Star Babies & Love letters
Nikki & Ishvara
From the minute I met Erin I knew she was "the one"
And "the one" isn't easy to find. The woman who is gonna help you birth for the fourth time has gotta have that special something. And believe me Erin Ryan has got it! That perfect balance of empathy, strength, experience and knowledge that a woman needs when she is labouring a long, hard labour with her older kids running around. At our first meeting I explained to Erin that as well as pushing out my baby naturally, at home and surrounded by 3 older siblings, Dad and a dog, I was hoping to finally manage to breast feed. Three previous failures to breastfeed had left me devastated and apprehensive to have another baby. Erin was the first health professional to ever help me accept that maybe I did have an issue with low milk supply and rather than beat myself up about this and end up losing my supply, perhaps accepting this and maintaining the supply I could continue to breast feed. With Erin's ongoing help and support we managed to do this!
Her presence at the birth of baby Ishvara exceeded all our expectations, we had not anticipated that Ishvara would need such a long time to meet the world...this long labour could have been stressful for the older siblings had Erin not delicately kept the balance and held the space within our family unit. The way she orchestrated each sibling, giving them a role in their sister's birth is something that will ripple though our lives forever. I am convinced that lack of jealousy and smoothness with which she was accepted by her older siblings was due to Erin's skill and confidence at including them all in the process.
Mia and Ziggy
Erin is pure love. Leading up to the birth she was amazing and always made time for us with her calm, loving and professional presence. So when the birth day came we knew I was in very safe, competent hands. I had a wonderful uncomplicated homebirth and Erin was there to help guide and encourage our little one into the world. Being surrounded by such amazing, nurturing and loving energy during the birth made all the difference. I could completely let go and focus on giving birth knowing I was totally taken care of.
I wanted to send you an email simply to say Thank You.
Mille Merci means a thousand Thank Yous, and it would not be enough to tell you how grateful we are that you worked with us for Jade's birth.
The whole experience wouldn't have been the same without your lead... It was a tough one for the first 24h, but your constant presence and advice meant a lot. You reassured us all the way and I am glad we decided to give it one more chance to have Jade naturally in the water...
It was a wonderful experience and this is thanks to you.
You are a wonderful person & you have a great heart, it seems you were born to be a midwife :)
From the heart
I only wish that every woman could have Erin by their side for their journey into motherhood. She has all the time in the world for you, your partner and all your questions, you are loved and thought about at every point. Her connection from the heart fills you with confidence and love, her knowledge and experience gives you the freedom to conquer your fears and feel safe. I loved my water birth and entire pregnancy and can attribute that to the undivided support, care and guidance i received leading up to my birth and beyond. The day was beautiful and powerful and Erin was a big part of that, she empowered me to believe in myself and the internal strength and innate wisdoms that we all carry with in us.
We all just need an Erin to remind us…
Jessica & Jagwa