Current Events: Pregnancy, Birth and COVID-19
What if I don't want to go to the hospital?
Hey Family. I know that this is a scary and uncertain time for lots of us, possibly even more so when we have a little one that's about to make their as-yet-unscheduled appearance. I wanted to let you know that Your Community Midwife is thinking of you.
If you are concerned about getting your regular prenatal check ups, I am more than happy to do a prenatal visit for you, in your home, for the reduced cost of $100. I am available by appointment and can be available on short notice.
If you are now considering a homebirth and have questions, I'm happy to do a phone consultation with you or come to your home to do one in person.
If you have decided that you DO NOT want to have a hospital birth in light of the potential for COVID-19 transmission or changes in hospital policies, please contact me directly and as soon as possible. You will need to have your full medical records and ultrasound reports available.
I know we are in uncharted territory these days and I am here to provide guidance, support and help. Please reach out.
Your Community Midwife
Reproductive Health, Birth and Postpartum Services and Support
Did you know you didn't need to have a baby to have a Midwife? Midwives are well-trained in all aspects of reproductive health: birth, pregnancy, postpartum care, in-home insemination, preconception planning, STI testing, uterine and cervical care.
Every body is unique. Whether care takes place at the hospital, birth center or at home, each is beautiful and deserving of celebration. Let's connect to learn more about my services, and how I can help you get more holistic, fully informed and evidence-based care.
When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.
Making Progress: Partnerships and #blackgirlmagic
I was on a podcast!
If you'd like to learn a bit more about me and my background, take a few minutes to listen to this episode of Birth Kweens that features, well, me!
I was on a podcast!
I got a great opportunity to spend some time with Laurel and Danielle at Birth Stories in Color. We got to talk about my background and birth work, birth centers and families.
A Community Affair
I am working on building a community birth center in central San Diego county. The birth center, San Diego Community Birth Center, will be a hub and safe space for birthing, reproductive health care, education and connection.
Meet Nikki, Your Community Midwife
Midwifery is a calling.
I'm Nikki and am the proud mother of two girls 9 and 15 years old, a Licensed Midwife, Doula Monitrice and Perinatal educator.
Birth work found me when a friend asked if I was willing to be her doula in 2003. After serving families in the Bay Area, I got pregnant with my first child in 2004. We relocated to be closer to family in San Diego that next year and were warmly welcomed into the birth community in San Diego. My dedication to providing caring, nurturing postpartum support grew.
Facilitating the "Maiden to Mother" new mother support group at Nature’s Whisper School of Yoga and monthly Newborn Care classes at The Birth Education Center of San Diego allowed my skills and experience to develop. This included a postpartum discussion group as well as Getting Ready for Baby and Breastfeeding classes through Scripps Perinatal Education. I offer the Practically Postpartum in home class which provides customized, in-home Childbirth Education and Newborn Care classes. I also provide reproductive health care such as Pap tests, STI and pregnancy testing, prenatal NIPT testing, IUI, ICI and IVI services.
There is a great need for caring, sensitive, inclusive and knowledgeable support in today’s world. Every pregnancy and birth is a joy and as a Licensed Midwife, I feel honored to be able to practice this time-honored profession and serve all families in San Diego.
We were grateful for her ability to listen deeply and to offer her perspective from her significant experience as a doula and a student of midwifery. My husband and I feel that her support was invaluable, especially during what was a very challenging birth.
Rev. Kristen Kuriga
Her flexibility, knowledge and approach were invaluable...I am not sure where we would be without her. From Lulu's first bath to my first bottle feeding, from constipation medicine to all the late-night text messages. Funny story, when Lulu first slept for 5 hours straight we had no idea what to do. Luckily, Nikki texted us back and told us to do nothing."
Without my birthing team, without [my husband] Joe's guidance and redirection of my energy, without Etta and I connecting...without Nikki coaching me in how to vocalize my surges, fanning, ice, and hip counter pressure... Etta's birth would not be what it was.