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Elise Benoit

Language of Birth Collective

Website: Http://www.lobcdoulas.com

Phone: 8048393203

Birth Fee: $750 to $1600

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30

Fee Details: What I want for your birth is for you to feel supported, listened to, and educated, but most importantly, that it was your birth, your experience, and that you were treated with respect and dignity. I will be there to offer education, physical comfort measures, a listening ear, words of encouragement, and a calm presence. We will spend time creating your birth preferences, learning coping methods, and educating you and your birthing partner if present, on what labor, delivery, and postpartum can look like. Birth is a beautiful experience every time, and I am so happy to join each family that chooses me in creating an intimate and empowering atmosphere.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 25 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 7 families served

Doula Training

  • The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources (toLabor), January 2017
  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), November 2017
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Welcome to your new life! I'm here to help your family adjust to your newest member, get some sleep, chat about your birth or postpartum experience, or to help with light housework. No smoking and only friendly pets.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I attend any home birth as long as a licensed CNM or CPM will be attending. I also offer home birth discounts.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International
  • Lamaze Childbirth Educator Trainee

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - ECSI, have taken a spinning babies training

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Marketing Director of Richmond Doulas.

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Richmond, VA
Travel Range: 50 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Open to traveling further for home births or prenatals for families birthing in Richmond

Client Testimonials for Elise Benoit

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Heather Babin

I am so thankful Elise was our doula during the birth of our first-born! We enjoyed the prenatal visits so we could get to know each other and to discuss what our birth plan and desires were. She was very thorough and provided us with a ton of great resources so we could make informed decisions. When I went into labor, she consistently checked in on us to help us decide when the time was right to call our midwife.

During the labor and delivery she was so calming, dedicated, thoughtful, and encouraging. She knew exactly what I needed and took such good care of my husband and myself the entire time. She kept checking on my husband to make sure he remembered to eat, gave me counter-pressure during the contractions, kept my wash cloth cool, offered wonderful words of encouragement, and so much more. It was such a relief to have her with us so I could focus on staying relaxed and not have to worry about anything else. After the birth, she came to our house to check on us to make sure we were doing well, not only physically but also emotionally. She has been an awesome resource of knowledge and encouragement and I am so glad she was our doula. I am very thankful to have had a beautiful natural birth that I am so proud of, and I know that Elise was a large part of making that possible. Thank you for being such a wonderful doula, Elise!

Posted 11/23/2018

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Ruth Anderson

Elise was the perfect doula for me. This was my first baby and I ended up having a very long labor (31hours) with intense back labor. Elise stayed with me I think over half my labor helping my husband to assist me, encouraging me to get in good positions to help get the baby in better birthing position to ease my back labor, and also she knew how to apply pressure on my back to help ease the back pain. I don't think I could have had an unmedicated birth without her! She knew just what to say to encourage me emotionally and was such a steadying, encouraging presence at my delivery. I highly recommend Elise to anyone serching for a sweet, understanding, and knowledgeable doula.  

Posted 11/8/2018

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Mary-Curtis Powell

Elise was an invaluable part of my birth experience.  This was my first time giving birth.  She was so helpful leading up to delivery, by providing me with important information on how to best prepare for my experience.  She helped to educate my whole family about what we were getting ourselves into!  Her calm demeaner and knowledgable suggestions put us at ease prior to Ruby Lee's arrival.  On the day of Ruby's birth, Elise's coaching ensured I had the birth I wanted.  Against my best wishes, I had to be induced.  Elise ensured that in spite of that, I was able to walk the hallways, use the tub, the stool, basically everything I had on my birth plan.  One of my favorite memories from that day is the conversation we had while doing walking lunges between contractions.  Elise gave me the confidence to give birth without the assistance of an epidural.  She made the environment calm and soothing.  She gave my husband tips on how best to support me during labor (and saved him from tasks he was less than comfortable performing.)  Following  Ruby's birth, Elise was available for questions and continued to support us in our postpartum journey.  Hiring Elise as my doula was one of the best decisions I made during pregnancy.  My whole family is grateful for her support.

