birth services & hypnotherapy

Thank you to all of my doula families and Hypnobabies students who have taken time to leave feedback. It means so much to me. 
Most recent reviews are left on Doulamatch and Facebook and so very much appreciated!  Love and gratitude, Keli

Client Testimonials for Keli Engleson, HCHI, HCHD, IPPA, RYT

We had an outstanding birth experience with our daughter almost five months ago. Our first birth was very challenging and perhaps many choices were unnecessary. We felt better informed and prepared for this birth. We took Keli's childbirth education class and she was our doula.  Keli made all the difference. I understood everything happening during my birthing time and felt confident. Her encouragement and physical support allowed me to remain relaxed. She has a very warm and positive vibe.  I was able to relax knowing she would calmly give me suggestions when I needed it. She met us at our home before heading to the hospital which was just a few miles away. We arrived the hospital at 7cm. She helped my husband and I have a positive birth experience together. We are so thankful for have had Keli by our side. Thank you Keli! Krissy 

Posted 4/24/2017

Hands down, the best decision we made in preparing for our birth was taking Keli's hypnobabies class. At each class, we were able to talk in depth about what to expect, potential scenarios, what our options were, and most importantly what tools we could use during through our birth experience. The hypnobabies daily & weekly practices gave my wife the tools she needed to be able to comfortably work through her labor, and as a partner, I felt more and more confident in what I c...ould do to help her. We also felt so well-informed and educated about pregnancy and birth, so we were not really apprehensive at all as the day approached, and instead were just excited.

Our baby was born 15 days past our due date, and Keli was always easy to reach by text when I had questions during those 15 days! When my wife finally went into labor, we were thrilled. We spent 17-18 hours in the birth center working through her labor calmly and peacefully as she progressed from 5 to 9.5cm, and even as she stayed at 9.5cm for several hours. The midwives could hardly believe she was having contractions and dilating so well, because she was so calm, breathing through strong contractions and even taking naps in between them.

Of course, we can't control everything, and it so happened that our little one was wrapped up twice in her umbilical cord and so wasn't able to fully descend, and we had a C-section. So while the last 2 hours of our birth was spent in the hospital, due to circumstances out of anyone's control, we still remember our daughter's birthday as a calm, happy 18 hours or so in the birth center - and that is completely thanks to Keli and her hypnobabies classes. I can't imagine the experience being anywhere as wonderful without her. Thank you Keli! Yana Banerjee

Posted 4/20/2017

Keli was both my doula and my hypnobabies instructor as my husband and I prepared for the birth of our daughter in February 2017. We started working with Keli when I was 17 weeks pregnant and she was an instrumental part of my positive pregnancy and birthing experience. Working with Keli gave me the knowledge, confidence, reassurance, strength and most importantly empowerpant to have a truly joyful birth. Her positive, uplifting, fun and funny personality radiates from her and is contagious, and was exactly what we needed while enduring 4 days of prodromal labor, 22 hours of a truly amazing unmedicated labor, and finally during my unplanned c-section.My husband and I are so happy we found her, so grateful for all she taught us and the support she offered us. We can not recommend Keli highly enough. Kelly Snow

Posted 4/14/2017

I love Keli! She has a warm, calming energy that always put my husband and I at ease.  We loved our hypnobabies classes with her and knew right away that we wanted Keli to assist during the birth of our first child.  During labor she was present, engaged and knew when to step in and when to back away and give us privacy.  She also handled the hospital staff and my mom amazingly.  She helped give us the birth we wanted by advocating for our birth plan and I feel that we have also found a friend in her as well. R. Tina Tuli

Posted 3/13/2017

Keli was my hypnobabies instructor. We had a wonderful experience working with her. She is clearly passionate and committed to birth and helping mothers and families alike. She's knowledgable and experienced. We don't have enough good things to say about her. Danielle Chu

Posted 3/9/2017

Keli was amazing to work with, and her positive energy is infectious! From the moment she was referred to me, she provided all the information I needed to better understand the process of placenta encapsulation. This whole experience was new for me, and not many people I know have gotten their placenta encapsulated. So, I really appreciated all the information Keli provided, it made me feel well informed and sure of the decision I was making. She made herself available for any questions that I had in the weeks leading up to my labor, which I was really grateful for. 

