Heather A. Hannon, MSN RN

Women's Health Nurse, Childbirth Educator


About Heather

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Hi.  My name is Heather Hannon, and I am an advanced practice nurse with a passion for women's healthcare.    I have an undergraduate degree in Biology from Tufts University in Boston, and a master's degree in Nursing from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard.   


BIRTH is my passion!  I became part of the Richmond birth community 12 years ago.  I have been a childbirth instructor and professional labor/birth support person  (doula) for close to 8 years.  I have created some of the most unique and successful birth courses in the Richmond area.  To date, I have helped close to 300 couples prepare for the birth of their child.  I feel blessed to have the opportunity to meet so many inspirational couples.  I truly love the work I do in the field of childbirth.  Helping families get off to the best start possible is a joy and an honor.

 

In addition to childbirth, family is my other passion.  My husband, Craig, and I are the proud parents of four children (3 boys and 1 girl).  Unfortunately, we did not do much to prepare for labor with our first pregnancy, and as you can imagine, we felt pretty overwhelmed during our oldest son's birth.   Our desire to have a safe and more rewarding birth experience lead us to discover the Bradley Method when we were pregnant with our second child (our daughter).  Our daughter and her three younger siblings were born without medications and/or inteventions.  Because of the tremendous impact our birth experience(s) had on our life, it became our desire to help other couples experience childbirth as the joyful and meaninful experience it can and should be.

 

I am grateful to have had a such a wide variety of birth experiences (hospital and home, medicated and un-medicated, OB and midwife).  Each of my own births taught me something important about myself and the birthing process and gave me a better understanding about the pieces that are needed to navigate the ups and downs of labor and acheive a positive and safe birth. 

 

While welcoming my own children into the world taught me that childbirth can be a re-warding and even life-changing event, I feel strongly that there is no right or wrong way to give birth.  Whether you are delivering in the hospital, at a birth center, or in your home, it is critical that you feel safe, encouraged, understood, and respected throughout the process.  


My goal is to provide you and your partner with the knowledge and tools you need, not only to partner with your practitioner and particpate in your care, but ultimately to help you make a smooth and healthy transition into the world of parenting.

 

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What makes me unique as an instructor?

  • I have experience and knowledge in both natural birth and medicine. I am a nurse and have training in the medical world.  I also have a wide array of training in birth methods, including having trained and worked as a Bradley insructor and also have experience with lamaze and the teachings of Penny Simkin and Spinning babies.  As a result,  I  bring a unique perspective to the classes I teach and the support I am able to offer my students. 

  • As a nurse, childbirth educator, and professional doula have participated in a wide array of birth experiences, including both surgical and vaginal, hospital and homebirth, and I bring real life examples from both settings into the classroom.  My classes offer proven and practical tools to help you build your labor toolbox. 

  • The fact that I have personally experienced a variety of births has given me valuable insight.  I have birthed at home and in the hospital, with Obstetricans and with a midwife, and I understand what is needed to have a fullfilling birth. 

  • I understand the medical language and can help you talk with your provider and birth team about sensitive topics in a way the feels comfortable for everyone involved. I can help you navigate the maze of both natural and medical tools and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed or frightened. 

  • Teaching Natural Childbirth classes and working with couples is a love.  I care deeply about my students, and I am constantly inspired and motivated to do more. 

I know firsthand what an amazing, life-changing experience birth can be.  It is my goal to help you and your partner fully participate in and ENJOY the birth of your child. I am honored to participate in this journey with you.  

 

Thank you again for your interest in natural birth, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Warmly,
Heather

 

(804) 639-5902  naturalmommy72@yahoo.com

 

 

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