Posted 10/30/2018

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Erin Purdie

Elise was my post partum doula.  I had met with her before my baby was born and was very excited to have her there to help me!  I felt an immidate click with Elise.  She checked in with me right after my baby was born to make sure all was good and to see when I would like her help.  She had dropped off my encapsulated placenta pills within a few days, which was wonderful!  She made sure to go through the how to's and help me get started.  She was always there for me when I texted her and needed help or advice.  She came over to my house numerous times and was VERY helpful!!  Everything from just holding my baby and giving me a break, to cleaning the dirty dishes in my sink, and even helping me clean and vaccuum my first floor!  She was a trooper when she helped clean my playroom, just to watch my toddler destroy it 2 minutes later.  It gave me such relief knowing that Elise was coming over!  Just having another person, and adult to talk to, was exactly what I needed!  My husband would go to work, but I felt comfortable with a crazy toddler and a newborn, knowing Elise was coming to help!  She was very flexible in arranging times to come over and was always very punctual and stayed to make sure I was feeling OK and ready to take on the rest of the day. We found out my baby girl had a dairy and soy intollerance and Elise was there the next day to help me figure out how to go grocery shopping, how to modify recipes, what restaurants I can safely go to, and so much more!  She always had a plethora of resources including amazing mom blogs and pinterest pages for me to follow.  Having high anxiety, I was thrilled to have Elise there to help me. She was always there with an open ear to be the voice of reason.  She made me feel comfortable knowing I could reach out to her for anything and she would be there for me. 

Posted 9/28/2018

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amber wyatt

As Elise’s enthusiastically led the doula meet and greet, I immediately felt drawn to the leadership aspects that were evident within her presentation. Throughout our experience Elise continued to demonstrate the very elements that drew myself to her. As we navigated our way through pregnancy, her outreach and presence was notable. She assisted my partner and I through one-on- one educational meet ups in the intimacy of our home. With her assistance in preparation for labor, both Chad and I felt knowledgeable and prepared for numerous birthing scenarios knowing that Elise would mold into whatever was required of herself.

Elise supported myself through a 31 hour labor that peacefully concluded with a natural cesarean. With permission, she took on the role of photographer and emotional support as the operation took place at Henrico Hopital.Both Chad and I feel indebted to her devotion of those intense days and agree that Elise‘s help cushioned us for the taxing experience. 

Postpartum support, however, is where I would suggest to all considering mothers to truly invest in. Sleep depreciation and recovery was assisted with her grace and visits. Soothing our infants needs, as I tended to basic self care, was GOLD. There is no way in hell I was in the right headspace to let down my pride to ask for help from family members -so her agenda-less presence was something I could swallow as I’d shave my legs or nap for a bit. Elise continues to assist, as I transition back to work by offering pumping information, mother meet up connections, and infant support. Ultimately, I can attest to Elise’s professional ability to any mother seeking creative and strong encouragement from this truly AMAZING woman!

Posted 9/20/2018

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Sydney Pender

We love Elise!!! From the first interview we had with her to our postpartum visits, we have gotten so much support from Elise. We were orginally drawn to her warm personality and the way she emphasized helping to educate us while also being completely supportive of our desires and preferences for our birth. She helped us create an amazing registry, spending time going over items and brands she would recommend and also things we probably didn't need, or wouldn't need right away. We have been so pleased with all of our baby gear thanks to her expertise!

Elise also spent time with us talking through the stages of labor, comfort meausres, nutrition during pregnancy, and answered all of the many questions we had as first time parents. Each of our meetings were filled wtih laugther and I genuinely looked forward to them.

Elise did a fantastic job during our labor, and although things unfolded differently than we had expected, she was there every step of the way encouraging me, answering my husband's questions and encouraging him to eat and rest, and also helping us as we made some tough decisions. She helped us think through all of the options and make the best choice that ended with a healthy baby and healthy mom.

She checked in on us after the birth with a visit to our home, helped me talk through our birth story, and gave support with breastfeeding. I know she is always just a phone call or text away, and she encourages me often to text her with questions as they come up. Now that we are int he postpartum period, Elise arrives at our home with a smile and positive attitude and it shows how much she truly loves supporting moms and babies. She is always up for holding and rocking our new baby, changing diapers, helping with dishes or laundry, all while providing me with emotional support and conversation. We couldn't have been happier with our experience and I would recommend Elise to anyone looking to work with a great doula. 

