When Elena first entered our home, I was so far into my labor everything was a blur around me, but I sure do remember the feeling I got when she walked in that room. The energy she brought with her that day gave me a sense of relaxation and confidence. At some point before I roared my baby out, she simply laid her hands on me and I drifted into sleep between my last surges. She somehow found a way to pretzel herself into the small area provided for her when we made it to the birth pool. I remember her talking me through my last pushes with confident but gentle sound. Once our girl made it into my arms, the day continued to be an adventure of things happening, but there was never a moment I questioned her ability to care for me. Elena was everything I needed that day. She is an amazing midwife, a beautiful soul, and a gentle healer.