"I'm pregnant. Now what?"
A child is coming into your life.
Everything is about to change.
You want to make the best choices for your baby and feel empowered and joyful through the process.
But hours on Google leave you more confused than informed. Your medical providers give you conflicting advice and can feel impersonal and indifferent. You read books, but they all say different things. Well-meaning family members share what worked for them. But will it work for you? What happens after the child arrives? What will you do?
Most importantly - who will you become? How will this child impact your career? Your relationship? What if you’re a horrible parent? What if you don’t enjoy it? Will you ever feel like yourself again?
Shift from overwhelm to excitement.
Birth stretches you to discover new parts of yourself, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It illuminates old stories and invites you to heal and release old habits. Rather than reinforce negative stories, I’ll help you experience birth as a powerful moment of creation that illuminates your unstoppable passion and courage. Examining your beliefs during pregnancy sets you up to claim your new identity as a parent with excitement rather than grieve an old identity that has been lost. Rather than reinforce negative stories, I’ll help you experience birth as a powerful moment of creation that illuminates your unstoppable passion and courage.
This is your birth, not mine. Some birth consultants have strong opinions about the "best" way to birth and will pressure you towards specific options - not me! I simply share the highest quality information available and support you in making healthy, conscious choices for your birth in a loving, judgement-free space.
Through conscious creation, birth can build your confidence, and claiming its power is fundamental to contributing your creative voice to the world.
I’ll review birth options in your area, answer all your questions about how to make your birth a positive, empowering experience, and help you feel good about the transition into your new identity of “parent.”
My Holistic Approach
One year or more ahead of the time you’d like to conceive isn’t too soon to begin this work. Give yourself the gift of time to be fully prepared for this important life experience.
We prepare you physically to receive and conceive by bringing your body into the healthiest state possible. We’ll create a plan to cleanse your body of toxins, internal and external, and engage in the best plan for rest, exercise, and nutrition to lead you into a state of vibrant health. What are you ready to change to bring that optimal level of health to your life so that your body is able to create this new life?
We’ll look at your relationship with the parent/child dynamic and examine your beliefs of what it is to be a parent, what your own experiences were, what you want to carry forward, and what you want to let go of. We’ll explore your current relationships, especially with your partner if you have one, and how to bring a higher level of emotional intelligence to your relationships and communication.
In this phase, you’ll start building your knowledge about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Learn about these ahead of time so it’s not a crash course that you’re trying to cram in while you’re pregnant. When the time comes, you’ll be really clear and can make choices from an informed position, as well as feel more confident without worrying or questioning yourself.
Our sessions will help you make the commitment to this being a conscious process. You are opening the door for another soul to come in and share this bond and contract with you in this life. I’ll support you in doing the deeper work of defining, “Who do I want to be? How do I want to show up? What are the qualities I want to embody?” and then consciously bringing those things forward into your life.
Why you should work with me
(aka. my cred)
After two decades of experience in childbirth preparation, empowerment, and support (click here to see my full resume), I’m an expert in helping women and their partners consciously prepare for the birth of their child and the transition into parenthood.
I founded a leading maternity consumer advocacy organization that’s worked first-hand with thousands of parents to become fully informed and engaged in the process, so my recommendations are based on personal experience and my knowledge of the healthcare industry nationwide. I focus on each individual parent’s needs, not giving blanket suggestions that may or may not apply to your birth.
Beyond mere information, I'm a fierce champion of women. I know absolutely that women are capable of birthing babies, and every time a client looks into my eyes, she sees her own magnificence reflected back. No matter what your unique challenges may be, I believe unfailingly in the creative genius of the female body and power of women to thrive.
We’ll prepare for your birth through a process that’s the result of my years of experience.
My Signature Process
Our first session together, the Conscious Creation Session, is two hours long so that we can chart the full landscape of your conception through a simple three-step process that I’ve been using for years in my doula and coaching practice.
