Hello! I'm Nicole. I'm a wife, mother to 2 girls, an ob/gyn physician, and integrative health coach. I'm here to help women like you have a healthy birth and healthy life!
how i got here
Have you ever stayed in a situation even though you knew in your heart it wasn't working? That was me.
I started out in medicine with big plans to combine patient care and research. But truth be told it didn't go so well. I spent 7 years trying to do research and I was pretty miserable. Focusing on research turned out not to be the best use of my talents.
I wasn’t happy in my clinical practice either. I was getting increasingly frustrated with what has become a common practice in medicine - pressuring physicians to see more patients in less time.
So what finally pushed me to make a change? A really difficult meeting with my boss. Like leaving in tears difficult. To be fair, my boss wasn’t mean. The reality of how things weren’t working just hit me pretty hard. But as is often true with "failure", the experience turned out to be just what I needed.
I'm fortunate that soon after that painful meeting, I learned about what has turned out to be the perfect job for me (see "Do I Still Practice Medicine" below). I also decided to become a certified integrative health coach. My health coaching training taught me how to use a holistic, evidence based approach to help women make positive lasting changes to their health.
Now I've combined my knowledge and experience as an ob/gyn physician with my training as a health coach, and created a fantastic online course to help you get ready for birth. If you're planning a vaginal birth in the hospital, it has the information you need to help you be knowledgeable, prepared, confident, and empowered to have the birth you want.
How I can Help You
I'm here to serve you by providing holistic, evidence-based, comprehensive resources to help you have a healthy birth and healthy life.
If you're planning a vaginal birth in the hospital, are you concerned about:
Well then take a look at my Online Birth Preparation Course. This course will help you do all those things and more. With this course you'll be confident, knowledgeable, prepared and empowered to have the birth you want.
If you have an upcoming event and you'd like your attendees to experience a lively, interactive presentation and leave with concrete steps to improve their pregnancy, birth, health and well-being, please contact me about my Speaking Services. I'll give my best to ensure your event is a success. I can speak in person or remotely.
my education and training
do i still practice medicine?
I sure do! I work as an ob/gyn hospitalist. Most of my clinical time is spent on labor and delivery, helping women bring life into this world. I absolutely love it and am a passionate advocate for helping women like you have a safe and fulfilling experience giving birth. I also volunteer at a clinic where I provide free care to low income women who don't have health insurance.
5 facts about me
- In 2007 my first daughter was born 8 weeks premature. She had an intestinal malformation called duodenal atresia that required surgery. She spent 1 month in the NICU. She's perfectly healthy now :).
- I. LOVE. HGTV. My favorite show is House Hunters.
- I’m a big podcast fan. Some of my favorites are This American Life (and its spin offs), several from Gimlet Media, and a few business podcasts.
- When I was in college I studied abroad for a year in Kenya. On my way back home I visited Egypt. It's impossible to describe what it's like to go on safari and see ancient ruins in person.
- I love hoop earrings (of all sizes!) and hate eye makeup (something about having stuff on my eyes is awkward for me...).
check me out on the following podcasts
Listen in to learn about tips for a great birth experience (delayed cord clamping is important!), what it's really like to deliver babies (sometimes poop is involved), and health coaching. Three of these shows were named new and noteworthy podcasts in iTunes.
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