Birth Fee: $700 to $900
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30
Availability Remarks: I am almost always available for placenta encapsulation, even if I am booked for birth and/or postpartum.
Fee Details: Congratulations! I am always honored to walk alongside families from pregnancy to postpartum. 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 partner 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: 3 years and 40 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 13 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesPostpartum 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.
Service Area MapArea of practice: Richmond, VA
I was in search of a doula for birth and postpartum support and found only a few doulas in Richmond that offered both. Upon meeting Elise, her warm and kind aura immediately put us at ease, which was exactly the vibe we wanted both in the delivery room as well as in our home in those first few weeks w/ a newborn.
Elise was such a calming presence during labor, offering cold compresses to my forehead. After a few hours of pushing, we took a break and despite being 4 or 5 in the morning, Elise watched the monitors the whole time, allowing my husband and I to get some rest knowing someone was keeping an eye out. In the end, I was very fortunate that my delivery was speedy and such a positive experience. As someone who had anxiety about giving birth, I'm so glad that we chose Elise to have by our side.
Postpartum, Elise came to visit 4 times. We don't have very much family nearby so were thankful to have her on our support team. She held my baby, allowing to take a decent shower, eat lunch in peace, and do a few quick chores around the house. Elise was knowledgable and shared so many resources with us during her visits -- from helpful apps, to showing us how to use a baby wrap, to referring us to the best lactation services in the area, etc. While I'm sure you could go down a Google rabbit hole to research such info, it would have been impossible in those early days to find the time or mental bandwidth. It was wonderful to have so many recommendations at our fingertips through Elise.
While we didn't book Elise for overnight visits postpartum, we may do so in the future while I'm on work travel and as my husband occasionally works nights. I also booked placenta encapsulation services through her as well, which I felt did help prevent me from feeling the sharp drop in hormones/baby blues. All in all, I loved that we found all these services wrapped up in one doula. I highly recommend Elise and am so grateful her help and support!!
Our goals for working with a doula were three-fold: to give us designated time to prepare for birth prior to labor, help us translate/understand the medical aspects of labor and birth, and to re-distribute stress/reduce anxiety during labor. Elise delivered with flying colors on all three. Prior to labor, she educated and guided us through prioritizing our desires for birth. We especially appreciated the preferences list she provided, which helped orient us to tools and options. Even just having her a text away was extremely helpful - like the time I couldn't remember what size birth ball I was supposed to buy.
During labor, she was unfailingly encouraging to me and a welcome companion for my husband as I labored. My instinct during labor was to turn inward. I didn't want to be touched and didn't want to talk, which surprised my husband and me. Had Elise not been there he would probably have had to sit in silence in a corner. Thank god for Elise. She read the room, knew our needs, and responded. She was judicious with her actions and advice with me, but was also able to be a friend to my husband while I was temporarily unavailable. She knew when to step in for both of us and we were so grateful. Her warmth and support were invaluable to our birth experience.
Thankfully the birth of our daughter didn't involve much medical intervention. Elise respected my decision to get an epidural after 16 hours of laboring, even though we both knew I could have gone without one. I really felt how much she believed in me and appreciated that she wasn't disappointed in my choice. She took pictures and videos of the birth that I will cherish my entire life. Those were the cherry on top of the best day of our lives.
My first labor was long and ended in a C section, which was beautiful and exactly how my first baby needed to enter the world. This time though I was really hoping for a VBAC. I was carrying a "big" baby -thats just how I make them :). Elise talked through all my thoughts/questions and recommended some great local resources in chiropractic care and acupuncture to help me up for the best possible labor! She met myself and my husband at our home for our prenatal appointments and really took the time to get to know us as a family.
When Elise arrived she was a breath of fresh air. She helped my husband and I relax, got us all to laugh between the hard work, and had the most encouraging and calming presence. I remember once during labor I looked up and there were twinkle lights everywhere-magic!
I am sure that there were so many things Elise did for our family that I didn't even notice. She did however jump right up on the bed with me when I was trying a million different position to encourage my baby to come on out, she sat on the bathroom floor when she could see I was getting tired and discouraged to rub my feet with acupressure techniques, she laughed with me when my water broke with an audible "pop" and "gush" that woke up everyone in the room, she remembered to bring over the frame of my toddler and ultrasound picture right when it was finally time to push so I could be motivated by my "whys", and she took the most incredible pictures at just the right angle (even though I said I didn't want them) so I could see my baby being born.
