Our baby was born by c section after three days of intermittent contractions. We got home from the hospital depleted. When I tried to breastfeed we could not latch so I commenced pumping. I got mastitis and then an abscess that required draining by a breast surgeon. I spent weeks on antibiotics, some of which I could barely walk or pick up our baby because I was so sick.
We hired Nicole. She came at 10pm and left at 6am. In that time our baby never cried. He just got the sleep and bottles he needed. She taught our baby to sleep for long stretches at a time so that I could actually rest. She also gave him genuine love and care when I couldn’t. She showed up on time, cared for our child all night long, and left our house way nicer than it had been. I am in awe of her sleep training and her general baby wisdom. At five weeks our baby was sleeping six hours at a time, now he sometimes goes a full eight. She also taught us about dream feeding. It’s the best!
Mostly what I appreciated about Nicole was that she genuinely loves babies and knows what they need. When we went to sleep at night we knew that he was happy and looked after and would be rested and calm in the morning. And probably still sleeping!
thanks to Nicole I got the sleep I needed to heal. Our baby got a big dose of love and great sleep training. He is two months old this week and last night slept for a full 8 hours. We are so grateful.
Thanks to Nicole we had a very positive birth experience. I don’t think I would have been able to do a natural birth without her support. I highly recommend Nicole. Here are the top three reasons why:
1) Home visits to prepare for birth - very educational and helpful! I learned a lot including exercises to prepare for the big day, what to expect on that day from doctors, nurses and midwife and how to advocate for myself. My husband and mom also felt more at ease. I felt good knowing that we were preparing them as well.
2) Techniques and coaching to help progress labor and delivery - 12 hours after my water broke, I was stuck at 5 cm. After 2 hours of special exercises with Nicole intended to help me progress, I reached 7cm and avoided pitocin (which I was told I’d have to use if I didn’t start making progress) Throughout the two hours of delivery, Nicole coached me on the best way to push and provided positive encouragement (eg. “That’s the one. Another one like that. You’re doing great!”) which made all the difference.
3) Comfort techniques - During active labor, I wouldn’t have traded Nicole for a bag of gold! She’s the only reason I stayed calm and in control. Her counter pressure techniques, such as pushing in on my hips, were the only thing that provided comfort and the only reason I made it through without an epidural. Even though my husband had learned this same technique, he often did not apply enough pressure. He eventually got the hang of it.
After hearing what a difference she made in my birth, my cousin and sister, who are both expecting babies, will be hiring doulas in their cities. My husband and mom also rave about Nicole. Especially my mom whose own experience giving birth was less than stellar. Hiring Nicole is an investment in yourself that you won’t regret making!
From a dads perspective I can honestly say that I think Nicole was sent here from the heavens above to help us guys get through this with our wives. Our little guy is now celebrating his 7th day here with us and it’s because of Nicole’s wisdom and calming personality that my wife kept her cool. Every home visit I asked a million questions and Nicole had clear and concise responses. Nicole has so many birthing tips and tricks to ensure that my wife was as comfortable as possible given the intensity of her birth. My wife decided to go the natural birth route and many times throughout she did not know if she could get through it, but again it was due to Nicole’s zen like peacefulness and step by step instruction/hands on help that kept my wife strong and able to deliver our boy. Of course I was there as well to help and Nicole helped me know how to be of best assistance. We felt so confident knowing she was in the room with us and was able to alleviate concerns. For example when my wife was not making progress with her dilation Nicole knew exactly what exercises to do to help her progress. All you guys need to know is hire Nicole. She is worth every penny. Anyone can get all the training certificates needed to be a doula, but really it’s Nicoles whole unique philosophy/approach and incredible knowledge that sets her apart from the others. Thank you again Nicole for everything you have given our family.
I was referred to Nicole by my good friend and business partner who has worked with her during the birth of her daughter. From the moment I first spoke to Nicole I knew I wanted her on my team. As a first time mom, I wasn’t sure what to expect and could only ask my doctor so much. Nicole has a vast knowledge of pregnancy, labor and birth that gave me confidence. She made herself available to me as a valuable resource that was so helpful when I needed it most. She had a quiet strength during my labor that empowered me. She knew how to read my cues and tailor her support to fit my experience. She was never pushy or overbearing. She was the perfect balance of offering what I needed but being assertive enough to make me feel like she had a firm grasp on the situation. She was wonderful managing my husband and making him feel useful and supportive as well. The nurses and midwife all complimented her! I would 1000% recommend her to others.
