Testimonials

Explore real stories and testaments to our commitment and expertise, coming from the families we’ve had the privilege to serve. We’re thankful to our clients for choosing Intimate Journey Birth & Wellness as your partner in this extraordinary journey. We look forward to being a part of your own beautiful story.

I don’t have enough words to describe the beauty and magic of Erin and her team. They gave me the strength, confidence and positivity I was looking for after having a C-section with my first child and looking to experience an unmedicated, natural VBAC. So many women go through traumatic experiences during their first births at hospitals and Erin told me throughout my pregnancy – this is my redemption – and it truly was. Erin and team empowered and motivated me the entire way through. You will never meet women more kind and selfless. Thank you Erin, Maria, Lisa and Holly for making my dream come true and helping me bring my baby into this world!

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Allison

Mother, Intimate Journey Client

Our time with Erin and our birth team at Intimate Journey was amazing! We felt at ease immediately with Erin- she has a gentle confidence and is so knowledgeable in all things birth and pregnancy. She truly walked each step of pregnancy with us. As a first time mama, I had lots of questions and concerns, and she addressed them all with patience and we never once felt rushed. I was not just a number or a medical chart. We became like family over our time together, which was so special. My husband and I learned so much, and gained knowledge so we could make the best informed decisions for our family (the decisions were not made for us.) We loved having midwifery students to help support during our journey (special shout out to Maria!) who added to our overall experience. During the birth, Erin and the team never stopped supporting and encouraging me, and also helped my husband in his support of me. They took such good care of us in every single step. We are grateful for Erin, our birth team, and our overall experience with Intimate Journey Birth and Wellness Center.

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Laura

Mother, Intimate Journey Client

“Erin and her birth team are amazing! With their support, I was able to have the best birthing experience I could have hoped for. Intimate Journey Birth and

Wellness Center was able to help me have an empowered birth to my sweet baby boy & hopeful to be able to work with Erin and her birth team in the future.”

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Ashley

Mother, Intimate Journey Client

“There are no words to describe my experience with Erin and her student midwives!
From the first meeting, I knew she was perfect for my journey through pregnancy and birth. Her calm spirit and the way she listened to every question/concern made me feel excited and prepared to go through this life-changing experience.

I always looked forward to seeing her at our appointments and to hear my baby’s heart beat.

Giving birth at the center was everything I wished for/asked for/dreamed of. It was truly an amazing experience and the vibe of the center and the loving nature of Erin and her student midwives made me feel safe and powerful!

Thank you so so much Erin and Lisa for everything❤️❤️❤️”

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Colleen

Mother, Intimate Journey Client

“I am so thankful to have found Erin and Intimate Journey Birth and Wellness Center!

This was my third birth, my first two were under the care of OBs. The care I received from Erin was exceptional! Erin is the only midwife in San Luis Obispo county who excepts CenCal.

Erin is so kind and compassionate and so thorough every step of the way. She took her time with every appointment, making sure any and all questions I had were answered. There was no feeling of being rushed in any prenatal appointment. I never experienced this level of care in an OB office.

Never having experienced an unmedicated birth, Erin was there with me every step of the way. She kept me calm and walked me through the hardest moments. I’m so glad I had Erin as my midwife for my birth.

I am genuinely sad to see our time together come to an end. I highly recommend Erin and her student midwives Lisa and Maria to everyone wanting an unmedicated birth. They truly are amazing!”

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Sheratyn

Mother, Intimate Journey Client

“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience pregnancy, childbirth and the beginning of motherhood with Intimate Journey Birth and Wellness.

From the first time I met Erin, I felt safe and supported and looked forward to every appointment with her. She is kind and compassionate and offers words of wisdom and guidance.

I never once had a doubt in my mind that I was going to have the best birth experience while in Erin’s care. She helped me through some mild pregnancy complications and made it possible for me to have an out of hospital birth.

We are so blessed that Erin (and Maria) came into our lives and allowed our son to have the most beautiful entrance into the world. Thank you Intimate Journey Birth and Wellness.”

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Hannah

Intimate Journey clients

“Home births should not be a thing of the past. I had the best experience and care from beginning to end with my midwife Erin. I felt heard and was given the time of day to have my questions answered. I was also given professional advice regarding my health and well-being. This was the least invasive experience of being pregnant I have ever had. No poking and prodding and a sense of discomfort. If there was a procedure I was unsure of or disagreed with, I had the freedom as a patient/client to say no, and all the risks were told to me so I could make clear decisions. I would recommend Intimate Journey Birth and Wellness to those that desire to have further knowledge about pregnancy, personal health, and to have a peaceful and beautiful birthing experience at home!”
Jessica

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“I had such an amazing experience!!! Erin has such a gentle soul that I immediately knew I wanted her as my midwife. She truly cared about my pregnancy, my health, my baby, my experience, my journey!! I wish I would have had my other 2 this way instead of the hospital. They told me I could listen to my body when the time came. I gravitated towards the birthing tub and it was great!! They were in the background in case I needed anything but really, they allowed me to be in my zone, in tune with myself and focusing on bringing my son into this world. I really loved my experience and it’s something I share proudly (unlike the hospital births). Thank you SO much Erin for helping me through my pregnancy journey and my labor and delivery. I will never forget it or you ?”

