Meet Nicole

Hi! I'm Nicole, Puerto Rican wife, coffee lover, mama of 3, doggie mom of 1, family chef, and lover of all things baby!

I absolutely love all things birth, babies and breastfeeding!
Supporting families from prenatal through the postpartum period is my passion.

I was born and raised in the west coast of Puerto Rico and grew up among palm trees, salty air, sand dunes and surf waves.  I'm mom to three energetic girls. We currently reside in Roebuck, SC. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and proudly work with all communities in my area.

my background

I worked in the financial industry and as a business instructor for most of my professional career. But my love for all  perinatal periods led me to a career shift, and motivated me to enroll in lactation-specific and childbirth education studies.

I fell in love with birth, motherhood and breastfeeding with the birth of my firstborn. I am as committed today as I became with my first birth experience and my very first latch. I have devoted the last few years to my perinatal studies and have a specialization in lactation management.  

Education, Training and Experience 

B.S. Business Management

2002

University of Puerto Rico

M.B.A. Business Management

2005

Metropolitan University of Puerto RIco

First vaginal Childbirth

2009

Winchester Medical Center

Second vaginal childbirth

2011

Winchester Medical Center

Third vaginal childbirth

2017

Greenville Midwifery Birth Center.

Certified lactation counselor- LC (CBI)

2017-2019

Childbirth International.

Certified HypnoBirth and HypnoFertility Educator

Jan
2020

The LeClair Method

gentlebirth Certified Childbirth Educator- GBCE

Apr
2020

GentleBirth

yoga teacher-in-training

Present

Yoga and Ayurveda Center

IBCLC INtern

Sept
2020

Nourish Integrative Lactation & Wellness

MY APPROACH

"A positive birth comes in many forms and is defined by the Mother."
~ Tracy Donegan, Registered Midwife and GentleBirth Founder

I believe that understanding what is biologically normal with your body and baby is key to surviving parenthood and reaching your pregnancy, birth and lactation goals.

I am passionate about teaching prenatal classes that aid future parents to be prepared for the beautiful journey that lies ahead, always providing evidence-based information that assists them in making the right decisions for their family.

My BIRTH AND BREASTFEEDING Story

Sophia

As a first time mother in 2009 living in Virginia, I attended the hospital and breastfeeding class, which prepared me for the basics of what was ahead. After my waters breaking at 38 weeks, Sophia was born with pain management meds at our local hospital. Although we were both well, Sophia would not latch onto my breast. I was not informed of the effects of epidural use on newborns, so I was confused and frustrated as to why my baby wouldn't latch, but wanted to sleep so much instead. I started my journey of problem solving on my own through research and online forums. I navigated through painful latches, plugged ducts, cluster feeds and exhaustion. But I was able to succeed and breastfed my firstborn, latching her at day 5 postpartum. I returned to work full time as an accountant at 8 weeks postpartum, and had to then navigate the world of milk supply, pumping, bottles, and balancing a career and home life. I nursed Sophia for 22 months.


Victoria

My firstborn weaned just weeks before her sister, Victoria, was born in 2011. For my second birth, I opted again for the epidural, but didn't realize how quickly the labor would be. Just moments after the epidural, I was coached to push. The epidural hadn't taken full effect first, and the sustained coached pushing placed too much pressure on my tailbone, which ended up injured. Breastfeeding was easier this time, and I reached  my goal of nursing Victoria for 24 months. Life moved us from Virginia to South Carolina, and I had to say goodbye to finance and embrace my new role as a stay-at-home mom.  ​ Once Victoria started kindergarten, I returned to work, this time teaching business courses at our local high school.


Andrea

Just 6 months after returning to work, we were surprised with the pregnancy of our third child. I, once again, said goodbye to work mom, and hello to stay-at-home mom.  ​ Andrea was born in 2017 at a birth center surrounded by amazing midwives that understood my concern for my tailbone. I was able to have a complete physiological water birth, with minimal speaking, using my version of meditative focus and a complete positive, exhilarating and emotionally healing birth experience. The 4th trimester was very challenging. Mastitis, plugged ducts: vasospasm, postpartum depression and anxiety rocked my world. A very high needs baby and toddler, I learned to fully embrace Respectful-Attachment Parenting, which helped me manage the obstacles thrown our way. Because I am taking a baby-led approach this time around, I am allowing her to self wean whenever she is biologically ready . 


Looking for a birth support network?

I also manage the Spartanburg Birth Network directory of birth professionals. Visit the link below to view all the amazing birth professionals in our directory!

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