Birth Fee: $1000 to $1600
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $40
Fee Details: I also offer monitrice services as a licensed midwife as well as my birth doula packages Check out the holistic bodywork package on our website! The labor package includes two prenatal visits. One to create your birth plan. The other to go over labor comfort measure as well as prepare for the end of your pregnancy and having a newborn. You will have unlimited phone and email support, and my on-call availability from the moment you hire me until after your birth. Once you deliver we will do a one week postpartum visit to talk about breastfeeding issues, ways for you both to get more sleep and make sure there are no worries or concerns. I offer flexible payment plans as well as accepting all forms of payment, including HSA/FSA. We can also file with your insurance for reimbursement.
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 350 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 9 years and 192 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 0 to 2 births and 0 to 2 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am currently working towards my PhD in naturopathic medicine. I am certified in aromatherapy, herbology, life coaching and more!. I am also a licensed midwife specialize in Holistic Family Planning
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Austin, TX
I suspected my water broke while I was in the bathtub and asked her shouldn’t I go to the hospital? She said it’s not urgent and she would wait until the contractions are stronger. We went soon after and I got a fever due to tub water causing an infection. I had to be treated with antibiotics right away as did my son after birth. Glad we went in when we did.
She was at another delivery during this time so she had to call in her back-up doula, who arrived more than 2 hours later but the contract says someone will be there within 2 hours. I had also confirmed with Ellie during the interview process that she doesn’t book too many clients around the same due dates.
Ellie showed up after a few more hours but she was clearly exhausted.
I was having continuous pain where my butt cheek meets my hip and the ONLY people who volunteered to massage me were my fiancé and mom. Ellie let them take turns for HOURS while she curled up in a chair, covered in a blanket and SLEPT. At one point, as I took a quick breath in between pushing to bring my baby into the world, I look over and see she has my left foot in one hand and is BUSY TYPING on her phone with the other! Appalling.
She's supposed to stay an hour or two after but less than 5 minutes after birth, while the doc is still stitching me up and baby being evaluated, she asks if we need her anymore or was it ok if she left because she was so tired from being up for who knows how many hours.
We didn’t hear from her for 9 days afterward. No call or even a text to ask how’s the newborn. When she did text and ask how breastfeeding was going and if we wanted to schedule the postpartum visit, we were so disgusted with her that we didn’t want to see her again so we didn’t respond and haven’t heard from her since.
I can truly say without a doubt that my VBA2C would not have been a success without the support and encouragement of Ellie, my doula. I was fortunate enough to find a doctor who allowed me to be a VBA2C candidate (which is very rare these days) and I knew that I had to do everything possible to make sure I progressed through this pregnancy with no regrets.
I entered my info into a Doula Share site and received several emails from doulas to choose from for my pregnancy. Ellie was the first one to pick up the phone and call me, which instantly made a great first impression for me. She made me feel comfortable and welcome, and I could tell from the way she spoke how experienced and knowledgeable she was as a doula.
Because I was considered high-risk due to gestational diabetes, I had to be induced shortly before my due date. Ellie was only one call away and I kept in touch with her at every progression. She came in and helped me with positioning the baby, getting moving around and staying active, staying hydrated, and encouraging me through the contractions the entire step of the way.
I had planned to do the entire labor with no pain interventions, but after 13 hrs on a clear liquid diet and contractions only getting worse, I was becoming too tired and tense to focus so I opted to get the epidural. I was a little disappointed in myself but Ellie never once made me feel bad about this decision. She said my body knows what it needs and to trust it, and she was right. I needed rest and after I was finally able to, I woke up refreshed and the doctor said I was fully dilated!
Ellie kept me in a positive mindset all the way until I delivered my baby, in spite of some of the on-call doctors informing me of the c-section option as their recommendation. Had I not had her in my corner, especially at my highest point of exhaustion and fatigue, I may have considered it. Hiring her was one of the best decisions I've ever made in life.
Before I got pregnant I hired Ellie!
She was so important to have on my side through the entire process. I did not know what to expect and the support I had around me was terrible. Some of my family was supportive of my decisions, but everyone had an opinion on how I was going to give birth to and raise my son. I felt defeated with trying to get pregnant and trying to stay stress free through the pregnancy. She was so full of useful information. She knew things I had never even thought to ask, which was AMAZING! You can really tell that this is her calling. She is passionate and very present with you when she is with you. She is such a great listener but also gives stellar advice! My husband was a little worried about hiring a doula because of an experience a friend had with someone else in town, but Ellie eased my worries and validated my concerns. She brought a huge bag of things with her to my birth and took my mind off the intensity.