Posted 7/2/2018

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I cannot say enough about how wonderful it was to have Elise as our doula.  I knew early on that I wanted a doula in the delivery room, so I started searching before the end of the first trimester.  We met with a few other women before meeting with Elise, and we clicked so well with her during that first meeting that we signed the contract then and there.

Elise went out of her way to check in with us regularly even before the 20-week ultrasound.  I love and trust my OB, but Elise provided tons of extra information that I didn't even know I needed.  I had a few health complications in the second and third trimesters, and Elise was always there to offer comfort and guidance.  And when I reached out to her with what turned out to be false labor in the last 2-3 weeks before our baby girl was born, Elise was nothing but patient - and even helped me laugh through my frustration!

When I was admitted to the hospital, Elise was there within the hour to support both my husband and me.  She made sure that we both ate and stayed hydrated to keep our strength up, brought lights and candles to make the hospital feel a little less impersonal, walked through the hospital with me to help move the baby down, and helped my husband with hip squeezes for HOURS - all so that I could have the natural birth that I wanted.

Elise remained there there for us when I had some breastfeeding issues in the first few days after the baby's birth.  She came by after we returned home, too - and even impressed my mother with her swaddling technique.

If we decide to have a second child, then I will definitely be calling Elise again!

Posted 6/8/2018

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Shelby McDonald

Elise was amazing. She was informative and nurturing. She calmed all my worries and answered texts at any time no matter how silly they were. She listened to every wish i had and helped me fulfill my exact dream. She was quietly present and allowed my husband to shine in the birthing room, provided advice at the right time and felt like a life long friend by my side the entire time. I highly recommend her and if I were to become pregnant again, i would hire her in a heartbeat!

Posted 3/23/2018

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Rebecca Noonan

Elise has been absolutely wonderful. She is calm, compassionate, knowledgeable, and assertive. She supported me throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum with regular check-ins, pertinent resources, and suggestions for my particular challenges all without judgement or pressure and always in support of what was best for our family and what we wanted. I would recommend that all families have the support of a doula. I plan to hire Elise again for our next baby. 

Posted 3/22/2018

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Anna Wade

My first birth ended up being a scheduled c-section because my daughter was breech.  I knew for my second child that I wanted to try for a natural VBAC.  Since I wanted such a different birth experience, I knew my husband and I would need the extra knowledge, resources and support from a doula. I met Elise, immediately connected with her and decided to hire her.  I had taken a birth class before my first child and was hoping not to have to take a refresher course since I had a c-section the first time around and in our meetings, Elise, refreshed my memory and answered all of the questions I had about the birth process. She educated my husband and I on scenerios and topics we didn't realize we needed to discuss.  She was always available for any questions or concerns that came up. Our beautiful baby boy surprised us a little early and I had a successful natural VBAC with Elise's help! I labored at home using the positions she gave us and then we made our way to the hospital. During labor Elise was not just an emotional support but a physical support for me. Her calming presence helped my husband and I through one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences of our lives. I highly recommend Elise and we were very fortunate to have found her! 

Posted 3/3/2018

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Hannah Ridenhour

My wife and I just wanted to take a minute to share our experience with having Elise as our doulla. With our first child we did not have a doulla and we felt like we didn't quite feel in control of our birthing experience, and we were pretty disapointed with the outcome. The second time around we had the opportunity to meet a handful of doullas and right off the bat we loved Elise's attitude and genuine heart for us to have a second shot at having a successful natural birth. Throughout our birthing experience Elise was exactly what we needed. She gave us space in the special moments and stepped in with a servants heart whenever we needed her. She was extremely thoughtful and supportive. Overall we were very pleased with her service and enjoyed building a friendship with her. She also offered some postpartum visits that we found incredibly helpful. We would highly recommend Elise to anyone looking to have a peaceful and joyful birthing and postpartum experience.

Posted 2/8/2018

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Heather Moylan

Elise was a huge reason why my birth was the most beautiful experience of my life.  I had several episodes of false labor before the real thing, even once texting her in the middle of the night for what turned out to be nothing.  She was incredibly patient with me and never made me feel bad about these false alarms.  She checked on me regularly in the days before and after my birth.  During labor, she knew exactly when to offer support and when to allow me space to labor on my own. She made gentle suggestions as to how my husband could help me, which made me feel like we were bringing our daughter into the world together.  My experience would not have been the same without her.  I highly recommend her to anyone in the Richmond area who is looking for a birth doula.

