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Nicole Rivera


Phone: 787-244-0069

Birth Fee: $1300 to $1600

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $45

Fee Details: My birth fee includes: 1) Three prenatal visits to discuss your birth preferences, labor positions, comfort measures, interventions, newborn procedures and the post-partum period; 2) Phone and E-mail support to answer any questions and offer suggestions during pregnancy and early labor; 3) Continuous birth and labor support; 4) Initial breastfeeding support immediately after the birth; 5) Two post-partum visits to answer any questions you might have during this period; 6) Continues phone support for the first eight to ten weeks after the birth. Please do not hesitate to contact me if the fees are outside of your budget range. I'm committed to supporting women with ALL financial needs. I believe EVERY woman deserves to have a doula.

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 52 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 9 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, August 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Breastfeeding Educator (CBE)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Certified Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Military famiies
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Currently serving women in recovery from substance abuse during pregnancy, birth and postpartum through the Collective Wings Perinatal Project. Also, an active member of DONA International, Birth Network of Santa Cruz, Bay Area Birth Information, and Blossom.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Area of practice: Capitola, CA
Travel Range: 60 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Nicole Rivera

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Monica Spitzer

I highly recommend Nicole as a doula! I had some pregnancy complications and knew before hiring her that I wanted to have a vaginal birth but that an unmedicated birth might not be possible for me. Nicole made me feel comfortable about my situation because she was informed and educated about the complications I was dealing with, she was not judgmental about my personal birth goals, and she did not try to impose different goals on me. I knew I could trust her to help me achieve what I wanted and that she would support me in doing so, and that's exactly how it went. Nicole was always there for us even when I had to be induced earlier than expected. Her attendance at the birthful was really helpful to my husband so that he was much less stressed and was able to be a supportive partner to me--her assistance was a great support to us as a couple in going through our birth experience together. Nicole was an important part of helping me to achieve my goals for our birth experience and both me and my husband agree we would retain her again if we have a second child. Also, she is great at communication and very responsive, both before and after the birth.

Posted 3/4/2018

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Aaron Burdick

Our experience with Nicole as our doula was absolutely outstanding and we can unequivocally recommend getting a doula (and Nicole specifically). She met with us twice prior to our labor and calmly answered all our questions. She researched our more esoteric questions and provided evidence based resources to aid our decision making. During the labor, Nicole really transformed the mood, dimming the lights, turing on relaxing music, and immediately bringing her calming aura into the room. Then she literally worked her butt off for the next 10 hours straight, massaging mama, using a rebozo, using a TENS unit, switching out messy blankets, etc... with maybe 1 5 min break. She was also very sensitive to allow papa to be the primary emotional support for mama, while she took care of the more physical needs (and even helped to get water, bananas/food, etc.). We were amazed at her energy, patience, and care! We had the labor and delivery we desired: completely natural with no medical interventions. After the birth she helped us to latch fof the first breastfeeding, which was magical. She visited the day we returned from the hospital and has been very responsive, supportive, and encouraging to our postpartum questions. Overall, Nicole's support for our birthing experience was SO valuable and we absolutely would recommend her if you are looking for a doula.

Posted 2/7/2018

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Erin Figueroa

Working with Nicole was such an amazing experience! We hired Nicole a few days after coming home from the hosiptal for post-birth support. Hiring Nicole was by far the best thing we could have done for daughter and for our family, especially since I was recovering from a c-section. Nicole not only provide amazing care for our daughter, she taught us things about caring for a newborn that we never knew before. She was patient, kind and warm coupled with deep rooted skills and applicable knowledge for caring for a newborn. I would absolutely hire Nicole again! 

