changing doll diaper


The name is practically synonymous with Childbirth Education in the minds of many.

You’ve seen it in the movies. A laboring woman is hollering and sweating in a hospital bed, and someone reminds her to hee-hee-hoooooo and she tries it a few times before screaming out, “YOU DID THIS TO ME!!!!” and crushing her partner’s hand.

Doesn’t seem very effective, does it? There’s a better, modern way! Heartland Doulas offers private, customizable childbirth education. We believe that such an intimate topic as childbirth deserves an equally intimate setting. Rather than meeting in a large conference room for Lamaze class with 20 strangers, our classes are held in your home or our office, just you and your childbirth educator. We recognize that you don’t need to learn how to put a diaper on a baby doll, you need your important questions answered! We have designed our curriculum to be flexible so that we can offer it in a comfortable, relaxed environment and you can ask an expert ALL of your questions, from the basic to the intimate:

  • What can I do prenatally to prepare for an easier birth?
  • How will I know I’m in labor?
  • When do I go to the hospital?
  • Can I have a homebirth?
  • How do I prepare for a homebirth?
  • Can I have a birth center birth?
  • What do contractions feel like?
  • How can I manage labor pain?
  • What if I want an epidural?
  • What if I don’t want an epidural?
  • What if I’m planning a c-section?
  • What are some reasons I might need a c-section?
  • What are some reasons I might need an induction?
  • Should I write a birth plan? What should be in it?
  • How can I reduce the likelihood of tearing?
  • Will I poop when I push?
  • How exactly am I supposed to push?
  • How do I breastfeed?
  • How do I choose the right type of formula?
  • What bottles are the best for my baby?
  • How do I swaddle?
  • Should I use a pacifier?

Using our curriculum customizer tool, our expert childbirth educators tailor your private class to meet your exact needs:

Wanting an epidural and you want to know what to expect and how to time getting it? Our educators can share some real-life experiences to help you feel at ease with your plan.

39 weeks and all of a sudden things are feeling real? We can do a three-hour crash course in what to expect and how to feel in control.

Planning a homebirth and don’t want to take a class about hospital birth? Our educators can teach you what is normal, how to feel comfortable, and how to write a birth plan in case of hospital transfer.

Know you are going to be induced and want to know how to make it a good experience? We’ve been there, done that, and will give you a class in which you feel supported in your decisions.

Scheduled your Cesarean Birth and want to know how to make it a happy occasion, how to have a smoother recovery, and how to take care of your baby afterward? Yep, we can do that, too.

Your care provider encouraged you to write a birth plan, but you have no idea where to start? We’ll run through the options and give you a few different ideas on how to write a birth plan that everyone will love!

Single parent who feels unsure about going to couples’ classes? We will make sure you feel loved, nurtured, and respected as we show you how to provide comfort measures to yourself.

Think you want to breastfeed, but are afraid you won’t know what to do? We have childbirth educators who are also Certified Lactation Counselors and will leave you feeling confident and prepared.

We offer our Not Lamaze class in Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Pekin, and surrounding areas. We are available for travel to Springfield, Champaign, Decatur, and more! Contact Us today to get our curriculum customizer! 


About Kate Herzel

Kate Herzel is the co-owner of Heartland Doulas alongside Stacy Ash, and together with their combined 20 years of experience and 7 doulas, they help people have really amazing birth and postpartum experiences. In her spare time, Kate enjoys cooking with her kids, brewing beer with her husband, and entertaining for her friends.