Erika Laquer

Contact Info

Better Beginnings Birth Services
12 Laurel Drive
413 695-3553
Pioneer Valley & Hilltowns, including Easthampton, Northampton, Hadley, Amherst, Williamsburg, Worthington
Erika Laquer

Professional Qualifications

$1800 for Professional Birth Doula and Birth Preparation Package; $400 for Birth Preparation & Education; $40 per hour (day) for Postpartum Doula Care. Payment plans and scholarships are available.
Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Holyoke Medical Center, Home Birth, Mercy Medical Center, Other Hospital, Out-of-Hospital Birth Center
Adoption, Anxiety and Phobias, Birth After Loss, Breastfeeding Support, Elective Cesarean, Homebirth, LGBTQ+ Families, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Special Spiritual/Religious Needs, Teen Parents, Trauma Informed Care, Unmedicated Birth, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, Waterbirth
  • Free initial consultation of 30 minutes
  • Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Doula
  • Birth Education and Preparation¬†
  • Doula package is 3 prenatal visits, continuous presence in active labor and 2 hours after birth, and 2 postpartum visits with constant phone and text availability
  • Support to spouse/partner & family before, during, and after the birth
  • Specialty trainings: Traditional Midwife; Trauma-Informed Care; Complex Pregnancies; Complex Conception/Birth History and Pregnancy; New Born Observation (Brazelton Institute), Rainbow Babies, Pregnancy over 35, and Birthing with anxieties & phobias

I believe that Better Beginnings happen for parents-to-be and their babies when they have time and guidance to gather information and connections. Empowerment about themselves and birth will result in a happier birth experience. Developing a relationship with a doula before labor can facilitate that process. Doula-client relationships flourish in a calm and safe environment, building trust and understanding over time.

I believe that doula support and services should be available for everyone. I can help families find community resources for doula care, and I offer scholarships. By incorporating the best of evidence-based research and alternative care and my experience since 2006, I bring a unique perspective for each of my clients.

Whether this is your first pregnancy or last, I want your memories of this experience to be as close to your dream birth as possible. 

Spanish, French
High Risk Pregnancies,
Erika Laquer