Nurture by Nicole

I am not currently available to provide birth support, please look at www.doulasofvictoria.ca for available doulas.

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Welcome to Nurture by Nicole! I am a birth doula serving families throughout the Greater Victoria area. Please feel free to contact me for more information at any time through the following channels:

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About Nicole

I am a Mom of two young children and read a lot of information during my pregnancies that showed great benefits to having a doula for labour support. Of course I wanted to do everything I could to improve the experience for my growing family, so I hired a doula for both of my births. Both ladies helped my partner and I immensely as we navigated the challenges of the two very different, but ultimately very positive and empowering births.

After these experiences, I felt passionately that all mothers-to-be should be able to have the continuous labour support that a birth doula provides. I have also been fascinated with everything to do with pregnancy and labour ever since. I decided that I would become a birth doula so that I could share my passion and help mothers and new families as I had also been helped.

Training & Experience

About Doulas

"What is a doula?

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level

A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA).

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.

A Postpartum Doula

  • Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
  • Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary

A postpartum doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials PCD(DONA).

Compared with woman who had no continuous support, women with companions (such as a doula) who were neither on the hospital staff nor in the woman's social network were:

  • 28% less likely to have a cesarean section
  • 31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
  • 9% less likely to use any pain medication
  • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively
(from Hodnett and colleagues 2011)"

© DONA International

A Doula is…

…what she knows:

  • The physiology of birth.
  • The emotional needs of a woman during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum.
  • Local birth settings and practices.
  • Sources of information - useful books and websites.
  • Local resources - useful people
  • …what she believes:

  • Birth is a key life experience which the mother will remember for a long time.
  • Her role is to nurture the mother and protect her memory of the experience.
  • …what she does:

  • Provides assistance in preparing and carrying out birth plans.
  • Facilitates communication between client, partner and clinical care providers.
  • Assists client in finding information she needs to make decisions about her care.
  • Stays by the side of the client throughout entire labour.
  • Provides emotional support.
  • © Eva Bild

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    Lending Library

    I no longer have these books and DVDs to lend, however I highly recommend the following titles:

    Title Author / Producer Format
    The Energy of Birthing Guidebook and 2 meditation CDs Ava Curtola book
    The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 8th ed. Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman book
    Birthing from Within Pam England, Rob Horowitz book
    Birth Matters Ina May Gaskin book
    Ina May's Guide to Childbirth Ina May Gaskin book
    Spiritual Midwifery Ina May Gaskin book
    Microbirth Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford DVD
    Preparing to Breastfeed: A Pregnant Woman's Guide Teresa Pitman book
    The Science of Parenting Margot Sunderland book
    Birth Day Mark Sloan book
    The Doula Book 3rd ed. Marshall Klaus, John Kennell and Phyllis Klaus book
    Our Babies, Ourselves Meredith F. Small book
    Breastfeeding Made Simple: 7 Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett book
    The Birth Partner Penny Simkin book
    When Survivors Give Birth Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus book
    The Labor Progress Handbook 3rd ed. Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta book
    Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn 4th ed. Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham and April Bolding book
    Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives Sara Lamm & Mary Wigmore DVD
    Taking Charge of Your Fertility Toni Weschler book
    Freedom for Birth Toni Harman & Alex Wakeford DVD
    Comfort Measures for Childbirth Penny Simkin DVD
    Daily Essentials: Activities for pregnancy comfort and easier birth Gail Tully & Sarah Longacre DVD
    Spinning Babies: Parent Class Gail Tully DVD
    When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads 3rd ed. Dr. Luke and Tamara Eberlein book
    Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives Deepak Chopra, David Simon and Vicki Adams book
    The Mother of all Pregnancy Books Ann Douglas book
    The Mother of all Baby Books Ann Douglas book
    The One-in-a-Milliion Baby Name Book Jennifer Moss and BabyNames.com book
    Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding, 2nd ed. Dr. Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman book
    Fathers-to-Be Handbook Patrick M. Houser book

    DONA Certification Essay

    The following is an essay I wrote as part of completing the requirements of my DONA certification.

