Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30
Fee Details: I charge $25/hour for weekday hours, $30/hour for weekends, holidays, or overnights. For clients who book me prenatally, I require a $125 deposit upfront to secure my services, which will be applied to the last 5 hours of postpartum doula care, whenever they occur. The deposit also ensures my availability for the time you want my help. I am also happy to take clients whose babies have already been born and who are just realizing they need additional help, in which case the deposit is waived.
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 23 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 3
Past Chair of Richmond Doulas, past Events Coordinator of Richmond Doulas, volunteer postpartum educator at VCU's CenteringPregnancy; member of DONA International, Virginia Breastfeeding Task Force, and Babywearing International
Languages spoken: English, some French
Service Area MapArea of practice: Richmond, VA
Erica worked with us as a post-partum doula after the birth of our daughter in the fall of 2015. In the beginning I would count down the minutes until Erica arrived so I could hand off my daughter to immediately shower and then get some interrupted sleep for a few hours. It was such a relief to know I could hand off my newborn to someone I could trust. Erica helped teach us how to give her a bath and cut her nails - two things I was really nervous about as a new mom! As the baby got older and I continued to recover from birth, I was able to go on short runs while Erica stayed with the baby, which really allowed me to start to feel like myself again. In addition to much needed help with dishes, laundry, and preparing meals, I found the time spent talking to Erica about things going on with the baby or breastfeeding were incredibly helpful. As a new mom, you have so many questions and I loved having someone experienced to figure out what is "normal" or not. Whenever I was with my new mom friends, I always found myself saying "That's okay, Erica said that's typical for this age..."
It was also very calming to me leading up to the birth of our daughter to know that I was going to have someone to help me while I was home by myself with the baby. Until you have a newborn, you do not realize how much it is completely worth the cost to have a few hours to yourself, have someone to ask all your questions to, and help with all the chores that you would never get to. I certainly would not have been able to keep my sanity during maternity leave without Erica's support and I now recommend post-partum support to everyone!
Erica was our postpartum doula after my second pregnancy. My first postpartum was incredibly difficult and isolating, so I knew that the help would be most welcome! It's amazing to me that though I had been through this experience before, there was still so much to learn! In the six years between births many new tips and tricks and understandings of what's happening with baby and mama during those early weeks.
But here's the good news: Erica knew all that information - the developmental info, how to swaddle effectively, best way to carry a newborn in a wrap, checking our breastfeeding positions and minor problems - she was all-around such a big help and comfort. And it was so reassuring to know that there was this one person, once a week, who was ready to discuss everything about my baby and how I was doing. Even with a supportive spouse, even with a good support network of friends and family, this touch point of connection each week with Erica made a HUGE difference in my recovery, both physical and emotional.
I am so grateful for the support she provided, and so glad that I had the moderate foresight to have a postpartum doula to help through the challenging first few weeks and months!
I found Erica when my first born was 1 week old as a recommendation from another doula. I was struggling with feeling overwhelmed and not bonding with my baby in the way I anticipated. The first time Erica came over, she sat with me and listened quietly, patiently, and empathetically while I cried and responded in the most caring and gentle way. Erica helped in more ways than I knew she could and in ways I didn't know I needed. As a first time mom, navigating the waters of new motherhood was frightening and exhausting. She was able to help me find my footing and a new confidence. She would take my daughter and help with laundry and cleaning while I took much-needed naps or some time alone to read a book. She taught me how to use a wrap carrier and showed me the best ways to soothe my baby. We had a very difficult start to breastfeeding, and Erica gave me hands-on help with latch and positioning. Even outside of the hours she spent with me at my house, she was always available quickly through e-mail and text, and her availability was always accomodating. My daughter is now 9 months old and she is still readily available for my many questions as the months have gone by and new bumps in the road have arisen. She helped me find a group of moms to connect with outside the house, and find support groups when I needed them. Even more than the hands-on help and wealth of information, Erica's calm energy was infectious. Times when I was exhausted or overwhelmed, her calming and gentle energy was felt by both me and my daughter. I have and will continue to highly recommend Erica to any mom, both new and experienced.
Erica was my postpartum doula for 8 weeks following the birth of my daughter in February 2014. This was my first child. I had interviewed both labor & delivery and postpartum doulas, but could not afford both. I decided that, whereas labor & delivery terrified me, the postpartum situation was even scarier. I have well meaning family around, but really, the 4th trimester is all mom and baby. And frankly, having my mother or mother in law help out was almost more stressful to me than just going it alone. They are lovely but I needed an objective, non-relative to help me get over the hump.
Erica always was on time and courteous. She had suggestions for me but offered them in a non-judgy way. I was an emotional, Percoset-addled wreck (I had an emergency C-section), with bad hair and the most ridiculous questions. But if she was horrified by me, she didn't let on. She came two days a week for three hours and during those hours I would a.) hand her the baby, b.) take a shower, c.) retreat to my bedroom with a sandwich that she had just somehow made me while watching my daughter, d.) watch a few minutes of House of Cards, then e.) fall asleep.
It was glorious.
She also would do light housework like dishes and laundry. I didn't ask her to do much in the way of housework though. It seemed like too much to manage, and I'm particular about things. Honestly, the mere act of explaining what I wanted done cut into my precious nap time, which was way more important.
In addition to simply giving me a break, Erica would answer my ridiculous questions and show me some tips and tricks. Swaddling, breastfeeding, putting my hand on the baby's head to get her to go to sleep, the right way to wear a sling, etc. She also brought me cold medicine when I was sick, and I think hung out with my very neglected cats.
She's kept in touch throughout this last year, which means a lot. I highly recommend her.
Erica was wonderful to work with. She was professional,compassionate, and very knowledgable. She provided support not only to myself but the entire family. I am so grateful to have had her help during that very important time and highly recommend her to anyone seeking a doula.
Erica was a great addition to our family dynamic. She is caring and very supportive. She was very helpful in nurturing us. She helped with light chores to help keep my house in order and reduce my stress, she helped to keep me hydrated by making sure I always had water, she helped make sure I had lots of snacks to keep up my energy, and she even joined me for walks or jogs as a encouragement. She was also great with my littl one. She took care of him when I needed a shower, a nap, or just a break. I would gladly recommend Erica to someone for help.
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