Nichole Virag Doula + Birth Photography

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Hey there, I’m Nichole Virag. I’m a doula and birth photographer in Buffalo, NY.

Once upon a time I went to college and got a Masters degree in Social Work, but here I am living my best life as a doula and birth photographer. Ten years ago, I had no idea what a doula was or that birth photography was a thing. Now I find myself playing in glitter and rain puddles with my toddler by day and tiptoeing my way out of our shared bedroom by night to answer phone calls from soon-to-be parents. Seriously, this is the best job ever.

Becoming a birth doula wasn’t necessarily part of my career plans, but after hiring a doula for my own birth I realized the enormous potential for advocacy in birth work. It is my dream, my goal, my wish (although wish seems a little too passive doesn’t it?) that every women feels supported in childbirth. Families deserve to feel heard and they deserve respect. Not just from me, but from their doctors/midwives and from society in general.

The birth photographer piece came a little later. I have loved photography since I got my hands on my first DSLR in high school. Back then I was taking pictures of my friends and pretty flowers on my trips abroad. I offered to take some pictures for my first few doula clients as a sort of extra gift. Since those first births, I have come to realize how incredibly important birth photography is for clients to process their births, so I love to incorporate it into my doula services.

These days, I live in a tiny, one-bedroom upstairs apartment in Elmwood Village where we squeeze all the love of our two dogs, a pint-sized toddler tornado and two adults. My husband and I are both from Upstate New York, but we moved to Buffalo together as newlyweds and haven’t looked back. If you’re looking for a relaxed and knowledgable person for your big Birth day then shoot me a message and we can make it happen.

Much love,

Nichole Virag

 
 
 
Nichole Virag smiles at the camera while her baby crawls on the steps below her.
 

Testimonials

I cannot say enough about this beautiful and talented woman. Her passion for birth, babies, moms and dads oozes out of her.
-K.P.
 

 
She was quick to meet my needs and thought of comfort measures I wouldn’t have thought of myself. I think she was also a huge asset to my partner, who was able to joke with her, look to her for guidance, and simply stay by my side while she took care of other things.
-J.B.
 

 
At 37 weeks we found out our baby was breech and decided to switch providers. She helped us through a lot of the stressful decisions involved in a breech baby and was very supportive.
-L.W.
 

 
From the moment Nichole walked in our door, we were confident that she was committed to helping us actualize the birth experience we were hoping for.
-A.O.
 

 
Nichole was always there with the right thing to say, to make me feel powerful when I had little control. She turned a very sterile environment into something so beautiful through the use of her photography prowess. I am truly blessed to have had Nichole by my side.
 -K.P.
 

 
After our experience with Nichole, the first thing my husband says to anyone when we start to talk babies or birth is that they should work with a doula. We look forward to working with Nichole again in the future!
-K.H.
 

 
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