Nicole: Mother of a 12-year old and a 4-year old. Doula. Certified Lactation Consultant. Maternal Health Consultant. Oral Historian. Yoga Instructor. Artivist. Bronx Native. Caribbean-Rooted. African-Centered. Global Minded.
Of Southern American and Caribbean ancestry and based in the Bronx, NY, I strive to center the borough and the Black experience in the birth and social justice activism in which I engage. I recently served as a Community Doula Consultant for the New York City Health Department’s COVID-19 Perinatal Taskforce. I am the founder of Sésé Doula Services and co-founder of the Bx (Re)Birth and Progress Collective.
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 child engrossed in episodes of TLC's Maternity Ward series. In other words, I am certain that birth work is what I am meant to do with my life. My ultimate goals are to open a community wellness center in the North Bronx and to become a midwife.
I have served families whose cultural and linguistic backgrounds vary. I have been a doula to clients in hospital settings and at home.
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.
Facets of Nicole, the Doula
Nicole is a certified full spectrum doula with over six years of experience in both hospital and home birth settings. Her role as your doula is to provide physical and emotional support, as well informational support and advocacy when needed during your pregnancy and childbirth experience. She is committed to providing you with the most accurate, up-to-date information regarding pregnancy and birthing to allow you to make the best decisions for you and your family. Nicole has completed Infant and Child CPR training and is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). She is also a trained Prenatal Yoga Instructor.
The first several weeks after your baby's birth are just as crucial a time for the support and guidance of a trained and knowledgeable sister-like figure. As your postpartum doula, Nicole provides "new parent care" to ensure that you and your family make the smoothest possible transition into life with your latest addition. She'll guide you through all-natural healing practices for both your body and spirit, newborn care, and will even help you tackle light housework while you enjoy your baby or just get some vital rest. Nicole has spent over 700 hours with families during their postpartum stages.
In May of 2015, Nicole received a Masters degree in Oral History from Columbia University. As an MA student she 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. She humbly invites each of her clients to share their oral history as it relates to childbirth so that they may be added to her growing archive.