Birth Doula Support

 
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A birth doula is best described as a non-medical support person that assists the birthing person and/or family continuously, throughout the pregnancy, during labor/birth and immediately postpartum. Doulas are trained in the physiology and psychology of birth, armed with information and the unique art of honoring, guiding, encouraging and providing physical and emotional comfort throughout the entire process.


The role of the doula is never to take the place of husbands or partners during birth, but rather to complement and enhance their experience.
— American Pregnancy Association
Doulas answer questions, support your choices and help you to feel prepared before and during birth. Birth doulas (also called labor doulas) are trained in specific comfort techniques that encourage relaxation, trust, focus, confidence and strength, as each stage and phase of birth unfolds.    Your doula will also provide resources, and make recommendations for    books    and    products    that will enhance your pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborn/infant feeding experience.    Whether you’re interested in an unmedicated birth, wish to receive medication, planning for a    VBAC    (vaginal birth after cesarean), or aren’t quite sure yet… a birth doula can assist you through the process of navigating all of the information out there - and helping you to come to the realization of what your personal goals and values are. Your doula will work together with    your provider   , and your partner to help you have a positive birth experience regardless of what you decide.    Your doula will NOT replace your partner or take over their primary support role. Doulas aim to compliment and encourage the role of your partner to the level of involvement they are comfortable with at any given moment. Doulas aim to enhance the experience of all involved.      *For more information about VBAC, please scroll to the bottom of the page*

Doulas answer questions, support your choices and help you to feel prepared before and during birth. Birth doulas (also called labor doulas) are trained in specific comfort techniques that encourage relaxation, trust, focus, confidence and strength, as each stage and phase of birth unfolds.

Your doula will also provide resources, and make recommendations for books and products that will enhance your pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborn/infant feeding experience.

Whether you’re interested in an unmedicated birth, wish to receive medication, planning for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), or aren’t quite sure yet… a birth doula can assist you through the process of navigating all of the information out there - and helping you to come to the realization of what your personal goals and values are. Your doula will work together with your provider, and your partner to help you have a positive birth experience regardless of what you decide.

Your doula will NOT replace your partner or take over their primary support role. Doulas aim to compliment and encourage the role of your partner to the level of involvement they are comfortable with at any given moment. Doulas aim to enhance the experience of all involved.

*For more information about VBAC, please scroll to the bottom of the page*


 
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As a birth attendant entrusted with the honor of occupying someone’s birth space, I am committed to providing respectful, inclusive, and non-judgemental support/advocacy to people and families of all gender identities/expressions, ethnicities, cultures and dynamics.

Comprehensive prenatal sessions cover a wide variety of topics including local resources, labor/birth preparation, informed decision-making, comfort measures, navigating the hospital birth environment, communicating your wishes effectively with your provider, and the unique hormonal processes involved as your birthing time unfolds. Your prenatal visits will be informative, yet based on the content that you would most like to cover.   

 

 

What exactly is Included?

  • Prenatal Prep visits in the comfort/privacy of your own home

  • Unlimited email and phone support throughout pregnancy

  • Birth plan/preference assistance

  • Informational support & resources for all the things!

  • Provider/Patient communication navigation

  • Continuous, face to face, hands-on (or off!) physical and emotional support during labor/birth - I’m there to guide you through the entire experience.. as much or as little as you need at any given point in time.

  • Comfort techniques such as use of the Rebozo, visualization, focal points, acupressure, counter-pressure, relaxation and light touch massage

  • Guidance through positioning/pelvic biomechanics

  • Evidence based information

  • A calm, reassuring presence for all involved

  • Partner/sibling/family support

  • Assistance with first feeding, if desired

  • In-home Postpartum visit within the first few weeks after birth

  • Primary and secondary back-up doulas on stand-by

  • VBAC sensitive support/information

  • Ally :)

And much more….

Newborn baby right after delivery

Birth Support Investment : $1,000

To have a look at the Northern Star Birth Doula Agreement, CLICK HERE!

Have additional questions? Want to set up a consultation?

