Nicole Vascianna is the proud momma of London (age 4). She is a Registered Nurse, Certified Lactation Educator Counselor and birth doula. In late 2013, she created The Village Maternity Services as a means of supporting women through pregnancy and childbirth. With derived experience as mothers and health care professionals, they strive to deliver holistic supportive services; antepartum through infancy in a fun and up-beat atmosphere.
Q. Who was most influential person in your life growing up?
I must say. In my younger days my mom and her sister. I would witness these women scout areas to buy homes fix them and then turn profits by becoming landlords. In her hay days she was managing 5 properties all while working a full-time job as a nurse. I watched my parents then have the ability to be financial pillars of their church and community being able to give whenever the need would arise. Later in high school I was exposed to other types of entrepreneurs. My friend’s parent’s owned firms, real estate companies, and food distribution companies. It was at this time that I knew I need financial independence and the only way to achieve it would be through entrepreneurship.
Q. What inspired you to create The Village Maternity Services?
I was inspired to create The Village Maternity Services by my own prenatal and delivery experience. I’ve come to realize that women do not have options in birth in Miami. They’re not empowered or informed about birth and labor. I created The Village as means to support women and families and provide information. I want women to take their bodies, pregnancy, and birth back. I want women to know they do have choices and to realize what this culture views as “normal” childbirth is far from that.
Q. What services and products do you offer?
We currently offer prenatal yoga, breastfeeding classes, infant massage and lactation consultations.
Q. How do you balance motherhood and running a business?
It’s not balanced right now. I do my best. I make a conscious effort to set aside time for my son, time for myself, and time for my partner; but my life is not balanced. I would not dare try and fool you. I also think our view on balance is skewed. I don’t believe every day, week, month, or year of your life will be lived in complete balance. It’s a work in progress and we should be intuitive. If things start to shift a little to far left, be mindful that you need to pull back right. But now that I’ve created this new “baby” and we are in our infancy stage, my attention has shifted some to deal with all the demands that this new baby has created.; just like any child other child that needs your full attention, support, protection, and nourishment. So for a while my life will be unbalanced. But that’s OK because it’s a temporary state.
Q. What do you love the most about being a doula?
I love being able to support a fellow sister. On this journey I get to witness a child being born, a family being born, and a mother being born. It’s rewarding, exhilarating and I feel blessed to be able to serve in this capacity.
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