The One Small Thing That Makes LOOM's Erica Chidi Cohen Feel Powerful
As the co-founder and CEO of L.A.'s first reproductive and pregnancy wellness center, LOOM, Erica Chidi Cohen is at the helm of a big—and much-needed—movement in empowered education around topics from periods to parenting.
At the heart of her work is a "focus on helping people feel confident in their bodies, move through transitions in their lives, and develop body literacy to advocate for their own well-being." For the doula and educator, getting there is a mix of offering community classes and coaching, as well as encouraging unapologetic self-care.
We caught up with Erica at her home in L.A. to glean some of her wisdom and get a look into the daily practices that help her make empowered choices for herself. "Ultimately, my approach to self-care is, Be gentle with yourself but aggressive about creating space for the things that make you feel good," she says. "Self-care doesn't have to be a walk or a bath; it can be saying no or creating boundaries. It can be one small thing that makes a big difference. You're a force of nature by owning who you are and the path you're on."
Krista Soriano is the Senior Branded Content Editor at mindbodygreen. She holds a B.A. in journalism with a minor in communications from Messiah College, graduating summa cum laude. She has written and edited lifestyle content for over 15 magazines and websites, including ELLE, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, and DuJour. At mbg, Soriano helps our partners—which include non-profits and Fortune 500 companies—tell their stories, covering everything from the future of regenerative agriculture, ethical banking, and the endocannabinoid system. She lives in New York.