    The Purpose and Value of Labor Support: Why Have a Birth Doula?

    a) Benefits of birth doula support to mother & family

    Labor support by a trained birth doula has been show in many scientific studies to have a multitude of benefits to birthing women and their families. In a 2012 meta-analysis of 22 trials of labor support including over 15 000 women, Hodnett et al., found a 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin, 28% reduction in cesarean births, 12% increase in spontaneous vaginal births, 9% reduction in the use of medications for pain relief, 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery, and a 34% decrease in feeling dissatisfied with their birth experience.(1) Women supported in birth by doulas often experience a boost to their self esteem that is associated with improved infant bonding and breastfeeding duration.(2) Both have the potential to provide long-term benefits to society. Mothers reporting positive birth experiences often feel a great sense of personal accomplishment.(3) Birth doulas support mothers to have a safe and positive birth experience as defined by the mother herself. What actually happens seems to matter less than how she feels about what happened. If she feels respected, in control and involved in decision making for her care, then she is most likely to feel it was a positive experience.(3) In comparison with birth doula support, caring support provided by a mother’s loved-ones does increase her birth satisfaction, but doesn’t affect the rates of obstetric interventions. Respectful care by the medical members of a mother’s birth team is beneficial but does not reduce the rate of cesarean births or improve her birth satisfaction, likely because they usually cannot provide continuous support, may not know the mother well, have other duties and lack the freedom of independence from policies governing the care that they provide.(1)

    b) Purpose of labor support

    The goal of birth doulas is to provide constant, reassuring labor support commencing whenever the mother feels the need arising, until after the new family is settled post-birth. It is this type of continuous support that yields the desired benefits of reduced obstetrical interventions and increased rates of birth satisfaction.(1-3) These outcomes have the added benefits of facilitating significant cost reductions for the healthcare system directly related to reduced birth complications and interventions (1) and improved mental health associated with better maternal-infant bonding (2). Additionally, because birth doula support is associated with increased rates and durations of breastfeeding (2), it can also contribute to the large long-term cost savings on reduced rates of both pediatric and maternal diseases that are mitigated by longer durations of breastfeeding. These include, but are not limited to necrotizing enterocolitis, ear infections, gastroenteritis, lower respiratory tract infections, atopic dermatitis, SIDS, asthma, leukemia, type 1 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, celiac disease, and certain cancers.(4,5)

    c) The birth doula’s responsibilities

    Doulas must make certain that their actions follow the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics proscribed by the certifying body in order to protect both the doula and their clients from harm and to facilitate a positive relationship with medical caregivers and hospital staff. DONA’s Standards of Practice contains three sections that describe the exclusively non-medical scope that doulas work within, how to ensure the expected continuity of care by providing a back-up doula, and the training and experience requirements to become certified (6). DONA’s Code of Ethics is comprised of five components detailing the required rules of conduct, and ethical responsibilities to clients, colleagues, the birth doula profession, and to society (7). Both of these documents must be signed by doulas in order to become certified with DONA and are of great value in guiding doulas to the courses of action to best promote the long term wellbeing of mothers, families, birth workers and the positive development of the birthing system as a whole.

    d) The birth doula’s role

    The birth doula does not replace any other member of the woman’s birth care team, but rather serves a unique enhancing role. The doula’s primary focus is to increase the emotional and physical comfort of the mother. This may include, but is not limited to the use of soothing touch, massage, calming verbal cues, encouragement, hot/cold therapy, reminders to change position, assistance using focusing/grounding imagery, acupressure, suggestions for helpful positions, guiding patterned breathing, etc. The approach and techniques used will vary according to the needs of the individual mother, so the doula must be able to read each unique situation and adapt to provide whatever would best serve her client. A doula can assist the client with any non-medical form of comfort measure and provides information as needed so as to facilitate the clients in achieving informed decision making. The doula also reduces pressure on the birth partner, if present, to participate in the birth and aid the mother in whatever capacity they prefer without feeling overextended. Throughout the birth experience, the doula strives to ensure the mother will be left with as positive a memory of the birth experience as possible, because this memory will persist for and influence the rest of the mother’s life.(3)

    References:

    1. Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C. “Continuous support for women during childbirth”. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Oct 17; (10):CD003766.

