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Nicole Bengtson CD(DONA) & HypnoBirthing

Belly to Baby Birth Doula LLC

Website: https://www.bellytobabydoula.com

Phone: 402-968-7881

Birth Fee: $800 to $1000

Fee Details: I’m a professional, certified birth doula CD(DONA) & HypnoBirthing doula. In addition, I’m a mom of three (including twins). I love to accompany, support and educate families having babies, whether it be your first or your fourth! I believe every birthing person should have love and support throughout what can be the most challenging and rewarding experience of her life. Whether your preference is for minimal medical intervention or a planned cesarean, I will support you from pregnancy through birth! My birth doula package includes a complimentary interview, two prenatal visits, one postpartum visit, and continuous physical, emotional and educational support anytime before, during and shortly after childbirth. 24/7 on-call support. I will be with you during active labor, birth and 1-2 hours after birth to take photos and provide breastfeeding support as desired. Additionally, I am trained in Spinning Babies and work with using pure, therapeutic grade essential oils if desired.

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 37 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula
  • HypnoBirthing (Mongan Method) - Professional Doula Training Certification

Doula Training

  • DONA International, December 2016
  • HypnoBirthing, October 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I will attend home births with a CNM or CM present within a 30 mi radius.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Trained in Childbirth for Doulas approved by DONA International.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Trained in Breastfeeding Support for Doulas approved by DONA International.

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Prematurity
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Military families
  • Parenting consulting

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer/active member of the Childbirth Collective in the Twin Cities. Volunteer/active member of the Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples.

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Nicole Bengtson CD(DONA) & HypnoBirthing

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Caitlin

Nicole was an invaluable asset to our team for the birth of our 4th baby. From start to finish she was so helpful to me and my husband. We both commented several times in the days after our baby was born how glad we were that Nicole was there with us throughout the whole process. 

When we initially met with Nicole I loved her warm, energetic yet calm and confident demeanor. She answered all of our questions and we decided to hire her on the spot.  She then met with us in our home for two prenatal appointments. She worked with us to help finialize our birth plan and reviewed different comfort measures for both prenatal discomfort as well as during labor. Nicole was available to us via phone or text whenever we reached out, and she always had helpful suggestions and words of encouragement. 

On the day of my labor, Nicole was in constant contact and helped us navigate through deciding when to leave for the birth center. When we arrived there, Nicole was already there and had helped to prepare a calming birth environment by dimming lights and playing relaxing music. She was so calm and encouraging and also confident in suggesting positional changes and different comfort measures. She worked seemlessly alongside my husband, helping him to support me during labor. This whole process went so smoothly in large part due to Nicole's presence. 

Afterwards, Nicole provided us with pictures she took of the labor and delivery as well as a birth timeline. She was also incredibly helpful in including our three older children once we were ready for them to meet their new brother.

I would highly recommend choosing Nicole to support you during your labor and delivery! 

 

Posted 11/11/2019

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Anita B

Hiring Nicole as our doula was one of the best decisions we made.  No matter if it's your first or third child, I strongly recommend a doula and Nicole was fantastic.  Before the birth, she met with us twice and was very accomodating with time and location. It was a great way for us to get to know her and her us. Every time I texted her, she replied very quickly, no matter what time of day it was. 

The day of, she met us at the hospital and was prepared with everything.  Not only did she support me, helping me with different positions and pain relief techniques, she was also very supportive for my husband. She was able to tell when I needed her to be calm and soothing, but also when I needed her to be tough.  It truly is a team effort and she was a perfect fit for us. 

Posted 10/29/2019

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Amanda G.

Nicole did a great job helping us have a positive natural birthing experience. She worked very hard to make sure we were as positive and comfortable as possible throughout our 20+ hours of labor. She had many kind words of encouragement, worked with us on many techniques and positions, and did a great job guiding us through the proccess. Nicole was an invaluable addition to our birth team and we would highly recommend adding her to your team as well. 

 

Posted 8/15/2019

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Kayla Hoye

Hiring Nicole as our Doula was one of the best decisions we ever made. 

