Phone: (917) 568-9840
Birth Fee: $300 to $500
Postpartum Rate: $50 to $65
Fee Details: sliding scale and payment plans available
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 80 families served
Clients per Month: 1 births and 1 to 3 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Brooklyn, NY
I was connected with Erica Livingston from my birth doula several months before I gave birth. After our first intereaction on the phone, I felt that she was definitely going to be a welcome addition to my labor and post partum team. I wasn't sure I needed a postpartum doula or not, and then I realized the emaional support was missing surrounding my first childbirth. Erica was easy to talk to and listened to all of my concerns and worries surrounding the birth of my daughter. She made sure we had a plan of what she could provide postpartum and then created a open word document for me to add anything I thought I might need. I felt completely supported emotionaly and trusted her suggestions through out our time together. I never felt judged or pressured by her, She was simply there to take care of me and make sure I had a support structure once she was gone. She was sweet and funny and easy going and I would reccomend her to any of my close friends who are expectig a baby.
Erica is one of the coziest people I have ever met. I immediately felt safe with her. We initially met because she performed a beautiful mother blessing for me and my husband a few weeks before our daughter was born. I had experienced a tremendous amount of anxiety and fear leading up to the birth but her thoughtful and beautiful ceremony was a soothing balm to my psyche and allowed me to really open up and welcome the experience of birth. The woman is MYSTICAL.
We decided to hire her for our postpartum doula and she was amazing. She was present and kind and helped us learn how to navigate our world with our new baby. She taught us how to babywear, brought me bone broth and delicious teas, and was a sympathetic and compassionate listener. When I was stuggling with breastfeeding, she facetimed with me and helped me get a better latch. She is also very very funny! And that is always a good thing I felt very taken care of working with her. I would recommend her to anyone, but especially to those who are sensitive and need a little extra TLC.
Erica was gentle, present and wise in her support of my transition into motherhood. With lightness and humor she helped change the energy in our house when lack of sleep and the fear of how to care for a newborn seemed overwhelming to me and my partner.
Her knowledge in providing physical comfort for my healing body was key in helping me process my birth so I could relax and get much needed sleep. Education and support with breastfeeding, belly binding and baby wearing were tangible skills that were literal game changers.
I can't even begin to touch on my gratitude for the emotional care she provided. Becoming a mother can feel isolating and lonely. Through Erica's help I was able to find space to feel more like myself and laugh and smile through this journey.
Erica is an exceptional person and the best postpartum doula you could ask for. She has a ton of knowledge and experience and she was so supportive and reassuring from the moment I spoke with her. She added so much value to the entire postpartum experience and it's not only because she helped cook for us and clean and care for our baby but she had so much great advice and wisdom to offer. She was also a huge support during the initial few weeks of breastfeeding.I'd highly recommend hiring a postpartum doula and I'd highly suggest Erica.
We asked Erica of Birdsong Brooklyn to be our postpartum doula before we even chose a birth doula. Her generous spirit and caring demeanor shone so brightly and there was an immediate connection. It is hands down the best decision we've made throughout this birth experience. We had an awesome chat before our daughter's birth and immediately felt supported and less nervous. Erica came over the day we brought the baby home and laid down some serious knowledge and mama wisdom that kept us sane in those challenging early days. She has this way of generating confidence in you that you never knew was there. Her heartfelt compassion and empathy, as well as her unequivocal acceptance of all parental styles and whims, made us infinitely more comfortable as we embarked on this crazy journey of parenthood. I wish every new parent had the opportunity to feel as loved and supported as we did thanks to Birdsong.
Erica came to us about 3 weeks postpartum and she was a breath of fresh air and a soothing presence. I wish we had called her sooner! We were having some serious struggles with breastfeeding and she helped me with suggestions and ways to stay focused and bond with my baby. She really supported us as we were navigating those challenging first few weeks. We are so grateful that she was able to be there to help us through.
Erica was an exceptional doula. She worked with my wife and I in the fall of 2014 for several weeks in Manhattan. She was caring, knowledgeable, punctual, reliable and a huge help to us during the first few weeks with our daughter. I offer my highest possible recommendation for Erica and anyone who is considering working with her.
I gave birth to twin girls last fall and Erica was an essential part of my post-partum recovery. Her presence is calm and centered; I felt so cared for during both our planning and post-partum visits. On one occasion she was able to wear one of my girls and clean the entire kitchen while the rest of us napped! Erica is a beautiful spirit with so much love and support to provide. I highly recommend meeting her for yourself.
I worked with Erica during my difficult postpartum period, recovering from an emergency c-section with complications and coping with all the challenges and emotions that come up with the birth of a child. Erica was compassionate, caring, and willing to do whatever she could to support me, whether it was demonstrating babywearing techniques, soothing my baby to give me a rest, taking care of a few chores, or just talking about the craziness of being a new mom--something she knows about firsthand. She has a great sense of humor and such an open demeanor that I felt an immediate rapport with her. She helped me put my experience in perspective, relieved some of my anxiety, and helped me build up confidence in caring for my son. I'd highly recommend her as a postpartum doula.
I couldn't believe there was people like Erica out there. After giving birth to my son Liveon I was feeling beat up and had no idea how or if I would ever feel normal again. Erica came to me and spent 4 hrs of her time as a mother with out asking for anything in return.
She confort me- talked to me about everything and reassured me I was doing great.
Gave me foot massage left me amazing creams - made me a sit bath, left it for me to continue using... The list goes on and on.
My experience with Erica was absolutely the best... She was like an angel sent from heaven. I felt humbled and greatful.
I believe what you give you will recive ... So to you Erica- May you have everything you wish for! You deserve it.
Fairy tales and myths often have a fairy godmother or Virgil-type who guide the hero through the most desperate of times. Erica played that role during my entrance to motherhood. There was food, there was cleaning, there was practical help, there was nurture, there was an amazing foot-rub that I am still deeply grateful for. All of this was necessary because I was breastfeeding around the clock, quite sleepless, recovering, unable to fix myself a snack, incapable of anything except holding my tiny son against my skin and feeding him. Erica enabled me to give my son the primal attention he needed during those early days. I was, for a time, freed from mundane tasks like prepping snacks and giant challenges like figuring it all out. While I might, in other circumstances, feel self-conscious about accepting help, accepting foot-rubs, accepting someone in my kitchen, I felt, simply, good. Erica is generous of spirit, has more than her share of wisdom, is empathetic and understanding and I luxuriated in these traits when I needed them most.
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