“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you profoundly from the bottom of my heart. We are nearing our wee one’s shared birthday with her papa and I am reflecting on your huge role almost a year ago. You were such calming presence amongst the other energies present, especially as your hands offered support for my aching sacrum. Thank you for guiding my husband in offering that support, too. And after our little pink girl arrived, seeing you hold her/love her was heartwarming. Now, as I’m preparing to make a raw German Chocolate Cake for her 1st birthday, I’m recalling your role in making this cake during the labor for us to celebrate following our baby’s arrival. In short, thank you, thank you, thank you! You are completely tied in to memories of that special day and I feel so grateful and blessed by your role then and as a friend”

“We came to Nichi when Ryder was 5 weeks old. We had many nights of Ryder crying and crying for hours. He would bring his legs up and cry, arch his back, extend his neck. It broke my heart watching my breast fed baby in so much pain. I know breast is best, but I felt like I was doing something wrong, I almost gave up. We saw Nichi, cut out the foods that were hurting our bellies, started taking all natural supplements and with in days my baby was a new baby! Relaxed, calm, no screaming or throwing up. Pure miracle. This changed our life! I am so amazed! We eat clean now, and life is much much calmer! Ryder is now such an amazing baby!! Thank you!”

-Lindsey Johnston
“You have a family and a budget, it’s not some made up thing. What you do is realistic. The coaching I get from you is priceless.”

-Sara Mayes
“I love having Nichi as a coach. I never would have thought I needed one, but now I think everyone should have one. Nichi has moved me past barriers I never would have successfully navigated by myself and would have been a failure statistic instead of on my way to super successful.”

-Kelley Suggs
“I’m loving your resources, saving money eating natural foods is going to be a game changer for us. I’m so grateful and am very impressed with you!”

-Monika Hoyt
“Thank you so much for meeting with us. With all your extremely helpful and useful information, we were able to birth our baby in a hospital on our terms. My water broke at 11:30 pm Tuesday and because we didn’t want to rush in, we waited for my mother to arrive from an hour and a half away. We got into our room at 2:00 am Wednesday and I had a vaginal birth at 4:00 am! Besides being jaundice, our baby is healthy and happy and I am OVERJOYED to be able to say that she is nursing really well. Not having to pump this time around has made this experience so much better and more calm. I hope you know how much you contributed to the health and well-being of little Bea’s entrance. If she could, she would thank you herself.”

“Jessie and I can’t wait to talk to you and fill you in on the details  a couple of the outline… She stared minor contractions Monday at 5:30 in the morning, and we labored at home until 2:45 when it started to become pretty intense. Jessie is so tough she wanted to wait longer, but I thought we should go to beat traffic. When they checked her just after 3 she was dilated 6 cm! Things really picked up after that as she was transitioning, so it was good timing that we got there. She labored on the ball and in the tub and at the end on the bed. I was so thankful for all the education I received on what was going on and how to coach, thank you so much. Jessie worked SO HARD and I was so proud of her. She did do everything without any medication and earned every minute of her, as you called it, “love cocktail.”. Noah Jon was born at 9:05 and was 8 lbs even. He is healthy and strong. We decided to keep the placenta and Kelly came and picked it up for encapsulation. Jessie will give you a call sometime to chat and fill you in on more details. Thank you for everything  it really made a BIG difference.”

-Tyler Moberg
“Thank you for being with us for our son’s birth. We are very glad you were there with us, we feel like we couldn’t have done it without you. Your endless patience in coaching me through every push was amazing and much needed. You were a welcome, warm presence to have with us through such an important moment in our lives.

“I just wanted to thank you again for everything. You were a HUGE help to all 3 of us when you did the overnights. I have learned so much from you and will definitely be using your services again. Besides-Sam really took to you and I want to keep you up to date on him!”

-Beth G.
“There is no way to fully express our gratitude for your support & encouragement throughout the labor and delivery process as well as the knowledge & confidence you helped to instill in us during our Bradley classes. We are so thankful to have happened to meet you this past fall. You are such a strong rock; so calm & nurturing-just what first-time parents need! It was so wonderful that you were able to accompany Aaron to Children’s Hospital & support both Daddy and baby. Your knowledge, experience & expertise has put us at ease both during the pregnancy and postpartum. Thank you so much for your ongoing love & support.”