    2. Hofmeyr GJ, Nikodem VC, Wolman WL, Chalmer BE, Kramer T. “Companionship to modify the clinical birth environment: Effects on progress and perceptions of labour and breastfeeding,” Br J Obstet Gynaecol, 98:756-764, 1991.

    3. Simkin P. Just another day in a woman’s life? Women’s long-term perceptions of their first birth experience. Part I. Birth 18:4, 1991.

    4. Bartick, M and Reinhold A. The burden of suboptimal breastfeeding in the United States: a pediatric cost analysis. Peds 125:1048-1056, 2010.

    5. Stolzer, JM, The maternal and pediatric risks associated with formula feeding. Prog Prev Med 1:1-7, 2014.

    6. DONA International. Standards of Practice. DONA International, Aurora, CO, 2008.

    7. DONA International. Code of Ethics. DONA International, Aurora, CO, 2008.

    Testimonials

    Kirsta Arseneault - 10/26/2015

    We hired Nicole as our doula when I was 5 months pregnant with our first and only child at age 40. I wanted a doula who was calm, experienced, warm but matter of fact, strong and smart and Nicole fit the bill perfectly. I got a great vibe from her at the very first meeting and we didn't bother looking any further even though she was the first doula we'd interviewed.

    For the rest of my pregnancy Nicole was on call for me via text and phone and answered all my questions promptly. Nearer to the birth, she met with my husband and I to hammer out a birth plan that worked for us, as well as introduce us to different natural methods we could use to help me through labour. I felt confident that I would be able to have a natural, drug free birth with her experience and assistance.

    As it turns out, I never ended up going into labour and had to have a scheduled C-section. Nicole was still there for me, and us, with her wisdom and calm and knowledge, and even though a C-section had been exactly what I didn't want, with her experience and facts she was able to help me make it positive for me. She was there at the hospital to support us and help with the baby after the birth, even showing my husband how to change his first poopy diaper. :)

    I would highly recommend Nicole for anyone considering hiring a doula. It is such a relief and comfort to know that you have someone like her on call and by your side to calm your nerves, help alleviate your birthing pains, advocate for you to the medical staff and just generally impart her experience and knowledge. If I was going to have another baby I would definitely have her by my side again.


    Elle Street - 10/20/2015

    Nicole was very helpful in educating my husband and I in all things labour related. We felt well informed and supported going into and during our labour experience. Nicole was there for us every step of the way!


    Daine Rose Pacariem-Trinidad - 9/28/2015

    We had a great experience with Nicole as our Doula. We had an unexpectedly quick labour for a first time mom, and Nicole was quick to be by our side as active labour started. She is very experienced with labouring moms, and provided a great deal of comfort for both me and my husband. She was well-prepared, and as my husband would say, acted as a translator for a labouring woman! I never had to think about what I needed, which was great because I was able to simply focus on my labour. She and my midwife knew my birth plan ahead of time, so it was so great to have the nurses know our wishes as well. She also didn't interfere with my husband and I, she provided great support to both of us, and in return, my husband was able to support me fully in labour.

    As soon as our son was born and his cord was cut, Nicole started us on breastfeeding, which was what we wanted. I believe she is a major help to our success with breastfeeding.

    We highly recommend her!


    Sarah, Chris & baby Louise - 8/10/2015

    My husband and I are so glad that we chose Nicole as our doula. She is so knowledgeable & this has a direct correlation to her incredible passion for pregnancy & birth care.

    She was always there for me & sent so many resources when I was pregnant & after the birth if I ever had a question. I also follow her facebook page "Nurture by Nicole" and she is always posting helpful resources.

