Northern Star Doula
Nicole Sawyers Todd
Greater Philadelphia & South Jersey
Nicole began her journey towards birth work in the fall of 2014, after the birth of her youngest son. Her own birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding experiences lead her to the realization that there is a very apparent and unfortunate lack of continuity of care. After more than a year of self-study, she completed a birth doula training program through CAPPA, (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.) At the advice of her instructor, she continued on by taking the postpartum doula training through CAPPA, and began working with families immediately.
She is constantly expanding her knowledge through literature, continuing education courses and workshops, enjoys learning from those who have come before her, and is a professional member of Evidence Based Birth. Nicole is knowledgeable in the use of acupressure for birth, trained and certified in advanced VBAC support, a pelvic biomechanics enthusiast, and skilled in the art of interpersonal communication.
Having attended several Hypno-births, she is an advocate for peaceful birthing through the use of hypnosis for childbirth and is a registered Hypno-Doula through Hypnobabies. Through her role as a traditional birth doula, she uses trust, relaxation, focus, breathing, movement, and her intuition as her best tools. A bag of tricks is great, but she uses her energy, heart and hands, and Rebozo the most!
Nicole is passionate about inclusivity, human rights and reproductive justice. She believes that everyone deserves compassionate care, and serves people and families of any/all dynamics. She is a firm believer in intuitive, informed, non-judgmental, support and knows the lasting, positive impact it can have on an entire family.
Aside from her professional work, Nicole enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling, attending various musical events, nature, art, and is a total plant-based “foodie.”
Birth is a normal physiological event - moreso like an athletic event than a medical one. There are times when medical assistance may be necessary, and for that we can be grateful. But for the majority, it should be approached with a different mindset. As a birth attendant entrusted with the honor of occupying someone’s birth space, I am committed to providing respectful, inclusive, and non-judgemental support/advocacy to people and families of all ethnicities, cultures, gender identities/expressions, and dynamics.
Yes | CAPPA | Aug 2017
- Birth Doula
- Postpartum Doula
Qualifications, Certifications & Licenses
- Certified Birth Doula
- Postpartum Doula
- Certified Hypno Doula
- Childbirth Educator
Special Training & Experience
- High risk
- Hospital Birth
- LGBT Families
- Over 40
- Postpartum mood disorders
- Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
Birth Prices Starting At
Packages ranging from $800 - $1200. Homebirth doula support fees are discounted by 20%. Standard package includes 24/7 phone/email pregnancy support, 2-3 prenatal visits for birth preparation, virtual early labor support, in-person active labor support in your home, at the birth center or hospital, immediate postpartum support and assistance with “first latch” if wanted, and 1-2 postpartum transition visits.