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Keisha

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“Erin is an incredibly kind and compassionate person joined with her extensive knowledge and joy for midwifery. I knew right away that I had found the perfect midwife for my journey after our first meeting right after I found out that I was pregnant. As a mom who experiences very difficult pregnancies, Erin was always supportive and went out of her way to support me through a long and difficult pregnancy and birth. Every appointment was thorough and not rushed. The birthing center is intimate and relaxing, which is exactly what I wanted after experiencing the chaos of a hospital birth previously. Our son was born healthy and in an intimate setting, just as I had hoped.

I am so glad that I found Erin and highly recommend her to anyone else expecting!”

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Julianna

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“From the first meeting with Erin at Intimate Journey Birth & Wellness, we felt secure in the calm, confident caring and in-tune presence Erin embodies.

We were delighted by the relaxed and wholistic demeanor of our prenatal check-ins. A stark comparison to the hospital care we were receiving from Kaiser, before we transitioned to Erin for full time care.

Throughout our pregnancy journey Erin and her student midwife performed prenatal care with professionalism and warmth, establishing a strong and comfortable relationship with my wife and myself, setting us up for a wonderful birth experience.

Erin and her team always asked for consent not just with us but with our newly born baby, embodying a deep respect for my wife and babies bodies that left us feeling empowered and confident in the choices and decisions we were faced with along the way.

The birth itself was an exciting and meaningful experience. The birth center was comfortable and set up exactly in-line with our communicated expectations. Erin guided Kendra (my wife) with relaxed confidence, there was no urgency or fear ever introduced into the birthing space.

We were delighted that our daughter was born into an environment surrounded by the attentive love and care of Erin, her student midwife and our Doula. We would absolutely choose this same team all over again.”

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Kenda & Peter

Mother & Father, Intimate Journey clients

When I stumbled upon Erin and her practice on a Google search I knew the Lord sent her to me and my baby. We needed to use a Cen-Cal provider for this birth and I wasn’t keen on the idea of an OB after having had the care of both OB’s and Midwives for my past pregnancies. I called her right away and after the first call I knew it was a match made in heaven. Erin is extremely compassionate and we always felt like we were receiving the best of care. Erin was very professional and it was very clear that she was knowledgeable and experienced in her field. She led me through my labor with such special care and I felt as though she was member of my Family. We would have Erin as our Midwife again without a doubt.

”She was great! she was very nice and respectful. She was very comfortable to be around. I love how she was so smiley and laughy and helpful.” – Reagan Age 7

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The Gutierrez Family

Family, Intimate Journey clients

First of all, I would like to say thank you for both a healthy and safe delivery of our baby boy (child No.2). Several years ago, our first child was born approximately two weeks before all of the Covid-19 regulations started. After all the stress of the hospital setting (plus excessive medical billing) we decided as a family if our child was healthy this time around to bypass the hospital all together and get back to the basics of childbirth.

For all those reading this review, please understand that we as a family are not opposed to hospital delivery under certain conditions (i.e. first time parent, prior medical complications or a potential abnormal delivery) as this environment has an important place in our community in providing access to quality medical care. For those who choose this option, we stand behind your decision and thank you for having the courage to stand up and bring a new life into this world. Thank you.

With that being said, women have been having children for essentially thousands of years without all of the modern medications (plus excessive insurance billing) and for those parents who want to get back to the basics, I would recommend taking the challenge.

For all you prospective Dads out there, here is my advice. First, don’t sit on the sidelines. It takes both parents to bring life into this world, so take the initiative to get involved in the delivery process. If your wife wants to have a water delivery, then glove up and get in the game and provide support where you can.

And for all of the prospective moms out there, if you are still taking the time to read along with this review, thank you for doing so. Your husband (or partner) wants to have an active role in the delivery process. Have a game plan ahead of time and be flexible when you need to do so so that he (your partner) can be incorporated in the birthing process.

It is my evaluation that the staff of Intimate Journey are both qualified and are more than willing to assist both of you in creating a safe and spiritually well rounded environment for the birth of your child. If you’re on the fence at this time about giving them the option, hopefully my feedback will resonate and provide some sound direction.”

