CURRENT STATUS: Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula
BUSINESS NAME/AFFILIATION: Violet Hour Doula Services
SERVICES PROVIDED: Labor, Postpartum & Infant Care Doula Services
AREAS SERVED: Service area includes, but is not limited to: Caroline County, Essex County, Fairfax County, Hanover County, Henrico County, King George County, Prince William County, Richmond, Stafford County, and Spotsylvania County. All areas are in Virginia and I am open to Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Phone: (540) 656-7377
Professional Renewal Due: April 1st, 2024
Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am so thrilled to have found my calling as a birth worker! I deeply enjoy caring for others, and my heart’s work has been in childcare - so becoming a doula was a very natural transition for me. My previous career included nannying for over a decade and, in recent years, the tough job of being a stay-at-home mom. I have taken college coursework in childcare education, and my specialization as a nanny was in newborn care. I started a crash course of parenting as a bonus mom and then, was blessed with the experience in my own pregnancy and birth. Through my doula training and in witnessing my sister have a beautiful birth, I was able to acknowledge just how traumatic my own pregnancy and birth experiences were. My induction, over a day of laboring, and hours of unsuccessful pushing led to an emergency cesarean. I was terrified and was unprepared, so I am dedicated to ensuring this does not happen to my clients and that they have the opportunity to plan their birthing journey.
What led you to become a Doula?: I knew I wanted to become a doula after helping my sister to honor her labor and birth intentions, and I wish nothing more than to help others do the same. I want my clients to have an empowered and embodied experience as they experience their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I want my clients to feel heard and to replace their fear with confidence and self-trust. I also believe a doula is meant to support the entire unit, including any partners or support persons that attend the birth.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“I had the pleasure and joy of having Juliann at my birth, and I cannot speak highly enough about her gentle, loving care. Juliann is one of those people for whom you can tell birth work is a calling. She was able to be present and attentive, attuning easily to my needs and adjusting her presence and care based upon how I was feeling and what I was needed in the moments. The ability to read others and adjust accordingly is a rare skill; I never felt overwhelmed by her presence – simply supported and cared for. Whether it was fanning me while I contracted or providing gentle affirmations, Juliann was an incredible support person. I will be forever grateful for what she provided me during my birth, as well as throughout my pregnancy and postpartum, and I cannot recommend her highly enough for doula services! We have also used her for newborn care and support, and she has been fantastic! She is our trusted person, and we know she will become yours too! (We are also an LGBTQ+ family, and Juliann was affirming and inclusive; any other families like ours would love her!)” – Kat O.