Posted 10/17/2017

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Christine Jones

If you are looking for a Doula, Elise is your woman! This was my second pregnancy.  But it was my first time laboring, as I had a c-section with my first daughter who was breech. I was nervous about having the birth I wanted, a natural VBAC, because things did not go as planned the first time around. However, with Elise's support and guidance, I was able to successfully meet my goals. She provided a calm and reassuring presence and her meetings prepared me for labor. I had taken some birth classes that included visualizations and very specific breathing techniques. However,  being on the other side, I feel as though those tools were not what helped me. The tools that Elise prepared me with- the stages of labor and what they might feel like, realistic coping mechanisms based on what worked for me and other tried and true techniques really helped. If you are looking for someone who is knowledgeable, caring, calming and supportive look no further! 

Posted 9/7/2017

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Christine Elizabeth

Hiring Elise as my doula was the single best birthing decision I made. In our intial interview, she was calming, open, and knowledgeable, and we immediately clicked. Elise provided exceptional prenatal care. She gave me reading materials and drew from her personal experiences to educate me. As a first time mom, knowledge was power, and Elise made me feel empowered and prepared for my natural birth. We had two prenatal meetings and two postnatal meetings, and she was on call from 38-42 weeks. I felt she was with me every step of the way during my pregnancy, birth, and post-partum experience. 

Elise was instrumental during labor, both before we went to the hospital and after we arrived. She anticipated all of my needs during labor, from asking the nurse to turn the lights off to gently suggesting that we labor in the tub or on a birth ball to providing counterpressure during contractions. While in labor, I remember thinking, "Is she a wizard? She just read my mind!" Elise managed to do all of this unintrusively, and she made my husband and me feel confident and capable. Because of Elise's support and suggestions, I met my goal of having my beautiful baby girl naturally with no pain medication. I could not have done this without Elise! 

In addition to providing exceptional care before and during birth, Elise was also a lifesaver after birth. She helped me find a lactation consultant when I was having breastfeeding trouble. She has been available to answer questions and provide emotional support as I process my birth experience. I especially love that she does post-partum visits so that I didn't have to hire a separate post-partum doula. 

If we decide to have another child, Elise will be one of the first people I call- I wish every mom had Elise by her side and on speed dial, like I do. I can't recommend her highly enough. 

Posted 9/5/2017

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Gabrielle Wade

Elise is a doula super star! There aren't enough words I could say to express how thankful I am that she was a part of our birth team. Our pregnancy journey was full of highs and lows and she supported us from our initial conversation. Our birth plan changed from a birthing center to a hospital and she adapted to that seamlessly and reassured us that everything would still be perfect; she fully delivered that expectation. From the moment she came to our home while in labor, her gracious spirit and gestures guided me through. Upon arrival to the hospital, she made no hesitations to ensure our comfort. She remained conscious of my preferences and offered an abundance of helpful suggestions. My labor and delivery room was even decorated with personal touches that increased my sense of relaxation and preparedness for delivery. After a few hours of beautiful labor, our son arrived and Elise made me feel like a superwoman! Even though the process went as smooth as possible, immediately following birth things took an unexpected turn. I had no idea how urgently I needed extra medical attention because Elise remained poised as she held my hand with positive reassurance. Elise stepped in and checked on my husband in the midst of chaos so that he could regroup and remain that amazing support system he upheld during labor and she remained our rock until the storm was over. I used "we" and "our" throughout my testimony because Elise did a phenomenal job at making sure both my Husband and I were attended to. Let's face it, the men can sometimes feel left out of the birthing process and my husband did an amazing job with her assistance! Again, I could not be more thankful that our son was brought into this world in a room full of loving and encouraging individuals and it would not have been the same without Elise! Even though Elise fulfilled her contractual duties, I still feel as if I am left with ongoing support from a fellow amazing mom. We thank you, immensely!

Posted 8/15/2017

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DSM Wamsley

Elise was awesome to work with. She was calm and relaxed during labor, coached me and helped me stay in control, and help my husband be involved in the process. Her personality is very calm and laid back like my husband and I so I think that really helped us gel. We also share the same religious values which helped me decide to hire her. If I had to choose over again I would still pick her. 

Posted 7/6/2017

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