Putting Birth Back Into the
Hands of Women
Creating bringing life into this world is just one of the many magical experiences of being a woman. During pregnancy women go through many mental, physical and spiritual changes, and with great reason. The woman's body performs a great miracle each time she conceives, creates and birth's a child.
Though the thought and experience of pregnancy can be thrilling, exciting and sometimes terrifying, it is not always an easy journey. So I ask, who is supporting you on this journey? Is the support you receive from you immediate family or acquaintances enough? Are they educated in what it means to be pregnant and expecting a child?
Doulas are birth companions who support the mother as early as pre-conception though-out labor and even post-partum depending on the needs of the mother, baby, and family. A Doula provides educational and emotional support by teaching about the woman's health and body throughout pregnancy, nutritional support, birth planning, labor support and so much more!!!
Who I Am and What I Do(ula)
Ellenie Cruz has completed her doula training with Nicole Deggins, Sista Midwife productions and a second training with Whapio, The Matrona Institute, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is currently accepting Mommies to be or even women, or couples considering having a baby as clients. If you would like to interview Ellenie to be your Birth Companion please
request and interview by filling out the quick response interview form below.
As a Doula it is my job to support women starting as early as preconception all the way until after the baby is born. The mother is supported by receiving education on the growth and changes of her body and child throughout birth as well as extensive information about her birth options and plans. Doulas advocate for each mother to have the exact birth she desires by planning with the mother and assuring the mother that she is in control of her labor and birth while it is happening. I also ensure the mother is receiving the adequate support after baby is born depending on her individual needs.
I have the capacity to, and love to work with clients from all backgrounds and truly believe all mothers, if they wish to have one, should absolutely have a doula! While Asc3nsion Art is a flourishing and growing business, no mother should ever feel like they cannot request our services due to financial constrictions. If we happen to be booked and there are financial constrictions we will always work with you to find you a birth companion that can adapt to and honor your needs and situation.
FAQs - Your Questions - Answered
What is the benefit of having a doula?
Women who hire a doula:
Have 50% Reduction in Cesarean Births
Experience 25% Shorter Labors
Are 60% less likely to request epidural
Are 40% less likely to use Pitocin
Are 30% less likely to request drugs for pain relief
Have 40% reduced rate of using Forceps to deliver...and so much more!!!
Your doula should be your support super hero! Your doula provides you with support from the moment she is hired until after the baby is delivered. The doula assists mother and child and even significant family members by coaching the mother and participating family on how to have the best possible experience during active labor. Your doula also teaches exercises to strengthen the bond between everyone who has a role in the birth experience of the mommy-to-be ranging from teaching alternative birth conditions, how family can offer relief to the mother, pregnancy focused meditation techniques and more!.
Do I have to have a natural birth to have a doula?
No! Every woman, no matter what kind of birth she is having, should have a doula if she wants one. The doula will make sure that during labor the mother is well cared for and has the birth she wants with out being pressure or forced to use alternative interventions unless they are absolutley necessary.
Do doulas only work with first time mothers?
Doula's work with any person who is expecting to birth a child, no matter how many children the mommy to be has had in the past.
Even if your previous birth was a c-section, you can still have a doula help you in your current/future pregnancy regardless of your desired labor and birthing choice.
What is Ellenie's Birth Philosophy?
Your birth philosophy is your idea about how you should give birth and the method of delivering you believe is most suitable for you and the life you are bringing into the world. Many times women are led to believe they need extensive birth plans to have a planned, successful and positive birth experience. However, there are many doctors and hospitals that, unfortunately, disregard a woman's plan of care during labor and birth. For this reason it is important to know and stand firm on how you want to birth your baby. When identifying your birth philosophy you must be informed and educated on various aspects of the birthing process to know what options are not only best for you as an individual woman in labor, but what is available to you based on the location and resources available to you.
As a woman and trained doula my birth philosophy is that a woman is uniquely and perfectly designed to create and bring life into this world, naturally and unassisted if she chooses. Birth is a process that should happen naturally, and should not be rushed. It should take place in a peaceful and loving environment only including people who are willing to unselfishly support the mother through out her labor with whatever the mother needs during the process of bringing new life into the world. Birth is a beautifully sacred and intimate experience and it should be treated as such.
In order to ensure that each mother has a birth plan unique to her own beliefs, I educate and inform each mother of risks and chance complications as well as benefits and advantages of the variety of options that a woman can choose from for herself and child. During labor, as a doula, I am by the mother's side to ensure that her birth experience is a pleasant as possible and that she has a birth as close to her philosophy as possible. Birth is a special process and it is my duty to see that mothers have a positive experience through out this life changing moment.
Have more questions? Feel free to shoot us an email or sign up for an interview with Ellenie and get all of your questions answered.