Nicole Link-Troen, Postpartum Doula and Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
I am a mother of two happy, adventurous, intense boys and the wife of an author. I achieved a Bachelor's of Arts in history in 2008, settled in my beloved city of Richmond, and then quickly started my family. Throughout my first pregnancy, I struggled with prenatal depression. My midwife wanted me to take some proactive measures and have my placenta encapsulated so that I would have the iron and hormonal support into my postpartum period. We hired a Placenta Benefits (PBi) encapsulator to handle my placenta, and my capsules helped tremendously with my energy levels and my milk supply.
After my own positive experience, I became a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist with PBi in 2009. Serving families as a “Placenta Lady” is still one of my most rewarding paths. It also led naturally to becoming a postpartum doula and walking the path with new families as they make the transition into their new life. I have currently completed and submitted all the requirements for certification from ProDoula and am awaiting my credential. As a postpartum doula, I provide support and education for the weeks following the birth of the baby. Recovery from birth is often more difficult than new parents anticipate, and there are many choices to be made regarding mother’s and baby’s health. Your postpartum doula is a wealth of solid information to help navigate those decisions. I pride myself on offering non-judgmental support, fully respecting and supporting your decisions.
Complicated family dynamics and big emotions don't intimidate me. In fact, I work best when people are at their most real. I love being a postpartum doula because having babies forces people to strip back pretense and get down to their truest self.
My goal is that families who utilize my services will come away with strength and confidence in their abilities as parents.