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Julie Harker Buck

Plane Beginnings

Website: http://www.planebeginnings.com

Phone: (208) 313-0331

Birth Fee: $550 to $650

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $50

Fee Details: Happy to discuss fees and options for payment including bartering. Sliding scale for medicaid patients. Student and military service rates.

Birth Doula Experience: 28 years and 105 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 9 years and 10 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, January 1998
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Willing to consider all postpartum doula clients.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have assisted at Madison Memorial, Portneuf, EIRMC, and Mountain View Hospitals. Let's discuss other possible hospitals in your area.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I have assisted at Selah birth center in Rigby, Idaho.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I have attended many home births and would be comfortable assisting with a licensed midwife in attendance.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • RDN Registered Dietitian

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS
  • PhD

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Military families
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Doulas of Eastern Idaho (DOE) Board Member 2017-present Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery Board of Directors ending 2013

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Idaho Falls, ID
Travel Range: 100 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Will discuss details and accomodations.

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Client Testimonials for Julie Harker Buck

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Jonathan Gallup

Julie is an amazing Doula! I have been super involved in my wife's three home birth deliveries and initally was a bit nervous of losing my job or role of supporting my wife, but hiring Julie was the best descision ever! Not only did she have great ideas and methods of coaching and comforting my wife, but she also helped me so that I could really be there to support my wife throughout the entire labor. 

I am so thankful for Julie and all of her love and support to our family! She was mindful of our birth plan wishes and desires and really helped create the overall atmosphere we were targeting for this special moment in time. I am strongly recommend you meet with Julie and let her be your Doula so you can feel the difference she makes at your upcoming birth!

Posted 6/4/2019

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My husband and I hired Julie for the birth of our third child. I am a birth worker, myself, so I understand the need of having the right people on my team! This birth was very important to me because of the emotions that surrounded my pregnancy, so I knew that I needed special support on my team. Julie was able to see me and meet me where I was and she truly understood my feelings. Julie was gentle and encouraging and always ready to help me research if I needed help or had questions.

During labor, Julie saw nearly every need before I realized that I needed it! My husband and I were able to connect better because she was attending to needs and even encouraged ways for us to work together. She gently encouraged me and provided a lot of counterpressure and visualization methods. She was also able to provide support to my other family members who were there. Julie was such a beautiful, vital member of my labor team and I am beyond grateful for her.

Posted 6/4/2019

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When my husband and I found Julie we were just looking to hire a doula. What we ended up getting was so much more. Julie was not only able to do everything we had expected from a doula but was also able to help with my pregnancy nutrition and also taught our childbirth classes. Julie made sure that we met multiple times before the birth so that we were able to ask any questions we may have and also were able to build a relationship before our baby was born. During the birth of my son, Julie was there every step of the way.  She brought multiple items with her to help make me comfortable also such as essential oils and stress balls to squeeze. After the birth she stayed to help me with breastfeeding which I was truly grateful for because I feel that this really helped me be able to breastfeed painlessly from the start. I felt so much more comfortable and confident in my pregnancy knowing that I had someone I could ask all of my questions to and who would be there whenever I needed. Both my husband and I will forever be grateful for Julie with her help, knowledge, and nurturing care. 

Posted 5/1/2019

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Jessica Zook-Roberts

Having Julie as our doula and Lamaze teacher for the birth of our first child in March 2018 was the best decision my husband and I made for our birth experience. My labor lasted over 18 hours and Julie was there providing comfort, calmness, and support the whole time. She guided my husband in supporting me and gave him breaks as well. I appreciated the different techniques she used to ease me through contractions and the encouragement she gave me all day. Without her, I know I would not have had the amazing natural birth experience I did. I highly recommend Julie‘s doula services. 

Posted 5/30/2018

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Shweta Malik

Julie was instrumental in the birth of my first child in March 2017. From our very first meeting with her, I felt so comfortable and knew that I would benefit from her vast experience. As a Doula, she is very knowledgeable and I have learned so much from her before, during and after the birth. She helped me prepare a realistic birth plan. My baby was posterior for the majority of my long labor, and I could not have survived it without Julie's help! She was at my side for HOURS, providing counter-pressure to my lower back and legs with each contraction (which is a very physically demanding task!). Her calm demeanor and encouraging words throughout the birth were so helpful for my husband and myself. I appreciated her follow up after the birth and I highly recommend Julie and her doula practice.

Posted 7/14/2017

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Marion Cardwell

Julie was a great doula. She visited me while I was pregnant and made sure I was doing ok. i also attended a great child birth class taught by her. When it was time for me to give birth, I ended up changing plans and she was very flexible. I also ended up having postpartum help and she was great! She helped with laundry and even made a meal for me! I would recommend her to anyone who is pregnant!

Posted 4/3/2017

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Kristin Mitchell

My husband and I chose to attend Julie's 6 week prepared childbirth class and we are so glad we did! As soon to be first-time parents, we were seeking a class that would help prepare us for welcoming our little boy into the world, whole still being open to what we wanted. 

The class was very educational, and Julie is super knowledgeable but not pushy at all! We learned about everything from the biological process of Giving birth to positions and pain-coping mechanisms to handle the pain of labor. just practicing the coping strategies alone with Julie made the whole process seem much more manageable when the time to go to the hospital came!

