After my initial doula went MIA, Ellie saved the day and took me on as a client just a few weeks before my due date. She graciously worked around our schedule and needs, and went out of her way to make my partner and I feel comfortable, ready for labor, and cared for. We kept in contact in the weeks leading up to b-day and she was always fast to respond and knowledgeable in answering my (many) questions. During labor, Ellie was everything you would want a doula to be–supportive, engaged, peaceful (may sound funny but it’s huge), and ready to do any/everything to bring my birth wishes to fruition. My labor was filled with intense back pain, and Ellie tried EVERYTHING to help relieve that–rebozo, hypnobirthing prompts, back massage, aromatheraphy, assisting my partner and mom in techniques to support me–I could go on and on. I felt like I was on another planet throughout most of it all, but I can remember Ellie’s calming voice and her confidence in me. That was key. I never would have made it unmedicated without her. The day after giving birth to our little girl, I spoke with many of the hospital staff who attended my labor and we all agreed that Ellie was amazing (and they know their doulas!). I couldn’t be more grateful for having her there with me. It was the hardest and best day of life all in one!
– Amanda Waddell
My husband Tim and I recently had the pleasure of working with Ellie throughout my pregnancy and during the birth of our first baby. A close friend recommended Ellie to us and we were immediately struck by her passion and knowledge regarding pregnancy and the birthing experience. We also had the opportunity to take the Hypnobirthing class with Ellie and found this to be incredibly beneficial in preparing for our birth as well as on the day of our birth. Ellie made herself available and was incredibly responsive and helpful in the weeks leading up to our birth. As I passed my due date and was approaching the 42 week mark, Ellie consistently checked in and provided suggestions to help us get the process moving naturally. Ellie’s support throughout my labor was invaluable. She was attentive to my needs and flexible in her role. She and my husband worked as a team to support me in staying present, calm and grounded even as my labor became challenging. She also was of great support when we were faced with some difficult decisions and helped us to process the information presented and make informed decisions that were best for myself and our son. Following his birth, Ellie continued to make herself available and provide us with further information to help us adjust to all the changes associated with becoming new parents. We wholeheartedly recommend Ellie to anyone seeking support and guidance leading up to and on such an important day.
– Sarah Raboin
Ellie is not only an amazing Doula and HypnoBirth coach but an amazing person. I first came into the Hypnobirthing course thinking this was a way for my wife to be prepared to deliver our daughter the way she wanted. Within the first 5 minutes of meeting Ellie and talking about what HypnoBirthing is about, I realized this was as important to me as it was my wife. I learned a LOT. I was able to ask any question that came to mind about labor and what to expect. These were sometimes ridiculous questions, especially being a new father. Every question as odd as it sounded, was answered. The Hypnosis and breathing was extremely helpful. Our conversations with Ellie felt almost like pre-birth therapy. We were going through something we’ve never experienced and Ellie was the support we needed to be prepared to enjoy the positive experience we were about to go through. The course was fantastic and we both learned exercises we could use if needed during labor and why and, most importantly, they worked! Heading into labor, I felt prepared and confident that our first delivery would be positive. During labor, I was able to focus on supporting my wife and she was able to to deliver naturally as we planned. My experience with HypnoBirthing was incredible and I would recommend this to any couple looking to explore ways to experience a natural birth. Ellie was available anytime we needed. When my wife went into labor, she got a call in the middle of the night and helped me focus on the hours ahead and what I needed to remind myself as we made our way to the hospital. The support during the last few hours of labor really helped my wife stay in the moment and allowed us to keep to our birth plan and enjoy our special day. My wife delivered naturally. We were so lucky to have Ellie help us through this experience!
– Seth Dovev
Ellie is amazing, and I can’t recommend her more highly! Our daughter surprised us by coming a bit early, and I had only met Ellie for the first time 5 days before I delivered. We hadn’t even had time to have our pre-birth plan meeting, but when I called her to say it was go-time, Ellie was at the hospital within an hour. It was very important to me to have a natural birth, and I can say without a doubt that if Ellie had not been with us during labor, the chances of me sticking with that plan would have been pretty slim. As a first time mother, I didn’t know what to expect with labor – turns out its a pretty long and intense experience! My all things went relatively smooth, it was still 14 hours – that would have been a long time sitting in a room with my husband while the nurses occasionally checked in on us. Having Ellie there kept both me and my husband calm. She gave him instructions on how to support me through contractions, she reassured me that everything I was experiencing was normal, and she helped me get through each contraction. She has a wonderful presence and she’s incredibly capable – if we are fortunate enough to have a second child, Ellie will be there with us for sure!
