Sherri Morris and Christine Herrera, Doula Connection of Central New York
On this episode of Working: Syracuse, we chat with doulas Sherri Morris and Christine Herrera. They started working together in 2016 after meeting each other within the Doula Connection of Central New York, a collection of six doulas who offer everything from birth to postpartum, antepartum, and breastfeeding support along with childbirth education, placenta encapsulation, and prenatal yoga. After meeting, the two women realized the long hours required of the job would be better tackled together, and they created a collaboration that delivers much satisfaction even as it demands time sacrifices because of the intensity — and unpredictability — of pregnancy.

Morris and Herrera travel to different homes in the area to meet with expecting mothers looking to gain confidence and encouragement through one of the most remarkable moments in a woman's life. By creating a personal connection with their clients, the two women develop an understanding of each mother's needs and alleviate those mothers' fears about birth by listening, researching, and advising. In fact, one of the biggest parts of the job is staying up to date on the latest medical information and studies related to pregnancy and labor. For example, a recent study from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists prompted the revision of guidelines for postpartum care, calling for earlier and more frequent check-ups. Morris and Herrera work to stay on top of the medical literature and adjust rapidly to ensure their clients understand and follow best practices.