Nicole was an amazing postpartum doula for my fraternal twin boys. She worked with our family for 6 months. From the first time we met Nicole, we knew she was going to be a great fit for our family. She has a very caring, calming personality and is extremely knowledgeable about infant sleep patterns and needs. We completely trusted her to take care of our boys from day one. Nicole was a great support for me as a new mom. Nicole understands the challenges of new motherhood, especially related to sleep. Our twins were born 2 months early and spent time in the NICU. When Nicole started working with us, our boys were still waking to eat 3 or 4 times per night. Now at 8.5 months old, our boys are sleeping 11 hours straight with no overnight feeds. Nicole provided amazing guidance in helping us to drop overnight feeds. She was always available via text to discuss daily schedules of feedings and naps. It was important for us to find a postpartum doula with twin experience. Fraternal twins come with their own set of challenges, and Nicole was great about catering to the needs of both of our boys. I would recommend Nicole in a heartbeat to anyone looking for a postpartum doula, but I would especially recommend her for parents of multiples. We are going to miss Nicole, because she was a big part of our lives for the past 6 months.
Referred to me by my birth doula, Nicole swooped in during a very hard time and saved the day. Initially, Nicole worked with us overnights caring for our premie twins. They were too small and immature to be able to breastfeed, so she would give them bottles and I could just focus on pumping and my husband could sleep. However, as time went on Nicole really became a mama mentor that I could rely on. She cheered me on during the four month struggle to get my premie twins to latch, switched her schedule around so she was primarily around in the morning to practice breastfeeding, and then again when we needed help for bedtime during an awful sleep regression. Nicole is caring, flexible, and knowledgable. It was a great relief to wake up and find clothes impeccably folded and bottles washed. It was really hard to make the decision to stop scheduling Nicole, but after 6 months, it was time to let our wonderful post partum doula move on to the next desperate family. My only regret... not hiring her sooner!
Nicole is such a blessing. Right from our first meeting I could tell she was knowledgeable and genuinely cares about the families she works with. I interviewed many doulas and she was absolutely the best choice. She guided me through the difficult decision to change my care provider at 7 months pregnant, and at her suggestion I contacted the amazing midwife practice I ended up switching to. She knows her stuff - from gestational diabetes to terrible morning sickness and heartburn, to pelvic and back pain, she shared her knowledge with me during each step of my pregnancy. She emailed often just to check in and make sure I was doing okay. And after birth she came by to check on us multiple times and was a huge help in starting our successful nursing relationship even through a tongue tie, mastitis, colic, and reflux. My only regret is that I didn’t get to have her there for my birth (babe came way too fast and both Nicole and the midwives didn’t make it in time!) because I was really looking forward to that. She’s well versed in helping hypnobabies moms like me, and I have no doubt that she would have been an incredible support during my birthing time if my daughter hadn’t come flying out less than 10 minutes after getting to the hospital. I’m a pretty anxious person and I had a previous birth not go the way I wanted, so Nicole’s compassionate, calming presence was exactly what I needed. I can’t thank her enough.
Nicole was the best doula we could have asked for. My goal for my second birth was to VBAC and go into labor on my own. She did everything in her power to make sure that happened. She's warm, funny, very knowledgeable and as an added bonus has great taste in music ??. From suggestions on what to eat and drink to help my body during pregnancy and labor to suggestions for childbirth education classes and how to strengthen my body she is just top notch. I had a long labor (38 hrs) and she helped us through it with peace and grace, judgment free, while always offering encouragement . This included massaging my back during every contraction while my husband and I napped because I had back labor and, during the worst of it, just holding me during contractions. We felt prepared this time around and that is all due to Nicole. She has been equally wonderful after birth, offering suggestions for breastfeeding, brought me herbal sitz bath packets, taught me how to belly bind, AND brought the best perineal sitting cushion. She checks in to make sure we are all doing ok. You do yourself a disfavor if you don't hire her. They say you form a strong bond when you go through an experience like birth with someone, and they are right . I will never forget her and how she helped us bring our son into the world . I just wish I knew about her when I had my first son.
I just want to start of by saying I don’t know what I would have done without Nicole’s help and guidance through the postpartum period. She supported me after the birth of my daughter this past February. Already having three young children, ages 5, 3 and 21 months, welcoming a new baby was certainly challenging in the early days having so much to do around the house. I wanted to make sure everyone was taken care of as I recovered from birth, while being able to breastfeed and bond with my newest addition.
