Southwest Florida's first choice in Doula care. Nicky Quick & Co is a full service doula agency serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, and Hillsborough counties. We proudly provide florida families with a number of services including pregnancy, labor, and family support. 


WHY CHOOSE NICKY QUICK & CO?

Here at Nicky Quick & Co, we believe in doing things a little differently.  With a strong focus on relationship building, we dedicate our time servicing our clients to our upmost ability.  From face to face visits to unlimited e-mail, text, and phone support, you'll have unlimited access to your doula.  Our doulas support every type of birth, from C-sections and inductions to natural births and more.  We take on the values of the families we are supporting, and help provide the support tailored to the needs of each individual family. 

Our support is focused on, but not limited to, informational support from pregnancy through postpartum, emotional support, continuous physical support, partner or birth team support and advocacy.

Our doulas can join your birth team as early in pregnancy as you like, all the way up until the days right before you have your baby.  We are skilled at building relationships quickly and learning the needs of the family in a way that you will feel comfortable and confident.  In addition to prenatal, birth, and postpartum support, we offer continual support throughout all seasons in life.

We also believe in offering confidential support. This means that you never have to worry about our doulas, "checking in" to the birthing location, posting in social media, “Off to a Birth”, posting pictures of you, your baby, or your birth story without your permission.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A DOULA?

The Greek word doula means "woman caregiver".  We now use the word to describe a trained and experienced labor companion who provides the woman and her husband or partner continuous emotional support, physical comfort, and assistance in obtaining information before, during, and just after childbirth. 

WHAT IS A POSTPARTUM DOULA?

A postpartum doula provides care to a family with a newborn baby.

WHAT IS A BIRTH DOULA?

A birth doula recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.  She understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.  She assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth, stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor, provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions. She facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers.  Ultimately, she perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience. 

The acceptance of doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes, and emotional well-being of mothers and infants.

WHAT IS SUPPORT?

"Support is unconditional. It is listening...not judging, not telling your own story. Support is not offering advice...it is offering a handkerchief, a touch, a hug....caring. We are here to help women discover what they are feeling....not make the feelings go away. We are here to help a woman identity her options....not to tell her which options to choose. We are here to discuss steps with a woman...not to take the steps for her. We are here to help a woman discover her own strength....not to rescue her and leave her still vulnerable. We are here to help a woman discover she can help herself....not to take that responsibility for her. We are here to help a woman learn to choose....not to make it unnecessary for her to make difficult choices." - Anonymous

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CONTINUOUS DOULA?

"Obstetric Outcomes: In hospital where intervention rates (epidural, oxytocin and cesarean deliveries) were very high, doula care lowered the intervention rates. The most dramatic improvements in obstetric outcomes came in those hospitals where: interventions were high, women were not allowed to have a loved one present, or the doulas were not clinically trained (not nurses, midwives, or students).

Psychological Outcomes: All six trials that investigated postpartum outcomes found that women who had doulas had these more positive outcomes 4-8 weeks later than those without doulas: enhanced breastfeeding, better maternal-infant interaction, less postpartum depression, anxiety and greater self esteem, higher maternal assessments of their baby when compared to the "standard baby", and create satisfaction with the birth experience. 

In summary, the doula is emerging as a positive contribution to the care of women in labor. By attending the women's emotional needs, some obstetric outcomes are improved. Just as importantly, early mother-infant relationships and breastfeeding are enhanced. Women's satisfaction with their birth experiences and even her self-esteem appears to improve when a doula has assisted them through childbirth. Given the clear benefits and no known risks associated with intrapartum support, every effort should be made to ensure that all laboring women receive support, not only from those close to them but also from specially trained caregivers. This support should include continuous presence, the provision of hands-on comfort, and encouragement." - Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA)

SEE A QUESTION WE SHOULD ADD TO THE LIST? EMAIL US AT DOULA@NICKYQUICKCO.COM