Hello! My name is Diane Ellen and I am a Personal Childbirth Trainer. I was born in Flushing, New York, weighing 9 lbs. 1 oz! As the youngest child of four of an Irish-German-Lithuanian family, I was raised in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.
I was always friendly, sensitive, and the entertaining one in the family. Without a doubt, my family thought I would end up in Hollywood! Some of my earliest teenage jobs included working at a bakery and scooping ice cream in an ice cream parlor. It didn’t seem to matter what I was doing, as long as I was helping others, I was happy. I tried to think of an occupation where I could combine my friendliness, sensitivity, desire to help others, and natural ability to make people laugh.
So, in 1985, I decided to become a nurse. In 1989, I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Molloy College in Rockville Center, New York. Also, I studied at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Since 1989, I have been a Registered Nurse specializing in assisting women through the childbirth experience. I was able to care for patients during one of the most stressful times in their lives—while being in a hospital. I tried to be friendly, sensitive to their needs, and help them. I tried to use humor and a smile to ease their anxiety about their current condition. I began my nursing career in a large teaching hospital in New York, Long Island Jewish Hospital. There I worked in a 40-crib newborn nursery as well as postpartum nursing. At St. Mary’s Hospital, in West Palm Beach, Florida, I learned a lot about high-risk labor & delivery! I was then offered a job in a high-risk Antepartum unit at Kapiolani’s Women and Children’s Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. There I helped pregnant women who were at risk for losing their pregnancies. I then returned to Florida, and continued my maternity career at West Boca Medical Center, Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, and Boca Raton Community Hospital.
I am a long-term resident of South Florida with 30+ years of maternal child health experience as a registered nurse, childbirth educator, and CPR instructor. As a certified childbirth educator, I offer several different options for individuals to become educated about pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. No matter what your needs are, there is a class for you!