Not only did she do an amazing job with the pills, she also gave me advice, and really helped me in more ways then she knows. I can tell since I've been taking the pills, my energy is high, my mood is great, and my milk production is incredible! 

The package I purchased included the placenta pills, tincture (lasts forever), an umbilical cord keepsake shaped into a heart, and a beautiful placenta art print that I will keep forever! I'm so happy I chose this package, I am in awe everytime I look at the art print, to think that this beautiful art piece was what kept my baby and I connected for 39 weeks! It's just incredible! 

If you're thinking of placenta encapsulation, Keli is your go to resource! She is super knowledgable and has tons of great resources! I will certainly be hiring her again if I decide to have a 2nd child. Jessica Santiago

Posted 8/4/2016

Kelli was absolutely amazing!!!!!! Such an amazing spirited women!! Her positive energy was the reason why I chose her! I got my placenta encapsulated and it was the best thing ever!!!! I feel amazing! I'm a 2nd time mom so I have allot of comparrsison since I didn't get them last time! This time around I'm currently 2 weeks PP : I have lost over 30 lbs (12 more to go) my baby reached her newborn weight 3 days sooner than needed, my milk is FULL of pumped milk!!!!! (Over 60 oz) my recovery was much faster! And my patience for my son (4 yrs) even with no sleep is great! I always have so much energy I truly feel like myself again in such little time!! I owe it all to Kelli!!! she also made me a beautiful print of my placenta which I have franed in my daughters room! She also spelled the word love with my cord and I am putting in a shadow box! It's beautiful, I would never trust anyone else with such a sacred thing! Definetly will be using kelli again!  Rebekah Mackawgy

Posted 7/21/2016

Working with Keli was a great experience for my wife and I. As (busy) first time parents we didn't have a lot of time to read books, the internet and get all of the unsolicited advice that it seems every other new-parent has time to do. Meeting with Keli helped us to identify the things that were most important and to stay focused and calm. On the day of the delivery it was helpful to have Keli there, explaining the process as things progressed, but also their as an active member of the birthing team for my wife. As for myself it was great to someone to confide in. Although I'd recommend speaking with multiple doulas before deciding on one since it is so important to make sure they are a good fit for your personality and preferences, I would strongly suggest speaking with Keli. Jarrod Orszulak

Posted 4/30/2016

I am so happy we got a chance to work with Keli as our doula for the birth of our baby girl Sophia. Thanks to her I had a relaxing day leading up to labor (even got a pedicure!) and the labor was so quick that we only spent 2 hours in the hospital. As a bonus, we have beautiful candid shots of our new family - priceless memory for us.  Natalya Utesheva

Posted 2/8/2016

We had Keli with us as our Doula for the birth of our little girl Sophia, and wouldn't have had it any other way. She was great throughout the process, and really helped facilitate a wonderful birth experience for my wife. I would highly recommend working with her to future parents. It was really valuable to have someone with experience that my wife could turn to during difficult times who could tell her that everything was fine, and progressing well, based on experience that I clearly did not have. We would be lucky to have Keli at our next birth, and I hope we are able to. Michael Gorman

Posted 2/3/2016

Keli was an excellent Hypnobabies teacher, full of enthusiasm and knowledge. Her experience as a doula helped inform each lesson, and she has a lovely personality. I highly recommend the Hypnobabies course and Keli as a teacher to anyone considering natural childbirth. I had the birth I wanted and I know the course helped me achieve my goal. Thank you, Kelli! Also, see the pics of Miles below - thought you would enjoy them. We are loving being his parents! S.

Hi Keli!  Thank you so much!! We are home now and settling in. Thank you so much for everything!  We literally could not have done it without you.  We are hoping to get settled in tomorrow and over the weekend. Then can we touch base about a visit next week?  Julie

Hi Keli.  I think I can speak for Aaron when I say that we both really enjoyed your class and feel like it's equipped us with a toolbox of techniques to have an beautiful birth.  I'm now really looking forward to our birthing time.  We'll be sure to share baby pics when we meet our little guy, and we'd love to hear about your journey in Kona as well!  Happy trails and thanks again!

Look who's here. M. born yesterday  at 2 am. 9lbs 9oz. All are happy and healthy. An all natural Hypnobabies birth just as we wished. Thanks for all your great training. How was Kona?!?

