Postpartum Doula and Breastfeeding Counselor
Brooklyn, NY Serves families in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens
$50 to $65
Availability Remarks: My availability is in the afternoons 1-5pm
$50 to $65
9 years and 60 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 4
Brooklyn, NY Serves families in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens
My husband and I hired Julia for postpartum support before our daughter was born in February 2017 and are so glad we did! I had zero experience with babies, and my husband had very little, so we wanted someone to show us the basics of newborn care.She helped us more than we could have imagined.
Julia came over starting the day after we got home from hospital with our daughter and gave us an incredible foundation for caring for her. She taught us swaddling, soothing methods, bathing a newborn, cord care, baby wearing, nail filing/clipping, finger and then bottle feeding and so much more. She gave me extensive help with breastfeeding and cooked delicious meals for us. We originally hired Julia for 12 hours but wound up hiring her for a lot of additional breastfeeding support and to come over to cook meals when my husband went back to work after 3 weeks.
I honestly don't know how we could have survived those first days/weeks without her! She is so knowledgeable, nonjudgmental, patient and sweet. We also didn't realize how important it would be to have someone take care of us while adjusting to having a new baby. We are so grateful for Julia's support and would not hesitate to hire her again if we have another baby.
Julia was the best post-partum doula we could have ever asked for. She is the perfect balance of professional, knowledgeable, warm, and caring. During our first two weeks at home, Julia prepared sitz baths, showed me various swaddling techniques, cooked delicious and wholesome meals, discussed babywearing, helped with lactation, did belly wrapping.... and was just overall absolutely pleasant and supportive. She let me sleep and heal while she watched my baby as well. Her pleasant and professional manner is not lost on our family, and we can definitely say that she made our first weeks as new parents absolutely special. Thank you Julia.
Julia worked with us as a Post Partum doula when our second child was born. From day one she was a comfort to have around, knowing I had a trustworthy and experienced person to help out was such a relief. She handled our newborn with the utmost care, and our 2 year old took to her immediately, often asking when she was coming back again! Bringing a new baby into the house with a toddler felt daunting- and having Julia's kind and calming care was crucial for our transition to a family of four.
Julia showed us how to use and clean cloth diapers, which seemed impossible at first, but it turned out to be very easy.
I always felt comfortable leaving the new baby with Julia if I needed a nap or a shower or time alone. She has a world of knowledge and is a pleasure to have around.
Julia is an amazing cook and prepared us healthy delicious meals and snacks that lasted for a few days until she came again. It was such a relief to not have to worry so much about food and what to make for dinner. Instead, my husband and I could enjoy our children and each other at the end of the day. (Ask for the breastfeeding cookies!)
We very highly reccomend Julia- she is a fantastic person and Doula.
Julia really helped my wife and I get on our feet with life with our child. We are first time parents and were feeling the enormity of the responsibiliies that come with raising a child, especially not having done this before. Firstly, breastfeeding turned out to be much more complicated than either of us expected with the added pressure of being the babie's source of food. Julia was expert in coaching my wife and baby about breastfeeding techniques and methods, and trained them to develop good breastfeeding habits. Over the course of a few sessions, Julia gave us a solid Baby 101 course on the basics of infant parenting. This ranged from everything from soothing techniques and attempting to understand our babies cries to how to put on a moby and tips on relieving excess gas. Julia's knowledge covers a wide range and there wasn't a question to which she didn't have a thoughful and useful response. She provided a great balance of pracitcal insight and heartelt intuition. Her background in psychology came through in several ways including her ability to demystify many aspects of baby's behavior by being able to explain, and thereby teaching us to understand, many of his subtle cues. In this way, she also treated baby like a real person (albeit a very little one) rather than a 'baby.' Additionally, Julia's skills as a cook are pretty awesome. Her food is delicious and she offers a really smart menu. We lived off of her leftovers for a few days. Following her postpartum sessions we asked her to stay on and do some babysitting for us, which was very useful in relieving the nonstop obligations of infant parenting, and allowed us to get a jump start in reassembling our personal lives or simply catch up on rest. With all of this, Julia was super cool and integrated seamlessly into our home. We highly recommend Julia.
