Birth Fee: $1100 to $1500
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 100 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Service Area MapArea of practice: Herndon, VA
In my desire to have a successful VBAC I decided to hire a doula for optimum support in reaching this goal. Julia was crucial in helping me keep my focus throughour labor; calmly talking me through each contraction. She worked as a great team with my husband, was strong and had a lot of stamina as she massaged my back through labor. Julia proved to be absolutely indispensable as my labor progressed into a challenging posterior birth. My midwife told me only about 5% of posterior births are vaginal, and even fewer are VBAC's. Julia's true colors shone through as I experienced unanticipated severe cramping immediately postpartum. She continued to compassionately care for me as long as I needed her while my husband tended to our new baby. I felt very supported through it all in Julia's capable hands. Julia was pivital in helping my husband and me have an extremely positive VBAC birth experience. We couldn't have been more happy with how everything turned out. She exceeded our expectations in every way!
My husband and I were thrilled Julia was part of our birth experience. She has a wealth of knowledge in this area and extensive experience working with couples in a variety of birthing settings. She is professional, respectful, no-nonsense and kind. She helped us prepare for labor, referred us to helpful resources and also gave us a list of useful questions to ask my medical providers. She always was accessible via phone, email and text. In the days before I went into labor (at 38 weeks), I was admitted to the hospital for gestational hypertension. Our plans for a natural childbirth seemed thwarted as the doctors became adamant about pursuing aggressive interventions. My husband and I were devastated and scared for the health of our son. Julia was available around the clock to help us navigate this unexpected situation; she listened, comforted, and helped us with questions to ask so that we could make a fully informed decision. In the end, we were able to experience the natural childbirth we had always wanted. When my contractions started, Julia stayed in close contact with my husband and arrived to support us at the perfect time during my labor (in the middle of the night!). My husband became a much better birth coach and supporter once she arrived. She gave him more confidence, and he also was able to take breaks because of her presence. They were a great team. Julia was calm, comforting, and loving. She made me feel safe, respected, and supported. She’s also physically strong and could handle bearing almost all of my weight as I leaned on her during my contractions. Once my son crowned, Julia began taking pictures. We are so happy to have these phenomenal shots of our first moments with our son. A few days after I delivered, Julia came by the house to support me regarding latching, baby carrying, and co-sleeping issues. Again, we could not have been happier with Julia before, during, and after the birth of our son!
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