Postpartum Doula | Erica Shane Childbirth
Your postpartum doula care is just as important as the pregnancy check-ups and childbirth education you've already scheduled in. Whether you are breastfeeding or not, you're caring for a new human day and night and if you've never done this before, or don't have much family around, it's a really good idea to interview a few top-notch postpartum doulas to get a sense of how they can help your entire family thrive, sleep a little better, and smile a bit more often.
"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
"Erica was my doula in NYC– 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 NYC childbirth 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, NYC
"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, NYC