Before birth, Nicole met with us twice and was availble for consultation by phone for whatever we needed. During our in home sessions Nicole took a ton of time with us learning our plans and desires for our birthing time. She was incredibly helpful in helping us create a birth plan to express our wishes to our medical staff. As first time parents, she helped educate us on all our options for during our birthing time and had an endless supply of articles ready for whenever we needed them. She also helped me make one of the hardest decisons during my pregnancy, to switch midwife providers late into my third trimester. Nicole helped me advocate for myself when I wasn't feeling supported by my original midwife. 

When it came to our actual birthing time, I can't imagine not having Nicole there. My delivery took a few unexpected turns and Nicole was there to help me navigate each one. During the pushing stage, while my medical providers were focused on running some tests necessary to keep me healthy, Nicole was there as a calm voice, guiding me through the hardest stage exactly as we had prepared (as if nothing abnormal had happened). She spent a ton of time with us that day and even ended up doing two births back to back in order to be there for our delivery. 

We would completely recommend Nicole to anyone considering a doula. 

Posted 7/22/2019

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Ashley

My husband and I hired Nicole for the birth of our first child Harper, who was born this May, 2019. Being a mother is something I really wanted but had a lot of fear relating to pregnancy and specifically labor which is what led us to hire a doula. Nicole’s attitude and demeanor was so positive and she had so much knowledge to offer that from the moment we first met with her it was not even a question - we wanted her to be a part of our experience. 

I really believe that education on a subject can help reduce fear and Nicole gave such an abundance of that - she also provided a scenario in which I did not have to scour the internet for hours looking for reliable sources and information. For me this also prevented going down the Google wormhole! 

When I was nearing the end of the pregnancy she was so attentive to check in and provide exercises for the discomfort and essential  oils for the anxiety. When my water broke, within 5 minutes contractions were about a minute and a half apart. We weren’t expecting the rush to get to the hospital. And having Nicole there to remind us of what to grab and to help me though each contraction was incredibly helpful. 

At the hospital Nicole was such a support, providing water, cold washcloths, essential oils and massage just to name a few things. 

I had focused so much on labor and delivery that I didn’t think much about postpartum recovery which was so much more difficult than I anticipated. Nicole was an incredible support through this time as well for both me and baby. 

I can’t say enough positive things about having Nicole be a part of our experience. I can’t imagine doing it without her and if we have subsequent pregnancies will absolutely ask her to be a part of it with us. She was an amazing support and made a labor that was really difficult a manageable and a positive experience. 

Posted 7/18/2019

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Marie P.A.

While looking into whether or not hiring a doula could be helpful to us at a ‘Doula 101’ meeting, Nicole immediately stood out. Among 3 other very experienced doulas, she projected a balance of warmth and competence as she addressed our questions.

As a result, and given our nonexistent birthing experience, we thought she would be a great fit for us. Our introductory 1:1 meeting proved us right, as Nicole took the time to understand our needs and wants and to address all our additional questions, and gave us the space to decide – in other words, she was truly helpful (how you would like customer service to be).

Every interaction afterward was similar, where the discussions were always balanced between her listening and speaking. With her help, we developed a birth plan reflecting our wants, and an action plan to find the care experience we were looking for.

As our March 2019 guess date approached, Nicole’s focused increased – she helped us identify key comfort measures tailored to our needs, and she helped us practice them, because, as you know, practice makes perfect. Needless to say, we felt prepared and confident – ready to bring our baby into the world with lots of love.

When our birthing process began, Nicole, as promised, was available – physically, mentally, and emotionally present. She served as our coach and advocate. When we didn’t know something, we looked to her (literally) and she guided us through it, with the poise and calm that only a passionate professional could provide. As a result, we celebrated our baby’s arrival like the ‘A-team’ we were – the pictures are worth a thousand words.

Overall, our experience with Nicole was excellent – she’s empathetic, caring, knowledgeable, patient, and experienced. Basically, she’s the embodiment of an ideal doula. We highly recommend her.

