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Elise Benoit

Language of Birth Collective

Website: Http://www.lobcdoulas.com

Phone: 8048393203

Birth Fee: $600 to $1400

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30

Fee Details: I created the Language of Birth Collective because I believe that the words that surround you during your birth experience should be educating, empowering, and should encourage you to make decisions and be your own best advocate. We will spend time creating your birth preferences, learning coping mechanisms, and educating you and your birthing partner on what labor, delivery, and postpartum can look like. I want to set you up to feel like it is your birth, and that while you can handle whatever comes your way, that you ultimately were consulted and participated in any decisions. 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. I also love to help families transition into their postpartum period with placenta encapsulation and postpartum doula services. I offer free consultations to see if we are a good match.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years

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

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - ECSI

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • 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
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Marketing Director of Richmond Doulas.

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Richmond, VA
Travel Range: 30 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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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

Birth Availability for Elise Benoit

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