1 years and 7 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
All planned induced labors, with/without pain medications, cesarean births
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Overall, energy exchange includes: 1. Prenatal visits 2. Prenatal education 3. Unlimited communication 4. On-call last 2 weeks before & after 40 weeks 5. Labor support 6. Immediate postpartum support I also offer other services like postpartum education and homemade Bengkung Belly wrap that I dye with organic herbs, spices, and veggies that promote postpartum healing.
Charlottesville, VA Service range 60 miles
Working with Ellie was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Passionate, supportive, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, brave, selfless, fun and energetic and totally full of love – I can’t recommend her highly enough! Because of her, I was able to achieve the birth of my dreams, against the odds (nervous 1st time mom, big baby). Without her there’s no way I could have done it. There’s not enough space here to fully describe what a hero she has been for me and my family.
I was a 1st time mom hoping for an unmedicated birth. I was unsure about a doula, as I am intensely introverted and self-conscious, and inviting a stranger into something so personal was scary. But a few minutes into our 1st meeting, I already felt more relaxed and validated. She’s so easy to get along with, lots of fun, glowing with boundless positive energy, and exuding an enthusiasm and comfort within herself that is beautiful and contagious. I felt able to open up. She listened to my fears and made me feel like they were normal, and manageable.
During my third trimester, she was there for me without fail. She helped with everything: recipes, padsicles, exercise, breastfeeding, just being a friend when either of us needed one. She came to appointments & classes with me. I was blown away by how driven, passionate, and kind she was, 100% of the time. She gives so much of herself. It’s inspiring to be around.
At our birth, she was incredible, tireless, completely present. Gentle and unshakeable, even as I lost my cool. She communicated my needs to the doctors when I couldn’t. She encouraged me gently, one manageable move at a time, and never made me feel judged, no matter WHAT I did. Without her strength, her calming presence and her extensive tool kit of tricks & methods, I couldn’t have done it. We achieved the unmedicated birth of our dreams, despite a 9#9oz baby! Can’t thank her enough.
My testimonial is a bit late! My daughter was born 6/29/19. I first met Ellie in April and we sat and talked about the process of her training/services. I told her how my pregnancy had been progressing and what I wished for my labor/delivery. Ellie is an easy woman to open up to and after our first meeting I felt very comfortable in my decision to have this perfect stranger on my birthing team. When I was approaching my due date Ellie brought me a birthing ball and gave me tips to help get the baby in the correct position and to aid the process. My water broke, but I didn't go into labor so I ended up having to be induced. Ellie rushed to my side for intake and to begin the process. She had healthy snacks and drinks, a robozo, and massage tools. My birthplan was completely exempt at that point, but we were rolling with the punches and Ellie was transitioning like a PRO. She was effectively communicating with and for me and interacting with my nurses, doctors, anesthesiologist, and my babie's father. She really balanced the room so well! After six hours and two doses I started contracting. Ellie had calm music playing and asked the nurse to bring an oil diffuser. I was getting slammed with back-to-back contractions and I held out as long as I could before asking for an epidural. This process took forty-five minutes and with each contraction Ellie was coaching me through "ride the wave" and breathing with me. An hour later my baby was born! Ellie captured the best pictures and stayed for a couple of hours. She came for a postpartum visit where she gifted me an all-natural belly bind and also a beautiful little picture book of our labor experience. Ellie is completely passionate about assisting women in their amazing time of labor and I highly recommend her. I am forever greatful for my experience with Ms. Shields!
I was able to find Ellie to be our birth doula on such last notice. I feel very lucky and fortunate to cross paths with her.I was placed on high risk near the end of my pregnancy due to gestational hypertension. Right when I found Ellie she was willing to meet with me ASAP to discuss my birth plan but unfortunately the day we were supposed to meet I had to rush to my OB due to very dangerous high blood pressure. Ellie not only traveled to come meet me instead at my OB, but she also sat with me and listened to all my wants and needs for when the baby would come.My doctor decided he wanted to induce me the next day , so Ellie was ready to experience that journey with me. First and foremost, she kept in constant contact with me. She was able to answer any of my questions and concerns before labor. She had all the facts and knowledge I needed to know with all my questions. She was able to communicate clearly to my doctor and nurses my specific birth plan. She made the labor experience that much magical for me and my fiancé. There were times where she was able to make me laugh, she chanted with me, she was able to get me moving when I needed to on the birth ball. She served me and my fiancé drinks , prepared me hot tea (raspberry leaf). She even had chap stick for me, clary sage, massage balls, a speaker to listen to music. She helped me learn how to get through the contractions which we called "waves." She held my hand through the hardest part of my labor, she wiped away my tears and sweat. She chanted and helped me get through it. She was a true gem. She even took the time to come see us after birth, and continues to stay in touch with me this month.I truly am thankful for The universe placing Ellie in my life as our doula because I feel like I also have gained a close friend.i highly recommend anyone to use Ellie/El. She will truly make your labor experience that much better. She is magic ??
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