-Lauren Robbins
” I wanted to send you an email to tell you THANK YOU so much for all of your help in educating me in your class. THANK YOU for suggesting I have a doula! That was truly a blessing. I know early on in my pregnancy my boyfriend really disliked the idea that someone else would be there with us as he felt she would take his spot. After our daughter’s birth he was talking on the phone and said to his sister, “Well the next time you have a baby you should really get a doula. And having the waterbirth was really cool!” It made me so happy to know he was supportive in the end. We truly appreciate you! Also, many women I’ve talked to were amazed I had a completely natural childbirth, not even ibuprofen, and didn’t have any tears. Proof to me that you, as the mother, are positively in control of a lot of things in your child’s birth. “

-Laura S.
“Our newborn is two weeks old today! I have the best birth and postpartum doula ever! Not only is she fun to hang with…she does SO MUCH for our family. Like today…she spent the day cooking in my kitchen… multiple meals, dishes, while entertaining our 4 year old and doing laundry, making us smoothies and meals for the day, etc. Nichi has given me the opportunity and joy the past two weeks to focus on my sweet precious baby. I put my shoes on today for the first time since I had her (minus the one time i got the mail.) I made it two weeks relaxing and doing the most important things…bonding with Lily and nurturing the transition to a family of four. Thank you and HUGS– Not sure what I would do without your support…physically and emotionally! 🙂 Doulas are the BEST–and i happen to have the best one ever!;)”

-Sarah Hermann
“When my husband and I learned we were pregnant with fraternal twins we knew that gathering a team of supportive, knowledgable caregivers was vital to our success as first time parents. We also knew that a doula would be an integral and invaluable member of our team; Nichi and My Healthy Beginning filled that position beautifully. Nichi’s approach to pre and postpartum care of mom, dad, and baby complimented and upheld our goal of incorporating Western medicine with homeopathy and chiropractic care. Working with My Healthy Beginning enabled us to smoothly transition from the tenuous moments in the neonatal intensive care unit to the incredible moments of our babies thriving at home. The ability to enter parenthood feeling grounded, empowered, and energized was an exceptional experience and a true gift that Nichi created for our family.”

-Stephanie and Darryl Humenny
“As a first-time mom of twins, I knew I was going to need all the help I could get after my little ones were born. I sought out Nichi after talking to a friend who used her services and had been very pleased. Nichi has been an amazing support to me since the birth of my babies. I have truly looked forward to each session we have had together. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work and has helped me and my babies get off to a solid start. I have especially appreciated her skills in craniosacral therapy and her suggestions for how to soothe fussy babies. Nichi is very easy to be around and I have always felt very comfortable with her in my home. She is a natural at what she does! Before having my twins, I think I underestimated just how much work it would be to take care of them on my own, while also recovering from delivery. Nichi has been the perfect support to me as I have gotten started as a new mama. Looking back, I can’t imagine not having had her help and guidance!”

-Heather Lopez
“I could not imagine if I didn’t have you. Seriously. I hope you know how much I value you as my doula and my friend. You are an amazing woman and you bring such light, love and joy into the world.”

-Sarah Hermann
“Beautiful, Nichi! Thank you for sharing. I look forward to your ezine, they are always so inspiring!”

-Sharra Frank
“Loved this today…thanks! I took the time to read your ezine even though I am crunched for time starting a busy day and it was a blessing…it gave me the calm and power I needed.

-Pam Hendrickson
“NIchi-That was a beautiful piece of writing…Where are you going to send it to get it published so that many more can read it and be inspired?!”

-Karla Juusola
“I can’t help myself…I just wanted to tell you how beautiful your writing is. If I was 30 years younger and on the baby journey in my life I would have loved to have you as a part of my parenting experience. I will continue to recommend you to the young moms I work with and will send this on to one of the nutritionists I work with.Thanks for sharing. You do deserve to do what you love…and you do it well.”

-Carol Hoff
“I loved your rendition of your journey! Keep tellin it like it is

-Gail Tully
“Mamas are powerful beings – I love it! What a true statement. Thanks for sharing part of your story in your ezine. I enjoy getting glimpses into your life and what makes you tick. All the best. ”

-Mandy Stavem
“Nichi, this was very moving. Just what I needed to hear on this cool morning. Thank you for sharing this in your ezine.”