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Jason

Father, Intimate Journey client

“I found out I was pregnant with our second baby after recently moving to SLO from San Diego. Ironically, our first baby was born at the same center where Erin had also recently moved from. It seemed like it was meant to be when I called her and found this out. Upon meeting Erin I instantly knew I wanted her to be our midwife. Not only did I get to see the start of her birth center but I also got to see how much work, effort, and love she has put into it over the last nine months. It’s the most welcoming and serene center to give birth to your baby. There’s a sort of peacefulness you feel just walking in, my husband says the same. Aside from the center, Erin herself couldn’t have been more educating, friendly, and most importantly calm during my care and labor. With any anxiety I had during my pregnancy she was always ready to help me through it. Erin was there every step of the way, with her knowledge and kindness making sure the decisions being made were what we truly wanted. We are so overwhelmingly blessed to have had her as our midwife❤️”

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Keira

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“I remember finding out I was pregnant in December 2021, I knew I wanted a midwife and I wanted to do a natural birth. I did my searching around until I found Erin’s location in Arroyo Grande. I remember meeting her for the first time and it was an instant click! Sadly heading into January 2022 I ended up having a miscarriage…couple months had passed by since the miscarriage and we found out we were pregnant again with our rainbow baby! I called Erin right away. I was so nervous we were going to lose this baby as well, I did everything I could to hold this little bean close. Erin was right there every step reassuring me and helping me out on what I can do to help my body carry this baby to term! Well it happened and now I have one kick ass birth story to tell! We welcomed our baby girl into this world January 24, 2023! Erin you are one amazing person and I am so glad I have met someone like you! You made me feel more like myself but also a mother I was meant to be, I feel as if I was reborn with our daughter and I thank you so much for being there every step of the way with us. ?”

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Irene

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“I will forever be so grateful that I came across Erin’s website when looking for a midwife.

I’m a first time mom who was already over halfway through my pregnancy and already had a midwife through a traditional OBGYN office. I had just found out I wouldn’t be guaranteed to have my own midwife at my birth (which would have been in a hospital) and I wouldn’t have the option for a water birth. Well before I became pregnant I knew I didn’t want to have to comply to all the normal hospital birth procedures and would love to have a natural, unmediated water birth.

After that appointment I decided again to look around for a midwife/birthing center near me to have the birth I really wanted. I came across Erin’s website and spent over an hour going through it and reading practically every review she had and it all sounded exactly like what I wanted for my first birth.

As soon as I walked into her birthing center I knew I found what I wanted. After talking to her for an hour for just a consultation both my partner and I knew this was the path we were going to take. At around 6 months pregnant I switched over my care to her and will forever be grateful I did! Every appointment we’d be greeted by a hug, warm smile and asked if we wanted tea or water. Erin would give us all the time we needed each time which would usually be over an hour! She always made us feel so welcomed and comfortable, helped inform us on anything we weren’t well informed on already, and always gave her honest thoughts which really helped us know we could trust her.

When it came to the big day Erin was there every step of the way helping guide and comfort us through our entire journey. I was so happy with my birth. We were able to be in the comfort of our own home practically the entire time I was in labor and when the time came, being at the birthing center was just as comfortable. I am so happy to have had the birth I envisioned and would recommend to any pregnant woman this route, especially with Erin by your side. :)”

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Fawn

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“LOVED my experience with Erin. I had 3 in-hospital births before my home delivery with Erin, and I wish I could go back and have all my babies with her. She made the process so personal and we never felt uncomfortable or pressured to do anything. An amazing experience that I wish all women could experience. Highly recommend Erin!”

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Heather

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“I found out I was pregnant when I had just turned 20, I went and got an OB but didn’t get treated how I should of, once I walked out of a visit crying I knew I needed a change to be able to enjoy my pregnancy! I knew I wanted a midwife but had no idea how I’d afford it, or if I’d be able to go the natural way. Then I found Erin at Intimate Journey Birth & Wellness. A place for everyone to be able to experience natural birth! I love how from the start I felt settled finally in my pregnancy! She opened my eyes in so many ways, the prenatal care was everything I wanted and more. She’s not only a midwife but a teacher, I learned so much about my body that I needed to know that I now get to share!

When it came to my birth, because of her care I love sharing my birth story! It was too amazing and so empowering not to! Crazy enough I’d do it again and again. From each contraction to each push Erin was there and telling me that I could do it! The adrenaline that I got while birthing my baby girl was something that I’ll never forget. Erin made sure that my partner was included throughout the whole birth, she also knew it was important to me to be able to have my mom. When my baby was being stubborn she knew exactly what needed to be done to be able to get my baby out. Erin is fantastic at her job she is sent from above! Any expecting mama, I always refer Erin and will be in contact for my future births!”

