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Ellen Derby

Birth & Mother's Milk Doula & Mothercare Services

Website: http://www.birthandmothersmilk.com

Phone: (607) 868-7555

Birth Fee: $700 to $800

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35

Fee Details: My birth doula fee is an all-inclusive flat rate and is determined by location of the birth and the birth order of this pregnancy. I also offer payment options. As a postpartum doula I charge a flat rate for non-contracted hours, a reduced rate for contracted hours over 10 hours, and may offer a reduced rate after a certain number of hours on the job. Overnights and lactation counseling are a flat hourly rate.

Birth Doula Experience: 15 years and 104 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 10 years and 14 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Birth Arts International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2003
  • Birth Arts International, November 2012
  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), June 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice

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

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Pets are fine, older children are fine, days and evenings, rarely for overnights. No indoor smokers. I don't do heavy cleaning but yes, light housekeeping.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I come to your home for support before traveling to hospital. I stay with you after the birth until after the first nursing, you are settled, have caught your breath and are ready to be alone together with your baby (1-3 hours.)
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I do not provide services for families who plan an unassisted/free birth. All other home birthing families are very welcome and I specialize in supporting families having a home birth.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Trained Lamaze Educator

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)
  • I have 17 years experience helping moms with breastfeeding, that's several hundred women both in person and over the phone

Other Relevant Certifications

  • formerly certified with DONA & CAPPA, former licensed massage therapist

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Former Referral Coordinator for Doula Cooperative of Rochester As needed, I advocate for breastfeeding and midwifery law changes and local happenings. Founding member of Finger Lakes Birth Connection Baby Cafe Leader

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Pulteney, NY
Travel Range: 55 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: I travel a 90 minute radius from my home.

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Client Testimonials for Ellen Derby

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Melissa Cantiello

Ellen is a doula angel.  We moved to the area when I was 32 weeks pregnant, and unsure about how or where to find appropriate birthing providers.  Ellen was a great help in getting us oriented and finding the providers that wereright for our needs. She was extremely thorough in helping us to be as prepared in every way possible for our baby's birth.  I had been practicing Hypnobirthing as well, and Ellen was able to support me during birth in a way that matched what I'd been practicing.  She's kind and calm, and was a stabilizing, grounding presence both before and during our natural, drug-free, hospital childbirth.  I wholeheartedly recommend her!

Posted 9/11/2016

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Tabitha Ann Milevich

Ellen was extremely professional and compassionate to my situation.  My husband was deployed to Germany and I was unsure if he would make it back in time for delivery. Ellen was patient with me during my many freakout phone calls.  She set me at ease as the big day got closer with planning and breathing techniques.  On the big day she came to the hospital and was very soothing and gracefully lead me through each contraction.  She triumphed with me when I was handed my son. I didn't use an epidural and Ellen was great at keeping the end prize in sight.  She is an amazing woman and I will use her again if we get pregnant again!

Posted 11/26/2013

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Kelli Bauman

This was the 2nd time I used Ellen to be my Doula.  I cannot say enough great things about her and the service she provides.  From the first appointment, through my 27 hour labor and my post partum visit, it is with Ellen's compassionate, nurturing and knowledge that I was able to get through the entire process the way I did.  If I should have a third child Ellen will be the first person I call! 

Posted 11/5/2013

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