Posted 1/10/2018

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Nicole is an awesome doula- a perfect combination of caring, compassionate nature with a knowledge of evidence based practices in childbirth. As a woman of color myself, I was hoping to find a doula of color & there are not as many of them, so was very happy to find Nicole who turned out to be the best match for us! Thanks to the support of Nicole and my husband, I was able to achieve my goal of having a natural, unmedicated, empowering birth experience, despite things not initially going like I had hoped for and having to get induced. It was important to me that the doula be open to supporting me in using hypnobabies approach and Nicole was very open to it and spent time reading resources/ material I shared. She was very professional, shared multiple useful resources and literature during the prenatal visits, asking thought provoking questions and helping me think about my birth preferences and baby care plan. I loved that she individualizes her approach to suit the needs of thhe client and did an intake inteview with both me and my husband so she can support us both in the best way possible.She was always available during the on call period,  even offering to accompany me to my appointment for emotional support if needed. She totally rocked during my delivery, helping me with physical techniques and emotional support to help labor progress, she was supportive and very perceptive during labor, reading me well , guiding my husband in supporting me yet not taking away from his role. She checked on us postpartum, bringing a packet of herbs for healing and even showed us how to swaddle the baby. Later, as I struggled with some breastfeeding issues, she offered her support again giving referrals. Additionally, she is a certified lactation consultant and is in the process of becoming a midwife, she really has passion for this work and you will not regret hiring her as your doula.

Posted 12/13/2017

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Jasmin Llamas

Nicole was great! She helped me stick to my birth plan and knew what I needed when. I really wanted to have a natural birth without pain medication and she helped me get through labor without it. She also guided my husband showing him how he could best support me, which he found really helpful. There was so much I didn't expect in labor and after and Nicole was there to provide her support and guidance. Having my son was the best day of my life and I know I couldn't have done it without Nicole!

Posted 11/12/2017

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Corinne Iloreta

Nicole supported our family for two weeks from midnight to 6am when we returned from the hospital. I had an emergency c-section and was committed to breastfeeding through the night but desperately needed rest and help. Nicole was a miracle for our family and provided gentle care for our newborn son through the night so I didn't need to worry about his comfort; she brought him to me for his feeds as needed. She was incredibly warm and also went above and beyond providing guidance on nutrition and newborn care. Nicole has an incredible breadth of knowledge for new mothers and babies and I'm grateful she was in our lives through those difficult first few weeks!! She's also a wonderful listener and was respectful when providing guidance on ways to ease the transition. Our 3 year old daughter also instantly bonded with her and was disappointed when we said she wouldn't be coming to help any more. We highly recommend her!

Posted 10/3/2017

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Edgar Luna Ramirez

I enjoyed Nicole's professional approach of getting me and my fianc`ee's expectations of the role we wanted her to play during our birthing experience.  One of her strengths that I liked was her ability provide us with scientific sources for which we could draw information from so that we could make an informed decision anytime we had questions in regards to how we wanted to define our birth plan.  This, in turn, empowered us throughout the whole process.  


She never talked at us as if she was telling us what to do, we found other doulas with the same amount of birthing experience would simply try to tell us what to do instead of listening to what we were really asking for.  Instead, Nicole took the role of active listening to ensure she listened and understood the questions we were asking her.  This openness to listening was a major aspect in her interaction with us that ultimately gave us the confidence in choosing her as our doula.


Posted 8/31/2017

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Bhaswati Sengupta

We had the pleasure of Nicole's presence during the birth of our first baby. Nicole came for two pre-natal visits and was very thorough with the upcoming labor and delivery situation. She shared lots of very useful information and answered all the questions my husband and I had. We discussed various prenatal exercises and delivery positions for a smooth delivery. She suggested different options that can make me feel to be in control during labor and delivery and I must stay it worked really well for me. Nicole helped us to understand what a birthplan should look like and helped us to draft one.
Nicole was very prompt to respond as soon as my labor started and came to assist us through the process. She was very well prepared and extremely professional. Her presence and assistance made the process smooth and easier for me and my husband. She gave our birthplan to the delivery nurse in the very beginning and our birthplan was followed. We would definitely recommend her as an excellent doula.

Posted 8/25/2017

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krithika ramasethu

Nicole Rivera is an amazing Doula and a wonderful professional!

This was my first pregnancy and the delivery happened in El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA. While the hospital pregnancy classes provided some familiarization of the labor and delivery process, Nicole's 1:1 sessions were the real deal - and we learnt more about the process, customized to what we wanted than any other class, book or YouTube video taught us. During my 40 hours of labor, she was a constant support checking in with me every few hours and even drive down during the middle of the night to comfort me. During the early labor, she was very helpful and assisted me with the tens machine, rebozo, massages and helped me feel comfortable using a pregnancy ball. Apart from this, she also provided music, scented aromas to help me feel comfortable with the pain as well as for my nausea. She was also very helpful in suggesting labor positions and help me with pushing. Nicole supported me throughout the process all the way until my little one was born. She also actively checked in on me during the postpartum times and helped me with breast feeding and other questions as well.

