My Story


Nicole has been supporting bilingual birthing and postpartum families since the summer of 2014. She is a Certified Birth Doula (DONA) and Breastfeeding Educator. Nicole is also a Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator and teaches the Spinning Babies® Parent Class. Recently, she completed the INNATE Traditions Postpartum Care Certification Training. Currently, Nicole is enrolled in an Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver Diploma Program and an Indigenous & Traditional Postpartum Birthworker Certification Training.


Before becoming a birth worker, she attended a master’s program in psychology and worked as an Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) for 10 years. Nicole’s mission is to empower parents to have the birth of their choice by providing evidence-based and holistic care. She is passionate about birth-related anatomy, physiological birth, the role of the baby in labor, postpartum wellness and typical newborn behavior. Nicole believes the well-being and health of the baby depend on the parent’s well-being and health.

Education & Experience


Birth Doula


Spinning Babies® Workshop, 2017, 2020

Spinning Babies® Integration Workshop, 2019

When Survivors Give Birth, 2018

DONA Birth Doula Certification, 2017

Perinatal Substance Use Symposium, 2016

Birth Emergency Skills Training, 2014

Introduction to Childbirth, 2014

DONA Birth Doula Workshop, 2014

Spinning Babies® Parent Educator


Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training, 2018

Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator, 2019

Introduction to Midwifery


Advanced Practice Midwifery Workshop, 2017

Human Anatomy, 2017

Inorganic Chemistry for Health Professionals, 2017



English, Spanish

Postpartum Care

Indigenous & Traditional Postpartum Birthworker Certification Training, 2020

Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver Diploma Program, 2020

INNATE Traditions Postpartum Care Certification Training, 2019

Placenta Encapsulation


Placenta Encapsulation Workshop, 2016

Breastfeeding Education


The Sacred Hour and Beyond, 2017

Baby Behavior: Birth to Six Month, 2017

Certified Community Breastfeeding Educator, 2014

Early Childhood Development


Working with Babies, 2017

The Mystery of Risk: Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy and the Vulnerable Child Symposium, 2016

Certified Childcare Provider, 2012

Certified Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist, 2012

Active Member & Volunteer Work


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