Phone: (917) 568-9840
Birth Fee: $1500 to $2000
Postpartum Rate: $65 to $95
Fee Details: sliding scale and payment plans available
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 30 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 200 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 3 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am also a mentor to other doulas and run an ongoing apprenticeship program. I created the curriculum for and teach the Carriage House Birth Postpartum Doula Certification Training.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Brooklyn, NY
Erica is an excellent doula, and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Throughout my pregnancy she was supportive and a great resource for questions I had. She is quite knowledgeable and up to date on with all the latest in childbirth information, which as an RN, I really appreciated.
During the actual labor and delivery, she was simply amazing; she worked so well with my husband and was such a soothing, comforting presence. She was both a physical and emotional support as I cried on her during intense contractions and she had me rest on her shoulders and talked me through it, rubbing my back, using the rebozo, helping position my husband to support me. She helped me move around during labor, using the birth ball, standing, etc which I know helped make the labor go faster. I don’t know that I would have been able to get through labor without pain meds if it hadn’t been for her. Erica is definitely the person you want with you in the labor room, particularly if you want to achieve a natural, unmedicated childbirth.
Erica was amazing! We had a wonderful expierence with Erica during our postpardum journey. She was incredibly professional, and understanding. She provided us with not only emotional and physical support but also a variety of additional resources. Her experience as not only a fellow parent, but as a professional doula was an invaluable to us as first time parents. The days that Erica visted us always felt like a reset for our new family, it was a chance for us to catch our breath, ask questions, and feel reassured that everything was on track. Overall we felt like Erica was there for us as a friend as well as a professional.
Wow! What can I say? Erica was more wonderful than I could imagine. She is so kind and resourceful- like a Care Bear and MacGyver wrapped into one! She is knowledgable about everything from healing teas and tongue tie to baby wearing and breast feeding. She made nourishing meals for me that my toddler daughter even enjoyed! Erica made healing sitz baths for me, answered all my questions in a time of uncertainty, her words were comforting and her touch was much needed as she taught me baby massage and gave soothing foot rubs. Her calm demeanor and sincerity makes her a joy to be around during the pospartum period which would have otherwise been a challenging time.
I can't begin to imagine what we would have done without Erica by our side during the most important day of our lives - labor and delivery. I and my husband having gone through childbirth class and so many resources on the internet about L&D, we felt like we were ready. But now when I look back at my labor day, I know one thing for sure - without Erica we would have been clueless about so many decisions we had to take in those 24 hours. Her warm, loving and caring personality has always been appealing to us since we met her for the first time in a coffee shop in Brooklyn. We knew we would make a great team and indeed we did! Her massages and pain management techniques helped me cope up with my pain and discomfort during labor. She coached my husband on the same during those important hours to make labor bearable for me. Her positivity on every front was uplifting me to keep going and not give up. She helped erase all the fear and negative energy that might have existed within me before labor and brought a sense of safety. She always mentioned postpartum period as the "other side" and I can now see why that is. I feel like a totally different person in my fourth trimester facing new set of challenges and Erica was there to assist us with any questions, doubts we had during that phase while giving us so many invaluable tips and tricks. She made sure we were ready, healthy and all prepped up to care for the newborn but also manage to have fun at the same time. She provided mental and physical support and was a goto person for us for so many things before and after delivery. I would definitely recommend her to any of my friends and relatives expecting a baby.
I didn't exactly know what a postpartum doula was when I first met Erica, or what to really expect, but I can now say working with Erica was maybe the best decision I made in preparing for postpartum. Erica was our guide as my husband and I made the transition to being parents. She became one of our most trusted resources in figuring out how to best care for our daughter and what was best for us and to sort through all the confusing and conflicting information that comes with a newborn. She counseled me through hard times--helping find other resources and taking calls and texts when things were at their roughest. She was an invaluable resource in those early days of breastfeeding while I tried to learn to trust myself as a mother. She nurtured me--made sure I ate, prepared a sitz bath, rubbed my feet, and listened, as I cried when I felt overwhelmed. She gave us instruction on baby care from techniques for wearing our baby to bathing our baby. She reminded my husband and I to take care of ourselves and to create some boundaries so not lose ourselves as individuals. Erica did all of this with love, warmth, humor, and grace and without any judgment. Now, almost three months out--the other side of the fourth trimester and with many of the physical and emotional challenges behind us--all I can do is thank Erica for helping us transform from a couple to a family.
Erica is amazing! My husband and I really appreciated her positive (but not pollyanna-ish) attitude and calming (but fun) presence. She's a great listener, was wonderful with our newborn son, and really helped us address every part of the post-partum period - from reorganizing our bathroom, to breastfeeding and sitz baths, to dealing with my mom. She went above and beyond and was so intuitive and generous. I felt at ease with her and trusted her completely. Can't recommend her highly enough!
