San Antonio: Why I Love Doing Doula Work in the Alamo City

By Nikki Shaheed | Mar 11, 2017

San Antonio: the land of tacos and Rodeo. The land of tacos and the Spurs. The land of tacos and the Riverwalk. Also, the land of tacos. While I didn’t…

Drum Circles: Why We Come Together to Drum Together

By Nikki Shaheed | Mar 5, 2017

This week I had the joy of leading a Drum Circle at San Antonio Nurse Midwife Nikki McIver-Brown’s cozy office in Bracken Village. Not only does Nikki provide pregnancy, home…

The Table: Reflections on Family

By Nikki Shaheed | Feb 10, 2017

  When my husband and I got married 13 years ago my grandmother bought us a dining room table. It was one of the few new pieces of furniture in…

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Diversity of Birth

By Nikki Shaheed | Jan 8, 2017

The ways that babies can enter the world are as diverse as the families who welcome them. Each birth is a sacred threshold moment in a family’s story, the moment…

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Older Siblings at the Birth – Seven Tips for Parents

By Nikki Shaheed | Dec 18, 2016

For older siblings the birth of a new sibling can be a very exciting time! As your belly swells and the due month draws near, you may start to wonder…

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Why Birthing from Within is Important for a VBAC

By Nikki Shaheed | Dec 11, 2016

How to Find Healing and Move Forward As a VBAC mom and a doula who has attended many VBACs (vaginal births after cesarean) and CBACs (cesarean births after cesarean), I…

Rebozo – Tools of the Doula Trade

By Nikki Shaheed | Dec 9, 2016

Oh, the magical rebozo. A doula’s aid; an extension of a birth partner’s arms; support, balance, and relief for a birthing parent; and a beautiful symbol of Mexican culture. Entire…

Hand Fan – Tools of the Doula Trade

By Nikki Shaheed | Dec 9, 2016

Why a hand fan? Labor is hard work! The uterus is a huge muscle that usually contracts for hours on end during labor and burn lots and lots of calories,…

Parenting and Social Media: The Facebook Facade

By Nikki Shaheed | Dec 4, 2016

One of my favorite books, The Four Agreements lays out four guidelines for personal power: be impeccable with your word, always do your best, don’t make assumptions, and don’t take…

“You’ll Never Sleep Again” – How to Give and Receive Parenting Wisdom in Mindfulness

By Nikki Shaheed | Dec 1, 2016

“Sleep now…you won’t sleep after the baby’s born.” Every expecting parent has heard some iteration of this…an implication that pregnancy is a death march toward the permanent ending of all…