rooted growth doula care

bio + background

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about erica

Originally from North Carolina, I lived in Ohio, Boston, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Virginia before finding home in Northwest Arkansas. Once upon a time, I was on a totally different career path. A number of family and life challenges, however, helped me see that I wasn't doing what I really felt called to do: care for people, especially women and gender non-conforming people. 

I have an elder friend in Ohio, a woman who has attended many births. I learned about doulas from her way back in my teens, and the idea of becoming one took root in my mind. Many years later, right in the middle of these big life challenges, the stars aligned: a birth doula training appeared at my doorstep in the Appalachian Mountains. I signed up, and I haven't looked back.

I'm now a full-spectrum birth and postpartum doula, as well as a part-time nursing student. I live in Fayetteville with my family, including my two rescue dogs. If I'm not working or in the garden, I'm on a trail somewhere with them.

 

experience + education

Doula Training

Birth Doula & Birth Activist Training           
Stanton, VA | Nov 2016
The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options (toLabor)

Full-Spectrum Doula Training                  
Los Angeles, CA | Oct 2017
LA Doula Project

Birth Doula & Birth Activist Training         
Boston, MA | Nov 2017
The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options (toLabor).

Postpartum Doula Training                                 
Tulsa, OK | Nov 2017
DONA International


Continuing Education

Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders Conference
Richmond, VA | Apr 2017
School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Advocate Training,                              
Distance Learning | Sept 2017
Nneka Hall, PAIL Advocate & Bereavement Specialist.

TRANSITIONS: Becoming a Trans-Affirming Birth Worker  
Distance Learning | Sept 2017
Brotha Doula / Trans Masculine Advocacy Network.

Pre-Nursing Degree Program                                                   
Fayetteville, AR | Aug 2017 – present
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, U of Arkansas