After a less-than-positive first birth, I knew I wanted to have a doula by my side at the birth of my second child. I’d first heard Ellie’s name in the early weeks with my first daughter — some local moms were talking about her breastfeeding class as an absolute lifesaver. As soon as I interviewed her to be my doula, I knew why. She is such a calm, positive presence with a wealth of knowledge in all things pregnancy, childbirth, and baby. I took her Hypnobirthing course to prepare for my second labor, and I know the tools I learned were an important part of achieving a much more satisfying birth the second time around. The biggest factor, however, was Ellie herself. Her support was absolutely paramount to my positive experience birthing my second daughter. She lifted me up when I hit some unforseen, life-altering emotional challenges just before going into labor, and she carried me through those last few moments of transition when you think you can’t go on anymore. I’m so glad Ellie was my doula, and I could not recommend her highly enough.