Both me and my husband would wholeheartedly recommend her.

Posted 7/21/2017

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Matt Harmon

My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Nicole during our first pregnancy and at the birth of our son.  What I valued most about Nicole was her extensive knowledge base and listening skills - thanks to her we felt about as prepared as possible for first time parents.  She also pushed us to discuss topics and issues that we had not been dedicating enough attention to (i.e. spending too much time picking out items to buy and not thinking deeply about how we will handle the logistics of being parents and the impact it would have on our lives.) When the day came for us to go to hospital Nicole was with all the way through and helped my wife tremendously - I honestly do not know what I would have done had we not had her help. I'd enthusiastically recommend her to any couple that wishes to have the guidance of a doula throughout their pregnancy.

Posted 7/20/2017

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Nicky Conroy

Nicole was our doula for the birth of our first child, April 3, 2017. Before that date she made several home visits (an hour’s drive for her!) to help us clarify our own knowledge about birth and fill in any gaps. Nicole is a gifted educator, with deep knowledge and a gentle touch. Before she answers questions or offers her own knowledge or opinions, she carefully elicits your own, guiding you forward from there. She helped us think through intervention risk assessments, labor and birth positions, baby position, stretches and exercises, postpartum and parenting issuses, packing our “go-bag” and much more. We were comitted to a drug-free vaginal birth; maybe you can guess what comes next… Our due date passed and at 41 weeks and 3 days we were admitted for induction after a dodgy non-stress test. Nicole took a long walk with us before we were admitted and talked us through how to face our new reality. It was only once we entered labor tht we came to truly understand how perfectly suited she is for birth work and how lucky we were to have her on our team. Our labor went over 40 hours, including 5 hours of pushing and nearly every intervention in the book (except pain meds). Nicole was with us every step, providing support and full body massage for mom, relief for dad, quietly cleaning up of messes, keeping us hydrated, helping us at every decision point and keeping the room orderly, quiet and comfortable. In the pushing phase, when it became clear there was a problem with the baby's position, Nicole took on an even more active role, offering positions and techniques to help baby down. This epic ended with a 6am C-section. Nicole was still there as the sun rose, making sure we three (!) were comfortably bonding before she left to finally get some sleep herself. A nurse who had been through two 8-hour shifts with us said what we already knew: "That's a one-in-a-million doula!" We will be forever grateful for Nicole's role in our birth.

Posted 4/20/2017

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Kanur Khayam

Nicole is everything you could ask for in a doula. She was a pillar of support and strength throughout my labor. Since my early labor had intense contractions and started Wednesday post midnight, Nicole came to my place and stayed with me and my husband till we had our baby in kaiser following Friday evening. She gave me massages, herbal teas and soothing advice to help me cope up with intense contractions at home and in hospital. She guided my husband so he could offer valuable support as well. I had normal delivery with epidural and that was my birth plan since I wanted to avoid C section. I couldn't have done that without Nicole. Besides offering labor support she is a great resource for information about pros n cons of various medical interventions, vaccinations and breastfeeding. I would highly recommend hiring Nicole as a doula. She is a warm person and a great doula.

Posted 3/1/2017

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Shawn Fortner

Nicole was incredibly helpful throughout the experience with our first child. She was kind, honest and willing to share any and all information and stories to help us prepare for the delivery. She always brought a warm, calm and positive energy to the room. She proved to be a great resource to go to for any questions about the process. She also came to visit us to see how we were doing during a postpartum visit. She made sure we were eating well by preparing a great meal. We would definitely recommend Nicole to friends and family as a Doula.