    Nicole has a beautiful calm, yet confident personality that was so appreciated for our birth. We had a hospital birth and it was so nice to have Nicole by my side. She has an incredible intuition that guides her care, whether that be helpful massage techniques or suggesting new approaches or positions.

    My birth ended up being an emergency C section, but that didn't take away from Nicole's care. In fact, having her there for us and showing her support took away from the fear I was facing at the time.

    We sincerely appreciated having her support during the entire process. I can't recommend Nicole enough for your birth journey.


    Nicole Barlow - 7/13/2015

    Nicole was our doula for my first child. I didn't really know what to expect from the labouring process, but Nicole helped me feel prepared through the prenatal visit. I appreciated her scientific approach to things. We were expecting a simple home birth and ended up transferring to the hospital and eventually had an emergency c-section. Nicole was there every step of the way, from pushing on my lower back during early contractions to helping me through tough decisions at the hospital. When my daughter was born, 42 hours after my water broke, Nicole met me in recovery and helped with breastfeeding. Nicole was also very supportive after birth, texting encouragement and advice beyond the after birth visit. I would highly recommend Nicole as a doula - if we have a second baby, I'm definitely hiring her again!


    Beck Mason - 6/1/2015

    Nicole was fantastic. We were really late getting a doula (somewhere around weeks 36, haha) but she did our pre-meeting and got us all ready even though we lost the paper work to fill out. She lent us books to help get prepared as well as giving paper hand outs with anything she thought even might be helpful. We had planned a homebirth so she helped us think of how to get the rooms ready for a birth but we ended up going to the hospital and she came with us and helped us get accustomed to the changed plan. The day my son wa born also happened to be her birthday and she spent almost all day with us, while at home helping me get through contractions and at the hospital helping keep stress down, going for drinks and watching all of our stuff when we were told we might have to leave the labour room (had a foreceps delivery but was going straight to c-section if the foreceps didn't work) I would highly reccomend Nicole to anyone!


    Juan Loo - 2/6/2015

    If you are looking for a doula who is calm, reassuring, supportive, dependable, and totally dedicated to her role, then I'd recommend Nicole to you 100%. My wife says she doesn't know how she would've done it without her, and I don't even want to imagine what that would've been like. My wife had a very long labour, and Nicole was there with her almost every step of the way without leaving her side. Before my wife gave birth, I'd heard from other men that having a doula had been indispensable for them, and that doulas are as much of a support, if not more, for the partners as they are for mom. Well, it's true. I didn't fully appreciate what they meant until it was my turn. Having Nicole there allowed me to relax and help my wife, as well as attend to things like filling the birth pool. Though I consider myself a supportive husband who attended prenatal classes with dedication, Nicole bolstered my support during my wife's labour so that, together, we were able to help my wife in ways far beyond what either of us could've done individually. From all three of us: "Thank you, Nicole, for all your help!"


    Stephanie Benford - 3/1/2015

    I never feel like I writing but…Nicole was my doula for the birth of our second child. In the time leading up to my labour I found Nicole to have an insatiable desire to help the client understand any part of the labour process they are curious about (placenta encapsulation, effects of Gestational diabetes on the placenta etc). She's intuitive, she was right there when I needed her most during my contractions. She is very scientifically minded, and takes the proven research approach to childbirth, baby making which in a world full of spirituality I found very refreshing. I found that she supported me flawlessly, unique to my own needs she really does put the labouring woman / family first to her own needs during labour. Because she puts the client first as much, I feel she would be benificial to all types of labouring mothers / families who require spirituality, or tools to cope with the labour. I highly recommend Nicole as your next doula."


    Paul & Heather Hey - 3/9/2015

    We were so blessed to have Nicole on our team! I wouldn't have wanted to go through the last few months, and especially through labour, without her.

