Meet the Entrepreneur Creating an Entirely New Approach to Health Education

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After starting her career with a stint in culinary school, Erica Chidi Cohen became a birth and postpartum doula, which lead her to start her company, LOOM, in 2016. The Los Angeles–based empowered education and wellness center focuses on everything from periods to parenting, and in the newest episode of Second Life, the LOOM co-founder and CEO shares her story of making the transition to wellness entrepreneur with Hillary Kerr.

Although Cohen's time at a "Cordon Bleu–ish" French culinary school is far from what she's doing today, she says the intensity of it prepared her for doula work and for running a business. She told Kerr, "My culinary background, which I thought was like 'Well, guess I've got that. Not sure how we're going to use it,' folded in really well within the pregnancy and the postpartum kind of space because people needed better nutrition or were more interested in improving what their nutritional spectrum looked like."

With LOOM, Cohen is providing empowered health education that covers everything from sex and periods to miscarriage support from its beautiful, welcoming L.A. space. Not only that, but she's also the author of Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood—and Trusting Yourself and Your Body, and she just launched Nurture, a five-part online birth course. Head to iTunes and subscribe to Second Life to find out how Cohen made the transition to wellness and health education.

 

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GRATITUDE 〰️ 💕 That was our biggest takeaway from our very first year of LOOM. We are deeply humbled and grateful for the community that’s grown around us and the support that's kept our mission growing into 2019 + beyond! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When we opened LOOM last year, we knew very little other than wanting to educate with empathy, cultivate community, and empower people through shared, but often uncomfortable, experiences. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ THANK YOU for supporting us in doing just that. Thank you for trusting us to help lead you through some of the most important moments of your lives. Thank you for learning with us, coming to events, engaging with our community, and spreading the word about our little women-owned business that could. And most importantly, thank you for valuing health education, helping us reimagining the reproductive continuum, and acknowledging that getting your period, sex positivity, having a child, healing from a miscarriage or abortion and parenting can co-exist with equal importance. Thanks to the work we're doing together, 2019 is going to be so special. See you soon! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have a LOOM experience to share!? Something you'd like to see from us in 2019? We'd love to hear it below! Swipe through for some of our favorite moments. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Love, @ericachidicohen, @quinnlundberg + the entire LOOM family. ❤️ 📷 photo by @seanryanpierce

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