Asking Julia to be our doula was one of the best decisions we made in the biggest transition of our lives into parenthood. Upon our first meet and greet, we clicked with Julia immediately because of her calm and no-frills demeanor. In our prenatal visits, Julia educated us on evidence based pregnancy and childbirth, empowered us to add meditation and affirmation to our toolkit, and taught us techniques to help baby get into the optimal position for birth. When I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, Julia was so encouraging, reassuring, and guided me towards a more nutritional diet that helped keep my glucose levels in range. Unfortunately, due to Covid variant restrictions, our hospital did not allow more than 1 support person in the delivery room. But that didn’t stop Julia from showing her dedication to our birth. When the big day came, we labored at home with Julia the entire night before heading to the hospital. These few hours ended up being the most crucial, best hours of our whole birth story. Julia did everything to help me progress and cope through the increasingly intense surges, applied counter pressure during surges to make the labor sensations manageable, and gave me massages in between to help me relax. She encouraged me to get in the shower when the surges stopped me at my tracks and taught me different positions to help get my baby down. The environment she helped create at home was calming and loving. By the time I got to the hospital, I had already made so much progress (6cm dilation and nearly fully effaced) that the nurse and OB said it’s not very common for first time moms! All the work we did at home set up for an overall easy and positive birth in the end. If I were to get pregnant for a second time, I will be so lucky to work with Julia again . And I wholeheartedly recommend Julia to any expecting parents no matter what kind of birth you envision. Thank you Julia for such a wonderful pregnancy and birthing experience!
March 04, 2022