"Erin has a great sense of humor and is extremely relatable.
She brought a wealth of knowledge about all things 'birth!'" - Sarah, Minneapolis
Owner and Cruise Director
Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE, HBCE)
Certified Lactation Educator (CLE)
Certified Infant Sleep Educator (CISE)
Certified Birth Doula CD(DONA), CLD(CBI), HBCD
Certified Placenta Encapsulator (APPAC)
Welcome! As the proud owner of Flutterby, I have chosen to offer the unique services we do because they just make good sense. Doula care is supported by the evidence. Lamaze® and HypnoBirthing® have shown to help bring great outcomes for moms and babies. Placentas contain all kinds of awesome hormones and nutrients to aid in healing. Home birth is safe for low-risk moms. Babies need to be parented to sleep and parents need to be educated on how to help their baby sleep! Breastfeeding is "natural" but not always easy! My families agree that the education and support I provide is top-notch!
To say I am passionate about all things birth is an understatement. My deepest desire is to help women experience their birth in a fulfilling and anxiety-free way so that they have the best start possible in their parenting journey. I am able to fulfill this passion through labor support and through educating families via Flutterby classes! The bottom line is I trust birth! It is my honor to enter my families' lives during this rite of passage, and nothing gets me more jazzed than seeing the strength and grace of birthing women... And I get to do it on a regular basis! I like to say "I have seen it all." Nothing surprises me about birth. However, no two births are ever the same, which only deepens my own sense of awe surrounding the process. Inside the classroom, my students continually provide me with new insights through their thoughtful questions and our hours of time together.
The births of my two daughters laid the groundwork for my passion. Attending births and feeling the rush of joy and energy that fills the room when new life enters is what keeps me immersed in my work as a doula. It truly is like watching a caterpillar emerge from the chrysalis as a unique and beautiful butterfly each time. I make my home in Richfield, where I myself was born and raised, with my insanely supportive husband and beautiful kiddos. I remember each family I have served and think of them often.
My Deepest Inspiration: As my mother prepared for my birth, she read Dr. LeBoyer's "Birth Without Violence," which encouraged a gentle birth using warm water for baby and a quiet, dimly-lit room. She took care in providing me with a calm entry into the world. She valued the sacredness of birth; she deeply understood the mother-child bond. Flutterby's name and logo are inspired by my mother's love for the beauty of the butterfly - A play on the word, 'Flutterby' symbolizes new life, transformation and rebirth. After my mother passed away in 2011, my work with expectant mothers became a testament to her intuition and gentleness.
DONA Certified Doula
CBI Certified Doula
HypnoBirthing® Certified Educator
Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator
Certified Lactation Educator
Certified Infant Sleep Educator
Trained 'Baby Spinner' (Spinning Babies)
Advanced Comfort Training: Rebozo & TENS
Health Foundations Doula Internship Grad
Woodwinds Volunteer Doula
Childbirth Collective Member
University of St. Thomas - Bachelor of Arts