Nicole made sure I ate well and remained hydrated. She got my girls up for the day, fed & dressed them. She even got the older ones ready for school/pre-k and entertained everyone so I could eat, shower, nurse, and rest with the baby. She tidied up around the house, answered questions, listened to my concerns, encouraged me to take care of myself, and helped me to feel relaxed throughout the entire time she was here. Having her in my home helped me not feel guilty about not taking care of everything myself, as I usually do. It was a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.
Nicole was a lifesaver!!! Thinking back, I would‘ve been so frazzled without her. She has a way of making you feel calm and confident. She is also amazing with babies! I would highly recommend Nicole if you’re thinking about a postpartum doula. Let Nicole take the pressure off and allow yourself this special sacred time to bond with your new baby!!!
My experience with Nicole was not typical. I met her as a result of her being my neighbor. My first impression of her was a warm and beautiful soul. When I became pregnant and choose her as my doula, it was not just as a result of the convenience of her being my neighbor, but because her inviting personality and caring heart made me feel secure. She has an inner strength that is not over bearing, but comforting. When it came to educating me about childbirth and and resources I might have needed, Nicole is an invaluable resource. Her primary goal is to empower her clients, which through my birthing experience, I can safely say, she does just that.
I was away in upstate New York for my baby shower, 4 hours away from Philly when I went into labor at 37w4d. Needless to say, I was not prepared to give birth so early, as my instinct throughout pregnancy was that I would deliver past my due date. However, I had been dealing with a great amount of stress as a result of my mother's being hospitalized, which I feel brought about a stress induced labor.
Since I was so far from Philly, Nicole was not able to be with me in person during my labor. Luckily, I had a close friend in Albany who is also a doula and was my surrogate doula. I still called Nicole, and by phone she was able to talk me through my labor when I needed her most. I did not have the best experience with my midwife, and I was able to call Nicole and have her talk to the midwife and help me make sense of what was happening in a moment of concern. She was able to translate the midwife's intentions so that I could pull myself through a difficult scenario.
As a result of Nicole's education and empowerment, and her talking me through my labor by phone call, I was able to have a positive birth experience, depsite being in a situation I was completely unprepared for.
I would recommend Nicole to anyone who is looking for an educated and empowering doula.
To start, I can't say enough good things about this sweet lady. Nicole helped me tremendously in navigating some major decisions that would definitely effect the outcome of my birth experience. I found out that my baby was breech at 37 weeks pregnant and was pressured by my hospital to have a c-section, which I did not want, but thankfully she helped me to understand ALL of my options. She talked me through the different scenarios and helped me to prepare for a procedure that would allow my baby to flip head down so I could achieve a vaginal birth which was an important preference of mine. The procedure went well and I was able to have a wonderful, natural birth that I will always remember very fondly. I thank Nicole for her patience as I asked question after question, her sweet motherly nature in guiding me as a first time mom, and the way she really gives every mother confidence in choosing what is right for THEM and their baby. I do credit my wonderful birth and even post-partum experience to her and her wisdom. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a Birth Doula!
Nicole was a tremendous support to my wife and me as we prepared for my delivery and during labor. Her knowledge of both conventional and complementary medicine was exactly what we needed, and her warm presence put us at ease immediately. She helped us plan and practice for decision-making we might face during labor, and set out what our most important requests for the birth team would be. During labor, her expertise in positioning was tremendously helpful and I think helped me avoid a c-section when the baby was having trouble getting around my pelvic arch.
I would recommend Nicole to any expectant parents, but I can particularly vouch for her understanding and support of queer families.
Nicole was such an amazing doula. She is the perfect combination of soothing, reliable, and mostly importantly, an advocate when you are in the trenches. I was lucky to have her in my corner during my birth experience, especially after three hours of pushing and feeling dejected. Luckily Nicole was there to encourage me in a way that resulted in a successful vagina birth. She is incredibly caring and encouraging, always supporting you in your birth plan. I would recommend her to anyone!
Thanks to Nicole, I was able to have the delivery I always imagined. I hired her for my second child after meeting with several doulas in my area. Nicole is the best mix of professional and personal with a deep well of knowledge on the subject of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Thanks to her I was able to overcome my trauma and fear from my first birthing experience, and deliver at a hospital without pain remediation or any more interference other than being induced. With her coaching, I had a better idea of the process in hospital and a stronger backbone to defend myself against unnecessary procedures (as long as the baby was happy). Nicole also was a great support when I had questions about various pregnancy pains and how to naturally resolve them long before delivery. I highly recommend her if you're looking for a doula.
