Hi. I'm Julie and I am so happy you've popped by to learn a little more about me. Choosing a Doula is not like interviewing a person for an ordinary job. The person you invite to join you on the road to becoming parents is a personal and intimate decision. Picking the right person is essential.
I encourage all of my potential families to interview more than one Doula, it's important to find the right fit. Here's why I might be a good fit for you. My gift is my natural intuitive ability to connect with people quickly and create intimate bonds. This is pivotal to the foundation of trust that leads to my ability to support positive birth experiences for both the labouring mother as well as her partner. It can be difficult to convey the value of a Doula to a person yet to experience labour, birth and postpartum. I find it's not until one has had the "doula experience" that they learn the true value of one. A client of mine told me a story of her two births both of which I was present for. "For my first birth you were my key person. I looked to you, I needed you, you were my tightrope. I could not have done it without you. During my second birth, as an experienced mother and having been through labour before, my need was different. You became my safety net. The moment you walked in my partner and I breathed a sigh of relief, we were at ease, and felt secure that we had it. I treated him as my tightrope, he got me across, but I couldn't do it without the safety net to catch us if we fell. I love how you were able to know what we needed and support us differently as our needs changed from birth to birth."
You need a Doula you have confidence in, feel safe with, and can be yourself around. Most importantly you need to be able to trust, without a doubt, that they will support you in whatever way YOU want and need.
I've been a birth and postpartum Doula for 8 years. I'm a prenatal educator and preparing couples for birth and parenthood is a ton of fun. Hearing from parents to be that they feel more prepared and ready is the greatest reward.
I have three lil peeps of my own, who keep me on my toes. When I am not at a birth or lending a hand with newborn babes, I am adventuring through life with my partner Scott. We collectively raise 5 little humans. I love to read, travel, play monopoly deal, listen to live music, reading anything birth related, podcasts are great.
I am a social person by nature so building a community has been very enjoyable. I've built a network of amazing birth professionals that I trust. I have valuable community resources that treat my "work families" like their own families.