Birth Fee: $700 to $900
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30
Fee Details: My services include 2 prenatal visits, unlimited phone and email contact, continuous support throughout labor and delivery, 1-2 hours of support after delivery and assistance with breastfeeding, and 1 postpartum visit. I also am happy to take pictures of your labor and delivery, and I will bring those to you on a CD at our postpartum visit. Lastly, I have attended additional training workshops in acupressure, rebozo, and spinning babies techniques and will incorporate these techniques and protocols during your labor if desired, and can also set up separate acupressure appointments for an additional fee. An incredible support system is what makes childbirth so empowering and satisfying, and my desire is for all parents to have a transformative experience throughout the pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period. Regardless of your goals or vision for your birth- medicated, unmedicated, or anywhere in between- I would be happy and honored to support you and be a part of your team.
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 48 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 6 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Richmond, VA
Elaine was strongly recommended by my midwife Leslie early on in my pregnancy. From day one, she was so personable and friendly that she instantly made me feel comfortable. Her initial interview appointment was conducted so professionally, and it was obvious she was well prepared and very confident in her skills. Her knowledge of pregnancy, labor, delivery, breastfeeding, and newborn care is amazingly vast. She not only has gone through it personally 5 times, she also has a firm grasp on updated information on it all for any circumstances that may arise. I specifically was really impressed on her knowledge about spinning babies, as I was terrified I would have another OP delivery like my first. She had so many great tips throughout my pregnancy on how to avoid that. I was also having a lot of “crotch lightening” very early on and she took the time out to give me information on it and suggestions of how to deal with it. She was always available through email, text, or phone and was able to get back to me in a very timely manner. The last few weeks of my pregnancy she talked to me after each appointment. When I was nervous about baby positioning, she always had genuinely encouraging things to say to help calm my nerves and instill positivity back in to my mind. My labor ended up being very fast and my daughter was born at home, despite wanting to make it to the hospital. We called Elaine right away and she gave us the best advice ever- to call 911, which is just what we needed as she was born only 11 minutes later. Right after that initial call, she drove fast to our house and then straight to the hospital. This was so comforting to see a familiar face after our traumatic ordeal. She followed up with me as the weeks went by and even came over to my house to play with my two-and-a-half-year-old as I took a much-needed nap. Throughout my whole pregnancy and beyond Elaine was a huge asset to us and we strongly recommend her as a doula!
I’ve been trying to post this for weeks, but have just found it impossible to find the right words. Elaine was our doula for our third baby last month, and she was truly the brightest star during an immensely dark night. I was going for a VBAC and endured an exhausting induction only to end with another traumatic story complete with scar attached. Having been through a traumatic delivery before, I remember how raw and vulnerable it made me feel. This time, the ONLY reason I am able to process it differently and look back feeling protected and empowered is because of Elaine. Not only do her skills set her apart from countless other doulas, but her compassion and kindness reach a depth which is immensely rare to find. I am absolutely certain that I will want her there for any more births I may have, regardless of the birth plan in place. I would recommend her a thousand times over, and not only for her ability to help you work toward the birth you desire, but for the way in which she will support you and stay by your side whatever the outcome. Whether you’re planning an unmedicated birth or an epidural, a VBAC or a repeat c section, a homebirth or a hospital birth.. I have no doubt Elaine can help you, and likely in ways you didn’t even realize you needed.
As soon as I met Elaine, I knew she was the right person for us to work with. Her knowledge and confidence comforted me, not to mention how friendly she is. We found Elaine late in pregnancy because we weren’t sure we were going to use a Doula, but she was still able to work with us and our circumstances. Our daughter came early, and not as “planned,” but Elaine was there for us. She really put us at ease and helped diffuse a very stressful situation for our family. I truly believe she helped to make me feel ok with how everything turned out. Elaine was also great with her follow-up care and assistance with breast feeding; she even visited us and brought a care package when we ended up back in the hospital. If we have another, we’ll definitely want Elaine to be a part of it.
"I don't know how people have babies without doulas!" is what my husband told me after working with Elaine during our first pregnancy. Even before labor started, we felt reassured knowing she would be with us at home and in the hospital to support us. We so appreciated her calm spirit and support during an intense labor. When we called her to come to our house during active labor, Elaine got right to work and helped me so much with massage, pressure, and coaching me through different laboring positions. She continued to help me work through contractions as we walked to the labor and delivery room and once we arrived. She was always present when I needed something, but never intrusive. Even though we had only met a few times prior to labor, I felt increbily comoftable with her in the room. Overall, hiring Elaine as our doula helped my husband and I feel more prepared heading into labor, comforted during the process, and supported during recovery. I would highly reccomend her to my own friends and family, or anyone who is seeking that type of consistent, knowledgable support during labor.
