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Mercedes Thomas, MSN, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC

Writer, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse


Pediatrics, Maternal Health, Lactation


University of South Alabama, Emory University


My goal is to share trustworthy, evidence-based information that people find engaging. I want my articles to help lead readers to have "aha" moments that allow them to better understand their health status and diagnoses minus the medical jargon.

— Mercedes Thomas, MSN, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC


Mercedes Thomas is a health content writer, advanced practice nurse, best-selling author, and maternal-child health consultant. Through her writing, she aims to establish a rapport with readers that allows them to feel as though they have been educated by a knowledgeable friend.

Mercedes has been in the nursing field for over a decade. Her clinical background includes working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), both inpatient and primary care pediatrics, case management, and quality improvement. 

Her client list includes Medical News Today, Mahmee, and GE Healthcare. She is a subject matter expert in pediatrics, parenting, health and wellness, and professional nursing practice.


Mercedes holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Emory University and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from the University of South Alabama specializing as a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

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