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Hannah

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“Erin is absolutely wonderful. From the very beginning she has always made us feel comfortable, safe, and validated. And for being first time parents, that was so important to us. We would have so many questions and concerns throughout our journey and Erin really made a point to make us feel heard and acknowledged – no matter how silly our worries seemed. At each appointment, Erin and her assistant Caitlin would talk with us as if we were old friends catching up. We never felt rushed nor dismissed, and we always left with a confident sense of reassurance. It felt like I was her only client because of her attentiveness and care during my entire pregnancy and birth.

Erin Ashley is the epitome of Intimate Journey. I could go on and on about all of the great things she has done for us. But what truly made a difference, was her genuine and authentic nature. You can’t replicate that kind of character. I had an amazing experience with Erin and I would choose her again and again for all of my babies!”

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Madison

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“Thank you so much for taking care of my daughter, her husband, and their new baby girl. You are magnificent….REALLY! The atmosphere of her home birth changed immediately upon your arrival… your calming voice and demeanor are not something you can learn, it is God given.. thank you Erin for your tender loving care, your encouraging and kind words and your expertise. You’re amazing! ”

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Heather & Family

Family, Intimate Journey clients

“Erin is an absolute angel! I was late in my pregnancy to contact her after getting my OB care that seemed impersonal. From the second I met Erin, I knew I had made the right choice and she would help deliver my baby. Erin is calm and considerate. She gives information and lets you decide on what you’d like to do. I never felt persuaded or forced to make a decision. She went beyond to help my baby spin when he was breech. She respected my vision and was there when I needed her the most during labor. My pregnancy and the birth of my baby was such a positive experience because of Erin and Caitlin. My baby now has bonus aunties and I’m so grateful for Intimate Journey.”

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Amber

Mother, Intimate Journey client

My experience with Erin at the Intimate Journey Birth and Wellness Center was wonderful! I am new to the area and was privileged to learn of Erin and her birth center the week she opened. She warmly welcomed me into her care even though I was just 3 weeks from my due date. This was my 6th pregnancy and my first time having the care of a midwife. Such an incredible difference from what I experienced with OBGYNs in the past! Erin provides such personal care. She welcomed my whole family and gave us all the time we needed during appointments to ask questions…she never made us feel rushed. I had some uncertainties about having this baby at a birth center because my previous labors had all been long and ended in exhaustion and intervention. Erin was confident and assuring and gave me tools to help me prepare physically and mentally for the birth. When labor day arrived and I walked into the birth center, there was such a presence of calm. There was peaceful music playing that was inviting. Having my baby at Intimate Journey Birth and Wellness was my best labor experience ever – By far! No interventions and poking and prodding like I had experienced in the past at hospitals…just a relaxed environment like it should be for birth. Erin was gentle in coaching me during labor…just like she had been at the prenatal appointments. She was confident and professional. Even when I heard her “serious voice” with directives during the final pushing phase, where the cord was around baby’s neck, she still had such a calm demeanor. She is very knowledgeable. She kept me comfortable and knew when to let my body labor on its own and when to help. Her assistant, Vanessa, was also such a delightful support to have in the room. I didn’t open my eyes much during labor but the few times I did, Vanessa’s smile and gentle coaching was like a breath of fresh air. I am so blessed to have been able to have a water birth (which was a dream come true!) at this location, surrounded by family and gentle supporters.

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Katie

Mother, Intimate Journey client

Erin was such an amazing support throughout my pregnancy and postpartum! Not only was she resourceful and educated us along the way, the care she provided was always above and beyond the call of duty. Her loving and kind spirit helped us feel a true sense of peacefulness and empowerment. We always felt safe and confident in the care we were receiving and appreciated the long appointments that were never rushed at all. So loved getting to know Caitlin and Ashley as well! Thank you ALL from the bottom of our hearts, you are all so special and gifted at what you do. We feel so thankful for the Intimate Journey ladies and are truly happy we found you?

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Maddie

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“I have known Erin Ashley for several years. She is one of the most responsible and reliable people I have ever met. She takes an interest in those she meets. She listens, and responds with love, sensitivity, and empathy. Her dream to become a midwife is a huge part of her life. If anyone was ever meant to be a midwife, it’s Erin. She provides a calm loving presence wherever she is and always exhibits a sincere desire to help and comfort. I cannot speak highly enough of her and her attributes. I have worked in education and the medical field and have managed groups of people as well as done instruction. Erin stands out. Her determination and genuine love of what she does makes her an excellent candidate for anything she might do in her life. It is without any reservation that I recommend her as highly as I can.”