I recently had my second birth with Elaine as my doula. She brings calm to the storm that is labor and delivery, which is why we asked her to be our doula again when baby #2 came along. I spent several weeks on bed rest, then on limited activity because of preterm labor. She was there the entire time checking on me, and encouraging me. During labor she was once again my calm within the storm. she encouraged me to change positions to help baby move into place for delivery, she helped keep my husband calm. She made sure I stayed hydrated, offered suggestions for helping to make me more comfortable. Elaine was ever watchful for my unspoken cues that it was time for a new position or that I was moving into transition phase. She was calm & soothing and even the nurses appreciated her quiet (yet strong) presence. She walked my husband through each phase so he felt comfortable knowing what was going on. She also literally held my hand (or pushed on my back) during contractions. Each time I felt I couldn't go on, she was there reminding me gently that each contraction was bringing me closer to meeting my precious baby and that my body was created to do this. When it was time to push she was there encouraging me & reminding me that I could do this, even though I felt I couldn't. After our sweet baby was born, Elaine brought us food and drinks, and helped baby to latch on.
I truly feel that a drug free birth would have been not doable for me without Elaine. She helped me push through the worst for two amazing deliveries. The first one was done while on pito in to induce my labor. By helping me achieve my goals of doing what I feel is best for our babies, she has proven to me and to my husband, that her services & her presence are invaluable. We are forever grateful for her care and her help through something that is so hard and that has the potential to be awful or wonderful. With her help, both deliveries were wonderful!! Thank you Elaine.
I had my second baby this January and I called Elaine again. Just like before, Elaine was excellent. Even more so, because she knew what helped me the first time and was able to work with us from that knowledge base. She continues to learn new skills and applied those with us. She is wonderful and as always made me feel comfortable and strong. We will definitely be calling her again if we have a third!
Would I recommend Elaine Allen as your Doula - HECK YES! My husband and I both have said countless times since our son was born how we could not have done it without her. The way Elaine handled herself in the 14 hours she helped us through labor was in a way full of grace and wisdom. She was gentle and kind but yet had ideas to help change things and push us along. She knew when something needed to change based on the situation. She knew when to call the doctor/midwife. She knew when to step away and yet when to come back in. She was PERFECT. Her wisdom was priceless, her back rubs - priceless, her prayers - PRICELESS. She could not have handled herself in a more perfect way for us. So, yes - if you're questioning whether a doula is 'worth it' or whether Elaine is that doula for you - I would shout it from the roof tops "YES".
From the first interview I felt totally at ease with Elaine. She is warm and so approachable that I felt like I was talking with a sister and could ask her anything without feeling embarrassed! I looked forward to our meetings leading up to our due date as Elaine educated my husband and me on what to expect in the months to come. At our last meeting she went through helpful labor position demonstrations and gave such helpful, reassuring information.
Elaine cared for me as if I was a family member through over 24 hours of intense and exhausting labor while she was about 6 months pregnant herself and recovering from a sinus infection. Her dedication, patience and compassion were inspiring and I was and am forever grateful to her for her tender loving care. Elaine has a keen eye for people's emotions and she knew when I needed her support and when I needed my husband's touch without me having to ask for any of this. She helped my husband learn how to help me in labor and made sure he took breaks (very important).
After trying and trying through different labor positions and accupressure to have a natural childbirth, my body and mind said "enough is enough" and I elected to get an epidural. Elaine supported me through this change in our birth plan without any judgement and made sure during our postpartum meeting that I was okay mentally about the change in our birth plan. She validated my decisions, supported me, and made sure I was at peace with the way our birth story ended up playing out, which was very appreciated.
As a postpartum nurse I felt that I had a pretty good understanding of the process of labor, delivery and mother/baby care, however, to go through labor yourself and become a mom for the first time is a completely different experience. Both my husband and I agree that Elaine's presence during the labor and birth of our child was invaluable for the both of us.
I don't think that my husband and I would have achieved our goal of a natural childbirth without Elaine's support during... labor. She took the time to get to know my husband and me before delivery during our initial meeting and two pre-delivery in home meetings. We communicated frequently thru text about my OB/GYN and Perinatologist visits during the last few weeks. She was instrumental in supporting us thru the entire labor process, and was especially helpful during active labor when I was scared and in pain. She used effective communication, massage, essential oils, heat packs, counter pressure, acupressure, and many other "tools" to help me labor. Having Elaine as a support person during labor made all the difference to my husband, to me, and (by extension) to our baby. I'm sure a lot of women feel thankful to their doulas for their birth experiences, but we know our birth experience was positive because of Elaine. She is worth her weight in gold and I highly recommend her as a doula.
