Nicole Morales is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a midwife, a doula, a friend, and a mentor. Empowered by her own very different births of her three children at home, Nicole is drawn to assisting families in birthing and parenting in awareness and to appreciating the sacred relationships throughout the childbearing years and beyond. She has worked as a doula for many years and has benefited from the apprenticeship model of midwifery.
Nicole is an Approved Spinning Babies Trainer and a Certified Birthing from Within Mentor. She blends these tools in her midwifery practice as well in instruction from both perspectives of the mind and body. She also is an instructor for Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery and is part of breechbirthsd.com which helps breech families navigate the systems as best as possible by being an online resource center.
Emma Moreland is a midwifery student at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, part of the 2020 graduating class. She is wife to one, mother to five, and became interested in birth work because of her own childbirth experiences in and out of the hospital. Noticing the disparities in maternal and fetal outcomes in her community, she felt there was a need for more birth workers of color in order for more families to seek alternative care. Emma is also a birth/postpartum doula and has attended trainings in Spinning Babies as well as craniosacral therapy specialized to postpartum parents and newborns. Now accepting interviews as a primary student midwife. Connect with Emma at intuitivehandsmidwifery.com.
Lindsey Oakes (they/them) works as a labor and postpartum doula, and is a student midwife at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, part of the graduating class of 2020. Lindsey’s passion for birth work is fueled by a desire to support the LGBTQ+ community, and all individuals in their reproductive years to have respect, autonomy, and shared responsibility for their health choices. Growing up in Lake Tahoe, Lindsey grew up with a respect for nature and a slow paced way of life. After graduating from Lake Tahoe Community College with an AA in Early Childhood Education, they moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State, and received a BA in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences while working as a nanny to pay for school. After being a doula to their sister-in-law at the birth of their first child, Lindsey felt an undeniable pull to birth work and never looked back. Lindsey lives in North Park with their longtime partner and countless plants, enjoying cribbage tournaments and walking with friends through local parks on their time off.