Being a nurse myself I valued every single team member that was there to make sound medical decisions for myself and my baby, but as a laboring mom the most love, support, and encouragement I felt was from Elise- the best investment I made for myself and my family was hiring her as our doula! And I stare at those pictures no less than once a month :)
After posting on Facebook in search of a doula, Elise reached out to me. She was the first one I interviewed and I hired her immediately. It was just a natural click and I knew I’d be comfortable with her by my side during labor. Since I was planning a VBAC, this was very early in my pregnancy, and even so Elise would still check in with me until we started our prenatal visits to see how everything was going. She had really great information and reminders to give during my pregnancy. Especially in that last week when I knew labor would come at any point and I still had all these questions. She truly was the only support person I had other than the hospital staff and was amazing at the role. From the time we met at the hospital, she was on top of everything, making sure everyone knew what I wanted . I was kind of stuck not progressing for awhile so she made sure I would move around, do anything to make baby come and speed things along. I would never have been able to focus on asking for the items she was asking the staff to provide for me and informing me of why they were doing certain things that I was weary about. Reminding me I could say no to anything I didn't want, to stay hydrated and eat. Once my water was broken and labor really hit, everything went so quick I didn’t need much from anyone, but the reminders to stay relaxed and breath. Just knowing I had someone so supportive and on my side was enough to get me through it. Elise was a big factor in me having my unmedicated vbac that welcomed my beautiful baby girl earthside. I can’t thank her enough, the whole experience healed me from the deep sadness I had surrounding my first birth experience . She also, in a very timely manner, encapsulated my placenta for me. I would recommend that to everyone, it helped me get through those first couple months feeling great. Even 5 months down the road, I still feel way better than I did with my first postpartum recovery.
We didn't use a doula with my first incredibly long labor, but that experience made it clear to me how having the right people around you during the process is so important. I knew we wanted to use a doula with our second child, but I found choosing one a bit overwhelming. There are so many in the Richmond area that I didn't know where to begin. My midwife recomended Elise to me, but I was hesitant to commit without meeting her. I heard about a doula "speed dating" event and decided to attend (even though I thought it sounded super strange!). Elise was actually one of the guest speakers at the event, which I thought was awesome since I wanted to meet her. Right when the "dating" portion of the night began she came over and sat down to talk with me. I honestly could tell immediately that I liked her and would feel comfortable with her by my side. I was so certain I booked her services the next morning. Elise came to our house for prenatal visits; my husband and daughter were comfortable with her too. She did a great job figuring out what we wanted our birth experience to be like and sharing knowledge with us. Coming up on my due date Elise was awesome about checking in with me and gaging how I was doing. Looking back, I now realize that she knew I was close well before I did! My water broke 4 days before my due date, on the night of my daughters third birthday and right before birthday cake. My husband and I communicated with Elise and she gave great advise for laboring at home. At the hospital Elise's calm, supportive presence was entirely what we needed. I was incredibly blessed with a quick, easy labor and a healthy baby boy. I'm so thankful that we chose Elise to be part of our journey. She truly was exactly the right fit for our family and I'll always cherish her presence throughout our amazing night. I couldn't recommend her more and hope that other mothers get to experience such joyous moments with her by their sides.
I met Elise "My Doula" the nickname I call her on September 11th at 35 weeks. I attended a Doula meet and great at my Birthing Center and instantly i felt like i didn't need to look for another option we made eye contact while others were talking in the meeting and spoke about what they were saying. After the meeting we talked alil more and i said i would email her so we could meet again. The first time we met it was easy going like i knew her for away it was like i was meeting a friend not a medical person. She made sure i understood exactly what she would be able to do for me during the rest of the pregnancy and during my labor. She was the first person i texted when i had contractions at 5am on Sunday morning she only took 10 mins to text back i felt so much comfort knowing she was there for me she said it was early labor by the way i described how i was feeling and gave me some things to do. I did those for about 3 hours texted her again n said i felt more contractions so she said call my Midwife and tell her she thinks we should come in so i called and everyone met me at the center. While there she was by my side and my family's side the whole time she wasn't just my Doula she was everyone's she made sure everyone was good to go. She brought me food everything I needed from start to finish kind words and encouragement. My back was in so much pain and she had a heating pad and did massages the whole time.If i had to do it all over again she would be there again no question. And after the birth with the effects of postpartum she kept me on a positive path with helping me have placenta pills and letting me know I'm strong and can do this mom thing.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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