“Our experience with Nekole is something we will remember for the rest of our lives and not only because she helped bring our daughter into the world. We thank her from the bottom of our hearts because she was instrumental in making our birth experience exactly what we wished for, a non-medicated natural water birth. Had she not been there, I may not have been able to summon the courage that I did. I may have given in and transferred to the hospital when I hit a brick wall of exhaustion after 30 hours of labor. Even my midwife was beginning to worry about my progress. I remember at one point I said, “My spirit is gone.” I was so fatigued and definitely stuck in the middle of labor. But Nekole knew I had more power within me, she knew I had more energy, and she knew that I could do it. She had the voice that I couldn’t find. She knew just the right things to say and the right things to do get me to believe in myself again as well as miraculous massaging hands to relieve the pain of contractions. She even took some amazing birth photos for us. All around one the most incredible people I have met and we were so lucky to have her as our doula. When we are ready for a second child, we will have her as our doula again in a heartbeat. Thank you Nekole!” Mama of a beautiful baby girl
“My partner and I had an amazing experience with Nekole Shapiro both in preparing for giving birth and as our doula while I was in labor. If I could do any thing over again, it would be to have hired her on sooner. The meetings we had with her while I was pregnant were very comfortable and easy going. She was great at meeting both of us where we were each at with our comfort levels of bringing someone new into the birthing room with us. The thing I loved the most about our preparations with Nekole, was the partner massage practice we did to get the three of us into a groove of touching and communication ahead of time. We were able to establish a way for the three of us to communicate with each other so as to assist me as much as possible during labor. It was great to be able to practice things like this in advance. While in labor I really trusted Nekole and knew that she was there for me at every moment. Whenever we tell our birth story, the part my partner emphasizes the most was Nekole’s unwavering strength and ability to perform low back presses for just about every one of my contractions. A lot of upper body strength goes into doing those and she never let me down. With Nekole, you get physical support and relief in the form of massage and body work, as well as her expertise in the birthing room. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a “wholistic” birth experience, and I recommend getting her involved as early as you can (even while you are still thinking of getting pregnant if possible) and planning on having her be a postpartum doula for you as well.” Audrey McManus, Babeland Education Coordinator
“My experience with Nekole was almost indescribable. I actually hadn’t planned on having her at my birth but with a turn of events my midwife brought Nekole along to support her and help in the birth. I had met Nekole numerous times and knew her, but was shocked when she showed up during my labor. At first I was upset because I wanted only certain people in my birth circle. I had been preparing for my second birth in a much different way than I had my first and so I wanted every person there to have a purpose and to be someone I was comfortable with. Little did I know, that Nekole was EXACTLY what I needed. There was so much skill and energy that she brought to my birth. Once I embraced the fact that she was going to be there for this sacred experience, I immediately went to her for a hug and a contraction started as we were embracing. I knew, at that moment, that she was needed at this birth. Her massage therapy background was an asset I will never forget. She would put her hands on my back or hips and work through each contraction with my body. My body and her hands worked like magic together. Her encouragement during my labor was subtle but just enough to keep me going strong. Just the way she would talk about my body and its beauty made me labor with confidence. Nekole is all about birthing in a new paradigm. She knows how to hold space and give confidence to women and their bodies. I will never forget my second birth experience and would encourage all women to birth with the power they contain within them.”
Jill Pollard Mama of two beautiful children
“I highly recommend Nekole Shapiro as a pregnancy, birth, and postpartum doula/coach/massage therapist, and here’s why…
Nekole has been with us at every step of our childbirth experience; we began seeing her when I was about two months pregnant, she was present for the entire birth, and are still seeing her at eight months postpartum. This has been important for us in numerous ways. The psychological changes that occur at each phase of preparing for birth and parenthood are intense, layered, multi-faceted, and hard. There is a lot of grieving, fear, uncertainty, and doubt in addition to the exhilaration, excitement, and joy—and each part of our bodies processes these changes at different speeds in discrete ways. Nekole has been a witness and a support to us through every phase, listening and giving advice, sharing ideas, and exploring ways in which we can more fully be with where we are—individually, as a couple, and as a family.
I can’t recommend Nekole’s approach highly enough; I believe every person should have the open, loving, supported, beautiful, mind-blowing birth they deserve, the one Nature meant them to have. The one their child deserves to have. What a wonderful first birth day present for your child and your family: to know you’ve prepared for that baby’s arrival with the utmost care and attention. Nekole helped us do that and has continued to do it with every visit since our son’s arrival. She gets birth at a basic, cosmic level, and I believe she can help facilitate that for anyone.”
Christina Dietrich and Brendan Perkins