About Nicole

nicolemccHi, I’m Nicole!

I was born and raised in Austin, TX.

I attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work in 2003.

I married the love of my life around this same time! In 2003, I led my first parenting groups through my Social Work internship and had a specific interest in young mothers who needed support. I worked for three years in the foster care system all the while still being interested in supporting mamas.

In 2006, I got a dream job at Any Baby Can, supporting young mothers through weekly sessions and groups. I taught on childbirth education, newborn care, postpartum care, and parenting. Around this time, I saw a gap in care where many young mothers were going to their births by themselves or with little support. I had heard about a study of birth doulas in Chicago, who supported women during their births and had positive outcomes regarding bonding and less child abuse.

I decided to certify as a birth doula and began training in 2008.

I also got pregnant in 2008 and was due in January 2009. In September 2008, I attended my first birth as a birth doula and it was amazing! I birthed my son in January of 2009 and it solidified my love for childbirth and supporting women during such a transformational period. I worked independently as a birth doula for many years, supporting many as they birthed their babies and transformed into families. In 2015, I joined ATX Doulas and love collaborating with a doula team and am still attending births as a birth doula.

After the birth of my first son in January 2009, transitioning into motherhood was more difficult than I had expected.

I had planned and prepped for birth but was not ready for the challenges of new motherhood. I was deeply overwhelmed, anxious, grieved over the disparities of reality versus what I thought mothering would be like, and still finding my own voice and learning to trust it. I did not know how to ask for help and felt that I must be failing if I was struggling.

This unique time began a long journey of exploring my issues of perfectionism, desire for control, and a lack of self-care and self-love.

Through my own experience, I have come to realize the great significance in this huge life transition, and the power that opens up as you are recreated in many ways. I longed for a place to recognize this great transformation that was occurring in me but was unable to find it at that time. Out of this place, this work has been born.

I long to create safe communities where this transformation is recognized, supported, and empowered to build strong mamas, dads, children, and families.

I long to provide a safe and courageous space for mamas to explore all things that come with becoming and being a mother.

My life was dramatically changed by an inspiring coach who helped unlock all that was in my heart, help me find greater fulfillment, grieve in places where I experienced loss and propel me forward in the best version of myself, free from fear and playing small.

I have since had 2 more children and have grown and stretched myself in many ways.

Out of all of these passions and in my desire to support families during this time, I began training as a life coach with Coaches Training International in 2015 and began working with clients during this time. I also trained with Birthing from Within on birth story listening and PATTCh on Healing Birth Trauma, to help women who have had traumatic or difficult births.

I blend my background, skills, and trainings to help create spaces for mamas to find connection, support, and transformation in greater ways.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can work together, please sign up for a complimentary coaching session!  I’d love to get to know you.

–Nicole McCharen