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What an honor…

From a dads perspective, I can honestly say that I think Nicole was sent here from the heavens above to help us guys get through this with our wives. Our little guy is now celebrating his 7th day here with us and it’s because of Nicole’s wisdom and calming personality that my wife kept her cool. Every home visit I asked a million questions and Nicole had clear and concise responses. Nicole has so many birthing tips and tricks to ensure that my wife was as comfortable as possible given the intensity of her birth. My wife decided to go the natural birth route and many times throughout she did not know if she could get through it, but again it was due to Nicole’s zen like peacefulness and step by step instruction/hands on help that kept my wife strong and able to deliver our boy. Of course I was there as well to help and Nicole helped me know how to be of best assistance. We felt so confident knowing she was in the room with us and was able to alleviate concerns. For example when my wife was not making progress with her dilation, Nicole knew exactly what exercises to do to help her progress. Thank you again Nicole for everything you have given our family.
— Keith G, Philadelphia PA
We met with Nicole twice before the birth and after meeting with her the first time, I knew I wanted her by my side for my delivery. I think one of Nicole’s best qualities as our doula (and really why I chose her) is her calm nature. I don’t really know how to describe it in words, but she really made me feel at ease which helped so much during my labor. Nicole was extremely knowledgeable, professional, patient & kind.
— Isis P, Philadelphia PA
Nicole was the best doula we could have asked for. My goal for my second birth was to VBAC and go into labor on my own. She did everything in her power to make sure that happened! She’s warm, funny, very knowledgeable and as an added bonus has great taste in music. From suggestions on what to eat and drink to help my body during pregnancy and labor to suggestions for childbirth education classes and how to strengthen my body, she is just top notch. I had a long labor and she helped us through it with peace and grace, judgment free, while always offering encouragement. This included massaging my back during every contraction while my husband napped because I had back labor and, during the worst of it, just holding me during contractions. We felt prepared this time around and that is all due to Nicole. She has been equally wonderful after birth, offering suggestions for breastfeeding, brought me herbal sitz bath packets, taught me how to belly bind, AND brought the best perineal sitting cushion. She checks in to make sure we are all doing ok. They say you form a strong bond when you go through an experience like birth with someone, and they are right. I will never forget her and how she helped us bring our son into the world. I just wish I knew about her when I had my first son.
— Angela L, Paoli PA
Thanks to her I was able to overcome my trauma and fear from my first birthing experience, and deliver at a hospital without pain remediation or any more interference other than being induced. With her coaching, I had a better idea of the process in hospital and a stronger backbone to defend myself against unnecessary procedures (as long as the baby was happy). Nicole also was a great support when I had questions about various pregnancy pains and how to naturally resolve them long before delivery. I highly recommend her if you’re looking for a doula.
— Alicia F, South Philadelphia PA
Nicole was a tremendous support to my wife and me as we prepared for my delivery and during labor. Her knowledge of both conventional and complementary medicine was exactly what we needed, and her warm presence put us at ease immediately. She helped us plan and practice for decision-making we might face during labor, and set out what our most important requests for the birth team would be. During labor, her expertise in positioning was tremendously helpful and I think helped me avoid a c-section when the baby was having trouble getting around my pelvic arch.

I would recommend Nicole to any expectant parents, but I can particularly vouch for her understanding and support of queer families.
— Sarah H, West Philadelphia PA
I will try and put into words how much Nicole has positively impacted my life as well as my husband’s. With every meeting with her our confidence in the birth process grew. After every prenatal appointment we would brief and she would give me evidence based information on what I had concerns or questions about. Nicole not only served as my counselor but as a friend that also went through birth several times and trusts the process. She was the presence in the room that kept me and my husband strong in our decisions. Nicole also kept my husband company and made sure he was okay during my long labor. When I felt uncomfortable with someone or something she made sure I had support either with her words or body language. Immediately after my son was born, everything and everyone was moving so quickly. Nicole quietly watched and made sure that we were all okay. I don’t know if we would have remained loyal to our birth plan if it weren’t for her being there. I would highly recommend Nicole to a birthing couple or birthing person who is looking for a doula who understands the birthing process, trusts it, and gives evidence based information. After our birth with Nicole she is forever imprinted on our lives and we still communicate on a regular basis. Our son will know that during his birth he had a birth angel watching over him and his parents.
— Caley O, Cherry Hill NJ
When we first met, she was the perfect combination of “crunchy granola” and evidence-based hard science. She met with us twice before my son’s birth, and each time she came equipped with tips and tricks that eased my anxiety and helped me mentally prepare for my due date. Nicole was always considerate of our perspective, adapted her methods to meet our needs, and helped us feel prepared and supported the whole time. During labor, I felt immediately at ease when Nicole arrived. She somehow picked up on the things I needed in every moment.
— Stephanie K, Lansdale PA
Nicole is such a blessing. Right from our first meeting I could tell she was knowledgeable and genuinely cares about the families she works with. I interviewed many doulas and she was absolutely the best choice. She guided me through the difficult decision to change my care provider at 7 months pregnant, and at her suggestion I contacted the amazing midwife practice I ended up switching to. She knows her stuff - from gestational diabetes to terrible morning sickness and heartburn, to pelvic and back pain, she shared her knowledge with me during each step of my pregnancy. She emailed often just to check in and make sure I was doing okay. And after birth she came by to check on us multiple times and was a huge help in starting our successful nursing relationship even through a tongue tie, mastitis, colic, and reflux. My only regret is that I didn’t get to have her there for my birth (babe came way too fast and both Nicole and the midwives didn’t make it in time!) because I was really looking forward to that. She’s well versed in helping hypnobabies moms like me, and I have no doubt that she would have been an incredible support during my birthing time if my daughter hadn’t come flying out less than 10 minutes after getting to the hospital. I’m a pretty anxious person and I had a previous birth not go the way I wanted, so Nicole’s compassionate, calming presence was exactly what I needed. I can’t thank her enough.
— Beth S, Horsham PA
Nicole was recommended by another friend of mine and Im so glad she introduced me to her. Nicole was very informative and non judgmental. Nicole went over all birthing options with me and she made me comfortable enough to share my past late miscarriage so we could go over all scenarios. Nicole was also there for me when i had stressful moments throughout my pregnancy. Nicole was available via text, email, phone conversation and in person. Towards the end of my pregnancy i suffered from very low pelvic pain and she went out of her way for a unscheduled visit to bring over a birth ball and go over ways to alleviate the pain. She was also quick to email and text me links of anything she thought would help me with my pregnancy. I would recommend her as a doula.
— Allison W, Philadelphia PA
 

If you’re interested in learning more about the birth doula services I provide, have questions, or would like to set up a complimentary 45 minute consultation either in the comfort of your home or at a mutually agreed upon location, send me a message and let’s plan to connect!

 
 

VBAC INFO & RESOURCES

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