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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 is the best source of information on birth?

Who can you trust to help you make the best decisions? How can the process feel like the miracle that it is? What happens after the child arrives? What will you do?

More importantly - who will you become?

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Birth, Rebirth, and Beyond

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Some birth consultants have strong opinions about the "best" way to birth and will pressure you towards specific options - not me!

This is your birth, not mine. 

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.

Not only will I help you confidently choose the best options for you, I will support you in owning your power as a creator, both during this birth and beyond.

Why “beyond”?

Many care providers only focus on birth without looking at the big picture of your life.

 
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As we navigate the healthcare system, we will also do the inner work of navigating your path from "maiden" to "mother."

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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.

Through conscious creation, birth can build your confidence. 

Claiming its power is fundamental to contributing your creative voice to the world.

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My Signature Process

 
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After two decades of experience in childbirth preparation, empowerment, and support, 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 consumer advocacy organization that’s worked first-hand with thousands of parents to become fully engaged maternity care consumers, so my recommendations are based on personal experience. 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 will do this through a process that’s the result of my years of experience:


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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 are treated as parents 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

Once we’ve determined what kind of birth experience you want, we’ll navigate an often hostile and impersonal health care system to help you connect with care providers and a birth environment that shares your beliefs about birth. The result is a birth plan you can feel confident about that’s aligned with your preferences.

Throughout this process, we'll support your body, mind, soul, and heart for a holistic approach to birth that will leave you feel nourished, energized, and seen.

 
 

 

"Working with Elan before, during and after my son's birth was nothing short of a miracle for me and my family. She is a wealth of information and helped me make informed decisions about how and where I wanted to give birth as well as what procedures were necessary and which ones were a choice. Elan was an angel by my side and a pillar of strength.

She seems to just know exactly what I needed. Elan is an incredible resource on birth, babies and women. All of this along with her fiery strength and intuitive, kind hearted nature makes her someone you want on your team when you are having a baby!"

Jacquelyn Karnes - Portland, OR

 

Partners

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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.

On the soul level, birth offers a powerful opportunity for your partner and you to create a safe space in the birth room, surrender to faith in the process, and welcome this new soul into the world with unconditional love, respect, integrity and compassion - powerful stuff!  

On the human level, I ensure that you're aligned in your birth plan. The partner is prepared to advocate for the birthing woman in the event that she can’t do so for herself. You act as a team, with the partner navigating an often hostile medical environment, offering support and acting as a buffer to the outside world so that the pregnant woman can focus on birthing. Our sessions will give them tools to comfort, nurture, and advocate for your birth.


 

"My partner and I met with Elan days after finding out that I was pregnant. Me being in graduate school and ours being an unexpected pregnancy, I was in shock and I was scared. Elan empathically talked us through unique and varying birthing options that matched our financial capabilities, and I left our initial meeting feeling empowered and committed to having the birth that I wanted. Her wealth of knowledge opened doors for us that we didn't know existed." 

Carey Anderson - New York, NY

 

How It Works

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I offer single sessions and packages of 3 or 6 sessions. Details on what's included in each are listed below.

No matter what package you choose, you’ll receive priceless information to support you during your birth and beyond.

Once you register for the coaching package that works best for your needs, you’ll receive an email with a link to my booking system.

Simply book your appointment(s) at a convenient time and complete the pre-session questionnaire so that I’ll have all the information I need to prepare for our session.

During our session, I’ll make actionable recommendations, focusing not only on the nuts and bolts of your birth but also on the emotional journey and transition from who you are now to who you will become with a child in your life.

You’ll leave breathing a sigh of relief. You’ll feel seen, comforted, and held with confidence in your birth plan.

Rather than waste time and money on providers and choices that may or may not support your birth, you will invest your resources in support with the greatest relevance and value to you.


In short, these sessions are an investment in the birth of your child, one of the most important days of your life.


 
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I WANT TO GET PREGNANT. HELP!

In this 2-hour intensive single session, we’ll dive into both the logistics of preparing yourself for pregnancy (what to eat? which prenatal vitamins?) and focus on energetically opening a door to a baby. What are the ways that your body, mind, heart, and soul start planting that seed? How can you honor your fears and anxieties while not letting them hold you back? What does it really mean for you to feel “ready” to have a baby? The answers are as unique as your fingerprint, so all of my recommendations are customized to meet your individual needs and will leave you (and your partner if you wish!) with a sense of peace and excitement about your pre-conception choices and preparation.

- In-depth intake form to help me optimize our time together and make referrals based on your location

- One 2-hour video or in-person coaching session packed full of information and insights

- Tools and insights to help you navigate your options and make informed choices that are right for you and your family

- Follow up email with recommendations and resources just for you


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I’M PREGNANT. NOW WHAT?

Most people aren't aware of how little they know about childbirth until they, or their partner, becomes pregnant. This 2-hour intensive single session provides a generous download of high quality information to help you get rooted in your new reality and make a plan. All of my recommendations are customized to meet your individual needs and will leave you and your partner feeling confident and ready to take the powerful first steps toward parenthood.