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Elaine. I have always known that I wanted to have a natural childbirth and decided in my third trimester to find a doula. I immediately gravitated towards Elaine's profile as she offered acupressure and took photos during labor and birth. When we had our initial meeting with Elaine we were very comfortable with her and could tell she was passionate about being part of her clients' birth experience. She is a wealth of knowledge and was able to answer all the questions I had about the birth process as well as what to expect postpartum. During my labor, Elaine was incredibly helpful with positioning, massage, acupressure, and aromatherapy. My husband felt so much more comfortable helping me during the labor process with Elaine there giving him pointers and putting us both at ease. He tells everyone how happy he is we decided to have a doula! Both Elaine and my husband were so encouraging when the pain became almost unbearable and I wanted to give in. They were the reason I could push through and give birth to our daughter without an epidural!! I loved that Elaine took pictures and gave us a cd of the images when she met us during our postpartum meeting. She brought me mother's milk tea and gave me great breastfeeding advice. My husband and I are so happy with our birth experience and we are so thankful that we had Elaine as our doula.
When I first decided to attempt a drug free birth I never considered having a doula. In fact, I didn't want anyone in the room except my husband and I. I decided we needed to go to a natural birth class so we signed up & there they talked about doulas. I still was hesitant, but my husband felt he would be more comfortable if "we got one of those doulas." I did a lot of research & read testimonials. We decided to go with Elaine & started with next steps. We met up a couple of times to go over my birth plan & she would text me to check in frequently. The day finally came that I went into labor. It was a long labor starting at 8am on a Sunday & didn't end until 12:12pm the next day (Monday). I wanted to labor at home as long as possible & did successfully with the help of texting back and forth with Elaine to understand which stage I was at. I decided to lay down for the night (didn't get any sleep due to contractions) & Elaine texted me back every time. I wanted to wait for the hospital to meet up with her & when I felt the contractions coming quicker I told her it was time. She was there before us. During the hard labor it was like we were on the same wavelength. She knew exactly what I needed at every stage. She even helped my husband know what he needed to do and it felt like we did it together. It was hard work but I never asked for an epidural. Truth be told-- I never thought I could really do it, but when I did I felt like superwoman (Elaine actually brought me a superman onesie for my son after he was born & she was coming to check in. She said "superman because his mom is superwoman). I know 100% the reason I was successful was because of her. She was my drug. 5 months later & she's still there to answer any questions I have. I know it sounds extreme but I feel like God sent me an angel with Elaine. I couldn't have had a better birth experience & my next child we will definitely be calling Elaine!
Elaine was an amazing support for both my husband and I during our pregnancy, birth, and post-partum. She was knowledgable and offered helpful information to help us decide how we wanted our birth to go. The best part was how much she tried to help us prepare for and create our own birth experience. She really wanted to help us on our journey to parenthood. She was incredibly genuine throughout the process. She was also very available both before (of course during) and after birth for questions or emotional support. She was open to discussing all aspects of birth and parenthood - physical, emotional, and spiritual. This made me feel like she was really invested in the whole picture of my family and our journey.
During the birth experience, she was amazing! She was supportive, and advocated for me with the hospital staff. She was not only there for me, but she also helped my husband connect with me during labor and delivery. Even post-partum Elaine checked in with me several times and came by to meet our son and see how I was adjusting to motherhood. I would highly recommend Elaine to anyone looking for a doula who will advocate, support, and help you find your own path to parenthood.
I feel so fortunate to have worked with Elaine. I did not have the birth experience that I was hoping for, but Elaine helped me get through every step. Elaine came to my home in the middle of the night and helped me to labor there as long as possible. This also gave my husband a chance to rest up before we headed in that morning. The reassurance that she gave me during this time was so important. At the hospital Elaine continued to support me and my family. Elaine's serenity helped us all to get through a long and difficult labor. Eventually my daughter was born by c section, and the support that Elaine gave my mother during the surgery meant a lot to us. We were all pretty devastated by how things turned out. Elaine continued to check on us and be a resource for us in the months after my daughter's birth while I was processing the emotional impact of the surgery.
We contacted Elaine shortly before expecting the birth of our second child. My husband and i had agreed we needed the doula for the additional coaching and support through the birth process. We were committed to having a natural child birth, and even though I hit my wall during labor (as all women do) Elaine was there patiently reminding me why we chose the path that we did. In the end, my daughter's birth was an amazing event. She worked really well with the staff at the hospital. We were exceedingly pleased with how things went. I am proud of what i accomplished as a mother that day. We couldn't have done it without Elaine. Our follow up conversations and visit helped to deal with some lactation issues. Elaine is sincerely interested in the well being of her clients and their experiences with childbirth.
My husband and I felt comfortable with Elaine from the start. She was professional, warm and compassionate. Her knowledge, training and personal experience helped us to create a birth plan that we were comfortable with. Her work began long before the birth of our child -- as an encourager -- as I mentally, physically and spiritually prepared for having my first baby. I went past my due date and Elaine was a constant source of support and guidance as I (not so patiently) awaited the arrival of our baby. The night I delivered, she nearly beat us to the hospital. She provided encouragement for me AND my husband, helping to advocate for our wishes and working closely with the nurses at the hospital. Elaine truly helped make the birth of our first child a wonderful experience and should we be so blessed to grow our family, I will be calling on her again!
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