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Ellyn Reid

The Buddha Doula

Website: Http://www.whatthefoxsaid.com

Birth Fee: $300 to $2500

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $35

Fee Details: I have scholarships available for families, with a donation fund that’s supported by my non-birth work and generous clients who’d like to pay it forward. Discounts available for multiple services booked, both on-call and scheduled services can be bundled.

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 18 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 5 families served

Doula Training

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), October 2014
  • Stillbirthday, October 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Hospital births deserve a dedicated advocate who has worked with the family to determine their unique level of evidence based care that is best indicated for their birthing needs, whether it's an induction or a schedule gentle cesarean; Everyone deserves care that is not based on insurance or hospital policies, but on what's best for the birthing person.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • PBi Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Certified Life Coach

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Mother Roasting
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Reflexology
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental
  • Therapist or counselor

Languages spoken: English, minimal spanish

Service Area Map

Area of practice: San Diego, CA
Travel Range: 50 Miles

Client Testimonials for Ellyn Reid

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Maria Donado

I started working with Ellyn because I felt fat, I know that's a brutal word, but that was it. My world, heart, soul revolved around the fact I hated myself for my body weight. PairPair  with high anxiety and a toxic environment at home, and you have a rocking time bomb. Ellyn was that one specialist they send in to diffuse the bomb. It wasn't easy work. She listened to me, to my needs, but those were things I'd never discussed with anyone. NOT EVEN MY PSYCHOLOGIST. I mean, there were times I'd be at a session with him and I couldn't get anything out, I acted like I was okay. But with Ellyn, I had a huge rush of anxiety after a dispute with my significant other, and immediately ran to her for help and guidance all because I felt like I could open myself to her. That brings me to another great point: her job is not to fix your life for you, it is for YOU to fix your life for you, but she will show you better coping mechanisms than the destructive behavior you've been engaging in. She is unbiased, fair, and resourceful as heck. 

The first things we did was establish my goals, my fears, and past memories. We used an app that helped teach me coping skills for my views on food and eating, and although it was hard to form a habit of checking in and actually describing my feelings, I managed to get it down pat because Ellyn checked in on me and engaged me. She never once shamed me, only got me to think deeper about situations, behaviors and patterns of thought until I retrained my own brain into looking at things with more love and light. As of today, the relationship with my body continues to thrive. I no longer exercise for weight loss, rather to feel strong and for energy release. I don't find myself pinching my body and cringing at the imperfections, I embrace them. My train of thought has deviated to a more beautiful, strong, and dedicated path. It's always a learning process, but I'm happy I had Ellyn to help guide me into my path.

Posted 6/18/2018

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Lilly Penhall

I tried to hire Ellyn when I was pregnant with my son in 2015, but when he came earthside two weeks earlier than we expected, it was too late to start with a doula. I was very excited to get pregnant again in 2016 and contacted Ellyn as soon as I announced my pregnancy so that I would be sure to have her help with my last birth experience. We started meeting halfway through the pregnancy and I immediately felt comfortable with her. She is a highly intuitive guide and healer who used crystals, cards, herbs and essential oils to enhance her doula guidance, as well as lending me a few books to help prepare for my upcoming birth. I was determined to have an unmedicated birth since it was my last opportunity, so Ellyn helped me with information, techniques, and options to add to my birth plan, but she was also wise enough to prepare me to go with the flow of birth and not try to control it, because it can be incredibly unpredictable. We prepared for all possible situations and she stayed flexible, even through a few false labor alarms. When I had labored for almost 16 hours and was scared and past the limit of what I could handle, she supported my decision to use pain medication. The beautiful, high quality photographs she took perfectly told our birth story. I am so happy I decided to hire Ellyn for my birth and only wish I had known her for my other two births!

Posted 11/14/2016

Birth Availability for Ellyn Reid

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