- In-depth intake form to help me optimize our time together and make referrals based on your location

- One 2-hour video or in-person coaching session packed full of information and insights

- Tools and insights to help you navigate your options and make informed choices that are right for you and your family

- Follow up email with recommendations and resources just for you


 

EMPOWERED BIRTH PACKAGE

With this three session package, we will work together over a period of time to purposefully craft the birth experience that's right for you and prepare you for the transition to parenthood. You'll gain clarity about where, how, and with whom you want to give birth and connect with the right providers and birth team to help you achieve the birth experience you desire. You'll also start envisioning and planning the life that awaits you on the other side of childbirth. An excellent investment to save time, money, and overwhelm through your entire birth process.

- In-depth intake form to help me optimize our time together and make referrals based on your location

- Two 90-minute prenatal coaching sessions

- Two 1-hour postpartum coaching sessions

- E-mail support between sessions

- Tools, information and insights to help you navigate your options and make informed choices that are right for you and your family

- Resources and referrals to help you build your birth team and choose your birth environment

- Support in preparing for the transition to parenthood, both the practical preparations and the inner work of determining who you choose to be in this next phase of your life

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CONSCIOUS CREATION

This six session package allows you to go beyond logistics in these sessions and both create the birth experience you desire and step into the vision of who you want to become as a parent. Most parents understand that a child will change their lives; however, there is less cultural preparation and support for how radically birth alters your sense of yourself and your relationships, especially with your partner. By giving yourself the support of additional sessions, we can fully address what this means for you, and equip you with tools to navigate your changing life and identity. You’ll feel prepared on every level - body, mind, heart and soul - for this major life event.

- In-depth intake form to help me optimize our time together.

- Four 90-minute prenatal coaching sessions (video or in-person)

- Two 90-minute postpartum coaching sessions (video or in person)

- Unlimited e-mail support throughout your pregnancy, birth and six months into the postpartum period

- A list of researched and personalized recommendations, referrals, and resources to help you decide where, how and with whom to birth

- Tools and guidance through the inner work of consciously transitioning into parenthood. Includes: transition mapping, guided meditations & visualizations, mother-baby blessing ritual, and personal Qoya movement practices

 
 
 

Your birth can feel like the miracle that it is.

You can enjoy every step of the process. All your challenges and fears have an answer. Now let’s make a plan.

 
 
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Cancellation Policy

You may reschedule your sessions up to 24 hours prior to the session at no extra charge. If you miss your session, however, your session fee is nonrefundable. If I need to reschedule your session less than 24 hours prior, you'll receive a credit for an extra half hour.

If you need to cancel your session, you can receive a full refund until 48 hours prior to the session, at which point, it is non-refundable. If I need to cancel your session within 48 hours prior to the session, we'll reschedule your initial session and you'll receive a credit for an extra half hour.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m adopting a child. Will these sessions be helpful for me? 

Absolutely. Regardless of how you come to it, motherhood is a major life transition that will impact you deeply. Together, we will prepare for the arrival of your child on both the inner, emotional level and the outer, practical level.

I’ve recently given birth. Will these sessions be helpful for me?

For so many women and couples, those weeks just after giving birth are some of the most challenging. Sleep deprivation, hormonal shifts, newborn care, and the newness of everything can quickly add up and take their toll. I will provide the resources and support you need to get through this time with ease. I will also help you with the inner work of processing your birth experience and navigating the shift into parenthood. Those first few months can be an incredibly isolating time. I’m here, and you’re not alone.

Do you only work with people having at home births?

Not at all. I work with anyone interested in consciously and powerfully navigating the transition to parenthood regardless of where, how, or with whom they choose to birth.

Do you only work with people having natural births? What about cesaraen births or women who want an epidural?

The birth of any child is a miracle, regardless of how it occurs. Whether vaginal or cesarean, natural or medicated, I help you have the most humane, empowered, and deeply satisfying birth possible. This is your birth, not mine. I will provide you with information to help you make the choices that are right for you and your family. I respect and honor your choices and will support you in creating the birth experience that is right for you.

I recently lost a child. Can you help?

I’m so sorry. The loss of a child is a devastating experience that far too many women and couples go through alone. Together, we will identify and rejoice in all of the ways that this child enriched the lives it touched. We will also process the grief of the loss that you are feeling at every level of your being. Our work together will be honest and uplifting, addressing the enormity of the situation while also preparing you to move forward with strength and grace.

My partner and I have different ideas about the best way to birth our child. Will these sessions work for us?

I have helped many couples co-create a birth plan that they both feel really good about. Most people in our culture know very little about birth, and what information we do have is fear-based. This fear is often the cause of rifts that couples have a hard time overcoming. With my passion for and knowledge about birth, I have helped hundreds of couples shift their approach to birth from fear to love, from doubt to excitement. This shift opens the way for connection, collaboration, and creation to flow.

Our family doesn’t fit a traditional definition. Will these sessions be helpful to us?

Absolutely. I am honored to support and witness the creation or expansion of your family. The information, insights and support I provide address universal truths experienced on an individual, customizable level. We will work together to navigate the choices and issues that are shared by all birthing couples, as well as those unique to your experience.