“We hired Julia for the birth of our first child in August 2016. I had planned on a natural birth, and Julia helped us prepare for that, among other things. We delivered at Kasier Sunset, which was a wonderful experience already, and Julia enhanced that experience 100%. She helped me find my rhythm in labor, and provided massage and different comfort measures. Like I would pace around the room during a contraction, and Julia would follow behind me squeezing my hips like a champ. My mom and husband were also there to support, but it was in a different way. Your family is there for emotional/loving support, Julia was there as an expert and professional, though she was so loving and compassionate that she felt like family.
We were unsure if we wanted to hire a doula (and by we I mean mostly my husband) due to the cost; however, we are 100% glad that we did and will do it again. She really helped take the pressure off my husband during labor, yet he still was an active participant in the process. Women have been helping women give birth for centuries, a doula just make good sense to me. Even though I ended up getting an epidural (I began to regress in my progress), Julia was still immensely helpful and there every step of the way. She even got the baby to flip from sunny side up just before pushing!
Additionally, Julia was an excellent resource before and after the birth as well. She has provided excellent resources during pregnancy and the newborn period. I certainly could have reached out to my Doctor as well, but Julia was very accessible all the time with a quick call or text. My baby is 5 months now and I still reach out to her for help.
Julia thank-you for being a wonderful support and encourager before, during and after our birth–you are amazing!!!” McBride Family, January 2017
“My husband and I decided to hire a doula for the birth of our second baby. The labor and delivery with our first child we did alone, and it was very challenging, physically and psychologically. We are so happy that we found Julia for our second one: she was incredibly engaged throughout the whole process, she respected us and our preferences going through it, and most importantly she helped me handle both the physical pain of labor but also the scary feeling that happens in each contraction as you enter “transition”, the feeling that something is terribly wrong, or else why would it be so painful?
I had an epidural with my first L&D, but the second one went so fast, and I felt so much more in control thanks to Julia’s help, I got through it without an epidural (I don’t think they would’ve given me one even if I’d asked, because the labor was so quick). But I loved that in our prenatal visits, Julia expressed her view that epidurals are just one of many “tools” that you can use in labor, and they are fine! I expected a doula to have a more militant anti-epidural stance, and I loved her openness. Just knowing it was okay to get one helped calm me down.
Before we hired a doula, my husband was a little nervous that she would, in effect, replace him in the delivery room, and he didn’t want that – he wanted to still be my number 1 support. He was also so happy with Julia’s professionalism and support, and felt that she did not displace him at all but just supported both of us, because in his words, getting a mother through labor is “a two person job.”
Finally, we decided to have Julia do a placenta encapsulation for us after doing some research into its many benefits. Taking my couple pills each day I do believe has helped stabilize my mood and give me energy.
Thank you Julia, for everything!” Fisher Family, June 2016
Also, in the birth world, there were times that my wife and I felt uncomfortable. Surprisingly, even in LA, being a two mom family, there were times we felt excluded and uncomfortable in pregnancy spaces. Even in our birthing class at Bini, Julia made sure that we were always included and in tune with the unique issues facing LGBT parents.
If you are thinking about hiring a doula, Julia is the best! If I have another baby, I would 100% want her there with us again”. Mahley & Baumann Family, March 2016
“Julia is an angel on earth. During our home birth of our daughter she was my best friend, coach, partner and momma and the greatest support I could ever imagine.
From our first meeting I felt so comfortable with her. She took the time to get to know me and helped me visualize my best birth story and she really brought that vision to reality. She took the best care of me and when needed- she even took care of my son when I needed my husband during pushing.
She stayed in touch in the weeks after-truly caring about how I was doing.
I am so lucky to have found her- she even drove to us all the way in the valley for all our meeting and for labor and delivery!
And she made me the yummiest scrambled eggs after delivery making sure my belly was full and I had some good protein- thank you so much Julia- you are the real blessing and the real deal!!” Romatz Family, June 2015