beauty of these moments through photography is truly the cornerstone of my work. Being able to facilitate a space that feels safe enough to explore all of your options and decide what's best for you and your family is something I'm very proud to be able to provide to clients from a variety of backgrounds without judgement. Education, connections to other professionals in the industry, and comforting touch are all things my care include.

    Years experience


    Families supported


    Birth Rate


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    Care philosophy

    As a photographer and Full Spectrum Doula I document and support pregnant people no matter the outcome of their pregnancy, be it a chosen outcome or not. I work hard to build strong, meaningful connections with my clients so that they trust me in their most vulnerable moments.


    • Adoption doula support
    • Bereavement doula support
    • Birth doula support
    • Fertility doula support
    • Postpartum doula support
    • Virtual doula support
    • In-home lactation visits
    • Virtual lactation visits
    • Babywearing
    • Birth photography
    • Placenta encapsulation

    Specialties and Experience

    • Cesarean birth
    • Clients on bed rest
    • Domestic violence
    • Expected stillbirth
    • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
    • High-risk pregnancy
    • Induced and high medical technology labor and birth
    • LGBTQ
    • Multiples
    • Over 40
    • People of color
    • Plus size
    • Postpartum mood disorders
    • Prematurity
    • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
    • Previous life trauma
    • Single parents
    • Special needs babies
    • Surrogacy
    • Survivors of sexual abuse
    • Teen parents
    • Vaginal breech birth
    • VBAC
    • Waterbirth

    Care settings

    • Birthing center
    • Home
    • Hospital


    • English


    • Certified Lactation Counselor
    • Certified Doula (DTI)
    • Placenta Services


    Pricing packages

    Birth Doula + Photography
    $ 0
    Sliding Scale from $1500-$2500. No questions asked. Free in-person or virtual consult. 2 prenatal visits, full labor and birth support, birth photography, 2 postpartum visits.
    Sliding scale pricing available


    Areas served

    • greater DMV area


    • Sarah
      January 30, 2021 at 8:47 am | Peer review

      Heather is passionate and committed to supporting new families. She is always up to date on the latest evidenced based information and is actively taking one class or another at any given time to further her knowledge in the birth world. Her community is lucky to have her.

    • N
      January 30, 2021 at 12:48 pm | Client review

      Heather’s greatest strengths as a Doula is her compassion for her clients and love for the journey that they are taking and how she can assist in that

    • Amy
      February 11, 2021 at 5:49 pm | Client review

      Heather was the perfect addition to our birth team. She was such a calming presence and held space for me to ride the waves of labor at my own pace. Though I didn’t want physical comfort measures, she was able to find ways to make the process easier for me. She worked so well with my wife, which is exactly what I hoped would happen. I could sense the harmony in their relationship which put me at great ease. Her photography was beautiful and unobtrusive. I never felt annoyed when I saw her holding the camera and she was always present to help me time my contractions when I needed her. She was also fantastic with the big kids and I was so grateful that she was able to distract and spend time with them when I couldn’t be present. She also made herself available to come to my ECV when we found out that the babe was breech. I (thankfully) did not have to have the baby on that day, but knowing she was there was such a comfort. We were so lucky to find Heather. I’d have a dozen more babies if it meant I could have her on my birth team again!

    • Zoe
      February 12, 2021 at 4:30 pm | Client review

      Heather was great to work with. As a first time Mom anxious about breastfeeding, she suggested a couple of wonderful resources for me that made a huge difference. She was such a champ during my 26-hour labor, providing hours and hours of counter-pressure relief during low-back contractions. She also had all the “things” to try to help, like a TENS machine, which did help for me. I felt really comfortable given Heather’s experience and knowledge and would recommend her, hands down. We’ve gone on to use her for babysitting as our daughter is growing up and she absolutely adores Heather!

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