Nicky Pariser

Birth and Postpartum Doula Services.

Grateful to call Noe Valley home, I have been a birth and postpartum doula in the Bay Area since 2014. In that time it has been my sincere privilege to support many families in the birthing setting of their choice including at home, at birth centers, and in hospitals.

Born and raised in Canada, I moved to the Bay Area in 2014. Studying at the masters level in anthropology, with a focus on women and gender led me to realize I wanted to begin a career in which I was able to provide support to women in a hands on way that would enable them to make informed choices about their health and the health and well being of their families.

Having had the pleasure of serving families for over twelve years as a childcare provider while pursuing my education in Social Anthropology and Global Studies, I began working as a nanny while settling into Bay Area life and pondering my transition out of academia.

Little did I know, a cup of tea with a friend would change my life as I knew it, and set me on the path of becoming a birth worker.

I was working with several families who all had given birth around the same time, and were navigating the incredible, yet also challenging transitions that occur for families in the first year after a baby is born. I became part of their village, and in turn, reconnected to a part of myself that values being in community, offering care and support, and intuitively connects with care taking and holding space. Reflecting on this with my friend Liz, who was a practicing doula in the city at the time, she encouraged me to pursue training to become a doula.

Originally my focus was on postpartum support, as it felt like a natural extension of the work I had been doing for over a decade, yet I decided to complete a birth doula training as well, so I would be informed of the experiences my clients had just been through, believing that this would better enable me to support them during their postpartum time.

In learning about birth, I experienced a deep awe and fascination, and decided to begin my practice as both a birth and postpartum doula, excited by the idea of offering continuity of care to clients by being able to support them during the entirety of their perinatal journal from pregnancy, through to postpartum.

I remain grateful that my journey has led me to this work, and am inspired everyday by the power, strength, and love of birthing people and their families. 

I recognize that not all who give birth identify as women, and happily support all families including same sex-couples, adoptive families, and single-parent families. 

I am a certified postpartum doula with Cornerstone Doula Training and completed my birth doula training with Natural Resources.

In 2017 I became a mentor with Birthing From Within®, and in 2018 I attended the DONA Gentle Birth Doula Retreat in Bali, Indonesia. 

in 2019 I attended a Spinning Babies workshop, and constantly look forward to new opportunities to deepen my skills and knowledge. I am currently finishing my training to be a Certified Lactation Educator through UC San Diego.

Outside of being a doula I am a daughter, sister, partner, friend, and aunt to a sweet and silly two year old. I love hiking, braving the brisk water to swim in the ocean on warmer Bay Area days, and catching live music whenever I can. Recently I have become a beginner potter and swing dancer, and love exploring San Francisco by foot and enjoying the weird and wonderful surprises that I find along the way.

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As a reflection of my commitment to increasing access to doula services for all those who desire them, I strive to offer sliding scale rates for those clients who require a reduced fee.  

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Happily serving families located in San Francisco