Erica Shane CHD, CLC, APPAC
"I cannot say enough things about this wonderfully kind and professional person. Erica came into our family as a healing, nurturing, and calming presence. We were new parents with all the anxiety and naivete that comes with the gig, and it was a huge relief every single time Erica would offer her extensive wisdom, and kind energy, always making sure to build our confidence as Mom and Dad. The thing that makes Erica so special is her heart. She is truly empathic, and cared for me as a new mother, just as much as she was caring for our baby. I cannot imagine he would be as loving and trusting as he is now without her early influence. Erica allowed me to have such a happy early experience with our son, and I will forever be deeply grateful to her"
How it began...
2001 Graduated with a B.A. in Women's Studies/Spanish, University of Arizona, Tucson.
2002 Birth Doula Certification with DONA founder Penny Simkin, Clearwater, Florida.
2002 Rural Health clinic stay in Chilon, Chiapas, Mexico
2005 Certificate in Thai and Balinese Massage, Bali, Indonesia.
2005 Reflexology Certification, Chang Mai, Thailand.
2006 Pregnancy Massage Certification, Mother Massage, Elaine Stillerman, NYC.
2006 Childbirth Mentor Certification program with Birthing from Within founder Pamela England, NYC.
2006 Prenatal Psychology studies for one year with SBGI, Santa Monica, CA.
2007 Professional Midwife Assistant Certification with the Farm founder Ina May Gaskin, Tennessee.
2008 Midwifery Intensive with Traditional midwife Mirna Amaya in Mexico City.
2009 Reiki Master Level certification, Sarasota, Florida.
2009 M.A. studies in Mental Health Counseling, Webster College, Sarasota, Florida.
2010 Postpartum Doula Training, Maternity Wise, NY.
2010 Hypnobirthing Doula Training, New York Awareness Center, NYC.
2011 The Matrona Advanced Holistic Doula Certification, Brooklyn, New York.
2011 10-day Midwifery Intensive with certified and traditional midwife Naoli Vinevar, Veracruz, Mexico.
2011 Home Birth Midwifery Virtual Intensives 101+102 with Midwife Gloria Lemay.
2012 600hr Holistic Midwifery Immersion Program, The Matrona School, Asheville, NC.
2012 AAP/NRP Neonatal Resuscitation Certification, Karen Strange, Newborn Breath, NYC.
2012 Head's Up Breech Birth Conference, Robin Lim, Gloria Lemay, and Ina May Gaskin, Washington, DC.
2013 Volunteer Doula Apprenticeship for 10 weeks at Bumi Sehat birthing center, Bali, Indonesia.
2014 A 3 month Work Abroad Endeavor as a birth and postpartum doula with Expats in Bangkok, Thailand.
2014 CLC (certified Lactation counselor) with Healthy Families, Bronx, NYC.
2016-17 APPA certification studies for Placenta Encapsulation
2016-17 Birth of the New Mom Support groups in Brooklyn
2016 I birthed a baby boy!
2017 I started working remotely with Birth Day Presence NYC as a doula matching coordinator
2017 Birth of the Virtual New Mom Support groups and Doula Mentor Support Groups
2018 Placenta Cert almost completed
"Erica's gentle manner, warm touch, and total commitment to nurturing and supporting me in the trying times after my birth were priceless. She listened and supported unconditionally, and she helped give this new mother the confidence needed to take care of the baby and myself. She sent me great information and inspiring words even after I had stopped having her come in person. I really felt Erica was truly there for me and cared for me with her whole heart. I would and have highly recommended her to others! She is truly a special woman" Elana, Brooklyn
"When the moment finally came for my baby to enter this world you were my principal support, focus, and pillar. You made my birth an unforgettable, beautiful and unique experience. You knew how to calm my pain, my nerves and my insecurities. I don't know how you do it." Jennifer, Queens
"Erica intuitively knew what I needed when I didn't even know myself. From foot rubs to ice packs to mint oil she had tricks up her sleeve that aided me through every phase of my labor. She is calm, attentive, thoughtful and warm. I would recommend her services to anyone thinking about using a doula, in fact I would recommend her to anyone expecting a baby. She helped make my birthing experience stress free and memorable. I wouldn't give birth again without her." Alison, Williamsburg, Brooklyn