    Nicole is a truly gifted doula who seemed to know what I needed even before I did, even to the point of applying my lip balm during labour, passing me tissues, holding my hands and toning with me, all while keeping the mood light. My partner was able to take a 2 hour nap during early labour because I felt so well supported by Nicole. I never felt overwhelmed during my labour, just completely and wholeheartedly nurtured.

    Her lending library of resources is extensive, the books are all very well selected and everything I've borrowed from her was very helpful to me. Another fantastic tool in Nicole's toolkit is her TENS machine, it was a really neat way to cope with contractions and having that button to push let me feel a little more in control. Having a copy of our birth story written by Nicole was fantastic, a few things that were blurry in my memory came rushing back as I read the play-by-play version Nicole had written.

    I can't recommend her highly enough and will always remember what an integral role she played in the birth of our daughter.


    Joey Sprout - 4/6/2015

    Nicole was a great friend and resource to both myself and my husband for the preparation and birth of our daughter. She was very knowledgable and provided us with great resources to help make informed decisions about our birthplan, pain management, And generally challenges and decisions that we would have to make/overcome through all stages of labour. During our time with Nicole, she showed us her relentless dedication to client care. Being available when we needed her and going above expectations when we weren't sure what we needed. She was very kind, thoughtful, helpful and patient. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great support person before, during and after their birth.


    Mandy & Max Lee - 4/30/2015

    I should done this review much earlier, but life just get so much busier with a newborn. I can not say enough good things about Nicole. It was hesitate to hire a stranger at first, but after first meet we know she is the right person for us. Whenever you need her, she's always there for you to provide ultimate support. No matter before or after, especially during the labor. We are so lucky to have her as our doula and will recommend her to any one who like to have a doula to help them during the pregnancy!


    Ashley Bailey - 11/7/2014

    I began my pregnancy under the care of a maternity doctor and thankfully one of my coworkers mentioned the benefits of a doula and how they couldn't imagine NOT having one present for their birth. After hearing this, I was quickly convinced that a doula was something I both wanted and needed to improve my birth experience.

    During our first meeting and then throughout my pregnancy I felt unbelievably comfortable talking to her about any question or concern I was having. She was always available for a chat to reassure my fears or share her knowledge with me. I am so thankful I contacted Nicole to be my special person to be there for me during my first pregnancy and birth.

    When my doctor went on unexpected leave, she was there to hear my concerns and help me find a midwife as I was really interested in a home birth via birthing pool. She listened to my labor preferences regarding my birth plan and truly helped make them a reality.

    Because of her, I found amazing midwives, was able to labor at home in the birthing pool like I wanted and when we had to go to the hospital I was able to ultimately have my little girl naturally without any drugs!

    My labor was very long (over 30 hours) and mainly back labor so i don't know what my boyfriend and I would have done without her?! She expertly massaged my back, encouraged exercises that would help to improve the position of the baby, provided information about our options when we needed it, and constantly kept me fed or hydrated.

    Nicoles hand was there to hold when I reached out for it and she found ways to show me that I wasn't alone. I will never forget her kind words and am so thankful she was there to support me. I highly recommend Nicole to anyone looking for an amazing Douls that is experienced, informative, and caring.? When I have a second child, I hope she will be available to be there for me again and make my next birthing experience as great as this one was!


    Amanda Viveash – 11/6/2014

    Nicole was my first doula and had a great experience. She was by my side through the entire labour process and helped me to work through most of it completely drug free which what wanted. Thanks to her advice I was able to deal with the contractions and even deliver without any pain medications. She took the time to write a birth story fr my son and even mde a couple house calls.

    I would highly reccommend her as a doula. Very easy to talk to and knowledgable.


    Yanira Her – 9/10/2014

    We were so lucky to have Nicole at our home birth. She is wonderful. We wanted someone with lots of resources, calm, and with the sensitivity to let us have our intimacy as family and let my husband have his role as father: and we found Nicole, fitting totally in our wishes. She has lots of usefull tips, she kindly visited us many times ensuring we were comfortable with the birth process and came home as soon as we called her for the birth.Having her as doula, helped me to be more confident in that special time and finally to have a wonderful birth as I dreamed. Thank you Nicole.


