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NicoleD

My name is Nicole, and am 30 years old. I am married to the love of my life, a wonderful French Puerto Rican and we have 4 girls and 1 boy. I am a childbirth educator, doula, aspiring midwife, and mother to 5. Bellies and Babies focuses on pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting issues, as... Full Bio
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One Tough Mudder by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility This last month my husband and I completely our first Tough Mudder.  While we were heading through the course, 3/4 of the way done, we spied this gal And I asked ... Read on »
Thanks in Birth by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I love the Greek language.  It is so expressive and complete. Whereas we might say 'love', the Greeks have different words for different types of love. And whereas we might ... Read on »
Let It Go... by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility So, right about now, many of you have magically transformed into Elsa and are singing with gusto. Yeah, that's kind of what I'm talking about. During labor and birt ... Read on »
Doulas Have Big Balls by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility There, I said it. Doulas have big balls. We do! I'm not talking about the scrotum, or even our ovaries... I'm talking about a birthing ball. Most doulas either have, or enco ... Read on »
Bathrooms or Birthrooms by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility It happens - mama is laboring along and someone, whether it's mom herself, her partner, her doula, or her provider, suggests she go to the bathroom for awhile. I get a littl ... Read on »
Scapegoats and Birth Teams by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Dear Nurse - "I don't like doulas. Just in case my actions didn't make it obvious enough, let me spell it out for you - 'your presence isn't welcome. You complicate my jo ... Read on »
Who's Gonna Pay If I Leave AMA by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility So a girl walks into a hospital... Sounds like the start of a joke, yes? Let's continue... So, a girl walks into a hospital 'in labor'. She goes through triag ... Read on »
It's Just Going To Hurt - And I'm Sorry by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility eventful.com My husband and I went to a local comedy joint, as we often do, and had the privilege of watching the act of inspirational comedian, Darryl Leno ... Read on »
Small-Minded Birth Workers by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Some of you might know, or it may come as no surprise to you that don't know, that there are a number doula support groups on Facebook. The intent of these pages are ... Read on »