Posted 7/17/2019

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Mei-Ling Smith

We were referred to Nicole for her Hypnobirthing experience and training, which was a priority for us. She provided excellent evidence-based and Hypnobirthing resources to us from day one, which helped us prepare as second-time parents. It meant a lot to me that she checked in regularly to see how we were doing and offer support and tips as my pregnancy progressed. I especially appreciated her thoughtful approach to addressing my questions and concerns as we got closer to labor day and also in the postpartum period. Nicole is not only well-versed in all things pregnancy and birth (and Hypnobirthing), she is also well-connected to the Twin Cities birth community and has provided us with awesome referrals as we’ve needed them. She is also extremely reliable, organized, nonjudgmental, and a great communicator, which are extremely important qualities for a doula! We ended up using a back-up doula for day-of birth support due to an unforeseen illness, but Nicole helped facilitate everything and continued to provide us with support throughout the day and into the postpartum period. We are grateful to have had a positive birth experience and attribute so much of this to having worked with Nicole!

Posted 7/16/2019

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Diana G

As they say, births often don't go as planned and we can testify to that for our recent first baby. My water broke 2.5 weeks early, our baby was breech and our doula was unfortunately ill. Nicole was our doula's back up and we couldn't have been more lucky to have Nicole's support.  She was so warm and reassuring right off the back. I knew we were in great hands with Nicole along with the hospital staff.

Nicole was a wonderful advocate for my husband and myself throughout the delivery process. We greatly benefited from benchmarking her past experiences. She did an amazing job translating questions and needs. I also don't underestimate how nice it was just to have her hold my hand at times.

Our sons now share a birthday so I will always have a great way remember Nicole and how she was such an important part of our birth story.  

Posted 6/4/2019

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Andrea

As first time parents, my husband and I had no idea what to expect and had a lot of anxiety surrounding the upcoming birth of our daughter. Once we met Nicole, all of that went away. Nicole has an amazing and friendly personality and my husband and I felt comfortable with her right away. During our prenatal visits, she shared so much information with us, practiced techniques with us, explained parts of the birth process and helped us make our birth plan. It was great to talk it through, and Nicole explained to us everything we didn’t understand and answered all of our questions!

On the day of our daughter’s birth, Nicole was absolutely amazing! From the second she arrived at the hospital, she brought a calming presence. She used her aromatherapy, calming music, and comfort techniques to help me through the surges, always encouraging me to breath! She constantly provided suggestions for ways my husband could help me, always making sure he felt included and involved. When my birth took an unexpected turn, I will never be more thankful for Nicole. She helped translate the medical terminology, helped me ask the right questions of the doctor, accompanied my husband and I to the OR and stayed with me while my husband went with our daughter to the NICU. We absolutely made the right decision with hiring Nicole and wouldn’t have made it through the day without her!

Posted 5/28/2019

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Amanda

Having Nicole part of our second birth story was the best decision we made in so many ways. It allowed us to have the absolute best birth experience we could imagine despite everything not going exactly as we wished (ended up having a needed cesarean section after many hours of pushing). Throughout the whole experience Nicole was there for my birth team (my husband and my mother) and me in every way imaginable. She knew what I needed before even I knew what was needed. Whether it be massages, essential oils, position changes, rotating baby, staying with me in the OR as my husband attended to our baby, or reminding me of my birth wishes Nicole was a wonderful and perfect constant to our day. She brought calmness to an otherwise possibly stressful situation and we can never thank her enough. I would be so happy to give her my recommendation. If we are fortunate enough to have another pregnancy/birth we will gladly be welcoming Nicole back into our birth plan.

Posted 5/27/2019

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Brittany L.

There are simply no words.  She was amazing. We could not have done it without her. She boosted our confidence, eased our anxiety and made our daughter's birth a positive experience.  She was knowledgeable, kind and genuine.  We felt supported and empowered. She discussed our wishes and concerns and did not judge our choices.  She attended the hospital tour and provided essential insight and answered questions we and others had.  My water broke at 4:50 am at 37 weeks .  I immediately contacted Nicole, and, as expected, she was outstanding.  I was scared and did not want to go to the hospital too early nor too late.  While we labored at home, we used the positions and tips she had shown us and she helped us decide when to leave.  When we arrived at 3:30 pm, she quickly met us there despite a looming blizzard. We delivered our daughter at 6:24 am the next day and Nicole never left our side.  She walked hallways with us, helped with positions, and helped me remember what I wanted.  She physically helped me and gave me the positive reinforcement I needed.  She also helped my husband support me and supported him.  She took notes, photos, and held me steady during the epidural.  I cannot explain how much better I felt with her there.  We had a minor complication and she reassured us and calmed my nerves.  As my husband went dealt with that, she stayed by side. After our baby arrived, Nicole stayed and made sure we were okay.  Despite shift changes, Nicole was the one constant.  Nicole has also been helpful after birth. She made a post-partum visit and we talked about the birth story. I treasured that visit. Her care and concern has been so genuine.  She is truly invested in our daughter and our family.  Nicole is an amazing woman with so much knowledge and compassion.  There are simply not enough words to express our gratitude and love for her.

