Peace, I'm Nicole.
Nicole: Mother of a 10-year old and a 2-year old. Doula. Maternal Health Consultant. Oral Historian. Yogi. Artivist. Bronx Native. Caribbean-Rooted. African-Centered. Global Minded.
I received formal training to become a Full Spectrum Doula through Ancient Song Doula Services in April of 2014 and once again through the Matrona Holistic Birth Doula Program. I was prompted to enroll in this training course as birthing has always been one of my immutable fascinations. Enamored by the enormous strength displayed by people in labor and the waves of emotion flowing through each member of the birthing team, I'd find myself as a youngster (an otherwise TV-phobe) glued to the screen when TLC's Maternity Ward series was on. In other words, I am certain that birth work is what I am meant to do with my life. My ultimate goal is to become a midwife.
I have served families whose cultural and linguistic backgrounds vary. I have been a doula to clients in hospital settings, at home, and am completely open to birth centers.
In May of 2015, I received a Masters degree in Oral History from Columbia University. As an MA student I designed and executed an oral history project on the evolution of birthing practices among women of African descent and how this may be linked to the history of midwifery in the American South.