Posted 9/21/2016

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Daniela Parker

Nicole was an amazing resource and support for me and my husband in preparing for the birth of our first baby, she was an integral member of our birth team! We found Nicole through Doula match. During our meet and greet, Nicole was very honest and straight forward, I felt good chemistry with her from the beginning which was a key requirement for me when selecting a doula. She answered all my questions patiently and asked good questions that got us thinking about things we haven’t considered. During our initial consultation she was great, brought a lot of information and showed us more about the techniques that she uses during birth, I loved that she had great knowledge about aromatherapy and massages. After our session she sent a lot of information about the topics that interested us and followed up to our questions via email. Our baby came two weeks early and we didn’t had a chance for a second session, but during labor Nicole was a champion! I wanted to avoid a C section as much as I could, my goal was to have a vaginal delivery, and I truly believe that I might have ended up having a C section if it wasn’t for her support. I was in labor for 36 hours and she was there for almost 24 hours straight making sure I was calm and relaxed. She used aromatherapy and massaged my feet and back, did meditation sessions, prepared me tea, stayed with me so my husband could go to eat something, and also, answered all of our questions and gave us key information when we were facing decisions during the whole process. She only left the room for a couple of hours to get some rest when I decided to get an epidural, but she was back once my husband called her when I started pushing, and she stayed a while after the baby was born to make sure we were all OK.
One final thing that I adored about her, is that from the beginning she made it clear that she was also meant to be a great support for my husband and coached him on how to support me better!

Posted 9/6/2016

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Mariel Davs

Words feel limited to accurately express how lucky I feel to have learned about Doulas and thankful I am for having found Doula Nicole Rivera.

Nicole was there with me throughout my whole process. Patient, loving, caring. She was my center and my guide. My birth plan was to have a vaginal delivery with no pain killers and at moments of doubt and pain, she was by biggest supporter. We did it together.

I highly suggest a Doula every time someone asks me and even if nobody asks me, I highly suggest a Doula every time.

Nicole helped me stay educated, calmed when there wasn't a reason to be alarmed, provided me with the space to make decisions... all before and during my delivery.

Thank you Nicole. And you were right, I did have the delivery I planned for and in a big way, it was thanks to you. I feel blessed.




Posted 8/24/2016

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Emad Abdo

We had an excellent experience with Nicole as a birth doula. We first met Nicole at BABI's "Meet the Doulas" at Harmony Birth & Family. Even though we started with Nicole at the last month of pregnancy, she was very professional and organized sending us plenty of helpful reading material and resources that definitely helped us make informed decisions. Nicole was always there when we had questions and was open to listen and learn about our concerns. She promptly arranged prenatal meetings with my wife and was prepared to meet at any time we needed her support. We called her when labor started, she asked us questions to evaluate the situation and was there shortly after the call. During labor, my wife had irregular contractions since the morning until next day at 7pm not being able to sleep. Since Nicole’s visit to our house until we got to the hospital, she was always there helping us and especially my wife with massages using essential oils, helping with yoga positions, breathing exercises and doing rebozo exercises which definitely helped engage the baby and get the mama ready for delivery. Nicole’s presence gave me the chance to nap for a couple of hours and she was there for continuous support. We had a prenatal appointment with the midwife on the due date morning before Nicole’s visit. My wife was 3cm dilated and 90% effaced. By the time we got to the hospital next day, she was 7.5cm dilated and 100% effaced and few hours after with Nicole’s continuous help and support, we had our first baby girl. Our goal was to deliver naturally with minimum intervention and Nicole was the best support we had to achieve our goal.

Posted 5/16/2016

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Shweta Gumastedesai

We met Nicole at "Meet a doula" event arranged by BABI.

After meeting and interviewing with 4 doulas, we decided to go ahead with Nicole's services because our thought processes aligned and we were convinced that she would be a perfect fit for all our requirements. And she indeed was!

Nicole supported us throughout our pregnancy and childbirth. She was fantastic with making sure that I stuck to my birth plan. The information resources that she provided were very helpful and they let us make informed decisions. 

During labor, she used a lot of massages and aromatherapy techniques to make the whole process comfortable. I quickly recovered  all the soreness that comes with childbirth. She was also a great support and a very good guide to my husband during the entire child birth process. 

I am absolutely thankful for having Nicole as our doula!! 