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Denise

Mother, Intimate Journey client

I’m so grateful for you being there for me through those pivotal first moments (the first 6 months) of this amazing journey carrying my two little boys. I believe the Lord used you to grow my confidence in His goodness so that I could step out in *expectant* faith toward home birth, moving across the country (since home birthing twins is illegal in California.) This newfound *expectancy* is even bigger than the pregnancy itself, reaching into every area of my life, causing me to live with vision. I can look back at where I was when I first met you and where I am today and I can say that as my midwife, as a person, and as a friend you helped to birth this newfound perspective within me; and I don’t think I can truly express my gratitude but I hope this message gives you an idea of just how deeply I appreciate you! And I wish I could shout from the rooftops how beneficial your prenatal care was, particularly in the area of nutrition. You helped me realize I wasn’t getting enough protein to support my body through a twin pregnancy which was tanking my energy. Once I incorporated your suggestions, I began to feel like myself again. Managing nutrition with your guidance also helped my body release swelling and maintain healthy blood pressure throughout this entire pregnancy (which was a BIG deal since I have a history of pre-eclampsia!) I wish I could have brought you along to Oklahoma to deliver my boys! [Cannon and Genesis born December 4th, 2021]

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Rebecca

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“My experience with Intimate Journey Birth and Wellness has been one that I will cherish forever. I had the pleasure of receiving prenatal and postpartum care form Erin and Caitlin at the beautiful birth center in Arroyo Grande. What I loved about my visits was how much time and attention was given to me, I never felt rushed which is how most doctors appointments seem to feel these days. I also enjoyed the holistic approach that was taken throughout all aspects of my care. Erin and Caitlin are such an amazing duo, once your appointment is over you’ll most likely want to stay and just hang out with them! If you’re looking to have an amazing birth experience than look no further. Erin is an extremely knowledgeable, respectful, professional and compassionate provider who will instantly make you feel safe and comfortable. I felt empowered and informed throughout my entire pregnancy and birth. If you’re interested in having a home birth or utilizing a birth center I highly recommend Intimate Journey, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Erin and Caitlin, you gals are phenomenal! ”

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Audrey

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“We decided to go the midwife route for the first time for our 3rd child. We instantly knew we made the right decision when we met Erin. Her warmth and knowledge made me feel safe, heard and in the right hands. The prenatal care was amazing, I had a few unexpected health hiccups, Erin helped find a regimen that reversed my blood work to normal! She is spiritually in tune with her mommas she’s serving and it’s felt from the first appointment. I learned so much from her and am so grateful for her time, knowledge and care. She has been a huge blessing to our family!”

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Lexi

Mother, Intimate Journey client

Erin is absolutely amazing! This was baby #5 for me and we hit it off instantly. She listened to everything I had to say and walked me through a few things that I was unsure about. I can not say enough about her and her services. It made child birth an even better experience.

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Michelle

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“Thank you so very much for all of your support, dedication and encouragement throughout our pregnancy and birth. You’re such an amazing midwife and we couldn’t have been more blessed!”

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Keira, Trevor, Cash & Colter

Family, Intimate Journey clients

“Erin is absolutely everything I could want in a midwife: warm hearted, well educated, thorough, thoughtful, receptive, genuine. Working with her was a dream & I can’t thank her enough for walking us through some rocky points during pregnancy. Erin was astute enough to discern some concerning symptoms I was having & directed us toward excellent preventative testing and diet altering to keep us well within the parameters of a low-risk home birth. Her positivity, soothing voice and spiritually calming presence were needed and so appreciated at the birth, which was as “easy” as it could be. I’ll never forget her looks of wonder and gentle reverence toward our baby during the newborn exam – feelings that rivaled my own. God knows if I’ll ever need a midwife again, but you best believe she’s the only one I’d choose! Thank you Erin!❤️❤️”

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Kari

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“I’d like to give a long overdue shoutout to this woman I was so blessed to find and connect with before the move down to SLO. She immediately cared for us after just one call and then put in a lot of work in order to see us through. It’s because of her, I was able to have the exact birth I so desired- no meds, no IVs, no lacerations just a heated tub, a bed with my blankets, my highly charged crystals, and a small birth team She guided me hands on through the roughest contractions imaginable, and helped bring our baby boy into this world. I will never, ever forget those 13.5 hours and truly have Erin to thank for getting me through to the happiest ending of all.

