Nikki Plaskett RN IBCLC, from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, took her first Hatha Yoga class as a child after a dance class. Since then her love affair with creative movement has blossomed and led to certifications as a Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga teacher. A beautiful pregnancy and graceful birth inspired Nikki to specialize in Perinatal training; she holds certifications and trainings as a Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, Perinatal Fitness Trainer, Prenatal Massage Practitioner, Breastfeeding Counselor, Childbirth Educator and Doula. The birth of my Sons opened a channel of power I never knew existed. It is the greatest meditation I have experienced and I am honored to support other Mamas on their journey to birth and beyond.

Birthing Bliss Perinatal Services is dedicated to supporting families during the childbearing year. Specializing in the holistic arts our services include:

  •  Breastfeeding Consults
  • Childbirth Education
  • Doula
  • Birth Assistant
  • Perinatal Fitness Training
  • Prenatal Thai Massage
  • Yoga for the Childbearing Year

Nikki Plaksett has been a birthwork practitioner since 2005 in a variety of settings including: Gov. Juan Luis Hospital,Virgin Islands; Kafountine Matenity Clinic, Senegal;The George Washington University Hospital, DC; DC Family Health and Birth Center, DC; Washington Hospital Center, DC; Sibley Memorial Hospital, DC and private home births. As a doula I have worked cooperatively with Obstetricians at George Washington University Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. I have also supported families birthing with Midwives at the DC Family Health and Birthing Center, Washington Hospital Center, George Washington University Hospital and Homebirths. My exposure to the benefits of holistic practices including yoga, meditation, herbs and acupuncture for VBAC has been in the realm of homebirths with a Midwife. I have witnessed success with holistic practices in the clinical setting for breech and post term dates. Breech babies turned prior to labor & admission to the hospital. In the instance of post term pregnancies, labor initiated prior to scheduled inductions.

My experience as a seasoned doula tending a multitude of births, has been a rewarding path. Each birth is an opportunity to support a family and learn. Every birth is unique. Being cross trained in a variety of modalities allows me a wealth of suggestions for my clients. I have supported births with limited options for movement because of high risk medical conditions: diabetes, hypertension, previous still birth and preterm labor. In these instances acupressure, meditation, visualizations and pranayama ( breathing exercises) are effective. While supporting mothers at homebirths with complete freedom to move the ability to provide physical support, massage or be invisible are paramount.

Unforeseen scenarios arise in clinical environments, my trainings as a registered nurse, childbirth educator, and midwife birth assistant qualifies me to effectively communicate procedures and options available to the client per provider team recommendations. As an educator I have taught at the DC Family Health & Birth Center, George Washington University Hospital,  Washington Hospital Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital and privately in group or home settings. I also provide breastfeeding support to my clients via telephone & post partum home consultations. In addition to being an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant I  have life experience. I breastfed my children for a total of 5 years; exclusively for the first 6-8 months and through toddler years.

In 2010 I began midwifery studies in Senegal. I volunteered at the Kafountine Maternity Clinic in the southern region of Cassamance. With very limited technology and no emergency care the Midwives manage birth with pharmaceuticals and wisdom. This awesome experience taught me to trust the process of birth and recognize the deep reserve of strength all women have. Since then I’ve advanced my clinical skills as a registered nurse in Labor and Delivery and Postpartum units at area hospitals. The path of birth worker is a privilege to traverse filled with hope and bliss in each birth.