Birth Fee: $650
Fee Details: Prenatal Visit Available for text, phone and email Attend Birth Postpartum visit Also available for all Doula Clients as part of my fee ($650): 1. Evidence Based Birth Instructor ($50 Value) 2. One free post-partum lactation consultation. ($50 value)
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 37 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Graduate of the Minnesota Birth Center Doula Internship Program Minnesota Prison Doula Project Evidence Based Birth Instructor Volunteer Doula for Lakes Area Pregnancy Support (LAPS) Brainerd, MN
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Brainerd, MN
Elaine was great to work with. She was very responsive and helpful! She was there for the entire labor and kept encouraging me and telling me to relax and breathe. Her voice was very gentle and soothing. She also taught my husband how to support and encourage me. My husband felt like he could do something to help me with my labor pain. As the first time parents, we would not have known what to do if it was without Elaine. We would highly recommend Elaine.
I can't say enough good things about working with Elaine. A friend recommended that I have a doula and it was the best decision I made regarding my pregnancy and the birth of my daughter. I wanted to have a natural birth and do not think it would have been possible without a doula. Elaine had a very comforting presence and touch which helped tremendously during the labor. She was available and nicely deferred to the midwife/nurses when needed. She was also very supportive for my husband as he did not know what to expect either. it was helpful being able to attend a class put on by Elaine prior to labor learning about best practices and how to advocate for myself. Elaine came to our home afterwards and allowed us to process the experience which was beneficial as I was not able to grasp everything during the experience. She also made herself available as a lactation consultant when I called her up crying as I was trying to figure out how to be a new mother. I highly recommend working with a doula and I highly recommend Elaine - I know if we decide to have another child I will call her up to reserve her time once we know we're pregnant!
We are so blessed to have had Elaine as our doula. Words cant describe the absolute gift she has to support and encourage laboring mamas in ANY circumstance - my daughter's birth certainly tested all of our limits and Elaine never waivered or showed a moment of weakness. She put every ounce of her energy into providing me with comfort and peace for 44 hours without a break, and my husband and I are in awe of her gift!
I went into labor around midnight, and called Elaine at 4am. She hopped right in the car and came over bright and early, and spent the morning helping me though the early contractions. At 11am we went into the birth center, and I hadnt progressed enough to stay there. When the midwife told me I had a lot of work ahead still and sent me home to rest and progress, I was already exhausted and felt so defeated - Elaine had all the right words to calm and encourage me. While I continued to labor at home, she rested in the room across the hall so I could try to catch some sleep between contractions, but drifted in silently and peacefully as each wave hit me to apply perfect pressure to my hips that made the contractions so much easier.
At 11pm we returned to the birth center, and I still had a lot of work ahead. Exhausted and beyond my limit, I made the decision to go to the hospital for pain medication. Admiting what I needed in that moment was HARD, but Elaine was so in tune with me and so trusted my instincts I felt like she was truly my advocate in that hard place.
My daughter wasnt born until 8pm the next day - and dear Elaine was amazingly awake and completely tuned into me the whole time. Having her by my side took pressure off my husband, gave me peace, and helped me feel comfortable with my decisions all along the roller coaster of labor. She is gentle, strong, wise and perfectly maternal. I cant recommend her highly enough!
- Ashleigh, Brian & baby Sienna
We are so thankful we had Elaine as our Doula. We didn't meet Elaine until the end of my pregnancy and only got to meet with her twice before I delivered, but from the first time we met her we were impressed by her willingness to listen and understand what we wanted for the birth of our daughter. She brought up so many questions and things to think about and discuss that hadn't even crossed our minds being first time parents. I was planning a water birth through a birth center but at my 39th week appt we were told I would have to deliver at the hospital. That night my water broke. We let Elaine know what was going on and she arrived at the hospital promptly the next morning. She was very attentive to me and how I was doing as soon as she arrived. Her kind encouraging words and soft touch kept me calm and focused through each contraction. She suggested some different postisions to help keep me comfortable. At one point I needed to go to the bathroom and as I was going had a small push. She asked if I felt I needed to push and I said I didn't know but that I didn't push on purpose. She quickly went and got the midwife who watched me go through a few contactions and then checked me and I was at 8 cm. Not long after that my daughter was born. Thanks to her attentiveness, encouraging words, and soothing touch, my birth experience was very positive and the best day of my life. If we have another little one we would be honored to have her as our Doula again. Thanks Elaine.
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