ERIKA DAVIS DOULA & EDUCATOR

My name is Erika Davis. I am a Tacoma based doula with a focus on labor and postpartum. I’m also a childbirth educator and have been trained as a yoga instructor. I’m a transplant from Brooklyn, NY where I completed my training with Ancient Song Doula Services, an organization focused on training women of color as doulas and making doulas available to parents who may not have considered them before. I spent the first two years of my doula business working with Black and POC families and continue to make myself an advocate for Black birthing people.

I offer the families I work with an unbiased and listening ear. I hold space for their biggest fears and deepest anxieties and worries. In short, I will hold space for you to be 100% you. I cannot empower you, but what I can do is uplift you, validate your thoughts and feelings, and challenge you to find your own power. My role as your doula is to be a guide and it is my honor to witness the birth of your baby and your rebirth as a parent.

I have experience working with single parents-to-be, parents over 40, and partnered couples. I also have experience working within the queer community, with gender nonconforming and transgender birthing people, within communities of color, for birthing people for whom English is their second language, and undocumented citizens. I am passionate about birth education for all, including those who may feel they are not adequately represented by traditional birthing services. I aim to establish and maintain safety throughout our work together, and I fully support Black families, people of color, LGBTQIA families and individuals, single people, and couples during each stage of pregnancy. I also have knowledge and experience supporting culturally-specific birth practices of observant Jewish and Muslim families.

If you are a Black birthing person who would like to access my service, please reach out for a free consultation.

If you are a white person who would like to help fund accessibility of this work for Black folks, please know that you can make a contribution to my fund via Venmo at @erika-davis-22 or on Paypal at paypal.me/wholebodypregnancy. By contributing to this fund you allow me to serve Black families while also being able to allow me to get paid for my work in the Black community.

CURIOUS? Here are a few Q & A.

Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?

When I'm not doing birth work you can find me in the spring and summer months working in my front yard garden with my wife or at a local Tacoma yoga studio taking classes. I’ve recently been making pottery and sewing my own clothing. I'm obsessed with cooking, which makes the gardening come in handy, and we feel really lucky to open our home to friends and family one Friday night a month for Shabbat dinner.

"Amity was a gentle, knowledgeable and caring facilitator."
- Joshua, first time dad

TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS

  • Full Spectrum Doula Training, Ancient Song Doula Services, Brooklyn, NY, 2013
  • Childbirth Education Training, Bastyr, Seattle, WA, 2016
  • 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training, 8 Limbs Yoga Center, Seattle, WA, 2016
  • Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, 8 Limbs Yoga Center, Seattle, WA, 2017
  • Childbirth Mentor Program, Birthing From Within, Portland, OR, 2017
  • Postpartum Doula Training, Bastyr, Seattle, WA, 2017
  • Member - Evidence-based Birth Professional, 2018
  • Birthing From Within Member (ongoing online training program), 2018
  • Layla B. "Reclaiming the Postpartum" 5-Day Training, 2019
  • Innate Traditions Postpartum Care Training (February), 2020
  • Grandma’s Hands Pregnancy and Postpartum Herb Nutrition (February), 2020
  • BADT Full Spectrum Doula Training, 2020
  • BADT Childbirth Education Training, 2020
  • Steamy Chick Yoni Steaming Training, 2020

IN THE MEDIA:

  • My work was recently featured on NPR's Next Generation Radio.