Mercedes Thomas also known as “Mercedes the NP” is a health content writer, advanced practice nurse, and maternal-child health consultant. She is also the author of the best-selling book What in the Baby?!?: The Modern Mama’s Guide to Confidently Caring for Your Baby and Surviving the Postpartum Period, written to help expectant mothers and new parents transition into the new normal of parenthood. She has been in the nursing field for over a decade and has a true passion for educating through the use of her words and digital content.
Mercedes completed her undergraduate nursing studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and went on to earn her Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of South Alabama. Her clinical background includes working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), both inpatient and primary care pediatrics, quality improvement and case management. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Thomas Health Education and Consulting, she creates engaging digital content that focuses on educating families, and professionals about maternal health, lactation, pediatrics and preventative healthcare. In 2020, Mercedes was named the Washington Parent Pick in the category of breastfeeding support. She has also been recognized by the founders of Black Breastfeeding Week as a “brave innovator” in her pursuits to support lactation care and education in her community.
In Mercedes’ downtime, you can find her spending quality time with her family, traveling, and advocating at the local and national level for families to have the best access to equitable, quality healthcare and breastfeeding services!