Hi, I’m Nora! I’m a mom of two, and I’ve lived in Fort Collins since 2005, and had both of my babies here. I was born and raised in the Chicago area, so I know firsthand how difficult it can be to have babies without extended family around to help! Thanks to my midwestern roots, I also have a healthy enthusiasm for pizza, beer, baked goods, and historically terrible sports teams.
My husband Michael and I are happy to make Fort Collins our home, and we love traveling around the state with our kids, especially to off-the-beaten-path Colorado locales. Fort Collins is a wonderful place to raise children, and we love to take advantage of the (mostly) beautiful climate and kid-friendly culture. If you need recommendations for good places to eat, road trip, or hang out with the kids, just ask!
Why I’m a Doula
I love helping people! And I’m pretty good at it. I have a natural ability to remain calm, keep a level head, and look around and see immediately what needs to be taken care of. I’ve been putting those skills to work in various places my whole life, but when my friends and family (and I) started having babies, I realized that so many of us were struggling with so many aspects of this new chapter of our lives. I became a doula so that I could help our most important citizens, parents, when they need it the most. Because when you have a baby, the hard work doesn’t end with the birth– you have to come out of that experience ready to raise a kid. I believe that the support I provide to moms and dads all the way through this time directly impacts their confidence in being parents, and will continue to do so long after my official role as their doula is over.
I think our culture needs more vulnerability. By that, I mean that I wish women didn’t have to put on a superhero cape or feel pressured to do it all (and make a kale salad at the same time). My hope is to foster a culture, at least in my little pocket of the world, where parents aren’t shy about asking for help. Where we can think of asking for help as a success, and not a failure. Where we can acknowledge that sometimes life is hard, or scary, or not quite Instagram-perfect. And I’m also always happy to celebrate the little wins with you, because those are what makes this whole thing worthwhile.
I’m a Certified Postpartum Doula and a Labor Doula through CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association), which is an organization dedicated to increasing professionalism and evidence-based practice among perinatal professionals. I used to hold a certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor, but I let it lapse because I was uphappy about the way the administering organization demonized formula and the formula industry. I do keep up with continuing lactation education, so I can help my clients who choose to breastfeed. Feed all the babies!
I serve on the Executive Board of the Northern Colorado Doula Association, which is a wonderful organization dedicated to supporting expectant families through education, outreach, and connection here in Northern Colorado. When I’m not working, my hobbies include crochet, subversive cross stitch, and thinking about my next meal.
Want to get to know me better? Let’s meet! Text me at 970-372-5855 for a consultation.