Ellie Daniels is a Certified Professional Midwife who has been involved with homebirth for over 30 years. Ellie began her study of midwifery just after the unattended birth of her daughter at home in 1978. After apprenticeship, she opened a practice in the MidCoast area in 1983, and has since attended the births of close to 1000 babies.
Ellie has a long-term commitment to mentoring new midwives. In addition, she is energetically involved in achieving state and federal recognition of CPMs through legislation and advocacy. She teaches at Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, Maine, and is the past president of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, which accredits direct-entry midwifery schools. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the MAMA Campaign, working to gain federal recognition for CPMs.
Ellie owns a second business, The Green Store, which grew out of her commitment to make non-toxic and sustainable products more available in the local community. Now in its 18th year, the Green Store has become an integral part of downtown Belfast.
In the interest of helping to change the culture of birth in our country, she has written a middle school curriculum about normal birth, and a book about homebirth for children and their families. She has three children, three stepchildren, and five grandchildren, three of whom were born at home. In her spare time, she loves to garden, knit, hike, sauna, and sit by the pond watching the antics of kids and adults on the diving tower.