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Hello and welcome! I’m Nikki Shaheed, a Birthing from Within Trainer, Birth Story Listening Trainer, and one of the co-owners of Birthing from Within International. I teach engaging and interactive childbirth classes in north central San Antonio to parents expecting a baby.

Since 2012 the focus of my work here in San Antonio and around the world has been bringing compassion to birth and parenting. In my childbirth classes I foster realistic expectations about birth - normalizing excitement, doubt, love, fear, and everything in between during labor.

I’ve attended dozens of births and mentored hundreds of parents in Texas. With each new family I meet, I gain new insights and wisdom, learning from each parent as much as they learn from me. I look forward to meeting your family!


Local & international childbirth trainer

When I’m not busy teaching partners how to do the hip squeeze, I facilitate workshops and trainings to teach Birthing from Within and Birth Story Listening skills to doulas, midwives, nurses, and birth workers across the globe.

Locally I serve as a leader of the San Antonio Cesarean Support Group, a resource for those who have given birth by cesarean. You also might catch me leading personal growth events and drum circles around San Antonio.


Birthing from Within is more than a job or a philosophy for me…it is an integral daily practice.

My work, life & motherhood

I am a wife, and mother to three amazing children. Bringing my children into the world allowed me to experience a wide range of birth paths and outcomes, and showed me the importance of flexibility, self-love, and a willingness to do the next best thing. The humbling journey to becoming a mother has given me abundant opportunities to apply the mindfulness and self-compassion of Birthing from Within to my everyday life. 

Nikki Shaheed San Antonio Childbirth Educator
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