– Rebekah Stafford
My husband and I agree that working with Ellie as our Doula and Hynobirthing practitioner was the best decision we made in preparation for the birth of our first child. Our Hynobirthing classes were personal, relaxing and informative – when my labor began I felt prepared and fear free. My husband felt equally prepared for his role and it showed – he felt more comfortable and relaxed knowing we had Ellie as additional support during labor and delivery. Ellie was always available via phone, text or email if we had any questions or concerns. My labor and delivery was very quick and intense – I know having Ellie’s support allowed for a quick and beautiful natural birth. I will always be grateful to her for her calm approach and incredible knowledge in helping my labor progress. We will definitely be working with Ellie again when we decide to have a second child! I have already recommended her to a number of friends and family members!
Ellie gave me and my family the greatest gift: the umedicated birth of our second child. Ellie’s knowledge and passion guided us to the most perfect birthing day. Our child received the gift of entering this world peacefully and without medication and I received the gift of restored confidence in myself as a mother and in my body that was designed to birth in this way. The way in which I birthed our first child left me confused, frustrated and lacking confidence. When we became pregnant with our second, we decided to find a doula to help us have a more positive birthing experience. We couldn’t be more thankful that we found Ellie. It was a perfect match. Ellie is incredibly knowledgeable, quick to respond to any questions and is the reason why we were able to have an unmedicated, peaceful and beautiful birthing day for our second child. She gave me the confidence and knowledge that I needed to birth in this most natural way. During the birth, Ellie used essential oils, soft lighting, coached and guided me through every surge, used the rebozo for counter pressure and fed me water and ice chips. Her presence gave me peace and strength at the same time. Post birth, she gave me an essential oil foot massage that lulled me to sleep and I was able to get some rest. Two days after our birthing day, Ellie sent us the pictures of our birth experience and they brought joyful tears to my eyes. To see how relaxed and limp my body was, even though I was working hard mentally, was a beautful sight. This birthing experience has healed me in many ways and I will always be thankful to Ellie for this incredible gift. Because of Ellie, I no longer fear childbirth as I did after the birth of our first child. I no longer doubt my body or my mental strength. My husband and I have the utmost respect for Ellie and we will always be thankful for her. Should we be blessed with another pregnancy, Ellie will be one of the first to know!
– Abigail Patel
I was lucky to work with Ellie in two capacities. She was my hypnobirth instructor and I also hired her to be my Doula. She is amazing. Before meeting her I didn’t really understand what a Doula was and now I can’t imagine not having one! To say I was terrified to give birth is an understatement and having Ellie was invaluable. As a Hypnobirth instructor Eliie is knowledgeable and reassuring. I learned techniques that were so helpful in preparing me for childbirth and helped me turn my fear into empowerment. After my first class, I was convinced that I wanted Ellie to be my Doula as well. Ellie is confident, kind, and professional. She made me feel like I was her priority and she was with me (and my husband) every step of the way. She listened to my fears and helped me work through them and helped us create a birth plan that met our needs. I felt comfortable calling her anytime to ask questions or get advice. During labor either myself or my husband was on the phone with her every couple of hours or so and she had a clear plan to help me keep my labor moving along. When it was time for her to meet us, Ellie was the calming presence I needed to stay centered and present. Ellie is also a lactation consultant which was an added bonus as not all Doulas have this certification. i was so thankful to have her support with breastfeeding after my baby was born. Feeding my baby ended up being much more difficult than I had expected and having Ellie’s support was extremely helpful. I just love Ellie and recommend her to you without reservation!
Working with Ellie as our doula was one of the best decisions my husband and I made. Her knowledge and passion combined with her kindness and great sense of humor made it easy to work with and trust her throughout the process.
From my first phone conversation with Ellie I knew she was someone I’d like to work with. We decided to take our childbirth classes with her as well. We found this was a great way to get to know her more outside of the prenatal visits. I’m so glad we did! The class was just us and one other couple so we got lots of individual attention. It was also really nice to learn the HypnoBirthing techniques from our doula. I knew that what we were discussing in class would be exactly what we would be using during labor.
