An Ohio native, Erica Manto Paulson is a graduate from Bowling Green State University and holds a degree in Creative Writing and English Literature. In 2006 Erica certified with DONA International as a doula and started one of Cincinnati's first doula agencies, Nurture, LLC. In 2008 she certified as an Early Lactation Care Specialist through Perinatal Education Associates, a program created by Connie Livingston whose vision for excellence in the field was fundamental in building bridges and setting standards for doulas in education, training, and practice. At that time she became a board member of ICAN of Dayton and the Dayton Area Labor Support (DALS).
In 2009 Erica became a board member of the Cincinnati Area Doula Society (CADS). In 2010 she became the president of CADS and also certified as a HypnoDoula with HypnoBabies. In 2012 she certified as a CAPPA childbirth educator and labor doula.
In 2016 she studied under Barbara Harper of Waterbirth International to become waterbirth credentialed. In 2013 Erica became a faculty member and doula trainer for CAPPA International and enjoyed several years of training many wonderful doulas throughout Ohio before taking a sabbatical between 2018-2020. Erica was also a Birth With Ease hypno-birthing educator at Bethesda North and Christ hospitals with her partner and hypnosis-birthing guru and founder of the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, Sharon Said.
Over the past fifteen years, Erica has helped hundreds of families achieve their goals and rediscover the joys of birthing. Currently Erica co-owns Nurture located in Hyde Park, Cincinnati with her partner and husband, Scott Paulson. Nurture is a prenatal ultrasound spa and massage studio that offers luxury services, classes, and support groups with an emphasis on community and "WHOLE-istic" wellbeing for parents-to-be.
Erica works as a maternity concierge, hypnobirthing educator, and doula, both in and out of hospitals. She is also a certified midwife assistant at the Cincinnati Birth Center. Erica is also a CAPPA labor doula faculty member and Labor Doula trainer.
When she’s not at work, Erica is a poet and active in the literary community. Her work has won several publications. Her most recent book of poetry, “Hunger,” was published by Finishing Line Press in October of 2021.
Erica lives with the love of her life, Scott, and their beautifully blended family of nine.