I will try and put into words how much Nicole has positively impacted my life as well as my husband’s. With every meeting with her our confidence in the birth process grew. After every prenatal appointment we would brief and she would give me evidence based information on what I had concerns or questions about.
Nicole not only served as my counselor but as a friend that also went through birth several times and trusts the process. Fast forward to my birth which was 5 weeks ago, she was the presence in the room that kept me and my husband strong in our decisions. Nicole also kept my husband company and made sure he was okay during my long labor. I thought I would want their help with pain management, turns out when I birth I don’t want anyone touching me. They both stood by my side the whole time and protected me. When I felt uncomfortable with someone or something she made sure I had support either with her words or body language. Immediately after my son was born everything/everyone was moving so quickly, Nicole quietly watched and made sure that we were all okay.During our postpartum meeting we went over what happened and she told us what she saw and heard. It was so helpful to hear her perspective. I don’t know if we would have remained loyal to our birth plan if it weren’t for her being there.I would highly recommend Nicole to a birthing couple or birthing person who is looking for a doula who understands the birthing process, trusts it, and gives evidence based information. After our birth with Nicole she is forever imprinted on our lives and we still communicate on a regular basis. Our son will know that during his birth he had a birth angel watching over him and his parents.
Following the birth or our son 5/3/18, Nicole provided post-partum services to our family. She was everything you could ever want in a doula: warm, knowledgeable about newborn care, reliable, and communicative. She has great intuition when it comes to postpartum care and often anticipates what you want before you are able to articulate your thoughts. Don’t hesitate to hire Nicole, she is simply the best!
I am so thankful for Nicole, as a doula as a person. She is very knowledgeable and comforting, which is exactly what I am looking for in a doula. During pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, it’s so important to have loving support, without enforcing beliefs and birth plans. Nicole values each individual‘s needs and it shows. It‘s a relationship, a bond. I’m grateful to know and work with her; and I would recommend her to anyone in need of a doula.
Nicole was recommended by another friend of mine and Im so glad she introduced me to her. Nicole was very informative and non judgmental. Nicole went over all birthing options with me and she made me comfortable enough to share my past late miscarriage so we could go over all scenarios. Nicole was also there for me when i had stressful moments throughout my pregnancy. Nicole was available via text,email, phone conversation and in person. Towards the end of my pregnancy i suffered from very low pelvic pain and she went out of her way for a unscheduled visit to bring over a birth ball and go over ways to alleviate the pain. She was also quick to email and text me links of anything she thought would help me with my pregnancy. Nicoe was also on time and professional. I would recommend her as a doula.
My family and I are so grateful to have found Nicole. As first time parents and that too of twins, we knew we needed the help. We wanted someone with experience and knowledge. We are so glad we found Nicole. She started off helping us with overnights and soon transitioned to day time until the girls were ~7months.
She was all about helping our family in any way that she can. While she didn’t have prior experience with twins, she easily handled both of them herself esp during the night which allowed us to get some rest. Even days when she only worked a few hours, she fed both and still made sure everything got done from washing bottles, to putting a load of children’s laundry so our lives would be easier.
As a first time mom, I had many questions and doubted myself time to time. Since these were our first, we weren’t familiar with many things like swaddling, sleep etc. She taught my family a ton about taking care of newborns. I felt so much more confident as a mother thanks to her. She patiently listened, supported and provided feedback and recommendations when needed. We had our way of doing certain things. She was very respectful and mindful of our preferences and followed accordingly.
I cannot say enough good things about Nicole. She is warm, compassionate, professional, punctual, knowledgeable, and positive. My entire family trusted her. We could rest easy knowing that she was there. She went above and beyond what we expected in a Doula. We are lucky to have found her and would highly recommend her to anyone!
To put it simply, Nicole is an Angel. She and I connected from the moment we met and I knew she'd be the perfect fit for our family based on her gentle, easy going, loving nature. Nicole was so accomodating and very supportive of the way I was choosing to take care of myself and my baby postpartum. She cooked nutrious meals, helped get my older daughter ready for camp, did the dishes and laundry, organized whatever was needed....basically she did whatever I asked and made me feel comfortable doing so. As a woman and a mother it can feel awkard to ask for help and she continued to reassure me that was what she was there for!