Julia is beyond amazing and truly born to be a doula. She was our postpartum doula after the birth of our twin boys. Julia is everything you would ever want in a postpartum doula. She is warm and loving by nature but is also incredibly capable, efficient, trustworthy, and reliable. Even though we were her first “twins” family, she was more than up for the task and able to handle our twins with ease. One of the most impressive things about Julia was how seamlessly she integrated into our family – from the first day she was here she was finding numerous ways to help and while she was happy to help with whatever we needed, she would always make sure every moment of her time with us was doing something helpful. She is a fantastic cook and always had good ideas to help us with any questions we had. She really had an amazing impact on our lives as parents and in fact made us much better parents. Her nurturing in those early months gave us the support we needed so that we could really focus on the joy and wonder of becoming parents.
Julia came on recommendation from 3 of my close friends who had so many great things to say about her. I wasn't disappointed, she was a total pleasure to have around. We worked with her for 3 weeks after I gave birth to my first son in August 2016. She showed me how to breastfeed, soothing techniques and how to get him sleeping through the night, a total victory when it worked! She also cooked the most delicious food, and shared all the recipes with me (although I am sure I will never make them as well as she did!). I was so sad when the 3 weeks came to an end, but look forward to hopefully keeping in touch with her in a babysitting capacity. Can't recommend enough, if we're lucky to have another child I will definitely be using her services next time! 10 out of 10! : )
My husband and I refer to her as "Angel Woman". She came into our lives on very short notice and saved us! She was always on time, happy to do any task, and had great advice. She made amazing meals for us, and seemed to know exactly what we needed and wanted. She took such amazing care of both my daughters. She was like Mary Poppins, always with a smile on her face. She also knew when to step back and let my husband or my in laws help out with the baby, and instead she made a salad.
She is amazing and I very highly recommend her!
Julia was both my birth and post partum doula and words cannot express how incredible she is! She truly helped our lives in a way that has shaped us for the better. Her kindness, gentleness, insight and knowledge are invaluable, especially to a new mother and new little human! She truly became like family - she was an absolute god send! I felt confident and empowered in birth due to her help, and in post-partum life she was a support we could not have lived without. Our baby girl adores her and we are so grateful that she got to know Julia's beautiful energy in the early stages of her life. Julia's knowledge and support will be with us always - we often found ourselves saying "ask Julia!" for just about every question we had, and she kept us well-noursiehd with delicious, wholesome meals. Julia is a gift, and any family would be lucky enough to have her on their team as they welcome a new soul into the world. We love her so much!
Julia was a great help to our new family as we welcomed our first child. As a postpartum doula, she immediately made herself available, both in person and via text and email. It was nice to know that we could turn to her with questions as they arose. The first days and weeks with a newborn certainly come with challenges, adjustments, stresses, and an abundance of learning. Juila was so helpful and patient with us as we occasionally freaked out and got through a psychologically vulnerable period. She is supportive and encouraging to parents and has a great way with newborns. She is very sweet, easy-going, and patient with everyone! Aside from her kind nature, Julia is also very informed about newborn care and products that might be useful to parents. We totally made the right choice with Juila as our postpartum doula!
Julia was God sent! My husband and I had zero experience with a newborn baby and were very nervous about the first weeks at home with our sweet baby girl. I found Julia on DoulaMatch and I was impressed by the number of outstanding testimonials she had on the website. We met and it was an instant click. I knew immediately that we would be comfortable with her presence around us and the baby in those first weeks post-partum. It ended up being so much more than that. Julia's radiant smile and calming personality made us feel at ease with our newborn baby. I had a very hard time getting breastfeeding going and I needed to see a lactation consultant as soon as we were discharged from the hospital. Julia reached out to her network immediately and we had a top notch IBCLC come to our home the following day. Julia assisted us with baby girl's first bath, which we were also very nervous about. When my husband went back to work two weeks in, I was extremely nervous about being alone with the baby so soon. Julia reached out to her network again and found a fellow post-partum doula who was able to take care of me and the baby whenever Julia herself was not available. The one thing that I must point out is that - besides my husband - there is NO ONE other than Julia that I trust more with my baby, not family, not any other help. That was true when my daughter was just a few days old and it is still true now that she is almost five months old. Thank you, Julia!
