"Our birth experiences as women shape us and it is something we carry deep in our hearts for most of our lives. To have a child's mother loved, safe and nurtured while she is giving birth is the greatest gift you can give to an unborn child."
- Erica Falk
Mother, Certified Doula, Midwifery Assistant, Massage Therapist and Traditional Postpartum Healer
Thanks for stopping by. My name is Erica Falk; I have been a birth doula in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2001 and have had the great honor of attending hundreds of births in the area. I lovingly serve the Peninsula, San Francisco, and South Bay Areas.(San Mateo, San Bruno, Burlingame, Redwood City, Menlo park, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Cruz and surrounding areas.)
In 1990 I became a Certified Massage Therapist at Heartwood Institute in Garberville, CA. Afterwards, I began my practice in the holistic field as a Massage Therapist in San Francisco. In 1999 I received additional certification from World School of Massage and Advanced Healing Arts in Swedish, Deep Tissue and Vibrational modalities.
In 2001 I was certified as a birth doula at Natural Resources in San Francisco and soon after became certified in prenatal massage at The Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto. In April 2009, I began working as a volunteer in the Doula Program at San Francisco General Hospital. I am so grateful for this experience, as I had the opportunity to participate and assist with a variety of diverse births, and the challenges they presented. My volunteer work has played a vital and invaluable role in broadening my knowledge and shaping my expertise, and has been one of the most fulfilling and defining experiences in my life.
In March 2010, I completed the Midwifery Assistant Workshop at The Farm in Tennessee, and was certified under the instruction of renowned midwife and birth activist Ina May Gaskin. The workshop focused on breastfeeding and bonding, cultural differences in childbirth, position, station and engagement of baby, anatomy and physiology of female reproduction, blood pressure, oxygen set-up and use and neonatal resuscitation.
I have been practicing and providing my services for more than 25 years in the Bay Area and surrounding Peninsula and am proud to be a part of a community of doulas and midwives who are "changing the world one birth at a time."