Thank you from the bottom of my exploded, melted, expanded, and very blessed heart Erin Ashley”

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Kayla

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“My experience with Erin as my midwife was incredibly amazing. The first time I entered the birth center I felt such a calming energy. When I met Erin for the first time her energy really spoke to me and I knew she would be the perfect person to help me in labor because she is so calming and positive. I had the best prenatal care under Erin she always went over everything thoroughly and took her time to listen to any concerns or questions I had. The months of my pregnancy flew by so fast and I have to say you really create such a special bond with your midwife. I will always have so much appreciation towards Erin for being my midwife, making me feel safe in her care, and being there to catch my daughter as she made her way earth side. I recommend Erin to anyone expecting!”

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Sidney

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“This is Erin. She is my birthing rock. A year and a half ago after a hard 28 hours I gave birth to my first baby Willow Noelle in the comfort of my own home. Erin was there every step of the way from my first prenatal visit to every contraction, every moment I thought I could no longer do it. Erin was there to coach me, cheer me on and to tell me I am doing it.

Here we are. Doing it again. The moment I saw those two pink lines I knew I needed Erin. I needed her soft touch and soft voice to coach me again and tell me, I am doing it. To be on this journey again with such a kind caring woman is an absolute honor. Sweet baby U number two, you are in the best hands.”

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Holly

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“I would have Erin as my midwife for my future babies in a heartbeat! She was a heaven-sent for our 3rd baby and first home-birth. Erin’s presence is a calming one. She was very respectful of my wishes and encouraged me to own my birth. Her communication was impeccable through the whole process, including delivery. It was a magical birth experience and I have Erin to thank for it!”

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Liz

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“I met Erin during my second childbirth journey. My first birth experience was a hospital birth with a CNM. When we planned for our second child, we knew we needed a more holistic approach and seeked other options. That’s when we found Erin at Acorn Community Birth & Wellness Center. She was the first midwife we established care with at Acorn; from our first appointment with her, I knew in my heart she was the midwife I wanted to work with. Erin oversaw my pregnancy every step of the way. I love how she encouraged me to do my own research without pushing her own beliefs onto me, that way every decision I made was completely informed and felt right for my own family. Anytime I had worry, question, or doubt, I knew I could always text or call Erin and would be greeted with empowerment, information, and love. When my pregnancy went well over 41 weeks, Erin was the only one in the room calm and confident in my body’s ability to do what it was designed to do. Her confidence in me radiated throughout my birth experience. In all the intensity, I remember opening my eyes and seeing Erin relaxed on my couch, completely allowing me and my baby to do the dance and find our way through it. I couldn’t have pictured it any other way. When it was time to push, Erin guided me to get on hands and knees which helped bring baby Xena earthside ?? I will treasure these memories for the rest of my life.”

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Jessica

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“Our experience throughout pregnancy & birth with Erin was amazing. Not only is she professional, knowledgeable & honest, she is also easy to connect with & has such a kind spirit about her.

My husband & I were new to the idea of child birth outside of the hospital & Erin was always able to answer our questions & ease our concerns. She focuses on your diet to makes sure baby is getting all the nutrition needed during pregnancy. She closely monitors you & baby with each appointment. I also found it important that my husband was by my side & was invited to come to each appointment.

During labor her & her team checked on us frequently to make sure baby wasn’t stressed & that I was keeping my energy up. She got me into different laboring positions that I wouldn’t of thought of otherwise. Delivering my baby naturally was the most empowering experience & I am grateful to have had Erin’s encouragement. All & all she guided us through a healthy pregnancy & safe delivery of our baby girl, Clara René. Thank you for being our midwife Erin!”

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Cassie

Mother, Intimate Journey client

Wanting a natural birth for my firstborn, I walked into Acorn Birth Center last year with an embarrassingly vague concept of a birth center or even the role of a midwife. While all the ladies at Acorn have their unique traits and specialties, Erin’s looks of openness, curiosity, and empathy, as well as her consummate knowledge base of holistic prenatal care, set her apart from the rest: I knew at some point we’d choose or have an assigned midwife, and I was hanging all hopes on Erin as my primary midwife. Over the course of 6 months I looked forward to every visit with her, knowing we wouldn’t only address my son but the health of our mother+child+father unit, and I always walked out with so much more knowledge than before from my ally and friend. She has her finger on the pulse of what makes us truly human, both things we understand and those we don’t. When at Month 8 my son turned breech, Erin coached me on how to do at-home maneuvers and showed me a wealth of other resources. My son had other plans, though, and while our dream of a water birth will have to be postponed to our second or third child, Erin’s from-the-heart prenatal and postnatal care were beyond anything I could have expected. Erin is a rare gem!”