Julia cared for my 17-month old son during the birth of my second child. Like many NYC couples, we don't have any family nearby. I knew I needed someone on-call that I could trust with my son at home during my hospital birth, and I also knew I needed a post-partum doula (having not had one after the birth of my first son, and how hard that was!). Well-meaning family and friends simply cannot provide the level of help that Julia can. Her understanding of the tender, precious beautiful time for the young family is profound. She is deeply respectful of the mother, father and sibling's needs and bond. The visible work (making sandwiches, snacks, breastfeeding help, making the bed, laundry) is supported by a deep undercurrent of invisible (yet tangible) kindness, understanding and connection. I give her the highest recommendation to any family needing help.
It was five days after my daughter was born and I felt like I was underwater. I had been through an unmedicated labor that ended in a C-Section, my body was broken, breast feeding was excruciating, I was barely eating, getting maybe 2 hours of sleep a night, and my partner was returning to work the next day. It was obvious we needed help so my partner called Julia on the recommendation of a friend. She came the next day and with her calm, reassuring manner helped me approach motherhood with positivity and hope.
We had decided to hire her for purely practical reasons but what I hadn’t anticipated was how instrumental she would be in helping me adjust to the new phase our lives. Julia’s magic is her ability to help you trust your own instincts. She is an expert listener, and was able to illicit from me how I actually felt about the decisions I was making. Particularly helpful were our discussions on co-sleeping and baby-wearing which made a big difference in helping me get some sleep, and make the most of my time awake. By the time she left that afternoon I had so much more confidence and hope. Over subsequent visits Julia helped me ease into motherhood using graceful, understated guidance and I credit her with being able to resume working (from home) within two weeks.
My wife and I had Julia as our birth / postpartum doula for our first child and had a wonderful experience.
She has an incredibly calm aura with a diverse and modern acumen when it comes to welcoming a baby into the world. She was not only a wealth of information, but also quite tactical / hands-on in helping us find a serene rhythm to transition our baby into our family. Her warm disposition and care were essential during this extraordinary time in our lives.
Julia's partnership and support were indispensable (so much so that we ended up extending our postpartum sessions with her). We wholeheartedly recommend her and would work with her again in the future.
Julia was my post partum doula for my first child, and she was a god-send. Her caring and gentle nature were exactly what my little guy and I needed after such a whirlwind of an experience! She helped us with breastfeeding support, gave us great product recommendations such as the swing our son loves and a bottle that helped him transition easily back and forth from the breast to the bottle, and is still sending us helpful advice on sleep solutions and more - even after our time together. I absolutely recommend Julia to any mother - you will be thrilled with her!
My experience with Julia was excellent! She always went out of her way to make it to our meeting locations that were convenient for me. She patiently answered all my questions at each meeting, often staying overtime to do so. While Julia has a gentle and comforting energy, she can also be assertive when necessary (ie. communicating my birth preferences to the nurses and doctors, and being firm when appropriate). I definitley recommend Julia!
Julia was our birth doula for our marathon 60 hour labor. She was by my side the entire time (yes, for three days!), and was a rock-solid support, caring for me and my husband, completely focused on the task. She was kind, present, completely knowledgeable about all things pregnancy, birth and baby care, and generous with her expertise and time. Julia truly is the expert you need to get you through your pregnancy, birth and those early stages of child rearing.
Julia was so clearly born to be a doula, both in labor and post partum, that it's inspiring to see her in action during birth. I would hire her again and again and would highly highly recommend her to care for you and your family in any way surrounding the birth of your child or caring for your babe once they are out.