    Wendy Bird - 6/16/2014

    Nicole was our doula for the birth of our son in April 2014. We met Nicole late in our pregnancy and she quickly put my mind at ease about facing a VBAC. She took all of my fears and concerns and provided me with information and indespensible support. I'm not the best at reaching out for help so having Nicole check in on me frequently was greatly appreciated. About two weeks before the birth of my son, we learned that we were potentially facing another emergency c-section if we tried for a VBAC, or we may want to consider scheduling a c-section due to baby's position and other factors. Upon hearing this, Nicole quickly sent me information on how we could try to change baby's position and even offered to come help me do the excercises. She also helped me become more prepared for a c-setion if that's what we were going to choose. In the end, we scheduled a c-section. Nicole was with us every step of the way and helped to keep me calm for the hours prior to surgery (especially when we got bumped and had to wait even longer!).I cannot say enough about how supportive Nicole was through this incredibly stressful time. She became a part of our birth experience and family for our son's birth, and was incredibly respectful and compassionate. The birth story she wrote for us is a treasured keepsake. Nicole was indespensible and very apprciated by myself, my partner, and our family!!


    Ashley Evans - 5/5/2014

    We simply can not say enough wonderful words about Nicole. After an emergency cesarean and no doula with our first, finding someone we respected and trusted (and vice-versa) to support us in the birth of our daughter was top priority.

    We knew from the beginning that we wanted to try for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), and were anxious to find a doula who had attended a VBAC birth and who felt comfortable with it. While we were Nicole's first VBAC clients, the way she put us at ease, took the reigns in research, and offered unbridled support, we knew we were in the right hands.

    Throughout my pregnancy she was there to respond to countless texts and phone calls, always providing useful insight and information. She has been there for us unwaiveringly, providing both my husband and I with confidence not only in her but ourselves as well.

    When we had a scare at 38 weeks - and our daughter nearly born by cesarean - Nicole was by my side every moment she could be. Our daughter was positioned fist down. Nicole had me in a couple different inversions in the hospital, and we discovered only moments before surgery that our baby had moved. I truly attribute the shift from fist to head down, to Nicole and her own knowledge, research, and guidance.

    When labour finally hit, and was carrying on for over 30 hours, Nicole offered such calm support and guided me in a successful - unmedicated - VBAC. We truly could not have been happier with how things went and would highly recommend Nicole.

    After our birth, she didn't hesitate in connecting us with the Le Leche League when we needed breastfeeding support, and post-partum support as well.

    We are so grateful to have met such an outstanding woman and to have had her present and engaged in one of the most amazing moments of our lives.

    Thank you for everything Nicole. :)


    Emily Granlin - 4/24/2014

    When I was due with my second child I began thinking about finding a doula to attend the birth, because my Mom had moved away and couldn't be there for my labour support. Bcause I hadn't had a doula with my first child I wasn't quite sure what to expect, or if I really even needed one. Although Nicole had limited experience at the time, she completely blew me away! I felt so comfortable with her and she was calm, supportive and very knowledgeale during my entire experience with her.

    Nearing the end of my pregnancy I was feeling very anxious to meet my new little one and feeling frustrated with my aches and pains. I felt like I was texting her non-stop! She never made me feel like I was a nusance, an would always promptly answer any questions or concerns that I had.

    When I first talked to Nicole about her attending my birth I remember one of the hinge she told me was that she didn't believe that she was "touchy feely" enough (or something to that extent!). From my experience I can say that she was very warm, affectionate and caring towards me and my entire family. Grouch out my labour she comforted and encouraged me and was always very present and engaged in what was happening.

    Though I had an easy labour, I am certain that it wouldn't have gone quite as smoothly without Nicole. She came to keep my company early on in my labour and helped me cope with pain and helped me with some techniques to help engage and turn the baby to a more optimal position.

    if we decide to have another child, I will most definitely be using Nicole's services again, as she is one of the most compassionate, caring and knowledgeable women that I know! Thank you so much Nicole for helping to make my birth experience something that I remember fondly.


