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Kim Nicholson CD(DONA)

Loving Grace Doula Services


Phone: 760 613 9332

Birth Fee: $800

Fee Details: Hello! I’d be delighted to join you on your parenting journey. I’m DONA certified, experienced in Hypnobirthing, Bradley Method, Rebozo certified, and a Spinning Babies fan. My fee includes 2 pre-natal visits, the first to explore you and your partner’s relationship to birth, feelings about birth in general, and ideas for making this a truly happy event. The second visit is to devise comfort measures for labor, position strategies for delivery, and plans to support a wonderful birth experience. During our postpartum visit we will, of course, admire your beautiful baby, discuss the birth and how your expectations were met, and answer any questions that may be puzzling you with regards to your birth. Please feel free to take advantage of unlimited email, phone, and text access. I look forward to meeting you and wish you every happiness during your pregnancy and the birth of your little darling. Congratulations!

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 49 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2018
  • DONA International, November 2018
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
With Midwife attendance

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Bradley

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • Rebozo Training
  • Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Prematurity
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate - serving children in the foster care system and the caregivers who adopt them Hearts and Hands - volunteer doula services for all mothers who'd like them at UCSD (Doula of the Quarter Mar/Apr/May, 2019) Operation Doula - no cost doula services for military families

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Kim Nicholson CD(DONA)

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Penny Jacobo

In my search for a doula I interviewed a few people. I thought I had chosen someone but I had one last person to interview; Kim. Kim blew me away with the experience she had and also with her gentle manner. I hired her right away and was so happy I did. She was not only incredibly supportive but also had a great knowledge of positions, techniques and other bits of knowledge that were incredibly helpful. 

Posted 11/20/2019

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Bree F

I was recommended by a coworker to hire Kim as our Doula I knew from the start I wanted to have a doula being my first pregnancy and not knowing what to expect. We meet with Kim to make sure we would be a good match and from the beginning I loved how well educated she was. During my pregnancy she was always in contact with me checking in with me and a few at home visits. The moment I knew i was in labor we let her know she came right over, we labored at home for a little then finally went to the hospital we got sent home, and then we went back maybe an hour later and of course kim was right by our side the whole time. I did not have the easiest labor, nothing went as planned but Kim helped every bit of the way. 30 hours of labor we finally had a baby! She never once left my side. If I ever have a second baby Kim will definitely be part of my birth plan again! 

Posted 11/11/2019

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Jackie Sauer

To say that Kim was a wonderful doula is an understatement. We hired her for the birth of our first baby and are so thankful we did! We found Kim to be quite informed on the birthing process, labor exercises, and hospital protocols/interventions. My husband and I took a birthing class and although my husband had been trained to be my birthing coach, having Kim's assistance was so beneficial to assist my husband and offer other techniques we had not learned. Our hope was to have a natural unmedicated birth, which Kim was supportive of, but unfortunately it did not end up that way. I was induced with many decisions to make regarding interventions needed. My husband and I heavily relied on Kim's knowledge and support on which interventions to allow or hold off on. She was so helpful during our overwhelming experience of labor and delivery. I was so pleased with her service and felt she way went above and beyond what we expected from her. She spent many many hours with us with very little sleep and rest; she was a champ!!!! By the time our baby was born I felt like she was family and missed her when she went home :).  To this day she still checks in on us and I still turn to her for advice/thoughts postpartum and baby issues. She is an amazing doula, friend, and such a blessing! I have already and will continue to recommend her to others and will absolutely use her again for any future babies. 

Posted 9/20/2019

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If you're looking for a kind, gentle, empowering, nurturing, and loving Doula for your birth experience, Kim is your gal! Throughout my pregnancy, Kim checked in with me, went on walks with me, met my husband and I to go over our birth preferences, her contributions to the experience, how to prepare for the birth, and more. Kim was always available over text or phone call, had encouraging words during the last tiring days and during the difficult moments of labor. Kim approaches your experience knowing this is YOUR experience, your special moment bringing your baby into this world and she is there to support your goals and help you and your partner through this journey, with no judgements, and nothing but love. She is very attentive during the labor and delivery, and is experienced in many birthing methods. Breathing, massage, stretches, anything to assist in making mama feel most comfortable and supported. Not only does she help mamas through the birthing process, she helps the partner through the experience as well. Kim will always be a special part of our lives and truly made our birthing experience incredible. We love you Kim!

Posted 9/4/2019

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Amy Clement

Kim is amazing and very supportive. Being a first time mom, Kim helped me mentally and physically prepare for our son's birth. Kim is like a second mom to me and will always have a special place in our family. Highly recommend her to all my family and friends. 



Posted 8/11/2019

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Kim is the best! I would not consider going through birth without her. Her loving guidance and support made all the difference in our birth experience. Hands down it was the best money we spent on our birth plan. She’s super knowledgeable, patient, compassionate and every other good adjective you can think of. You’ll love having her as part of your birthing team! 

Posted 6/21/2019

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Lucy Louis

My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Kim when I was 6 months pregnant. We interviewed a few doulas, but straight away knew that Kim was the one for us. She has a loving, gentle nature while also being knowledgeable and assertive enough to instill confidence. 

In the lead up to our due date, I met with Kim and she checked in with me via phone, she gave me exercises, affirmations and other support to compliment our birth plan.

We went over due a few days and as a first time mom, I really appreciated her support navigating the US health Care system; especially as I wanted to have a natural birth as possible. 

When I went into labor, Kim met us at the hospital and I can honestly say although the birth didn't go according to "the plan" that without Kim's help, I feel I may have been steam rolled by the staff at the hospital. She was great and her fanning skills are second to none! Her aromatherapy came at just the right time for a burst of orange energy.

Our beautiful daughter came into this world just as we wanted, happy and healthy by vaginal delivery. Kim's after care has been caring and so perfectly balanced; helping and encouraging me to take the time and space I needed as a new mom.

I thoroughly recommend Kim of Loving Grace Doula services and will forever be grateful that she was a part of my daughter’s birth.

Posted 6/20/2019

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