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Leah

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“Sweetest Erin, it’s hard to put into words how thankful I am to have met you. Getting pregnant was hands down the scariest and most unexpected thing to ever happen to me. Being a first time mom during covid made life feel too heavy to handle. And then you came along! From the second you walked into my house I felt an overwhelming amount of peace. I wish I could tell you how much your pregnancy care has truly changed me. You are so gifted and every woman deserves to feel as loved, cared for, and seen as you made me feel. I so appreciate our long visits that took away my fear and replaced it with knowledge and empowerment. As sad as I am that you didn’t end up delivering Lucy, I wouldn’t trade your care as a midwife for anything. Thank you for keeping Lucy and I safe and loved all 9 months. We love you.”

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Grace

Mother, Intimate Journey client

Erin, are your ears burning? I was telling someone about you again today. Working with you, when you were a Student Midwife and I was the office manager at Birth Matters, was such a blessing to me. The births we attended together, me as the doula, were so special, so sweet! And now you’re a Licensed Midwife! Erin Ashley, LM!! Your dream come true! Congratulations !!! Blessed are the families that you will serve! Lucky are the babies that enter the world, born into your hands!

Sometimes when your ears are burning I am referring a pregnant woman to you and sometimes I am sharing how you encouraged me, believed in me, and taught me to dream bigger dreams. It was in watching you, seeing your dreams come true! You’d come into Birth Matters office many mornings with a big smile and say, “I had a dream last night”, and then we’d watch it come true! I love your family vision board and the constant stream of miracles that I witnessed in the time we worked together. I have a feeling you are still seeing miracles…and teaching someone else to believe and dream. God bless you my sweet forever friend, Mother of five, Wife to Damian, Baby Catcher & Midwife to many! 

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Rosie

Mother, Intimate Journey client

“I cannot begin to thank Erin enough for all she has done for me and my little family! I knew from the moment I met Erin, I needed her to be my midwife to help me birth my baby. She has such an incredibly calm, comforting, and kind spirit and was exactly who I needed by my side during my labor! She always knew exactly what to say to encourage me through the most intense parts of my labor and I couldn’t have gone through it without her. She knew when to be hands on and when to just allow my body to do what it knew to do to birth my baby. My prenatal care with her was awesome! Always so informative and supportive of the decisions my husband and I made for our baby. God has truly given her such a gift and she is the most incredible midwife. Any mama would be so blessed to have her as their midwife.”

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Danielle

Mother, Intimate Journey client

My experience with Erin was everything I could have hoped for in my experience of having midwifery care and a home birth. She is so knowledgeable, gentle and has a truly kind spirit! I genuinely looked forward to every appointment with her. She really takes the time to listen, build a relationship and trust with her mamas. Any concern, or blockage I felt she met me with reassurance, information, and a listening ear. During my birth, I felt so safe knowing she was present and I just couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Postpartum she offers an array of herbal remedies from cord care, sitz baths, Homeopathic remedies needed, herbal tinctures for postpartum, just anything you could need she is so knowledgeable. I will definitely recommend her to any expecting mama and will absolutely need her for any future births! I couldn’t imagine it any other way than having her present ?

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Bree

Mother, Intimate Journey client

Thank you for playing a vital role in the most amazing experience of my life! I can only imagine the commitment it takes to leave your warm, cozy bed and head to the birth center in the dead of night. What a beautiful life calling! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and time with me. I am so grateful for this experience and your help along the way. Cooper’s birth is one we will never forget. We truly can’t stop reminiscing about it. 🙂 With Love.

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Kasey & Trevor

Mother & Father, Intimate Journey clients

Last year in May of 2020 my family and I relocated to Southern California and being 6 months pregnant one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted a home water birth in the midst of all the world’s chaos. Erin made that experience possible for my family and I. From the very moment I met her I felt an inner peace and it sat right with me that I was in great hands. I Prayed God would send me the right person and Erin was it. This was my third and last pregnancy and something that I really wanted to do with my other two pregnancies but did not have the fortune of doing was having such an intimate and peaceful laboring experience. Although Erin came into my prenatal care late in my pregnancy I got to know her more and felt comfortable and confident with her more than with my previous Ob-gyn. Every visit was in depth and I never felt rushed. I felt heard and did not feel subordinate but rather like I was working hand in hand with someone who understood my desires. On my last visit we discussed she had to go out of the state for a fast trip but she reassured me that arrangements would be made if need be. I still needed more than a week to go so it felt ok but baby Lorenzo decided he wanted to make an early entrance. On the night before she had to leave my water broke; we had communication through the night and morning. She did not end up leaving and showed up for me which showed me how much she loves what she does. She knew exactly when to show up and Baby was born that evening with the support of my husband and a great and educated midwife.I will forever be grateful for Erin’s care and compassion.