    Maura Brothers - 4/24/2014

    Nicole was our doula in December 2013 as I gave birth to my son. She was a wonderful support for me and for my husband as we went through a very long and challenging birth and postpartum period. Nicole is kind and calm, has lots of great ideas, and is passionately interested in all aspects of birth, which made her an invaluable resource leading up to the birth and afterwards. Looking back on my birth experience, I can honestly say that although I ended up needing a caesarean, I know that I had the information, the opportunities and the support to know that we had the best possible outcome - Nicole's guidance and assistance were a huge part of that.


    Kev Carter - 11/26/2013

    My Wife and I were so fortunate to have the support, care, knowledge, and friendship of Nicole for the birth of our first child just on Nov 5/13. We had a situation where there was no family much present or other help and our Doctor mentioned we look into finding a Doula. We went online,found Nicole and decided to give someone new our trust as we were new to this birthing ourselves. Nicole gave us so much help from the very beginning, and it was a difficult birth, Nicole slept likely 2-3 hours during the 27 hours of labour, I kept asking her if she needed to go home or..., she just stayed with us no matter. She showed true strength in conviction for her calling as a Doula. Thank you so much Nicole, you helped us so much.


     

    Charlotte Hannah Wilkinson - 11/23/2013

    Nicole was my second doula for the birth of my son Samuel. As a single mother, having two doulas attend the birth was so so wonderful. Nicole came to my house first when I discovered I was in active labour and she took over massaging my back in the tub from my friend. She was encouraging, gently, kind, and kept me focused and calm throughout my painful back contractions. When Melissa (my primary doula) arrived at my house, Nicole continued to stay with me while Melissa made the call to my midwives and got things organized around the house along with my friend. Nicole helped me get dressed and then the two of them helped me out to Melissa's car for the ride to the hospital. My labour was fast and my son's birth was quick, but throughout it all Nicole remained calm and supportive. They each took one arm as we made our way up to L&D, both of them encouraging me to just make it tomy midwife, but yet still remaining calm and collected. Nicole stayed by my side after my perfect son was born and helped me focus on him while I got stitched up, she fed me a sandwich and ginger ale after the birth while still never leaving my side. Having two of them there was a bonus for everyone, cause it meant there was always at least one of them by my side. The nirth ended up being 100% natural -- which was what I wanted, but also because it was so fast, there was no time for an epi! Both Nicole & Melissa came back the next day to see how we were doing at the hospital. At our post-natal visit Nicole wrote up a wonderful birth story from her perspective. I have put it in my son's baby book for him to read one day. It was beyond helpful to me given how short and intense my labour was, it helped me to process the birth, and gave it some clarity considering it was one big blur to me. I highy recommend Nicole if you are looking to hire a doula. It was by far worth every penny I spent.


    Annie Smith - 11/10/2013

    I had the privilege of having Nicole as my second doula at my daughter's birth. She was almost 2 weeks overdue, was transverse during one ultrasound and I had to change my birth plans from a home birth to a hospital birth because of a previous history of shoulder dystocia. Nicole was a huge support during this whole time. When I was starting to feel like I was losing control of this pregnancy, she reminded me that the birth was still my choice and gave me lots of information to prove that and she truly empowered me. When my stubborn little girl finally made her way into this world in a mad dash, Nicole and Emerald (my primary doula), became a wonderful team to help me through the labour and birth. I remember Nicole always just being there, during early and active labour she was one of my pillars to lean on during contractions, she seemed to have an instinct to have what I needed…whether it was water, juice, a soothing touch and she was the last one at the hospital after everyone went home just making sure I was OK. We feel really blessed to have had her as a part of our birth story and I know anyone else will be too. She is passionate about all things birth and breastfeeding and will bring a lot of knowledge and support to anyone lucky enough to have her as a doula. :)

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