Hi there, I’m Julie! Jules, to those who know me well and Julianne to those who don’t. I am mother to two beautiful boys, wife to one incredibly supportive (and handsome) husband, and lover of birth, nature, and music. I am a die-hard optimist, perhaps to a fault and quite fluent in playful sarcasm, song lyrics, and quotes from The Office. Outside of owning and running a birth business, you can find me in the woods hiking with my boys or at home playing guitar, binging on coffee and Netflix, and conspiring ways to become the first female Foo Fighter.
I used to tell people that my call to doula work began with the birth of my first son, but I think maybe it had manifested long before then. Just ask second grade Julie, whose aspiring career title was “Babysitter” or third grade Julie who leveled-up the dream a bit to “Mother.” There has never been a doubt in my mind that my place in the sun is and always will be The Nurturer. In college I studied Early Childhood Education and went on to work for several years as a nanny, where I gained a newfound understanding of different parenting and education styles. I learned pretty quickly that parenting, like so many other aspects of life, is not a one-size-fits-all ordeal. One of my absolute favorite things about being a doula is helping families discover their own unique parenting (and birthing!) styles and personalities.
Jackson’s birth in 2014 solidified my calling to doula work and I immediately began training, first as a postpartum doula, then placenta encapsulist, birth doula, and childbirth educator. I wanted other families to feel supported and empowered the way my husband and I were, on our own journey to parenthood. Bergen and I partnered shortly after, which was easily one of the best decisions I ever made. I’ll likely add a few more hats to my birthy collection, because why the heck not??
When asked, “What do you do for a living?” I sometimes find myself scrambling for words. I used to say that as a doula, I “help people have better births”, and in many ways that speaks true. But that’s only scratching the surface of all that doula work entails. I think a better response would be, “I help people.” Because above all else, THAT is truly what I do. I meet families right where they are, and I just, help.