Heather Self, Birth Doula & Mindful Coaching
I graduated from the Hakomi Institute in 2009, after a two year training in Chicago. Hakomi is a holistic and mindfulness based counseling method that draws from Buddhist and Taoist traditions. During my training, I had the opportunity to do practicum work with pregnant women and their partners. I fell in love with the emotional and spiritual expansiveness of pregnancy and began exploring how mindfulness practices might help support women in pregnancy and labor.
I then decided to become a birth doula. I completed To Labor Birth Doula training in 2008 and again in 2014. I completed postpartum doula training at Aviva College in October 2012. In spring of 2016, I completed Birthing From Within Training. I am also trained in volunteer Hospice Care through Blue Ridge Hospice in Berryville, VA.
I hold a degree in fine arts from Shepherd University (printmaking) and taught art classes for many years. In my free time I enjoy yoga, meditation, walks in nature, spending time with my husband and kids, and making art.
“Her calm demeanor and her background in the Hakomi method of mindfulness training were just right for me.”TG