Jasmine D. and Nick G.
Weary of Hospital
My first birth experience left me wary of hospitals and scared of birth in general- I was determined to do things differently with my second. I actually really wanted to have a homebirth but when I first spoke with Ellie on the phone, I knew she was something special. I put my trust in her hands and never looked back. Ellie is a wonderful midwife, everything I could have ever hoped for. Friendly and yet incredibly professional- always on time for appointments and quick to answer any calls, texts, or emails (no matter what time of day!). I looked forward to every appointment simply because I loved spending time with her. I never felt pressured to hurry through check-ups and there were times when she stayed later simply to calmly answer my numerous freaked-out hormonal questions.
Ellie is completely in control and I really valued that during my labor and birth. My water broke without contractions, just as it did in my first birth, but Ellie never once mentioned induction. She had complete trust in my body and I cannot tell you how much that helped. When I was in active labor, she had my room all set up in the hospital and knowing that she was in charge helped me focus on my labor instead of freaking out about being the the hospital. When I wanted to push before being completely dilated, she trusted my body and facilitated the natural delivery of my baby boy. She is truly a master of her craft and it is her knowledge and expertise that enabled me to have a birth that left me feeling empowered. My whole family and I think she is a rockstar!!