Sawyer Hill Birth: About Ellen

Hi! I'm Ellen Seebacher. I've been teaching natural childbirth in Massachusetts since 2001, when I was pregnant with my second son.

I've had two very different births: my first son was born in 1998 with a CNM in a hospital, the second in 2002 with a CNM at a birth center. (The third child would have been a homebirth, but I lost that one.) The first was an average-length, complicated, intense, but pain-free labor with four hours of pushing and a difficult aftermath. The second (following weeks of prodromal contractions) was a lightning-fast, moderately painful labor; I pushed for nine minutes, and took my baby home a few hours later. Each boy was breastfed through toddlerhood and self-weaned.

In addition to being a childbirth educator and homeschooling mom (for one of my kids), I'm: an active resident of a cohousing ecovillage; a reader, singer, and gourmet cook; and a self-employed writer and editor. I have a degree from the University of Chicago (in behavioral sciences / psychology) and a host of certifications (including Red Cross Community Disaster Education, Adult/Child/Infant CPR, and Neonatal Resuscitation).

In 2009 I enrolled in the Mass Midwives Alliance's yearlong course in basic midwifery — the academic portion of the process for becoming a Certified Professional Midwife — and though I haven't apprenticed yet, I still hope to. A doula workshop was part of that program, so I've also been trained as a labor assistant by toLabor.

Originally trained by the AAHCC ("The Bradley Method"), I've been certified as a childbirth educator since 2002; in 2010 I left the AAHCC and retrained with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA).

Now I am proud to be associated with the wonderful national childbirth educators' cooperative Informed Beginnings. As an experienced course developer, I work on curriculum development and training for InfoBe, and I am serving a three-year term on the Board.

I'm happy to be in a field where I can work closely with fellow teachers, other birth workers, and all kinds of families!


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