We had a smooth natural birth, my husband was a huuuuge support to me, which I know was a result of getting in the right mindset in class to be my rock when the time came to have our baby! We would recommend Julie Buck to anyone who is looking for kind, experienced, and knowledgeable support through pregnancy and giving birth.

Posted 7/20/2016

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Kelsey Kreutzer Skinner

After preparing with Julie for 6 weeks, I felt calm, relaxed and ready to have my baby. Fear was replaced with a calm confidence within myself and my sweet husband. I wanted to have a natural, low intervention labor and birth with my baby boy but unfortunately that is not what I got. I was induced at 27 weeks because of preclampsia and after a 30 hour labor, my midwife told me I needed a c-section. Even though this was not the birth I expected or wanted, I look back at the whole experiecne with a smile and feelings of warmth. Julie taught me how beautiful birth is and the amazing ways our bodies adjust and cope with making this miracle happen. Through intense and constant contractions after having been given pitocin, I felt strong and empowered and grateful to have been experiencing the birth of my baby. That perspective was truly a direct result of Julie's mindset and the labor exercises that helped me focus and relax. I may not have been able to deliver the way I wanted, but I'm happy knowing that my and baby and I are safe and healthy, and I'm ready to tackle the next baby's delivery the natural way i've been prepared for. I recommend everyone to take Julie's child birth classes, especially those who have a fear of labor and delivery and those who want to take a more natural route.

I also have to add, that Julie has helped me with a few breastfeeding challenges that I have encountered at three months. She is exactly the support and help that I needed to reach my breast feeding goals!

Posted 7/17/2016

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Cassie Shiels

Julie is wonderful! She was super great at asking what I needed all along the way. She supported my birth plan, and made me feel like I was doing a good job, during a hard labor experience. She asked if I liked where she was putting counter presure, or if I needed something different. She was great at suggesting we try different things when, I wasn't sure if I was liking what we were atempting. She let me hold onto her when I needed it, she reminded me about breathing and praised my efforts. I loved her encouragement, her gentle and uplifitng presence. She helped me manage the pain myself instead of having to go for the meds, which is what I wanted. She helped take some pictures of us when my baby was born and right after, so my husband and I could focus on other things but still have those moments. She stayed around and massaged my feet, and made sure breastfeeding started out right. I am very glad that I made the call and asked Julie to come assist me at my birth, and my husband is too! I would recammend her to any pregnant women who wants a wonderful doula! Thank you Julie!

Posted 5/12/2014

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Carla Green

Julie has been my doula for my last four kids. She listens to what I want, and offers help and suggestions without being pushy. For my first two kids (two separate pregnancies), I was induced and didn't want to have an epideral.  Instead I was given narcotics that left me feeling out-of-control with my body, and left my newborn babies so sleepy they could hardly stay awake to eat for the first two days.  Julie taught me how to manage the pain and gave me the self-confidence to deliver baby three and then baby four without an epideral or pain medicines, even during a pitocin-induced delivery.  My last two pregnancies were problem free, and I enjoyed a pitocin-free and pain-medicine-free delivery.  

Throughout the pregnancies, Julie was supportive: checking up on me to see how I was doing during the pregnancies, for the entire labor and delivery, and after the babies were born. She has lots of wisdom and experience to draw on for any problems I was having, and helped make me more comfortable while achieving my goals.  

I am so glad I chose Julie to be my doula.  Without her I wouldn't have had the confidence to deliver my babies drug-free, and doing so was so great.

Posted 10/28/2013

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Angela Murdock

I have previously had 5 children and for my 6th pregnancy I decided to have Julie be my doula. This was my first time I have had a doula help me. I was highly impressed with Julie. She is well educated about how to help the mother in labor. She knew several ways to help reduce the pain associated with labor. Julie arrived at my home to help me with labor and came with me to the birth center where I went to have my baby.  She was very supportive and I felt completely comfortable with her. She worked so hard to reduce stress and pain and to help me to have a positive birth experience. If I ever have another baby I will deffinately ask Julie to assist me again.

Posted 7/6/2011

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Lindsey Anderson

Julie Harker Buck was an amazing doula, and I can't image what the birth of my daughter would have been like without her involvement. When my husband and I learned we were having our first baby, I did some research and read about how much assistance a doula can offer, not only during labor, but before and after the delivery as well. Our search for the right doula for me ended when I met Julie, as her warm demeanor and maternal nature instantly put me at ease and gave me confidence that I would be prepared to welcome my child into this world.

I was told that I had preeclampsia and would need to be induced two weeks early. Julie was the first person I called, and she instantly calmed me and made me feel better about the unplanned complication in my perfectly planned natural labor. She met us in the hospital and stayed all night with my husband and I during the balloon catheter that was used to force my cervix to dilate. It was quite uncomfortable, and Julie's calming words of encouragement and knowledge of just where to place her hands in order to ease my pain were essential factors in getting me through that night.

The birth of my first child was the most amazing experience of my husband's and my life, and a large part of that is owed to Julie Harker Buck. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anybody, whether they are about to have their first or tenth child. Her contributions were so essential to this wonderful experience, and I still marvel at the time she dedicated to making sure that my labor was everything I needed it to be. I can't wait to have another child. Julie will be the first person I call.

Posted 12/13/2010

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