Hi, I'm Nicole (aka Auntie Cole)
Why I'm called to this work:
I believe human connection and social support are essential to health and well-being. Raising a family really does 'take a village' and over the last century we have lost our village. I believe we can co-create villages of support and guidance with other parents and families. We do not have to do it alone. As a matter of fact, we can't do it alone. I dream of a return to the interdependent village where ALL children are OUR children.
I have the training and lived experience to offer parents and caregivers the support, guidance, and resources they need to make the right decisions for themselves and their families. There is no "right way" to parent. There are many paths that lead to thriving, happy families. My dream is to help families find their own paths and empower them with the information and support they need to walk that path.
I have seen motherhood from a lot of angles over the last 13 years. I have been a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, a married mom, a single mom, a co-parent, a pregnant grad school student mothering a preschooler, and so many other types of mom. I lead new parent groups and was an active participant in a breastfeeding support group where I mentored other moms. I am the friend that other mothers go to ask for advice and support.
The one thing I know for sure is that motherhood is not for wimps. Motherhood takes so much from us. Motherhood gives gifts and rewards beyond our wildest imaginings. And lots of dishes and laundry!! More than you can think is even possible.
I have been an advocate for maternal and child health since my first pregnancy in 2005. I served on the Board of Lifecycle Womencare and have been an active member of their community for over a decade. I have a masters degree in Public Health from Drexel University. I am pursuing certification as a postpartum doula with CAPPA. I am training with Childbirth International to be a birth doula and lactation consultant. I am an official Our Baby Class mentor. I am also certified by the Red Cross in CPR and First Aid for adults, children and infants and have a certificate in Mental Health First Aid. I have all the legal clearances required by Pennsylvania to work with children and youth.
I live in Lansdowne with my partner Joe, my sons Oliver and Benjamin, and Peanut Butter, the world's cutest and friendliest dog.