Nicole Wagner, LCSW, CPD (DONA)
I created Westchester Doula Care in 2012 with the intent of honoring what I truly believe to be one of the most spectacular times in a woman's life. After having the amazing, life changing experience of naturally birthing both of my beautiful daughters, it was clear to me that I wanted to nurture and guide other new mothers. However, my journey certainly did not start there. My journey as a doula started long before I even knew it. Having been raised by a mother with a chronic illness, I was a caregiver at an early age. As this was the role I felt most comfortable in, I naturally gravitated toward Social Work as a young adult. I received my Masters in Social Work from Hunter College in 1998. I worked with children and families for 15+ years at a non-profit organization based in NYC dedicated to helping families navigate their way though the public school system. I created curriculum and trained schools in peer mediation, conflict resolution, self-care, environmental impact, leadership and community building. I met with children and their families individually and in groups. I saw each child as a whole, considering their social and emotional well being, assessing and providing whatever services necessary to allow each child the opportunity to succeed.
The true, authentic relationships I created became key to building my most fulfilling experiences. From this and after becoming a mother myself, my natural caregiving role found its new place. I was certified by DONA as a postpartum doula in 2012 and from my very first client I knew this was a great match. I am fortunate to pair my Masters in Social Work with my postpartum doula training. It best utilizes me as a caregiver and support person. In addition to my doula work I am a therapist at Lotus Psychotherapy supporting women individually and through group work. I specialize in maternal mental health including anxiety and depression, trauma, parenting issues, feelings of being stressed, loss/grief and life transitions. I cherish the opportunity to help others define their new role and be present with their new babies. I live with my husband and daughters in the beautiful
Hudson River town of Tarrytown, New York.