“I just wanted to say thank you for opening my eyes to this way of life.  I have really gotten into this since seeing you for NRT and did a blood test.  The gluten came up as a severe intolerance-so thank you for discovering all of this.  We are converting over time, making baby steps.  My mom and dad are also changing the way they buy foods as well.  My mom and aunt went to the co-op in Hastings, and my mom went to Trader Joe’s this week.  They are also cutting back the amount of gluten they eat, too.  I really appreciate all the insights you’ve provided. I follow you on Facebook and your blog now-great stuff!”

-Kristine Glancy
“I am still amazed and delighted with your constant work on the website and all the things you do to help families.  Keep up the good work. I don’t know how you do it!”

-Dr. Carol Phillips
“We love it when our mama’s work with Nichi as their Birth Doula!”

-Dr. Amy Johnson-Grass, Health Foundations Birth Center Founder and Midwife
“Needless to say, we are very grateful we took your class. We were able to approach and walk through it all with calmness and presence of mind (Joel was super great the whole time), I don’t remember ever feeling afraid or concerned. We just took one contraction and situation at a time and lived in that moment. All the nutrition and exercises paid off with only a teeny tear on the inside of my pelvic floor despite not being in the water during hard labour and transition and the pushing lasting maybe 20 minutes. Thank you from both of us for helping us be prepared as a couple for whatever happened. We love our birth story and at the same time hope to have a more “normal” birth experience next time.

-Jessica Dueck
“I have to share some great results with you- in the 3 months of eating this way, I lost 25 pounds! I am so excited! I am super happy. It’s amazing how easy it’s been. The first month was challenging and there were a lot of times I was tempted, but now I’m barely even interested in the other foods. I mean, a vendor gave me a box of artisan, gluten-free caramels in a clear plastic container last week and they have been sitting in my line of site since then. Not even an inkling to eat them, being that they are all filled with HFCS. This is a complete reversal of how I was previously – first off, I would have eaten them all myself and never offered anyone a bite. And second, if I wasn’t supposed to have them, I would have wanted them really badly. It’s amazing how getting off all those foods has eliminated my cravings! Also, I’m wrapping up reading Wheat Belly. Before I read it, I was proud to be gluten free but hoping that one day, someday, possibly maybe I would get to eat homemade bread and fluffy pancakes again. But after reading it, I totally see how destructive it is and want to stay as far away from it as possible. It’s funny, actually, my Mom had been reading it even before me and has since sworn off wheat and oats and lost 6 pounds. (1/6/14)….(2.11.14) I’m excited to tell you I have lost 35 pounds since working with you. That is a grand total of 50 pounds since the beginning of last year 15 # on my own and 35 # with you) I am finally to the point of needing to buy some new clothes. So exciting! My husband has lost a total of 75 pounds since the beginning of last year – he is beginning to be unrecognizable. Between the two of us, we have lost a very slender person. Thank you for all your help!

-Amanda W
About 5 months ago I was having pain in my back and just assumed that it was due to a muscle strain.The pain then radiated around to the front, just under my rib cage. I kept thinking that if I rested, put the heating pad on it long enough – it would go away – it didn’t. My husband finally convinced me to go to the doctor and I gave what felt like a gallon of blood, had a CT scan and a diagnostic colonoscopy.

The end result was that they could not find what was wrong and I was told that it should clear up and if I didn’t feel better in three months to come back. That was not very comforting so I contacted a friend who referred me to Nichi. I contacted Nichi, explaining what was going on with me and the pain I was having and she asked me to come in. She explained Nutritional Response Testing and we got started!

She determined that my colon and stomach were inflamed and that I had numerous food sensitivities.

After diving into the recommendations – no gluten, no dairy, no sugar, corn, soy, rice and taking the whole food supplements – I feel great! I have energy like I haven’t had in years!!! My picture includes myself and my dog Lexie – my husband John and I (and Lexie) just came back from the North Shore and did 3 hikes – Cascade Falls, Carlton Peak and Oberg Mountain all in the same day!!! Nutritional Response Testing and Nichi have changed my life by improving my health – what a blessing!!!

frankieTHANK YOU, Nichi for being such an important part of bringing Frankie into this world how we imagined. We couldn’t have done it without you.

-Alexandra K
“Can’t tell you thank you enough. Thank you of helping me make progress, for the words of encouragement and direction, and for helping me achieve the beautiful birth I had hoped for. I couldn’t have done it without you two (I have an apprentice in training). You are amazing and I will be forever grateful. Thanks for all the back massage…it was just what I needed. AND, thanks for letting me throw up on you ”