Doulight NYC services are provided by doulas Erin and Emilie. Partnering has allowed us to provide the highest quality of continuous care.
Please note: Erin is currently on maternity leave.
Emilie has availability beginning September 2018. You may contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a certified birth and postpartum doula. (DONA and DTI) as well as a certified lactation counselor (CLC) and a Lamaze certified childbirth educator (LCCE). I am a Hypnobirthing certified doula. Additionally, I have attended workshops for essential oils during pregnancy, labor and baby; Comforting Touch for Birth Workers; Healing Trauma in Birth; and Spinning Babies. I have achieved the 200 hour level yoga certification as well as 85 hour pre and postnatal yoga teacher certification and am a Fit For Birth pre and postnatal corrective exercise specialist.
Originally from Sun Valley, Idaho, I have resided in NYC since 2002, working in the fashion industry. I am an avid yoga practitioner and teach pre and postnatal fitness at FPC (Fit Pregnancy Club). I draw upon this experience often during my work as a doula. The mind/body connection is essential in life and becomes abundantly important in birth and beyond.
I became interested in birth work after hearing birth stories from friends. Several had traumatic birth experiences where they did not feel supported, listened to or informed during the birth process. This didn't sound right to me. I started asking around for more birth stories. I heard some incredible stories of births that were attended by doulas. Like some of you, I had no idea what a doula was so I did some research. I learned about the status of birthing people globally and domestically, in particular among minorities. I also learned that having a non-biased, constant, and supportive person by your side could help reduce unfavorable birth outcomes and increase overall satisfaction of the birth experience.
I believe that birth is an amazing process and you deserve to have the best birth possible. I support all types of births and families, recognizing that this is YOUR birth story, not mine. My goal is to help you experience a memorable birth-day!
I became interested in birth work prior to giving birth to my daughter in 2011. I hired a doula for her birth as I had no family in New York and just felt I wanted to have a woman support my birth along with my husband. In hiring a doula I added to my birth support team someone with a lot of experience in birth both personally and professionally. It was really wonderful to have that continual support at home and hospital as I labored, delivered and met my daughter. Just having a doula there with me was so reassuring. I wound up having a fantastic birth and feeling truly empowered. I then had another baby, a son, two years later. For some reason I foolishly decided I didn't need to hire a doula for his birth. While I was in labor I realized my misstep. We went to the hospital and even though we had preregistered my husband still had to leave labor and delivery to sign off on more paperwork. I was left in the hall 7 centimeters dilated and sure I would die. Ha ha!! If I had had a doula there with me I am sure she would have told me I was in the state I was in because I was so close to delivery. Despite my uncertainty in that moment everything went well. I once again had a fantastic birth, but I just know it would have been great to have had that extra support my doula provided.
Since going through pregnancy, birth and new motherhood I have become a birth addict. I often marvel how amazing we women are who grow humans in our bodies and bring them into the world through birth!! My hope is that I can provide the kind of loving support to mothers that my doula provided me. It really makes for a great entry into motherhood.
In my free time I enjoy baking, knitting, going to yoga and training at the gym. I live in New York City with my husband, two children, a dog and two rabbits.
I am a DONA trained birth doula. I am a certified lactation counselor (CLC). I hold current certification in Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED. I am a certified and registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance at the 500hr level. I have also trained in Thai yoga body work.