I felt so much more in control of this birth. It truly was a healing experience for both me and Andrew. It was a wonderful to be an active participant and to rely on my husband for strength and encouragement. It really was a beautiful bonding experience. Most importantly, I was able to do immediate skin-to-skin, something I had to wait hours for with my first... And Andrew was able to cut the cord!
I would like to thank you so very much for working with us! You were a very important piece of my birthing experience, and I am truly thankful.
Happy Holidays!

Hi Keli!  So great to hear from you! That's so funny I've been thinking of you this week too. One of my best friends who lives in South Carolina actually just announced she's pregnant and she is interested in natural birth so I've been talking to her a lot about my experience. I'm still so thankful for everything. I think so positively about my birth experience and I think it's entirely because of you and hypnobabies. I really can't imagine having birth another way and it makes me sad when I hear most women talk about their experiences with such negativity.

Sounds like you had a busy week!! 48 hours is crazy- guess makes my 19 looks pretty good :) 

We just had our 1 month appointment and Amelia is great. 9 lb 11 oz and doing perfectly. 

Hope you had a great thanksgiving! We will keep in touch! Please do too- we'd love to hear how you're doing. 

Thanks again for all your guidance over the past 6 weeks.  We are very happy with how the class went and appreciate you being so open to talking after class.  My mom definitely seems like she gets it a lot more after talking with you- thank you!  We will definitely reach it if any questions come up.

Keli, We LOVED Hypnobabies!!  Thank you for being our Hypno-doula and guiding us through our pregnancy and birth. We had such a wonderful birth experience with you by our side.

Dear Keli, I want to thank you so much for being there for my birth, a joyous experience. You kept me calm and comfortable never leaving me during the entire labor and knew exactly what to do to relieve discomfort that I experienced. I still can't believe how quick my labor went! I already called Selma from PALS to tell her all about my experience with you and how great you are! I will be telling people about you when I talk about my birth. You are so awesome and what you do for women is so amazing. Mylia

Dear Keli, 
I hope all is well with you...I just wanted to share this pic of Taylor, now 5 months. I'm always talking about you. I honestly think you are one of the awesomest people I've met and I could never thank you enough. Love, Mylia

Best birth coach ever. Hi Keli!  We can't thank you enough for all that you did to make our birth even more awesome than we expected.  Thank you coming to our home during my early birthing time and for keeping us informed and confident throughout the entire process. All of your tools and support allowed me to relax and stay comfortable throughout my birthing time. You are a caring person and you care about what you do as a doula. You made all the difference in our experience.  Kris and Michael 

Dear Keli, We can't thank you enough for being our doula.  Your attentiveness, knowledge, caring encouragement, and confidence in me were truly invaluable at our birth.  I can't imagine not having you there, especially after Lincoln was born.I still contend that he was holding out for your return- he knew you would help us bring him into the world.  Very Sincerely, Krissy, Zander and Lincoln

Dear Keli, THANK YOU for all of your support and coaching through our birth process.  We could not have achieved our natural birth without you.  You were a special member of our birth team and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts." Amanda and Jim

Dear Keli, Thank you so much for being there for me during the birth of Shayna Malka.  It meant so much to me just to have you there, knowing there was a caring person to support and advocate for me. May you be blessed with joy.  Best wishes, R.

Dear Keli, Thank you so much for making our birth experience amazing and memorable.  We will forever be grateful for your help, support and humor! Amity 

Keli, I keep looking back on these photos you took from the delivery day and I get a little teary. What an incredible experience, difficult, but also so joyful and wonderful. I can see why someone would want to be a doula. And on that note, we wanted to send along those two classic photos of you... hope you get a good laugh from these! 
Take care and many thanks again and over again, Claire, Charles and Baby June

Dear Keli, We can't begin to thank you enough for being a part of the birth of our son Osirus. What began very unexpected and scary ended up being a success much because of you and your lovely vibrant spirit you possess. We have been truly blessed to have met you during a very special time in our lives. Again we hope that this is the beginning of a blossoming friendship. Thanks for being a part of such a special moment in our lives. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and continue to touch the lives of the people around you. Love always, Adrian and Barby

My husband and I want to thank you and god for what you did for me and my baby. You made things possible for me. Thank you for being a volunteer and a meeting me at the hospital when things became difficult and I felt scared.  I really can not believe what you do and that you did this as a gift to me.  You are a good person.  God Bless. Miriam and Mohamed