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Andrea

Mother, Intimate Journey client

I am so grateful to have had Erin as my midwife for my first home birth. I faced a few roadblocks in my pregnancy, but Erin was right there, calm and knowledgeable, to help guide me toward the best solution. She made me feel completely calm, safe, supported, and in control of all decisions made for my pregnancy and birth. It was like having someone by my side, on my team, who was willing to fight for me and my wishes. She was a huge reason why I was able to have the home birth I prayed for. I could not have wished for a better midwife, and I am forever grateful to Erin for helping me achieve the home birth of my dreams.

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Shannon

Mother, Intimate Journey client

I had Erin as one of my midwives for the pregnancy and birth of my first baby. I was overwhelmed to say least by how new and unknown the world of pregnancy was to me. But every single prenatal appointment Erin reassured and encouraged me in the process. She engaged with not just the physical side of pregnancy but the emotional and spiritual as well. I really felt like she knew me by the end of my third trimester and I truly looked forward to my prenatals because it was like going to see a friend. This was so wildly impacting during my labor as I was not worried about needing to advocate for or explain myself with someone new between contractions because we had already established a trust filled and familiar plan. During labor she coached when needed but gave me a lot of space to follow my instinct which was very empowering and I was so grateful. It was the sweetest thing to bring my new baby into our first in office postpartum visit so she could ooo and ahhh over him with me. Pregnancy and birth were incredibly transformational for me and Erin played such a big role in my story.

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Katherine

Mother, Intimate Journey client

My experience with Erin was one I am never going to forget. From the minute I contacted her I knew I wanted her as my midwife! After meeting with her the first time, I just felt comfortable in the center and in her care right away. Since this is my first child, I was terrified of the unknown! I had so much anxiety in my last few months of pregnancy but after opening up about my feelings at my last appointment with her before going into labor… she gave me a sense of safety and strength of “I can do this.” I am so grateful to have found her for my first time!

I definitely cannot wait for my second baby because I already know who I am going to 🙂

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Bailee

Mother, Intimate Journey client

I had such a great experience with Erin for my prenatal and post labor care. She always had great advice and always cared about what I was going through during pregnancy. She was prepared when it was finally time and made sure that I had what I needed to heal the days after labor. I’m grateful for the follow up visits and calls. She carries a certain peace and calmness which was important to me. I’m truly grateful that she was part of our son’s birth experience.

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Crystal

Mother, Intimate Journey client

Erin Ashley was an excellent midwife. I was so honored and grateful for having her by my side during my pregnancy and delivery of my daughter❤️ Thank you Erin!

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Summer

Mother, Intimate Journey client

Erin was on my birthing team and made us feel welcomed from the start. She always answered any question I had and helped me to make informed decisions. She is incredibly supportive and if I have any more kids I would love to have her back on my midwife team! She honored my birthing plan and helped to make everything go as smooth as it could. My daughter was born in such a loving environment due to my midwife team!

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Hannah

Mother, Intimate Journey client

Erin is a sweetheart! She was genuinely invested in her care of me. She was knowledgeable on traditional and alternative care options; I felt like I had well rounded information to make the many decisions throughout pregnancy and labor.

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Mandy

Mother, Intimate Journey client

Erin was so wonderful to my daughter , grandson, and even me during her pregnancy. She is filled of so much compassion and knowledge, I’m still blown away with how much she educated both of us. She gives it her all, and we are all forever so grateful and appreciative of her hands on love. In a world of rushed and mom only allowed Obgyn appointments – it made all the difference in the world spending 1-2 hours with her each appointment and being able to be at them with my daughter so she wasn’t alone. We can’t imagine what life would’ve been like being pregnant during Covid with a regular Obgyn who typically rushes you , and won’t allow anyone else in due to Covid. She always responded quickly to every question either of us had when we would email or call her, she never kept us waiting for answers. She’s a true gem. Erin was supportive in every aspect from day one even until now 6 months after my daughter gave birth. The central coast will only be so blessed to have a midwife like Erin. We can’t recommend her enough and we also can never thank her enough for everything she’s done for us.

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Rose

Mother, Intimate Journey client

We so appreciate you! Thank you for delivering the best gift we could ever hope to have. Your professionalism, care and compassion are very much appreciated. Thank you for all you did for us!

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Valerie & Corey

Mother & Father, Intimate Journey clients

Thank you so much for helping me get through our first home birth experience. I could not have done it without you. I feel blessed.

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Shelby

Mother, Intimate Journey client

Thank you for all of your love and support through this journey. We are eternally grateful. May God bless you!

Nic, Julie & Noah

Family, Intimate Journey clients

Thank you for all of your love and support through this journey. We are eternally grateful. May God bless you!

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Nic, Julie & Noah

Family, Intimate Journey clients