About Me

photo of Nora Aldous, Postpartum Doula and Lactation Educator Counselor

I am a certified postpartum doula, lactation educator counselor, and infant sleep educator serving areas on the San Francisco Bay Area peninsula from Burlingame to Palo Alto. I guide families through the postpartum period and into infancy, helping them to learn about their baby’s needs and rhythms and to develop ways to meet these needs within the context of the whole family.

Although I am a native Californian, I became a parent to both of my boys while living abroad in a coastal community in England. I was working in education and community engagement for a European Marine Site/Marine Protected Area. Sandy coastal walks and countryside rambles (complete with tea and cake stops) accompanied me and my boys as I started to figure out my life as a parent. Now back in California and living so close to the coast, the redwoods and the wetlands, nature continues to inspire me and offer me connection in this otherwise urban area.

In 2011, I started working with families by coordinating breastfeeding peer support in my region. After returning to the Bay Area, I received my lactation educator counselor certificate through the UC San Diego Extension program in 2018 and I completed my postpartum doula certification through DONA International in 2019. I am a trained infant sleep educator and am currently working toward my certification through bebo mia, Inc.

On top of my professional experience, my boys have both taught me much about life, love, patience and kindness.

I look forward to sharing some of what I’ve learned with you as you begin your journey. Contact me today to learn more about how I can support your family.

Training and Certifications

Transformed by Birth Apprenticeship, Britta Bushnell, Ph.D., 2020-21
Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss, Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death, 2020
bebo mia, Inc. Infant Sleep Educator (ISE) training, 2020
From Trauma to Triumph: When Survivors Give Birth Foundational Training, 2020
Certified Postpartum Doula, PCD(DONA), 2019
CPR/AED (Adult and Pediatric), American Red Cross, 2019
Lamaze International Childbirth Educator Seminar, 2018
Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC), UC San Diego Extension, 2018
DONA International approved Postpartum Doula workshop, 2017
Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative course in Breastfeeding and Relationship Building, 2013
Breastfeeding Peer Supporter, University of Greenwich (UK) accredited course, 2011
Stakeholder Dialogue: A Good Practice Approach to Participation (Dialogue Matters/Diana Pound), 2009

Education

Imperial College London, MSc in Science Communication
University of California, Davis, BS in Plant Biology, minor in History

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