Posted 1/12/2016

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Deana Vranas

We had a great experience with Nicole. Throughout my pregnancy she sent us articles to read and reminders to do breathing exercises. She was great about getting us more information or answering any questions we had. Any time we wanted to meet she would arrange it. From the minute she came to our house while in labor I was more relaxed, which allowed my labor to progress. We delivered at Sutter, and had a very peaceful experience. I wanted my mom and husband to help me in birth and Nicole was very helpful in encouraging me to think about what role I wanted each of them to play. And she helped to facilitate my wishes that when the time came. Nicole wanted us to take ownership of preparing for birth together, because ultimately that would be what mattered to have the birth we wanted. Nicole is very professional, great at communication, and strives to learn more about birth and health. I really appreciate how she takes the time to get to know the Santa Cruz, Monterey and Bay Area birth professionals. For instance, our midwife knew Nicole from a Santa Cruz meet the midwives event. Nicole is a very caring a calm person, and an invaluable resource to have on your birth team. 

Posted 11/15/2015

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Leilani Mariel Perez

We have had the pleasure of knowing Nicole Rivera long before having our child. She not only is our dear friend but, she is a woman with genuine interest and vast knowledge in child development and the doula trade. I had the pleasure of having her all along my pregnancy as well as, throughout my labor. We had a hospital birth, a high-risk birth, due to the fact of my baby being 25 weeks... from the looks of it my very desired home-birth was not going to be possible. However, she was by my side and made sure that at least my wish of natural delivery was granted and above all, RESPECTED! 

She was by our side and we were blessed to have had her support during labor as wel as post-partum.

Baby was born naturally without any medication and weighing a "whoping" 1 lbs 14 oz!  We had Nicole close to us for the entire 3.5 months he stayed in the NICU... Her sensitivity and positive energy was very much welcomed and needed.

We can attest to the fact that, she is a very passionate professional who will educate you to the best of her abilities and give you the support that all mamas and papas need throughout this amazing journey of child birthing and "fourth trimester" bliss!

Forever grateful,

The Torres-Perez Family (Miami, FL)

Posted 9/25/2015

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Haruna Kamei

After meeting with three doulas, my husband and I decided to ask Nicole to be our doula. Retrospective, Nicole and we worked together wonderfully and we are so happy to have chosen her.

Here are the key criteria that we had in mind for our doula, and she met all of them.

- Sincere: What we really liked the most about her is that she was hard-working and always thought of our needs before thinking of her own convenience.

- Reliable: She was very responsive in text/email. She also sent me follow-up emails to provide additional information on things that we discussed during our meetings. When she said she would email me something, she never forgot :)

- Available: She let us decide when we want her to be there. Many doulas only come when active labor starts. But she was OK to be with us from early labor if that's what we wanted.

- Fully committed: Although we had less than a week before my schedule induction, she visited me twice to discuss my birth wishes and the pain management tools/techniques I wanted to use. She helped me put together a birht plan for the hospital staff, which was printed out and read by so many doctors and nurses who came into my labor & delivery room.

- 100% supportive: She respected what we wanted and never questioned our decisions nor pushed her opinions. Instead, she helped me think through every possible scenario to better prepare for unexpected situations.

- Personality match: relaxed, calming, confident, reserved, can be fun and energetic as needed.

During the peak of the labor, all I remember is that she gave me really strong massage on my lower back and hip, kept telling me a lot of encouragements and comforting words right by my ears, prepared a wet cloth with calming essential oils, all of which were very effective.

As she has lots of experience in early child development, we plan to get her postportem support as well.

Posted 7/19/2015

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Andrea Wagner

Nicole is amazing! We used her for post-partum doula services. Nicole was always prompt and prepared to handle anything that was thrown at her. She has a great way about her. Her personality is very calm, reassuring and therapeutic. She played with our little one, encouraged both physical and mental development and nurtured her in all the right ways. Dare I call her "The Baby Whisperer" with her unbelievable swaddling skills. Nicole was also a tremendous help to me. On days I did not feel well she made great homeopathic suggestions never being pushy just being suggestive. She also always came prepared with essential oils to aid in mommy aches and pains.  During such an overwhelming time in new parents lives, we were lucky to have her by our side. I highly recommend her services.

Posted 7/18/2015

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Baby Khyani

She is amazing!!! We also recorded our birth which is uploaded on our Youtube channel BabyKhyani featuring Nicole and her precious touch!!ithank you for everything!!! You are the best!!!

Posted 7/8/2015

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