Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a Birth CD(DONA) and a Postpartum CD-ICS with ProDoula. Additionally, I am a Yoga Alliance certified RYT 200 yoga instructor. I use a variety of physical and hands-on methods and positions to help bring mobility, flexibility and energy to the body throughout pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care. I have my M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU and my B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. I am also a New York State certified theater teacher, grades K-12. I am currently an Arts Inclusion Specialist in the Boston and Greater Boston Area that focuses on working with the neurodiverse community. I approach this inclusion work and my doula practice the same way in the fact that I honor every birthing person, baby and support persons as individuals with unique needs that need to be assessed, acknowledged and supported. The most important and relevant experience I have is that I am the mother of two beautiful girls. My pregnancy journeys, birth stories and postpartum struggles allow me to connect with birthing persons and new families of all abilities on a deep level that creates solidarity and trust.
What led you to become a Doula?: Across all cultures and colors of humanity, women have traditionally been surrounded by other women throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum. A birthing person would be supported by grandmothers, mothers, aunts, female cousins and neighbors all of whom would be attending to any physical and emotional needs. This collection of female minds, bodies, and spirits are what enabled a birthing person to focus on the new life they were bringing into the world while feeling safe, loved and validated. Furthermore, this community of feminine energy respected the sanctity of birth, as well as its physically demanding obligations, intense emotional peaks and valleys, and unsettling vulnerable moments before, during and after the baby's birth. As a birth and postpartum doula, I seek to fulfill this role for birthing persons and their families by providing support, validation, evidence based information and resources to create a network of safety and security. I believe a doula should be an essential team member of maternity and postpartum care teams. I could not have gone through my two pregnancies without the support of my birth and postpartum doulas. I chose to become a birth and postpartum doula because I feel a personal need to pay it forward and honor all the birthing persons experiencing this divine superpower called birth.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“I couldn’t have done it without her!”
“Her presence allowed me the space to focus on my breath, body and intuition.”
“Erin was able to help us create sustainable feeding and sleeping routines for our newborn.”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: My favorite pregnancy/parenting resource is one's intuition. Pregnancy, birth and parenting are so primal and intuitive. I feel this connection to our inner voice is often not honored, when in fact it has the potential to be the greatest guide throughout pregnancy and parenting. Accessing ones' intuition and acknowledging it is the greatest resource one has, and it lives within ourselves. I also enjoy therenegademama.com, spinningbabies.com, kellymom.com, marchofdimes.org, acog.org and aap.org.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I want to tell the pregnant person or new parent/caregiver that they are doing an amazing job. I want to tell them to reach out for support if they need it. I want to tell them "you are enough." I want to tell them whatever you are feeling is valid and ok. I want to offer them some assistance with their current errand/activity.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The best gifts I can give to new parents are providing non-judgmental support for choices made throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery, and beyond. My sole focus is a satisfying birth and postpartum experience for the client led by the client and the client's beliefs, culture, and wishes. I love to share my natural intuition and expansive knowledge in order to provide a supportive, nurturing environment that fosters confidence, self- advocacy, and love. Additionally, I aspire to give birthing individuals and families the space to be themselves during this miraculous and vulnerable time. My compassionate bedside manner, ability to be an active listener, and sensitive soul allow for meaningful connections with the birthing person, partners and family.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Offspring
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Hawaii
What is your favorite food?: Any type of baked good!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Going to the theatre, reading, playing with my dog (or any dog!), doing yoga and laughing with my husband and girls.
Who lives in your house?: My husband, two daughters and our family Labrador, Bruce Wayne. (Yes, named after Batman.)