During labor/delivery, Ellie was indispensable. I don’t think the day would have gone as smoothly without her. I ended up having to be induced at 42 weeks which led to a rather intense labor. With Ellie’s assistance I was able to have the natural birth I was hoping for. Having her there let my husband relax and stay with me. Ellie kept everyone focused and took care of logistics based on my birth wishes as well as helping immensely with managing contractions.
Without a doubt, I would work with Ellie again for any future children. And my husband feels the same way.
Ellie is a truly amazing doula that I highly recommend! She is a kind, nurturing soul who has a wealth of knowledge and experience surrounding natural childbirth. I am so grateful she played such an integral role in bringing my son into this world. Ellie was by our side from start to finish…a total of 28 beautiful laboring hours! Her support and care was beyond exceptional! It was extremely important to have a doula who both my husband and I connected with. This connection seemed almost immediate! Ellie listened to our needs and wants and shaped our birth experience based upon those wishes. Not only did we fall in love with Ellie but the staff at MGH did as well. Her warm and professional character caught the ears and eyes of the MGH staff. Multiple nurses, midwives, and doctors spoke very highly of Ellie, some even asking for her contact information for future recommendations. Having Ellie be a part of our birth experience was the single best decision my husband and I made. Do not hesitate for a second having her peaceful, beautiful energy involved in the birth of your little one!
We used Ellie as a birth doula for the birth of our daughter in January 2018 and then also followed up with a lactation visit. Her presence throughout the process provided us with a huge piece of mind, comfort, calm and reassurance. This was our first child. While I work in healthcare and have a good amount of medical knowledge about labor and delivery itself, there is so much I didn’t know and so much that you just can’t know until you’ve had the experience yourself. There are also a lot of factors to consider that may not be initially obvious and having the experience of someone like Ellie allowed us to be more fully equipped in navigating the process. From the initial visit with Ellie, I felt like my needs and intentions for my birth experience were truly heard and appreciated without judgement. My husband was quite nervous about the whole process and Ellie helped give him some tools to feel more empowered and ready to take on whatever came our way. I opted for an epidural and Ellie stayed with me while my husband stepped out of the room (he doesn’t do well with needles)– she even managed to keep my distracted as the resident was receiving step by step instructions on how to place the epidural!! She provided LED candles and an essential oil diffuser, ensured that lights were kept low throughout the labor and delivery process– all creating a more calming and conducive environment for the arrival of our baby girl. Every doctor and nurse that came into the room stated they felt like they were entering a spa. Ellie worked well with the medical providers and I believe even had some things to teach them (peanut ball and pushing positions!!). Once we arrived home, Ellie continued to stay in touch with us and provide support, especially with breastfeeding which was immensely useful. Overall, having Ellie at the birth of our daughter was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made- I would recommend her to anyone and everyone!
Working with Ellie was one of the best choices my husband and I made to prepare for the birth of our third child! I was blessed with an absolute “textbook experience” for my first natural birth, but was left disappointed the second time around. Although I had a safe, natural delivery again, I didn’t feel that I was in control, and therefore lost the trust I previously had in myself. I made it my mission to find the “dream team” for baby number 3. As soon as we met Ellie, we knew from her calm demeanor, knowledge of childbirth and confidence in the body’s ability to labor naturally, that she was the perfect fit. Ellie worked closely with us as we approached my due date and found out that my fluid levels were becoming dangerously low. She helped me trust that I would still be able to birth naturally, and remain in control of my experience even when the decision to induce labor was made. On the day before induction, she remained in close contact via phone, text, and email, allowing us to know she was there. When I began a Pitocin drip, she headed to the hospital to join us. Ellie came armed with everything short of a spa. She provided rebozo techniques, acupressure, massage, and mantra repetitions with me in the soothing environment she created through aromatherapy, music and LED candle light. It was wonderful! Ellie worked tirelessly with my husband and the hospital staff to create the best plan for helping to move labor along with as little intervention as possible. With her advice and guidance, we welcomed our son Thomas to the world after just 2 hours of hard labor, and an amazing 7 minutes of pushing. The trust I had in my body, and my willingness to surrender to the idea that birth happens naturally was what made it possible…and Ellie was a huge part of that success. I can’t imagine a better way to have completed our beautiful family of 5!