Meet Heather Helton MSN, CNM

A headshot of Heather Helton MSN, CNM

We are continuing our Meet the Providers series with our very own Heather Helton, MSN, CNM. With decades of experience working in obstetrics, Heather has become central to our midwifery care at Triangle Physicians for Women. Our team of nurse-midwives is a cohesive and experienced group of professionals who work together to provide you the best care possible for your pregnancy and overall healthcare needs. At our practice, we believe in providing high-quality women’s health care in a caring and compassionate environment, which is why we think it’s important to give our patients a closer look at our providers so they have more information at the time of their appointments. Keep reading to learn a little more about Heather Helton MSN, CNM:

Background

I am a true Midwesterner, raised in Illinois and Iowa; and relocated to North Carolina fifteen years ago. I’ve worked in various levels of acuity in Women’s Health from low-risk to high-risk obstetric care, to healthcare administration and education. I completed my midwifery residency with Triangle OB (with Dr. Vulgaropulos and Dr. Grana), and then joined the practice after graduation in 2011.  

Education

Bachelors: University of Wisconsin

Masters: East Carolina University

Specialty

Midwifery

What are your areas of interest?

One of my favorite populations are teens. Establishing gynecological care as a teen can be intimidating and scary. It can also shape the expectation and perspective of future care. I always strive to provide a good foundation for young people to have access to factual and judgment-free care. I also have an interest in perinatal mood disorders. 

What first introduced you to midwifery? 

My first exposure to midwives came when I was in nursing school, working as a nursing assistant on a Labor & Delivery unit. I appreciated the way they broke down concepts for me so I could learn, and I loved the personable interaction they had with the families they provided care for. 

What motivates you?

I believe we are called to serve others, and the impact we can have on someone can last a lifetime. Our area of expertise involves some of the most vulnerable areas a person has. I want to empower others to have comfort in their own care. 

Do you have a certain philosophy or outlook when it comes to practicing medicine and providing care? 

I tend to approach care as if my family member were being cared for, and what kind of care would I expect to be given to them. I don’t believe you need to work in healthcare to receive exceptional healthcare, but you should expect your provider to give you evidence-based information so you can make the best decision for yourself. 

A little more about Heather

I am married with two kids (one in college and one in high school). I lead the medical team for our child’s award-winning high school marching band (our favorite trip was performing at the Outback Bowl) and will be sad when our youngest graduates next year and I have to hang up my #medicmom shirt. I am also adjunct faculty at East Carolina University (College of Nursing). And when I’m not in the office, I am a social media creator @amodernmidwife covering topics in Women’s Health.

To schedule an appointment

Triangle Physicians for Women is proud to provide comprehensive women’s health care that includes obstetric, gynecological, and midwifery care as well as a wide array of specialty services. For questions about any of our services, contact us today! If you would like to schedule an appointment with Heather Helton MSN, CNM at Triangle Physicians for Women, you may do so by calling (919) 678-6900 or requesting an appointment online.

Dr. Pearce was attentive, listened well, and provided a comfortable experience for me. My recent vaginal exams have been very uncomfortable and she provided a very comfortable exam this time.

Dr. Pearce was AMAZING! She answered all my questions and didn’t make me feel rushed. Best experience I’ve had at Triangle yet! She really put my worried first-time mom mind at ease.

I think Dr. Grana and her assistant (Mandy) are the best. I have been going to TP4W for years – at least 20, and I have never been disappointed with the level of care I have received. I can be a challenge as my level for pain tolerance is low and they put up with me! I can’t help but highly recommend the practice to anyone looking for exemplary women’s healthcare.

Love love love Dr. Grana and her crew. Love going to Holly Springs office. The girls are the best from Lisa at the front desk to all the girls in the back. Your music and atmosphere is great. Thanks for making these appointments fun!! Yes believe it or not, fun!!!

Dr V and the office staff were all very professional, understanding, caring and very efficient. I would be happy to recommend this practice to friends, family and associates. – Barbara M. Lucas

My visit was great! & my past visit have all been great.Kristy helped me even with me being a bit stressed & in a hurry because I had to be seen & my job is super strict. Her urgency to get me seen was phenomenal. I even got to see Heather, she’s awesome & amazing. She helped deliver my baby girl a year ago. My whole family loves her and Dr Sheshadri. We actually can’t wait to get pregnant again hahaha. Everyone treats you with respect and always makes sure your okay & answers whatever questions you have before you leave. Even leaving a message for the nurses,they get back to you so quickly.  This practice really makes you feel taken care of.  We appreciate you all!  – Erika Hooks

My experience with the TP4W staff has been top of the line.  They helped me through three pregnancies and coached me through every step of the way.  Eternally thankful I chose TP4W.  – Britney

TP4W have such amazing doctors, midwives and nurses.  I cannot say enough about Dr. Grana and the rest of the staff for all the help, advice, guidance and medical care they provided me with all of my kids.  She made me feel safe and calm through both c-sections.  My routine care and pregnancy care have always been top notch and I would recommend them to anyone looking for an OBGYN.  – Brooke

We were honored to receive a hand written note..

Dr. Grana, Angie, Jessica, Heather, April, Sarah and the rest of the staff –

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of me through both of my pregnancies and births, especially my latest one on 10/29! most of yall know how nervous I was from having gone through a lot (to say the least) with my first in 2016. You all made me feel so comfortable and at ease before, during and after. And going through a touch year with my dad, you guys always asked how he was doing at every appointment, which was so thoughtful and beyond your job description. I know that you all see many women go through what i did each and every day and deliver many babies and perform many c-sections. But I hope you know how special Ruby’s delivery was to me. You all have amazing jobs! I cannot thank you all enough. Merry Christmas!

Love, Lucy

I have been going to TP4W since 2010/11 and could not be happier.

The staff, nurses, midwives, and doctors are all amazing. I have 2 sons, both delivered via cesarean by Dr. V. Every visit and every provider did everything in their power to give me the birth experience I wanted, and also ensure that myself and my babies were safe and healthy. Dr. V even did everything in his power to help me avoid my first c-section and VBAC with the second, but that turned out to be out of his hands and he was the absolute best surgeon. With my two pregnancies, I experienced a few scares and some unusual circumstances that would be too long and too private to write in a review, but every single hurdle was handled with grace, honesty, and professionalism. I am so thankful for the recommendation from a friend to come to this office. I can’t imagine ever going to another practice.