She not only supported me with household duties, but she really supported my mental well-being, too. She was able to offer her depth of knowledge on all things newborn whenever I had questions, which was incredibly helpful and gave me great peace of mind. Nicole is a friend. She was there for me after having the baby when it can typically be a very isolating, roller coaster of a time. She cheered me on through it all. I am truly forever grateful for Nicole supporting our family in the sensitive time postpartum. Because of Nicole I was able to stay cocooned with my baby for 2 full weeks without having to worry about my household falling apart. Her help provided the safe space for my family to ease into our new normal with more grace then I ever imagined. I now advise all new mamas (whether it's your 1st or 4th) to budget for a postpartum Doula to support you in the much needed care after giving birth.
Nicole is the BEST.doula.ever. Do yourself and your family a favor and bring her on board to support you, exactly as she did for me. :)
Having a doula for me was a most, I really felt that it would make a difference and it did. I am so glad to have had Nicole as my birth doula for the birth of my third child. When we were considering hiring a doula, I knew that I wanted someone who would help me and make me feel empowered to make good decisions about the birth process. We met with Nicole twice before the birth and after meeting with her the first time I knew I wanted her by my side for my delivery. I think one of Nichole’s best qualities as our doula (and really why I chose her) is her calm nature. I don’t really know how to describe it in words, but she really made me feel at ease which helped so much during my labor.Nicole was extremely knowledgeable, professional, patient and kind. Nicole provided a lot of useful information (but not so much that we felt overwhelmed) and responded to our questions thoughtfully. She made sure that our birth plan was fitted for our needs. I did most of my labor at home, Nicole made sure everything was going according to plan as we discuss. She never left my sight, she was extremely supportive throughout my contractions. We practiced breathing techniques, he back massages worked wonders, she held my hand and always kept me calmed and focused. She encouraged me to have my own strength, along other things to help with my pain and to make me feel comfortable. At the hospital Nicole made sure that I had a relaxing and calm atmosphere and was always attending my needs and worked along side with my husband to give me the best experience possible. The postpartum visit was also very helpful, after the birth I felt stressed and overwhelmed with everything that involves having a new baby and Nicole helped me a lot that day, she was very comforting understanding and she is a great listener, it was like a therapy session for me. I am so grateful for Nicole, really loved her. Thank you so very much Nicole for your amazing service, you are a wonderful Doula!
Nicole was amazing with my baby and me during our first few months together. I was exhausted after having my third baby and two older children and Nicole helped me during the nights so I could recover from birth and get some sleep. She was very supportive and helpful to me during the postpartum period. I recommend Nicole wholeheartedly! She was fantastic and a huge help to me. Nicole was also very reliable and punctual.
Hiring Nicole as my doula was easily one of the best decisions my husband and I made throughout my pregnancy. As a first time mom, I had a lot of anxiety about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. I had heard that doulas make all the difference, so we took a chance on Nicole. When we first met, she was the perfect combination of "crunchy granola" and evidence-based hard science. She met with us twice before my son's birth, and each time she came equipped with tips and tricks that eased my anxiety and helped me mentally prepare for my due date. Nicole was always considerate of our perspective, adapted her methods to meet our needs, and helped us feel prepared and supported the whole time. During labor, I felt immediately at ease when Nicole arrived. She somehow picked up on the things I needed in every moment. After laboring for some time, my doctors saw my baby was in distress and ordered a crash C-Section. Through no fault of my own, my baby needed help. It was so reassuring to know that my husband would be supported while I was under general anesthesia. I delivered a healthy baby boy and am so grateful that Nicole was waiting in the recovery room with a calming spirit and a firm handle on how to support me and my new baby. During my two postpartum visits, Nicole helped me navigate some tricky parts of new parenting, but most importantly she helped me process my delivery. I felt so comfortable confiding in her and felt supported in my role as a new mom. I am very grateful for Nicole and would recommend her without hesitation to anyone considering partnering with her in their parenting journey.
Nicole felt like a part of the family from the first moment we laid eyes on her. She met with my family ahead of time and we discussed what we were looking for (postpartum help), and went over everything that would entail. She was worm, considerate, and professional the entire time and we knew instantly that she would be a perfect fit for our family. Even though she was only my postpartum doula she kept in touch with me throughout the end of my pregnancy and even dropped off red raspberry leaf tea during my final few weeks.
She was endlessly helpful in the postpartum period, helping with my toddler and giving me time to bond with our newborn. She and my toddler became fast friends and we were so sad to see her go when our time was up. I would recommend her to anyone without question, no matter what your needs are. Nicole is very knowledgeable and has a wealth of resources at her disposal. I never felt like I had a stranger in my home while she was there, nor did I feel like she was an impersonal visitor.
If I find myself pregnant again in the future I will be sure to call on her again. I hope that you do, too!
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