Erika Gagnon

About Erika Gagnon

HeadshotMy name is Erika Gagnon and I am a postpartum doula trained by DONA International. I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and registered nurse. I started my career at The Elliot (Manchester, NH) on their labor and delivery and maternity units for 2 years, followed by 9 years at Dover’s Garrison Women’s Health Center(my second family). I have been interested in exploring this avenue of maternal/child health for a long time. I recently made the decision to open this new chapter and experience another side of supporting moms, babies and their entire family in a nonmedical way.

When I became pregnant with my first baby I felt very confident with the thought of bringing him home as I had a wealth of knowledge in this area as a nurse. Once I left the hospital and the support of the nurses and doctors/midwives, it became real. I was responsible for this tiny human being. Why was he crying? Was I doing something wrong? Was I doing anything right? How do I leave the house with him? How do I breastfeed in public? The questions were endless. I was a bit blindsided by my insecurity as a new mom. I thought I had it all together. I thought I’d be a pro. That feeling of insecurity really opened my eyes to the importance of continued support AFTER your baby enters the world. “The 4th trimester” can be beautiful, transformational, challenging, exhausting, scary, empowering, along with many many more emotions. A focus of mine when working with families will be to recognize those challenging, scary, exhausting times and help support you through them, empowering you with up to date information and compassionate care. And sleep! Because, well, who doesn’t want more sleep?

I live in Rollinsford, NH with my husband, 4 children, 2 cats, 2 flocks of chickens and 3 pigs! When I’m not shuffling all our kids around between school and activities I enjoy knitting, sewing, cooking, baking and I’m recently interested in antiquing! I’ve become a new mom 4 times and after each birth, the dynamics shifted in the family and there were challenges in each phase. There is beauty in each phase even if you have to really squint to see it. I look forward to working with you and your family to make your transition as beautiful and smooth as possible!

Erika Gagnon, RN, IBCLC