She never made me feel bad for the decisions I was making during my birth and always tried to make sure that what was happening to me and my baby is what I wanted. She opened the floor for us to really connect and never tried to take credit for supporting me. In fact she made sure that my parter was the one who felt like he was taking care of me. (**even when he really wasnt, like when she was massaging my legs! HA.**)
We worked during my pregnancy to visualize the intensity of contractions and ways to breath through the contractions. We moved into different positions, used the rebozo, lit candles and discussed different useful essential oils. She did craniosacral on me and my baby, and made sure that I was able to take care of myself after having a baby.
She was so gracious the entire time I worked with her and I would recommend her holistic package to anyone who is pregnant!
We used a doula from a local collective for our first birth and we didnt know her when she showed up and didnt have a very good experience at all. She was very know it all, pushy about her opnion and tried to make jokes in very inapproperate times. We were unsure about getting a doula for our second, but decided to look just in case. We didnt want to need a doula and not have one there, we would rather have a useless doula there then no one at all..
Our prespective of a doula changed when we met Ellie. Our first doula acted like she needed to "doula" us. and was always in the way. Our second birth was not like that at all... We could breath. we were not worried about having someone else in the room, I was able to zone at and enjoy my birth. She showed my husband how to help me, stood beside him instead of infront of him and was always helpful. She spoke sweetly to me. She was always the support from a distance when I wanted it and the hands on hip squeeze, rabozzo, essential oils on a towel handy doula when I needed her to be too!
Having someone that you are comfortable with makes the biggest difference! I am glad we decided to try again!
The classes she offers are FUN, straightforward and incredibly useful. We took a course with the hospital we were delivering with and decided to follow it up with her birth class so that we could make sure we knew everything that we needed to know. This is our first baby so we were very anxious. The knowledge that she gave us was priceless! What an incredible difference. We feel lucky to have learned the practical and the little known.
She was by my side for 26 hours! I don’t know how she does it! We even ran into another couple in the halls of the labor wing while walking around that she had birthed with a few days before us. We got to hear their experience with her and how big of a help she was to them. They spoke so highly about her abilities and what she did for them. It was really reassuring to have them tell me how lucky I was to have her as my doula!
She was patient with me when I couldn’t get comfortable and let my husband sneak off to nap and get some food.
We spoke about birth and her passion to help women. She listened to me and allowed me the silence to cry when I needed to, without making me feel uncomfortable about being vulnerable. She respected my modesty and covered up my exposed body when I would forget because she knew it was important to me. She nurtured me and swayed with me during hip squeezes and counter pressure. She also stepped to the side at all the perfect moments to show my husband where and how to be involved so that we could share this experience together.
I am planning on looking her up when I decide to try for another one! Hopefully she will be a midwife by then!
Ellie Was my doula for the birth of my first and my fifth baby. She was recommended to us by a friend who is a midwife and we loved her from the moment we met her! She was subtle and very smart. I liked that she was interested in holistic medicine but knew the ins and outs of the medical system. It was calming to be around her and her constant reassurance in my abilities was exactly what I needed when I went into labor. I FLIPPED out during transition. Nothing my husband said was helping me. She immediately knew what to do. She sprayed the room with lavender oil, placed a cool cloth on my head and got me out of bed and helped me into the tub. Every ounce of stress melted away with the swaying of the water. She placed a cup in my husbands hand and he sat there for 2 hours pouring water on me. He is an amazing man I tell you what!
After my birth I felt like I couldn’t have done it without her. I told her thank you over and over before she left but she smiled and told me that I was amazing, that I DID IT. It was all me. She gave me the gift of sanity in harsh waters and even though she says it was all me, it was all the little things that she did that helped my husband and I hold on to hope that this was indeed the best day of our life. Until our other babies were born of course! Each experience was a little different but I held onto the words she said to me, the power she saw in me.
We are very glad that she was able to come back to Texas, because we needed her to be there for us when we were informed our fifth baby needed the extra care of the hospital. It was like seeing an old friend again! We hugged and laughed and she refilled my cup and rubbed my back while my husband held my hand and sang sweetly to me.
She knows what it takes to make a person feel inspired and secure with themselves in the birth room. Like she told me the day I first met her.... I will hold on to that experience for the rest of my life!
