Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: BA in Communications/Public Relations; Certified birth doula through multiple organizations; Trained in postpartum doula care; Pre-Certified Postpartum Placenta Encapsulation Specialist; Certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor; Doula agency business owner since 2013
What led you to become a Doula?: After having a doula at my first birth, I began to sense a desire to serve women in birth as a career. In 2005, after the birth of my son, I fully committed to doula work and have been motivated and endeared to the service of women and their families ever since.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Julie is a true example of selflessly serving with unwavering care, encouraging words and an ever calming touch. Her help is always perfectly timed and her intuition often leads her to give what I don’t even know I need!
Julie was just a treasure at our birth and I couldn’t imagine doing it without her. The birth was fast and scary for my partner and I, but she kept us in focus and calm as we welcomed out first baby into the world.
We recommend Julie to our patients because of her immense professionalism and dedication to her clients. Julie has always worked well with all professional staff while also providing quality care to the families she serves.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: LLL, Improving Birth, Hypnobabies, KellyMom, Dr. Sears, Evidence Based Birth, and various blogs.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I often wonder what her birth plans are and if she has had the time to inform herself about options and resources surrounding her birth and postpartum experience. I wonder if she is well supported by her family and friends and whether or not she is excited or scared about becoming a mother.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The gift of unconditional support, compassion and respect for all of her decisions, prenatally, during birth and in the postpartum time.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: The Good Wife, Big Bang Theory and Masterpiece Classics.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: St. John USVI
What is your favorite food?: Mediterranean
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Reading a book at the lake
Who lives in your house?: My wonderfully supportive husband, our three children, Haven, Liam and Emerson as well as a fun loving Labradoodle, Truman!