Nicole Bengtson, Belly to Baby Birth Doula, LLC, Certified Birth Doula

Nicole Bengtson, CD(DONA), BRM® Pro

Why I’m Passionate About Supporting You

Welcome, and thank you for checking out my doula page! Belly to Baby Birth Doula was created from my passion for my family, helping others, love for babies and making a difference. As a certified birth doula CD(DONA), certified Body Ready Method Pro® and HypnoBirthing doula, I will help you feel supported, empowered and informed from pregnancy through birth!

I’m a mom of three (including twins) and love to accompany & support families having babies, whether it be your first or your fourth! I believe every birthing person should have love and support throughout what can be the most challenging and rewarding experience of their life. Whether you have a plan for minimal medical interventions or planning for a scheduled cesarean, you will have my support.

You have a choice when it comes to your baby’s birth and I would love to be a part of that amazing journey with you!

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Nicole was amazing. We could not have done it without her. She boosted our confidence, eased our anxiety and made our daughter’s birth a positive experience. She was knowledgeable, kind and genuine. We felt supported and empowered. She discussed our wishes and concerns and did not judge our choices. Nicole is an amazing woman with so much knowledge and compassion. There are simply not enough words to express our gratitude and love for her.
Brittany & David
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Trainings, Certifications and Memberships that Help Me Support You

Nicole Bengtson, Belly to Baby Birth Doula, LLC, Certified Birth Doula

DONA Certification & Training

I completed my doula training in 2016 and certification in 2019. Many doulas train with DONA (Doulas of North America) International, but those who earn and maintain our certification are the best of the best. They have received cutting-edge instruction along with invaluable hands-on experience. I’m proud to be a certified birth doula with the credential: CD(DONA)!

Why choose a certified doula?

Families who work with a certified birth doula know that they’re getting someone who has completed in-depth, high-quality, evidence-based training. DONA International upholds the highest standards for certified doulas, and you can rest assured that you will receive the highest level of support from a DONA certified doula!

Learn more at dona.org

Nicole Bengtson, Belly to Baby Birth Doula, LLC, Certified Birth Doula

Body Ready Method®

I completed my certification requirements to be a certified Body Ready Method Pro® (aka certified BRM® Pro) in February 2024.

Body Ready Method® is based on 5 pillars: Upper Body Mobility, Core, Pelvis, Pelvic floor and Movement Patterns. Incorporating these pillars into your movement during pregnancy can help:
– Have a more efficient birth
– Minimize pregnancy aches and pains
– Optimize recovery
– Minimize unnecessary abdominal separation and pelvic floor dysfunction
– Optimize pelvic floor responsiveness
– Work smarter not harder!

As a certified Body Ready Method Pro®

– I have a deep understanding of how to help you prepare for your desired birth.
– I can help you address and minimize pregnancy related aches and pains.
– I can support you in experiencing a smooth transition into recovery and postpartum.

Learn more about Body Ready Method® and their wonderful programs at bodyreadymethod.com

Nicole Bengtson, Belly to Baby Birth Doula, LLC, Certified Hypnobirthing Birth Doula

Certified HypnoBirthing® Doula

I completed my professional training in 2017 and was certified as a HypnoBirthing® doula in 2018. HypnoBirthing® is a tried and proven method that guides and prepares a woman in giving birth in a peaceful and extraordinarily beautiful manner. It is a program that considers the psychological, as well as the physical, well-being of the mother, her birth partner, and the newborn, independent of context, whether that be in the quiet of a home, a hospital, or a birth center.

The HypnoBirthing® program is built around an educational process that includes special breathing, relaxation, visualization, meditative practice, attention to nutrition and positive body toning. Most importantly it fosters an air of mutual respect for the birthing family, as well as the health-care provider in a traditional health-care system or an alternative setting.

Learn more about HypnoBirthing® at hypnobirthing.com

Nicole Bengtson, Belly to Baby Birth Doula, LLC, Certified Hypnobirthing Birth Doula

BRAVA Core & Pelvic Floor Certified

I completed my BRAVA Core and Pelvic Floor Certification for birthworkers in March 2021. This was an extended educational course to increase my knowledge on the core and pelvic floor so I can better serve clients, provide better education to them, and have good, reliable resources and referrals on this topic when needed.

Learn more about BRAVA at holisticcontinuum.com/brava

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Evidence Based Birth®

I am a professional member of Evidence Based Birth® and have been an auditor of the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class. Evidence Based Birth® is an online childbirth resource that informs, empowers and inspires expecting parents and birth-care practitioners globally, to understand the latest, proven, evidence-based care practices.

Learn more at evidencebasedbirth.com

Nicole Bengtson, Belly to Baby Birth Doula, LLC, Certified Birth Doula

Spinning Babies®

I have attended a Spinning Babies® workshop to learn the techniques and activities to help families during their labor. Spinning Babies® is an approach to optimize the physical relationship between the bodies of the mother and baby for the easing of childbirth.

Spinning Babies® is a unique approach to birth created by midwife Gail Tully.

Spinning Babies® teaches physiological release rather than a mechanical manipulation or force. Self-care and specific body activities restore body balance and make room for the baby. Babies can put themselves into the best positions possible for childbirth.

Together we notice that when women restore the balance in their muscles and alignment in the pelvis, birth goes better.

Learn more at spinningbabies.com

Nicole Bengtson, Belly to Baby Birth Doula, LLC, Certified Birth Doula

The Childbirth Collective

I am a member of The Childbirth Collective that is comprised of birth professionals in the Twin Cities in MN who support families during the childbearing year. The Childbirth Collective was conceived in the early 90s. A group of dedicated women recognized the value of labor support and doula care and formed the Childbirth Collective. Today, the Twin Cities metro area has the highest doula-attended birth rates in the United States. Its mission is to enhance the childbearing year by promoting doula support, advocating evidence-based care and providing accessible education based on the wellness model of pregnancy care.

We carry out our mission by educating families and the community about the role of the doula, providing ongoing education for doulas, and helping families connect with doulas and other birth professionals.

Learn more at www.childbirthcollective.org

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Minnesota Valley Moms of Multiples

I have been a member of the Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples (MVMOM) since I was pregnant with my own twins in 2014. This is one of many great clubs for mothers of multiples in the state of Minnesota.

About the Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples

The Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples (MVMOM) is a non-profit club with nearly 500 members experienced in the world of multiples and singles too. We support expecting, new, and veteran moms of multiples in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.

Whether you are expecting multiples or already in the trenches raising them, Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples is a wonderful place to find support, friendship, and a whole lot of women who understand what you are going through. We hope you will join us! Membership is open to expecting or existing mothers with twins, triplets, or children of higher birth order in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The organization was established in 1975 by a handful of MoMs (Mothers of Multiples) who understood that it takes more than a village to raise a set of twins, triplets, quads, or quints. In its infancy, the small group gathered with their children in each other’s homes for coffee and good company. Many years later, MVMOM has swelled to nearly 500 diverse members, making it the largest mothers of multiples club in Minnesota.

Learn more at mvmom.org