Posted 5/22/2019

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Seth

My wife and I had Nicole as our doula for our son. He was our first and we really didn't know what to expect at all. I had heard great things about doulas so we started researching and found Nicole, and we are so grateful! From the first time we met, we loved Nicole. She has an amazing personality and made us feel super comfortable from the beginning. My wife is a pretty independent person and wasn't sure about having someone with her during the birthing process but after we met Nicole, she was on board.

When it came time to have our son, neither of us had a clue what was normal or what the process looked like.Nicole helped coach us through everything and really explained everything so we knew what was happening. Not only was she extremely helpful for my wife with showing her numerous techniques and calming her and helping the process be much more relaxing, she also helped me to help my wife and helped assure me everything was progressing the way it was supposed to. 

She was with us every step of the way and always available for questions. I cannot imagine going through that without her. She was amazing and we always tell people to get ahold of Nicole. She is worth her weight in gold, you will not be disappointed!

Posted 5/9/2019

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Kayla Giese

My husband and I are so happy that we decided to hire Nicole as our doula for the birth of our first child. She provided so much useful information during the prenatal visits beyond anything we learned at our doctor visits. Nicole is especially knowledgeable in aroma therapy, spinning babies, and hypnobirthing techniques, which was so helpful during the birth of my daughter! She really helped us to feel more confident and in control during the final weeks of pregnancy. I was experiencing extremely painful back labor, and Nicole used different comfort measure techniques to help me work through each contraction. Without her, I do not think I would have been able to labor naturally as long as I did.

She was also extremely helpful to my husband and made sure that he was taking care of himself. It really felt like the three of us were a team, especially when it came time to push. Nicole offered great insight during each decision we made, offering the pros and cons for each offered medical intervention. She made us feel like we were in control of our own birth experience. I would recommend Nicole to any expecting mother, whether or not it is her first baby. She is amazing! 

Posted 3/19/2019

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Greta Bjerkness

Nicole was a great doula for us! She was incredibly friendly, helpful and a very calming influence during the birth of our son.  She made both me and my husband feel better during labor by offering comfort measures and anything else we needed! She was by my side the entire time I needed her.  She helped me get through contractions, administration of the epidural, and pushing with a calming presence that was greatly appreciated.  Her availability both before and after the birth of our son was also great and made me feel more prepared. I highly recommend Nicole as a doula!

Posted 1/8/2019

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CJ Valenti

Nicole was amazing to have with us through the end of our pregnancy and birth. From the beginning of our relationship, she was very personable and warm. She was knowledgable and full of resources to help us plan our birth values and prepare ahead of time. She checked in with us often and helped us feel as ready as we could be for labor.  On the day of our son's birth, she was with us every step of the way. She was an incredible resource for us in the hospital room- helping us stay calm and relaxed. She was full of encouragement and brought many tools with her- like music, candles and essential oils. Most importantly, she kept us focused so we were able to have a natural childbirth with no pain medication. We could not have done this with her support. Hiring Nicole was the best decision we made. 

Posted 11/2/2018

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Peter Smith

Nicole helped us through long induction. She helped us navigate a number of unexpected decisions, and was there with us through the most important choices we needed to make during the delivery. She is well versed in aroma therapy, spinning babies, hypnobirthing techniques—all of which were incredibly helpful during the birth of our daughter. She is a incredibly warm & caring person, and we simply cannot recommend Nicole enough!

