Birth Fee: $1000 to $1200
Fee Details: Birth photography available separately from doula services for $900. Birth pool rental available separately for $200. Placenta encapsulation available separately for $250. Payment plans, gift certificates and registry available.
Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 90 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Area Coordinator and Dispatcher for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Student Midwife (CPM) at Premier Birth Center, Winchester VA
Languages spoken: English, some Arabic, some German
Service Area MapArea of practice: Mount Airy, MD
Nikki supported me and my husband with the birth of our first baby in March 2017. She was a great presence to have in the birthing room and seemed to know exactly what I needed, when I needed it. Her breastfeeding and postnatal support was just as amazing!!
I was very passionate about breastfeeding, but found the adjustment to motherhood difficult and breastfeeding was very painful. Nikki kept in constant contact with me, often popping in to watch my baby feed to identify the problem. She gave me a few tips and tricks to try to soothe my nipples and gave me space to just have a cry.
My saving grace was when she brought a nipple sheild for me to try. It allowed be to breastfeed with no pain. I used sheilds while feeding for about 2 months and gradually stopped using them. My baby is now 7 months old as I write this and still breastfeeding, totally pain free with no sheilds. I'm utterly convinced if I hadn't had Nikki's support I would have stopped breastfeeding when my baby was 2 weeks old.
Nikki also took a few photos for us during labour and after birth which I still love looking at, she encapsulated my placenta and made a placenta print that I have framed.
Nikki is such a lovely person and incredibly knowledgable. My husband says whenever he started to feel panicky during labour, he would look at Nikki and instantly relax as she looked so calm. We would love to hire Nikki again in the future, if she ever returns to this side of the pond.
Nikki was with me for the birth of my daughter and I'm so glad she was. Nikki has a calming presence and she helped me achieve the type of birth I had hoped for. The process of birth seems intuitive to Nikki and she has a really great sense for knowing what is needed at each particular step along the way. She knew when I needed hands-on support and was also immediately able to sense when I needed some space. She not only helped me stay calm and focused, but was a great support for my husband as well. Once my daughter was born she stayed and made sure that we were off to a good start with breastfeeding. I would hire her again and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a fantastic doula.
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