We can't thank her enough and will Never forget the support she gave us during the birth of our first child. She is now more than just our doula, she is a friend.
Julia is a great postpartum doula. My husband and I didn't know anything about taking care of a newborn. I contacted Julia before the birth of my daughter and she offered up a ton of advice and gave us great recommendations on baby care products (carriers, pumps, bottle types). Once our baby arrived, Julia made herself very available (in house, texting, emailing). I texted her a few times at night and she got back to me within the hour. She coached me on the best way to co sleep, helped me with pumping and answered multiple questions regarding sleep habits and breastfeeding. She is very patient and nurturing. She is full of knowledge and will provide you with many options without pressuring any one of them. Julia is awesome and I highly recommend her because she's very knowledgeable in what she does and is a great support to have.
We decided to work with Julia based on the natural comfort in our person-to-person connection. She beams positivity and encouragement with ease. It was wonderful getting to know her before the birth, and having her with us during the birth was absolutely amazing.
When I really found myself in need was during a visit to the hopsital 2 days postpartum for jaundice. I had been having trouble with breastfeeding, the hospital was making it harder, and I was finding myself in a dark place. Julia came to the hospital and sat with me while I acquainted myself with the pump, and helped me to feel confident in my relationship with my baby. She was encouraging, loving, and knowledgable.
Julia is a simply wonderful doula. She attended the birth of our son, and was a delightful presence during the birth, as well as for prenatal and postpartum sessions. My husband and I both felt very confident knowing she would be there to offer comfort and assistance. Julia combines an incredibly calm and comforting energy and seriousness about her doula work with a great sense of humor, and is exactly the person we wanted present during this very special time. We feel lucky to have found her, and she has our highest recommendation!
I hired Julia as a postpartum doula when my son was about 5 weeks old. We were having a lot of trouble with breastfeeding and I thought that I just needed someone to come and help me feed myself and do some light chores. What I realized after Julia came the first couple of times was that I actually needed a lot of emotional support and reassurance, which is exactly what she provided. Of course, she also fed me lunch and did the dishes, but I think she was really amazing at just being there with me and witnessing what we were going through. She was able to reassure me that I was making the right decisions and just help us through a really difficult time. She had some amazing practical advice on newborn care and great ideas for equipment we could get to make life easier. She also assisted us on the subway during our first couple trips into the city and has been available by phone & email throughout the whole process. I couldn't have done it without her!
Me and my wife Bunny felt comfortable with Julia the moment we met her - Her experience, calming influence and knowledge helped us through the birth of our first child. She created a place where we could have the experience we wanted in bringing our child into this world - She is an amazing individual - She let us discover and experience the process on our own, while gently nurturing and guiding us through any fears questions and concerns that were revealed along the way - Grateful to have her through the pregnancy and birth, and grateful to have her continued interest and concern in the well being of myself, my wife and our daughter. It feels as if her role as a doula is more of a life calling than a profession.
Beth, mom of four, said: “The work that you have done for us has been perfect and amazing! Couldn’t ask for any more! Your gentle and loving manner suited us very well! You gave me confidence in many things particularly diet/health wise and also the choice not to vaccinate.”
We met Julia through my birth doula.
She was very calm, and helpful with my son.
She helped me and my son learn from eachother.
she is a wonderful cook and alwaya made sure that I was
hydrated and well fed. I would recommend her as a post partum doula.
Julia nurtured me through my pregnancy and three months postpartum, through making our family delicious and nutritious meals, giving me the support and space to rest and nurture myself, being a listening ear during my journey and research and being there for a hug when I’ve really needed it. Julia sees a job that needs doing and does it always in a calm and relaxed way, keeping a harmonious energy about the house.
As a mother I feel cared for, supported and nurtured enabling me to grow into mothering in the best possible way that I aspire to. I have had time to nurture myself during my pregnancy and through the early months of tandem breast feeding my toddler and newborn, making me strong enough to do these things well.
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