Posted 10/21/2018

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Briana Vanderlinde

My husband and I were expecting our first child to arrive in late June 2018. I was interested in having a natural childbirth and had learned a little bit about the benefits a doula could offer from coworkers and friends, but for all intensive purposes, we had no idea what we were doing and knew we needed guidance from someone who did.

We met Nicole at the local Caribou for a quick meet and greet and immediately started learning from her. My husband was relieved at the idea of having someone to look to for guidance during the heat of the moment and I felt encouraged that a natural delivery was something I could prepare for and achieve. We said goodbye, got in the car and immediately knew we needed to hire her.

Nicole introduced us to Hypnobirthing, the Minnesota Birth Center and encouraged us to enroll/register even though I was far along at 30 weeks. Nicole's prenatal home visits complemented weeks of Hypnobirthing and Amma classes and helped us form a trusting relationship leading up to the big day.

My labor began several days past our guess date and progressed much quicker than we thought. My husband and Nicole were calling/texting each other and helping me through surges until Nicole arrived at our home and helped me labor before going to the birth center. Both at home and at the birth center, Nicole played my relaxation music, used essential oils and coached me through my breathing and coping mechanisms, which helped everything go according to plan.

In retrospect, Nicole helped us plan the birth we didn't know we wanted. We couldn't imagine our journey without her and recommend her fully.

Posted 7/15/2018

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Alanna Rice

My husband and I were expecting our first child in July 2018.  We had taken a 6-week birthing class and so intially, I was on the fence about hiring a doula.  It was very important to me to have a natural childbirth if our baby was in position to allow us to do so.  I ultimately decided to hire a doula.  I am so glad I hired a doula and specfically Nicole.  I ended up going into labor much sooner than expected and our little girl was born almost 2 weeks before her "due" date.  I was caught off gurard when my water broke much earlier than we had anticipated.  I contacted Nicole immediately and she helped calm my nerves and walked me through the process.  She explained things in a factual but yet calming way.  I felt confident in the information she was proviiding me over the phone as it was my first time going through this process.  Nicole showed up to the hospital quickly and jumped in to help immediately.  I labored in the tub for a bit and she set up candles and made sure I had my music playing while in the tub.  That helped distract me from the contractions when they started to intenstify.  Throughout my labor, Nicole was rigtht there by my side helping me breath through each contraction.  As the contractions started to become what I felt was unbearable, she was there holding my hand, helping me breath through and encouraging me to utilize different options and comfort measres while I labored.  There were times when I mentioned that I should just get an epidural, when I knew that was not what I wanted, as I wanted to deliver our baby as a waterbirth, and having this wouldn't have allowed me to do so.  In the end, I ended up having the natural childbirth which I was seeking.  I am not sure I would have gotten there without the help of Nicole.  I would reccomend her wholeheartedly to anyone seeking additional support during their labor.

Posted 7/14/2018

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Nicole Santikko

My husband and I were expecting our first children (twins) in June 2018. Not have gone through the birth process before, I was a bit intimidated that my ideal birth plan wouldn't be able to happen since I was now expecting twins. Since I always wanted a doula, I began my search and found Nicole. She was the the perfect addition to our birth not only because she was caring, supportive and encouraging, but she is also a mother of twins! I was really hoping to avoid pitocin and a c-section during my birth and both wishes came true! When my water broke very eary unexpetantly, we called Nicole right away, and she talked us through what would happen next, what to look for, and when to head to the hospital. When we got to the hospital, she was there in no time. She helped me breath through very strong contractions for hours and encouraged me to keep going without medication. It was a success birth and I was able to deliver both babies vaginally! After the birth, I had some excessive bleeding and Nicole was right by my side to keep me calm while my husband was able to be with the babies. She did a great job of communicating with my husband and he was so thankful to have her there. They made a great team! In addition, to the actual birth, the prenatal conversations beforehand really helped to keep me calm leading up to the big day. During labor and birth, Nicole took incredible photos and videos that I will cherish forever. Thank you Nicole for making our birth experience so positive and memorable! 

