I provide daytime support to families as a postpartum doula. My favorite part of the job is breastfeeding education and support, so in 2017 I earned a Certificate as a Lactation Educator Counselor from UCSD. I find that my Masters in Social Work, earned in 2004 from SDSU, enhances the emotional support I provide to clients.
I recently formed a perinatal provider group called Namaste Baby in order to connect my clients with the other services they most frequently ask about. Please request the handbook here.
I live in La Jolla with my son Declan and our dog Cocoa. When I'm not working I'm spending time with my family, going to yoga and dance classes, playing tennis, reading, or walking the dog by the beach.
I recognize and honor:
Each family as unique;
This transitional stage as rich with all emotions;
Your inner wisdom as the best guide;
Authentic connection, open communication, respect and confidentiality;
Evidenced-based care and informed choice;
The present moment as the most important;
And your baby as the center of your world.
Certified Lactation Counselor Educator
Buddhi Yoga, La Jolla 2016
“We had the pleasure of working with Erika for a few months after my twin boys were born. She worked days with us as help to get through the first couple of months as they were very trying for me. One baby is enough of a change to life, but we had twins, I was recovering from a C-section and was going through a pretty rough time emotionally as well. I can’t say enough good things about Erika. She was patient, kind, loving to my boys as well as to my family. She took excellent care of the boys and me! She helped teach me how to bathe them, how to help them when they got a cold their first month, she helped me with breastfeeding tips, and getting them to sleep. Erika talked to them and soothed them and just overall helped make that time so much more enjoyable and peaceful.
For me, she was always making sure I was eating, had what I needed to stay on track with my pumping, and making sure I was ok. She provided helpful information as we adjusted to having two new babies. And overall Erika wanted to make sure everyone was ok. She is just such a nice, warm person and I would highly recommend her for any help you may need whether it’s one baby or multiples. Erika is a great gift to give your family as you transition to parenthood.” Dawn
“I am glad to have had Erika’s help during the first few weeks. Erika gave me a lot of pointers and positive encouragement for nursing. Otherwise, I don’t think I would have had the courage to consistently breastfeed.” Kim
“We had the pleasure of meeting and having Erika help us through the first couple of weeks after having our first daughter. I had had a C-section and was a first-time mom. I was so nervous and scared, and had no idea what to expect. Erika was such a calming presence and was so amazing in every aspect. She helped me become comfortable with breastfeeding and finding the perfect position for both baby and me. She helped me with breathing techniques and helped me find a schedule and routine. Erika is so talented and knowledgeable and has such a gift for what she does. I feel so blessed that we had the pleasure of working with Erika. She provided us with a sense of calm and peace in those first few newborn weeks. She is absolutely priceless!” Jen
Masters in Social Work
Bachelor of Science in Photography
Ithaca College 1994