Erica has been serving the New York birth and parenting community ever since her own transformational birth experience. Before having babies she worked in the New York theater community and still uses her writing and performing skills to support and educate families. She is a regular contributor and content creator for Pranamama TV, Well Rounded and Holistic Parenting magazine. She is passionate about working with women in their motherhood phase, no matter how that looks. Recently starting to provide feminine business and life design to her clients is inspiring her to think out of the box of what mothering can mean; mothering a business, mothering a child or even mothering the Self. An herbalist, breathwork practitioner and life coach, Erica helps her clients find solutions and ease in their routine by taking a holistic view of the perinatal process.
Birth Doula Essential Package
Two prenatal meetings at your house
24/7 on-call service after 37 weeks
Continuous presence during labor and delivery
Immediate breastfeeding support after delivery
One postpartum meeting at home
Full email and phone support
Resources and referrals
Your Doula is your primary source for emotional, physical and educational support during pregnancy and throughout the entire birthing process. Your Doula is there to help your birth be safe, empowering and a memory that you will cherish for life. Doulas are available for phone consultations throughout the pregnancy and will schedule visits with you in person leading up to delivery. After 36 weeks of gestation, your Doula will be on call 24hrs a day, and will be fully and constantly present during labor. Your Doula acts as an advocate and is there to support your choices regarding your pregnancy and birth; they do not impose their own agenda.
A Doula will support and empower your choices for your pregnancy, whether it is a natural birth, medicated, or cesarean; be it a home birth, at a birthing center, or in a hospital. The Cochrane Review recently published a study stating: “... Supportive care during labour may enhance physiological labour processes, as well as women's feelings of control and confidence in their own strength and ability to give birth. This may reduce the need for obstetric intervention and also improve women's experiences”.
A Doula is there to support your decisions. Think of it as the co-pilot on this journey, minus the decision making privilege. Only YOU and your partner are legally responsible for any decisions made during pregnancy, birth and afterwards. To put it simply: NO.
Anytime. This is a personal decision you will make when you feel you need support outside from your family and friends, an unbiased voice, a friendly expert, an active witness of this beautiful stage of your life.
Yes. Doulas are supportive of whatever decisions parents make during pregnancy, birth and/or afterwards. A Doula should never encourage nor discourage a mother to choose between having a medicated or unmedicated birthing process. They will be able to review the pros and cons of your decision if you feel so inclined to share it with them.
Yes. Again, a Doula is an extra pair of hands, ears, a voice that can help you express your wishes at a very vulnerable time. A Doula will never make a decision for you, but can certainly help you feel supported about the ones you make. That includes a C-section.