Posted 7/8/2018

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Adi Michlitch

I had a doula for my first pregnancy and was able to have the birth I wanted - no medications, natural delivery. My second pregnancy was very different as I had twins and the lower one was breech. I sought out Nicole specifically because she has her own twins and her knowledge of resources in the Twin Cities has been invaluable. I am so grateful that I hired Nicole. I was initially disappointed when my OB kept encouraging a c-section (and it ended up being needed) and thought that a doula would be unnecessary but I was wrong. Nicole was present and checked in a regular basis throughout my pregnancy. She encouraged me to be assertive with the doctors, listened to my concerns and helped me to adjust to changing plans. I am grateful that they allowed Nicole into the OR with me while preparing for the procedure as she was the calm, supportive presence that both my husband and I needed during that time. Throughout the hustle and bustle of the c-section, one strong memory I have is Nicole calmly bent over near my face, telling me what was going on, checking in with how I was doing and helping to calm my fears. She stayed with me during post-op while I had one son and my husband was with our other son. I would highly recommend Nicole to anyone who is pregnant as she helped me to have the best birth experience I could even if it did not go as I had initially thought. 

Posted 3/21/2018

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Cathy Hilary

We are so grateful we had Nicole with us as we navigated our birth story! We had a few scares throughout our pregnancy and she was able to help calm our fears and talk us through all that we were experiencing.  She was able to provide us with so many helpful resources!  As a new mother I was concerned with how my husband would be supported during our birth story and she was able to fully support us both in our unique journey.  We ended up having some difficulties throughout my 36 hours of labor - my body was unable to birth the baby naturally as we had planned and Nicole stood by our side and helped us advocate for ourselves while she supported us in the necessary changes for the health of our baby.  We needed an emergency c-section and she communicated with us and stood by our side through it all.  We are so grateful she was with us as we felt more support from her than anyone we encountered at the hospital.  She was definitely the help we needed when we weren't getting the time/attention from the hospital staff and after the scary ordeal of an emergency c-section she stood by our side and helped reassure us through the changes that we had not planned for.  Her follow-up with us was also so helpful - she provided us so many post partum resources that we have been able to utilize in our adjustment to parenthood!  We would strongly recommend her services to any parents looking to provide the best care and support for their birth stories!  

Posted 1/29/2018

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Kierra Koke

My husband and I really enjoyed working with Nicole and we are so glad she was apart of our sons birth day. She made a great impact on the day and was a great support to both me through labor and delivery as well as being there to support and encouragement my husband through the experience. My husband shared he doesn't think he could have done it with out Nicole being there and was so glad to have her help. Having her support, encouragement and knowledge helped us get through labor and delivery. Her support before, during and after helped us to prepare for the arrival of our son. She reminded us of our birth plan during labor and helped us to process afterword. We would recommend Nicole to anyone in search of a doula!

Posted 1/1/2018

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Candice Krmpotich

 My experience with Nicole as my Doula was a wonderful one. From the very beginning she was warm, friendly, and supportive. She held my toddler when she was curious about her, came to my house for meetings, and was even flexible with payment options for us. This was baby #4 and even though I was not a first time mom she still brought a fresh approach to me, specifically some hypnobirth techniques and encouragement to Remember to practice prior to the baby’s arrival. She had a wealth of resources on evidence based birth to help with our division making and birth plan And was always available via email, text or call should I need her.   When it was time to have baby she met us at the hospital and stayed with me and my husband through every stage of labor. She was a calming presence and utilzed mainly massage, essential oil, hypnobirth affirmations and other calming techniques to support my decision for unmedicated birth. After our baby was born she went above and beyond by providing our family with a meal both in and out of the hospital. Her love for our whole family was felt and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I consider Nicole a friend now and I’m so grateful for the support she provided both prior to, during and after the birth of my baby.  I’m writing this review while more than one of my children fuss, so if it’s disjointed I apologize. I offer the highest recommendation for Nicole to anyone looking for doula services. 

 

Posted 11/21/2017

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Jennifer Bergstedt

Our experience with Nicole was amazing! She was very instrumental in providing the support we needed for the arrival of our son. She went far above and beyond with helping both of us, and greatly exceeded our expectations! Prior to giving birth, Nicole spent time with us, asked great questions, was sensitive, and offered a lot of comfort options to use during labor & delivery. Furthermore, she offered many resources that were available to us after the birth. During labor and delivery she was an incredible team member who was able to fit right in with the hospital staff. Looking back on our experience we can't imagine why anyone with the means wouldn't utilize a doula. We HIGHLY recommend Nicole's services.

