Lancaster, PA ~ Postpartum Doula Support for Mom, Baby and Partner
"Erica's most welcome strength in her postpartum services is her focus on caring for the mother's physical and mental well-being, often overlooked, but much needed in today's baby-centric society. Erica supported me in repairing and strengthening my new self such that I could be at my best for my little one. She's an excellent guide for new moms." Aimee, Upper Westside
What does a typical daytime session look like?
- practical support for you and your new baby's wellness
- conversations and tips around sleep adjustment
- guidance on newborn (bathing, cord care, reading baby's cues)
- baby/sibling/household care while you rest
- providing an ear as you process your birth and new parenthood experience
- support with breast feeding (latch, positioning) and bottle feeding
- partnership with an IBCLC if needed (medical issues, pumping)
- therapeutic bodywork /reflexology for easing maternal anxiety
- herbal and homeopathic remedy research by request
- baby wearing advice and resources; postpartum exercise resources
- a back-to-work protocol: pumping, new roles in your partnership, childcare
"After having twins, Erica was an absolute life saver. She assisted us greatly in those few weeks after birth. Practical advice, guidance and support made her a wonderful mentor. Especially with two novice Dads. But it was more than the practical - it was the emotional support that made a huge difference to our sanity. I can't recommend her enough if you're expecting. She was a trusted friend through this challenging, yet wonderful time." Marcus
Your postpartum support is just as important as your prenatal care. We can compassionately assist with resources to help you find parenting groups that may fit your needs and talk about work/life/family balance options. The transition to parenthood is a powerful psychological shift and we know that supporting couple in this time is vital. The same compassionate ideas about being in mindfulness and hearing your own priorities that we urge in pregnancy/labor is the path for life with a new baby.
Post- Adoption Doula and Surrogacy Support
We provide newborn care education, overnight postpartum doula care, practical tips for your first days home, tips for bottle feeding, and the best ways to soothe your baby throughout the day. We encourage and reflect on the benefits of parent/baby bonding and provide emotional support as you adjust to parenthood. We offer insight on your baby's perspective, and remain non-judgmental the whole way through. When you need to run out, we will provide infant care while you get a few hours of productive time together, processing paperwork or spending time caring for yourselves. It's a big journey awaiting a newborn through adoption or surrogacy. We have helped a handful of clients in this process and are honored to serve such a community.
"Erica was my doula – both birthing and postpartum – for the birth of my second baby. After a grueling first birth experience, I prepared for my second labor with much anxiety and the search for the right support became a big priority. After speaking with numerous doulas, I knew Erica was the one. In preparation for labor and delivery, Erica and I had multiple touch points. She was incredibly helpful in providing practical suggestions as I progressed in my pregnancy and as I prepared for birth. Listening and observing comes natural to Erica – in visiting me at home, she was eager to integrate my husband and my older child to our conversations and making sure that they knew how best to support wife/mommy. Erica has a deep rolodex of resources including prenatal massage and baby nurses. She was always available to speak, email or text and I never felt she was un-available to me or in a rush to hang up the phone or leave our meeting. She truly has a presence of a friend and that’s exactly what I needed. Erica was also more than just support. She provided context to the topics I discussed with my doctors at my prenatal appointments and helped me draft a birth plan that was more than just a wish list. During labor, Erica was the ultimate advocate and support for me and my husband. She provided comfort measures for me. She explained what was going on in layman’s terms, which I very much appreciated even though I had gone through labor before. She politely but firmly reminded my doctors and hospital staff of my wishes without offending them. For post-partum, Erica’s visits really centered around making sure mommy was recovering. She did so in tangible ways by bringing delicious and wholesome food, providing lactation help and giving me massages. Also, she quietly impressed upon people at home (visitors, family, help) to be sensitive to the needs of the mother too, during a time when it’s so easy to focus solely on the cute little newborn. Most importantly, during our conversations, I was not only able to process my second birth but also bring closure to the challenges of my first birth. Erica really is a born-nurturer. And I’m so glad that she was there for my birthing experience." Kyu, Manhattan