Mercedes Thomas, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC

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 written content. 

She 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) and both inpatient and primary care pediatrics. 

As the founder of Thomas Health Education and Consulting, she creates engaging digital content that focuses on educating families, and professionals about maternal health, lactation, pediatrics and wellness. 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 her downtime, you can find her spending time with my family, traveling, and advocating at the local and national level for families to have the best access to equitable, quality healthcare and breastfeeding services!