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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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Mama Midwife - Book Review and Giveaway by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I received a copy of Mama Midwife from the author, Christy Tyner, for review here on Bellies and Babies. I was so excited to see this book in the mail, as I am a sucke ... Read on »
A Risk Analysis' Review of Her Own Births by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility This is a mamas review of her own birth experiences, cesarean and two VBACs. Thanks for sharing mama C!  To those whose c-sections were for "failure to descend" (stuck ... Read on »
My Doula Suggested by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility If you haven't noticed, I am taking a bit of a comical relief break in my blogging.. This blog post is no exception. So, without further ado, I give you, "My Doula Suggested ... Read on »
The Mommy Plan - a Book Review by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility This review was written from my doula sister, Anna, over at Ordinary Miracle Doula Services . I was provided a copy of The  Mommy Plan for review and, after reading it m ... Read on »
Hannah, Delivered - Winner by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Congratulations to HEATHER B. for winning the drawing! Just send me an email and I will hook you up with the author for your copy :) Read on »
Trust by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility A friend of mine related this story to me and the mother involved and she both asked me to share it. Trust, what does it mean? According to Merriam Webster, trust i ... Read on »
Hannah, Delivered - Book Review & Giveaway by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility "Half of what you need to learn to be a midwife is external stuff, pretty straightforward - textbook knowledge and bedside manners and how to interpret vital signs. The ot ... Read on »
I Be Like... by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Being a birthworker is such a rewarding profession. The ups, the downs, the in-betweens - all equate to one thing = my job is an adventure. That said, there are ups and d ... Read on »
Two Way Street by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility If you read my blog much, I'm sure you have seen at least some of these stories circulating And so many more that I just don't have the heart to link... what two t ... Read on »
Short Stories by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I had some amazingness a few weeks ago. On Tuesday, a mama started her birthing journey. On Wednesday night, she called me to her. Within the hour, another mama called me to ... Read on »
The Attachment Pregnancy - review by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I was given a copy of The Attachment Pregnancy from the authors to review their book here. And I'm so glad I did! I appreciate this book. I appreciate this book bec ... Read on »
Whimsy Sweet Treats - Review by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I was so happy to open my mail yesterday and find a beautifully wrapped white and silver ribboned box. The label shimmered at me invitingly: I had received a sample of ... Read on »
On Apprenticeship - a Newer Doula's Perspective by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility This is a guest post from Anna , the apprentice doula I have been working with for awhile. She is an amazing doula, and I wanted to give her a chance to tell you about the b ... Read on »
It Takes a Village To Raise a BirthWorker by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility *UPDATE* - SHE'S FULLY FUNDED!!! THANK YOU FOR GIVING! Some of my readers know that I have been mentoring an apprentice for about 6 months now and she will be graduatin ... Read on »
When Breastfeeding Sucks by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility A client asked if she could share her breastfeeding journey. Here it is in all of it's raw beauty! She and I enjoyed writing this together while sipping lattes and wat ... Read on »
I am Brave by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I'm Brave. I ate all the right food and didn't eat the bad I worked out daily did my Kegels had a doula found a midwife cleared my negativity healed my relationships ... Read on »
My Wife's a Doula by NicoleD Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility My wife's a doula. That sentence alone conjures up a number of questions, including what's that?  so she's a midwife?   do ever go with her to work?  and man ... Read on »