I was a little unsure at first that She was the doula for me. She was young and didn’t have any kids at the time. But in the back of my mind everything that she said rang true to me. She was passionate about birth. I wanted that too!
My wife and I attended her birth class. She walked us through making a birth plan and we were both slowly starting to feel like we were ready to have the baby we worked so hard to have! Her In home visit during the last couple weeks of our pregnancy was invaluable. She taught us how to use a breast pump, showed us how to swaddle our baby and even gave my wife some tips on things she can do to bond with the baby once it was born so that she would not miss out on the first moments of our new family! She went above and beyond what I feel any of the other doulas we interviewed would have done.
She gave us questions to ask our provider and answered our questions when one of our doctors appointments wouldn’t go that great. She showed us how to care for each other during pregnancy and how to care for a baby after the fact.
During our birth she would step back and give us room to explore what was happening, We had asked her to help to facilitate a romantic atmosphere while being kind of hands off unless she felt she was needed or we welcomed her to join in. Which ended up being perfect. She was there for knowledge when needed. Played all our music, and set the mood of the room so that we were not in a hospital, but in a getaway to enjoy the experience of having a baby together! She was also very helpful during the transition and pushing phase when we needed everyone to focus on getting me through and reminding me that I was safe. It was intense! But I had the support I needed to know I was going to be okay.
Overall we are very pleased that we decided to get a doula and that we found Ellie! Hopefully she will be able to make it to the birth of our next one!
My husband was actually the one who made me look for a doula. His reasoning was that he wanted to ensure that I got all the help I needed because he was not entirely sure that he would be able to give me, or know what I needed while I was in labor. I interviewed a bunch of doulas and finally found Ellie through a friend who had delivered twins with her. Both born vaginally because of the support of her doula, when everyone else around her just wanted to schedule a c section.... followed by a tummy tuck... We are in San Diego didn’t you know that’s the "norm".... ha...
I found Ellie to be very down to earth and level headed. She seemed to team up very well with my husband during our birth classes with her and was able to guide him in a way he understood to help me. Which was a big plus for him. He gets nervous and shy’s away, but she was able to help him find the confidence that he made this baby with me and he could help me through the most important day of our lives.
With all her help in the pregnancy to how amazing she was while I was in labor I felt that she was the perfect match for us! She never once made me feel like I was "giving in" or unable to make the decisions for myself. She jumped in when my husband needed to eat or pee and was very helpful in every part of my labor. PEPPERMINT... I threw up so much before she came to my house and once she pulled out that little bottle, I tell you what I could bow to her! It saved my life. She just knew what I needed and I didn’t have to ask.
After my experience with her I have recommended her to at least 10 of my other friends and each one who has met her has been very happy with their experience. She guided them from scared pregnancy worries to empowered parents!
Baby Gretchen just adores her as well! We used her postpartum services and had lots of help with breastfeeding. We actually were able to get sleep! That right there is worth a million dollars!
We chose Ellie because of her compassionate understanding behavior. She was non judgemental during all our discussions. She very knowledgable and had a way about her that just put my mind at ease and made me feel like my experience, would be my birth and all the decisions would be mine. She was passionate about helping my husband to have the opportunity to nurture me. It was like she was moving in when she came in the room. She brought essential oils, a birthing ball, a huge bag with food, heating pads, rice socks, tennis balls, tea light candles... and so much more! She was the rock that my husband and I stood on during our very tiring and long labor. She would reassure not only me but my husband as well in my power and ability to birth my baby. Every time the doctor walked into the room and had doubt in her eyes about how I was doing, Ellie made sure I knew what was going on and that all the questions that needed to be asked were answered. Her gentle foot and leg massage after I recieved my epidural was soothing beyond relief. She made my fears melt away. Because of the knowledge we recieved we were able to make the desisions we felt was best for our baby. Which ended up being a c section in the end. She was very helpful in helping me prepare for my VBAC, sharing lists of care providers who had good sucess rates and helped us make a good plan as well as how to mentally prepare. This pregnancy was a whole different experience. I was at ease the entire process. She brought her bags this time as well but the baby came so fast all she was able to use were those amazing hip squeezes and her intuition as to what my needs were. The midwife and her were a perfect team. Working beside me and empowering me. She helped me realize that I AM able to birth a baby! That I dont need a doctor or someone else to tell me how powerful I am, but thankful that I was surrounded by such amazing support. She showed me kindness and we are truly grateful for her words of wisdom!
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