Erica was fantastic! My husband and I really appreciated how comfortable she made us feel, the wealth of knowledge and the safe space to discuss concerns and ideas around childbirth. Erica is incredibly empathetic, caring, warm, funny (!), reliable and can keep it cool as a cucumber (which really helps in potentially high stress situations like birth!).
We were planning on a vaginal birth, however due to complications at the very end, we had to go with a scheduled C-section. Erica's pre-natal visit, phone calls and being there for us before/after the C-section were all so helpful to us in navigating all of the decisions and everything going on. I think her presence the day of birth was very very helpful for my husband (I was a bit out of it), but for me the post-partum visit really helped the most. It felt like a much needed counseling/lactation session and really helped to talk to Erica through such a transformative experience.
What we appreciated the most was the Erica was on our side and made sure that we felt empowered in our decisions. Classes, books and the internet are all great (sometimes scary) sources of information, but working with Erica helped us feel less overwhelmed and more confident in our choices!
If a 2nd child is in the cards for us, we would definitely work with Erica again!
As adoptive parents, Erica had worked with the birth mother to our son, and we met her at the hospital during delivery. She was an angel, and so full of deep care during that intense & magical time! But also, she reached out to us and asked if she could come visit us the week after we had brought our son home... as she truly wanted to check in on all of us post-delivery. And WOW, it was the best thing ever in that first week of parenting!!! Particularly as adoptive parents, we discovered we truly needed support in those early days of caring for an infant, as everything was just all so new. And Erica is the most kind, respectful, non-judgemental, loving, and knowledgable human!! We could not have dreamed of a more angelic baby-whisperer to arrive in our home and just help us settle in as new parents!! I could not recommend her more highly - in fact, I am actively connecting her with other folks in the adoption community to urge other new parents to seek Erica out for support. She is truly a gem and a joy.
Erica saved me.
I never thought I’d need a postpartum doula. In fact, I’m not even sure that I knew they existed. But I fell apart after having my son – who spent a month in the NICU. By the time he came home, I was an emotional wreck. I was exhausted. I was confused and scared. And I certainly wasn’t myself.
But as Erica came to my house week after week, I felt like she was slowly putting me back together… piece by piece. She helped me shed all the hospital rules that no longer made sense, and helped me evolve the ones that worked for us. She listened as I cried, and then told me I was doing everything right. She helped me push aside the “advice” that was coming at me from all angles, and helped me hear my own voice and instincts. And, she made me feel like a mom… a happy mom.
She also fed me! Pushing glasses of water and handfuls of nuts as I got more confident and successful in breastfeeding. She whipped up a crockpot full of bone broth to get extra nutrients, showed us how to wear our baby in our slings and wraps, what positions we could try for nighttime feeds that would be more comfortable, and never pushed her own agenda. It was exactly the type of support we needed.
Finally, I had no idea how hard breastfeeding would be. I had to pump to bring in my milk, and to say that I went into overdrive is an understatement. Erica’s breastfeeding and pumping advice not only led to a successful (6 months and counting!) breastfeeding relationship with my son, but it also brought sanity back into my life. I slowed down the pumping, and trusted my supply. And, when I was finally ready to let go of that overdrive, she helped me donate that milk – to the milk bank my son received milk from and a local family who had adopted a baby.
I am so, so thankful for Erica’s support. And, she’s super fun and funny too!
I can't recommend Erica highly enough; the emotional support we received from having her as part of our birth team was literally priceless. I had a very traumatic labor experience with my first baby that ended in a c-section, so I came into this pregnancy extra sensitive and fearful. We planned a homebirth VBAC, and I believed that Erica's experience with two homebirths of her own meant that she would be a great support in that atmosphere.
What I hadn't anticipated were two things:
1. How incredibly valuable our prenatal appointments would be for me in clearing my fear/lingering trauma. If you have any fear, apprehension, anxiety, about your upcoming birth or even about how your family will change with the addition of your new little one, Erica is THE BEST at listening to your fears and helping you turn them into positives. I can't emphasize enough how much she helped me shift my attitude and left me feeling more capable and ready to birth than I had been the whole pregnancy.
2. That my little guy would decide to make his entrance 7 weeks early, thus forcing us into a hospital birth. So we didn't get the homebirth we were dreaming of, but Erica was instrumental in helping to keep me calm during the incredible stress of birthing a preemie and being back in a hospital setting that I was extremely anxious about. My birth went beautifully (yay VBAC!) and baby is healthy now, and Erica helped us through all of it with a clear head and loving, reassuring words. If you want to feel good about yourself right after having a baby, you need Erica there in your labor room telling you how amazing you and your family are. She brought me to tears multiple times with her kindness and love. She brought oils to help the room not smell like a hospital; even the nurses commented how lovely it smelled.
Now I have two little ones and no real need for a doula anymore, but still wish that Erica could doula my life! :)
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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