Birth Fee: $800 to $1000
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $45
Fee Details: I offer a military discount and am willing to work with you on payment plans or low income options.
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 20 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 7 years and 15 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
I volunteered at a birthing hospital in Chidamoyo, Zimbabwe as a Doula. I have volunteered with a family with tripplets and another with twins. I am currently volunteering at St. Joes Hospital as a Doula.
Service Area MapArea of practice: Port Orchard, WA
I first began working with Ellen when my son was less than a week old. He came earlier than expected, so my husband and I were not fully prepared or ready (although who ever is?!). We are a military family, so our immediate families are not close by. She swooped in like a real life Mary Poppins, quick wit and all, to which we are overly thankful. Ellen came a few times durging those crazy newborn weeks to help my husband and I work through the various conundrums we were facing with our little guy. Neither of us had ever really been around babies, so we were true parent rookies! She was a wealth of knowledge on those particular newborn issues like breastfeeding positions, burping tricks, soothing techniques, how to use our baby wrap (actually how to use most everything we got at the baby shower that we hadn't even opened), help with setting up our bedroom to best accommodate ourselves and our little one for all those nighttime feedings, and last but not least- she provided us with a much needed break to shower, eat, or nap. She is calming, knowledgeable, personable, practical, and very understanding of all the seemingly silly new mommy worries.
Speaking of, Ellen also helped me sort through my baby blues with sincere guidance and information of what my body was going through postpartum. I had left the hospital with this new baby, which I was so overwhelmed with the idea of trying to keep happy and healthy that I didn't even think of my own post birth physical and menthal health. It was comforting to know that she not only was there to help with the baby, but my husband and I's well being also.
I continue to have Ellen come to the house about once a week to help with our not-so-little-anymore guy, and I continue to ask her millions of questions about his development, stages, setbacks, and how on earth I can get more sleep! Ellen is a gem. I highly recommend her services to new moms, their babies, and partners.
Ellen was a fantstic edition to our new family. We had a set of twin boys and it may have to near impossible for us but Ellen came to the rescue. She not only worked herself. she also found an additional doula to parter with to make 6 nights a week possible. She was get to make sure that we had consistancy and made we were always happy. She was great with our boys and gave us a lot of tips throughout the process. Sad to see her go but highly recommend her to any family looking!!
Ellen was our rock. She guided me during the labor with different techniques that helped my wife. She did massaging and used essential oils. Whenever I was tired, she stepped in. I couldn’t have done it without her. She was always looking out for our well being. She made sure that I was able to take a quick power nap to recharge and would be fully alert during the pushing process. She made sure I ate and was comfortable. The essential oils were really good, it was not only helpful for my wife, but for me as well. Throughout the whole time we were really calm. With her there my wife and I never fought. She was able to capture precious moments including the crowning of our son.
When I met Ellen, I instantly knew that she was meant to be our doula, but I could not have imagined how profoundly she would change our lives. She was the ideal birthing companion. Her combination of expertise, essential oils and calming nature made our birth “easy." Our birthing journey lasted 26 hours, 19 were in the hospital. My husband and I didn't sleep the night before so we were both up for at least 2 days. We were able to implement the homework that Ellen assigned during pregnancy (exercises, birthing positions, and mantras) which helped tremendously during this time.
21 hours into labor I was ready to give up. We’ve tried all the birthing positions, different techniques and with Pitocin in my body for a few hours the pain was getting unbearable. I was hungry, I hadn't had a meal in 24 hours. I was tired. My strength was waning. Ellen calmly looked into my eyes and said, "Danny's going to come out either way, even if you get an epidural, you're going to have to do the work. Remember, you're giving baby Danny the greatest gift by doing this natural." Something inside of me changed and I was ready to move forward. A few hours later, we tried to push. I didn't understand how to "push" and Ellen explained it. Four contractions later, I heard my baby cry for the first time. It was unbelievable. It felt amazing.
My midwife gave me a birthing necklace that has the ancient Hawaiian symbol for birth, which she has always given to her midwife students and never to a mother. It was a real honor. She also said having a doula was the best investment we could have made and I strongly agree with her. She was stunned at how well I pushed the baby out (in 30 minutes) and WITHOUT an epidural but that can be attributed to Ellen's guidance.
If you want to feel empowered and proud of your birthing experience, hire Ellen. You won’t be sorry.
We met Ellen a month after our twins were born and she has been helping me hold it together ever since! (Twins are now five months old).
Having a two year old and all of our family on the mainland things can feel a bit overwhelming, but Ellen steps right in and in just a couple hours at our house she can make me feel better! She has a knack for knowing what needs to be done and getting right to it. From advice on baby care, hands on baby care, toddler care and tidying our house and scattered belongings, she allows me to keep my head above water in this crazy and wonderful time in our lives. We are so grateful to have Ellen!
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