Posted 9/17/2017

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kaitlin astleford

My husband and I decided to hire a doula because this was our first pregnancy and we didn’t know what to expect out of labor and delivery. The most important aspect for choosing the right doula for us was someone who knew a lot about different coping mechanisms for pain since the goal was to delivery without medication. I was extremely pleased when we decided to hire Nicole because she had all the tools to make labor more comfortable. She came over to our house and even demonstrated a few different options like aromatherapy, massage, and hypnobirthing. During labor I got to use all the strategies that we had put in place earlier. When I did need to take a break and thought I needed medication she was there to ask about all of my options and explain to my husband and I what it meant for us. She was great at reminding me to breathe through the contractions and giving my husband direction, support and a break when needed. I did end up getting an epidural in order to rest but before I committed to it she was there to ask if it was what I really wanted because it was not a part of my birth plan. She was then my advocate speaking with our medical team and asking questions to make sure I was getting exactly what I wanted.  I ended up having an unforeseen complication of a retained placenta after my son was born. Nicole stayed with us the whole time to make sure I was okay and again to be the support person that my husband needed. When they allowed people to see me after I became stable it was my husband, my mother and Nicole who were there to greet me. It meant the world to us that she stayed. I remember thinking during labor that we could not have done this without her and her support. Our experience would have been completely different and I would not have felt as confident without her. I felt like my comfort and needs were her number one priority and I really felt like I could lean on her during the whole process even during my weakest moments. 

Posted 7/16/2017

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Kelly Johnson

My husband and I hired Nicole for the birth of our third baby, as I had been experiencing the pregnancy differently than my first two and felt that it would be good to have some additional support. From the beginning, Nicole was responsive, positive, and easy to communicate with.

 

As my due date approached, and then subsequently passed, Nicole remained supportive as we communicated on a regular basis. When my baby finally decided to make an entrance, Nicole arrived at the hospital shortly after we did. It was a good thing, because my labor was fast and intense. Throughout, Nicole was prepared with tools and tricks we had discussed in our pre-birth meetings. Not only did she support me, but she helped support my husband so that he could be the birthing partner that I needed him to be. There were numerous times throughout the labor, and after, that I remember thinking that I could not have done it without Nicole.

 

What I appreciated the most about Nicole was her positivity, her responsiveness to my questions/concerns/needs, and how easy it was to communicate with her. When I first thought of hiring Nicole for the birth of our third child, I felt a little silly, as I had not hired a doula for either of my previous births. I do not regret for one second having Nicole’s support and I believe her presence helped make my daughter’s birth story just how I envisioned it to be!

Posted 5/15/2017

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Kristie Hondl

My husband and I were Nicole's first doula clients. You never would have known it from the level of care we received and the wealth of knowledge that Nicole has about the birthing process. From the beginning of our pregnancy, Nicole explained everything so that it was easy for us to understand, since this is our first child and we came into this knowing absolutely nothing. She answered all of our questions extensively and backed them up with multiple sources she had researched. If she didn't know an answer, she would research it and provide us with multiple sources to best make our decision. Nicole met with us a handful of times prior to the birth of our baby to get to know us, answer all of our questions, and help us put together a birth plan. She was also supportive through texts and phone calls, just to check in on us to ensure she wasn't missing anything and that we were completely informed. Once making our decisions, she was 100% supportive and a great liason to the medical staff at the hospital. We felt ready because we had a solid birth plan that was communicated well. Unfortunately, we ran into medical complications, yet Nicole never waivered and remained a strong pillar of support for us throughout the uncertain times. As medical professionals would explain what was happening and why, Nicole would explain in clearer language what this meant and the pros and cons of every situation. She also provided great questions to ask the doctor for these unexpected occurances throughout the birthing process. In the end, despite unexpected complications, we still felt confident in our choices and fully supported by Nicole. Anyone would be lucky to have Nicole in their corner while going through the birthing process. Whether you have had children already or not, she is a pillar of support and knowledge that makes you stronger and more confident, so you can enjoy this special day.

Posted 3/22/2017

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