Nordic Mama

Erika Torkelson
Birth Doula | Placenta Encapsulation Services

About Erika

About Erika

I live in South Minneapolis with my wonderfully supportive husband, Erik (yep, we have the same name!) and our three beautiful and exuberant boys, Leif, Loki, and Nils. 

I grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from South High School. I attended several different colleges but ultimately completed my course work and undergraudate studies in Photography at Webster Universtiy in St. Louis, MO. I lived outside of MN and away from my family for just over 8 years and when it was time to move home I was thrilled. I had spent far too much time away!


When I moved home I didn't really know what to do with myself or where to start with my photography career so I did the easy thing and took a transfer and continued to work at the same company I had been with in college. It was a fine job. I had great benefits, I was good at my job and it's where I met my husband! Life was not too bad. But after two kiddos and a lot of changes in our lives it just didn't make sense any more. And to be honest, it wasn't very fufilling. For a while I had known I wanted to do something more, but I didn't know what. 


My journey to becoming a doula started with the birth of my first son, although I didn't know it at the time. I had hoped for a beautiful, natural birth. I naively thought, "It's natural childbirth, what's there to know?" Well, when our birth didn't go the way we had hoped, I quickly learned that there was a lot to know, and the little we did know went right out the window when labor started! 


When we found out we were pregnant with our second son, we decided to hire a doula - and get ourselves a lot more information! The experience was transfromative. I turned to my husband in the car on the way home from the hospital and said "I think I want to be a doula." A year later I offically started the journey to becoming a doula and took a DONA International doula training course. I couldn't wait to starting taking clients and attending births, but I knew we were planning on another baby in the following year and was concerned about jumping into this endeavor with a new baby. So I waited. I got my birth world fix by being active with The Childbirth Collective and that helped me through. 


Finally, my youngest son was old enough for me to feel comfortable leaving him and I started taking clients! It was exhilerating! I was thrilled to be doing something I was passionate about. And knowing that what I was doing was making a difference! Sitting bed side with a client and knowing I am exactly where I'm meant to be in the universe is unparalled. I can't imagine doing anything else!

Erika and her husband, Erik

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