We'll support your body, mind, soul, and heart for a holistic approach to birth that will leave you feel nourished, energized, and seen. We’ll address any fears you have about your life after the baby comes, how to navigate changes in your career, relationships, body, and identity so that you step forward with trust in yourself and a plan for creating your new life as a parent with joy.
Will I need to book more sessions?
Maybe! For some parents, our initial two-hour session will be enough to give you the clarity and information you need to feel confident, educated, and empowered to navigate your pregnancy and birth. Most clients choose to book two sessions before birth and at least one postpartum for the most robust support, and we can discuss what number of future sessions might be the most supportive for your needs, values, and budget. My goal is help you determine the exact support you need both from myself and from the rest of your birth team, and I will work with you to make sure you receive what you need.
We start by grounding ourselves in the reality that birth is not just a means to an end. How your baby comes into this world matters. How you live as a parent matters. You’ll build a personal vision of your birth approached from love rather than fear.
Once we’ve established a vision that’s grounded in love, I’ll provide high quality information to help you make informed decisions on where, how, and with whom you’ll birth that reflect your personal beliefs, values, and desires.
Your Birth Plan
I’ll empower you to navigate an often hostile and impersonal health care system and help you connect with providers who share your beliefs about birth. The result is a birtch plan you can feel confident about that’s aligned with your preferences.
Should I bring my partner?
One Word: Yes!
Yes! If you're raising your child with a partner, they are a welcome and encouraged part of our process. It's important for both parents to consciously choose how they want to show up for themselves, for your child, and for each other.
I will help you identify family dynamics, patterns and stories that you each value and want to carry forward as well as those that you're ready to release. What are the greatest gifts that you received from your own parents that you want to share with your child? What parenting challenges did your parents have and what different choices would you like to make? What stories have you inherited that make you proud of your lineage? What stories are harmful and will end with you now?
You'll leave your sessions with a deeper, truer understanding of what each of you desires and expects. Together, you'll create a shared vision for birthing and parenting that will help you enter this life transition as a team, aware of the challenges and strengths that each of you bring. You'll develop a shared Vision Statement for birth and parenting - your shared vision, goals and understandings that will help guide you through your child's entire life.
Trusted by New and Expectant Parents
Step Into Motherhood
“Élan helped me stand my ground as a woman with choices, do my own research, shed my single self, and step into motherhood.״
Kelly M. Renn
Atlantic City, NJ
Empowered and Committed
“I left feeling empowered and committed to having the birth I wanted. Élan's wealth of knowledge opened doors for us.״
New York, NY
Nothing short of a miracle.
“Working with Élan before, during, and after my birth was nothing short of a miracle. She was an angel by my side.״
How It Works
To determine if coaching with me is a good fit, you can book a free 15-minute consultation to connect and answer any questions you may have about the session before booking.
From there, you can book a Deep Dive Intensive Session, a two-hour session for $188 that will give you a comprehensive plan for your pregnancy and birth. After this initial session, you may have everything you need, or you can book sessions for further support depending on your needs, desires, and budget.
Your $188 investment for our initial Deep Dive Intensive Session includes:
In-Depth Intake Form
In-depth intake form to start moving you towards clarity and to help me optimize our time together and make personalized referrals based on your location
One 2-hour video or in-person coaching session packed full of information, tools, and insights to help you navigate your options and make informed choices that are right for you
Follow up email with next steps, recommendations, and resources curated just for you, based on my 20+ years of experience in the birth industry
You'll leave breathing a sigh of relief.
You’ll feel seen, comforted, and held with confidence in moving forward with your plans for your pregnancy and birth. You’ll feel good knowing you’ve invested your time and money in support with the greatest relevance and value to you. In short, working with me is an investment in the birth of your child and your life as a parent.
If you wish to continue working together after our Deep Dive Intensive, I offer packages of one-hour sessions: $333 for three sessions and $622 for six. I can also make a bespoke package or monthly agreement that suits your need for ongoing coaching and support.
If this sounds like what you need to feel supported and empowered through your pregnancy and beyond, I’d love to work with you.