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My name is Erica Manto Paulson.  I am a certified doula, a certified childbirth educator, certified midwife assistant, and a faculty member of CAPPA International's Labor Doula trainers. 

I am the founder of The Doula School and owner of Nurture, a perinatal wellness center located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

My Story

The Doula School is the professional training devision of Nurture, a perinatal women's wellness center in Cincinnati.  Over my 17 years as a doula and educator, I have served over 1000 families, and I'm still going strong! As a doula trainer, I am committed to raising professional standards in the field by training new doulas who are committed to improving maternal/fetal outcomes for childbearing families in Ohio and throughout the world.


My credentials are as a CAPPA (Childbirth And Postpartum Professional Association) certified labor doula and CAPPA faculty Labor Doula trainer; certified childbirth educator, and Birth Arts International certified midwife assistant.  I am waterbirth credentialed, CPR and NRP certified.


I am a professional member of CAPPA, DONA, Birth Arts International, and the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH).   I have held board positions with the Cincinnati Area Doula Society, the Buckeye Birth Coalition, the Dayton chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, and the Dayton Area Labor Support.


I am the founder of Nurture (, a perinatal women's center in Cincinnati that serves as a training headquarters for labor doulas as well as home base for doula services and other perinatal support she offers to mothers and babies.   


I am also a published poet, author, and speaker with a specific focus in her work towards motherhood and birth.  I gratefully hold the title of 2022 Ohio Poet of the Year.


If you have any questions or need any further information, please don't hesitate to reach out.  Getting you off on the right path in your doula career is one of my favorite parts of working with new doulas in the field.  Ohio needs more good doulas!  I hope you will become one of them.

View my professional CAPPA bio here


I'm always looking for new opportunities to build bridges within the perinatal field and increase support options for childbearing women. Let's connect.


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