Thankful is an understatement!
My husband and I couldn’t have imagined going through the experience of our first child being born without the help of Julia. Knowing I would need as much support as possible and having never given birth before, I began my search for a doula. We met with Julia and felt so at ease instantly. She has a very calming demeanor that my husband and I loved. We met a few times before delivery; each meeting providing us with ways to talk out our concerns and have many questions answered. I ended up delivering two weeks late; during my “delivery window” Julia checked in often and was attentive. Contractions started for me a few days before I actually delivered; it was with her knowledge and advice I was able to avoid going into the hospital before it was necessary. When it was finally the “real thing” I labored at home for a few hours as Julia communicated with my husband on the phone checking on my progress. It was finally time to head to the hospital (middle of the night) so Julia met us there. I ended up laboring for almost 9 hours at the hospital. Julia instructed my husband on ways to support me; as she applied counter pressure the ENTIRE time. She also was there to suggest when I should try changing positions to keep labor progressing. My husband reminds me often how thankful he was to have her there; without her the experience would have been beyond overwhelming for him. Her presence allowed him to provide me the calming comfort that was needed to get through labor. Julia was also a great advocate when it came to communicating my birth wishes with the hospital staff. Looking back, I was extremely blessed to not have any complications during pregnancy and delivery, but it was with Julia’s support and knowledge that I was able to have the birth experience I had truly hoped for! Our son Rhett will definitely hear of Julia in the moments we talk about how he made his debut.
My husband and I are so thankful for Julia’s support during our first pregnancy and labor & delivery of our little boy. We had a low risk pregnancy, worked with a group of midwives and delivered in the hospital. I knew I wanted a doula to support us and am so glad we found Julia! Julia met with us a few times before our due date to get to know us, help us think through a birth plan, and answer questions that we had. She is very knowledgeable and we appreciated her gentle demeanor. She is easy to talk to and really cared about checking in on us and supporting our birth plan- laboring naturally as long as we felt possible to do so and open to an epidural, with one of our main goals to avoid a C-section. It was really helpful to have her available to talk or text the couple weeks leading up to our due date and reassuring me and offering advice all the way up until the 41 weeks and 5 days before I had to have my water broken. Julia met us at the hospital and stayed with us the entire time, encouraging through each contraction, knowing just what to say and do as labor progressed, reminding me that I was strong. I felt so comfortable and empowered with my husband and Julia at my side. She was affirming to my husband as he was wonderfully supporting me and advocated strongly for us at the hospital. Julia is just an overall loving and kind person and we highly recommend her!
There are so many unexpected things that can happen with birth, no matter how prepared you believe you are. Without question, the best choice we made in preparing for the birth of our daughter was hiring Julia as our doula. Most of our pregnancy was spent abroad, but we were able to "meet" Julia via Skype and fit in both of our prenatal visits when we got to Minnesota. Julia was incredibly supportive and a great resource in the weeks leading up to birth with e-mail and text message check-ins, but she was absolutely invaluable during labor. My labor was 38 hours and she was there through it all, supporting my husband and I without ever being intrusive, without tiring, and without waivering in her encouragement. After we were sent home from the birth center to labor for the day, she was a great advocate for me, making sure I knew all of my options, and applied counter pressure for most of the labor. She also encouraged me to try new positions to help me progress, none of which I would have had the courage, strength, or knowledge to try without her there. While it was a difficult labor, my husband and I never had to be fearful and were reassured that everything was normal, which is huge for first time parents. She seemed to know what we each needed even when we didn't, and my husband was so grateful for her guidance on how to best support me. After 28 hours, we ended up with a hospital transfer, and having a familiar face there made it less scary. If we could do it all again, we would hire Julia in a heartbeat - we're so lucky to have her as a part of our daughter's birth story.
So incredibly thankful!
Our experience with Julia was amazing. My husband was weary about having a doula, and my decision to try for a natural water birth. Julia was there with us from the beginning. I contacted her soon after I became pregnant to ensure I had support throughout my pregnancy after previous miscarriages. Julia was sweet, calm and very knowledgeable. During our planning meetings we got to know each other. Her warm soul made her so easy to connect with. She also helped us create a birth plan and eased husbands fears about how a doula helps with the birth supporting both partners. She kept in contact in the months and weeks leading up to my due date. She was available to answer questions and help calm my anxiety.
Our birth was a complete surprise. We were totally unprepared for an emergency induction at 36 weeks. Julia jumped into action, as she was our first call from the hospital, not sure if we would be admitted or not. She was on standby and came when we felt we needed her. She was incredibly helpful in distracting me with conversation. Calmed me with her presence and knowledge of what was happening. She assisted my husband in pain relieving massages and words of encouragement for both of us. She was a voice of reason in my head and in the room. She voiced what I was scared to ask of my nursing staff. Our birth plan was almost completely out the window, and she helped us to restrategize and still create a calm and warm birth space for our daughter. She also supported when I needed more pain management and requested an epidural. She ensured me my body had not failed and I was making the right choice for my body. She was so helpful during every stage of labor and spent the entire day with us.
We loved the follow up we received from Julia. She contacted and visited us in the days following to help us process the unexpected early birth and having a baby in the nicu.
She was the best choice!
-Ali and Nick G.
Having Julia as our doula for the birth of our first child was hands down one of the best decisions we could have made. Though we planned to use a birth center, there was a complication with my pregnancy around 37 weeks that required us to ultimately induce labor at the hospital. Julia was there for us the whole time through text, phone call and in person. She answered our questions, discussed our options, and supported our decisions as we faced this sudden change in plans. Her support during labor and birth was outstanding. She met my needs quickly and calmly, and knew what to do at just the right time. Whether it was handing me scented sticks to ease my nausea, letting me crush her hands for hours, or helping me find different positions to move labor along, she truly came ready to help in any way possible. Even after giving birth, when I faced doubts and fears about breastfeeding, she was a phone call away. I look back at the birth of our son with so much pride and absolutely no regrets, and I know that one instrumental reason for this is the support we had from Julia. We cannot recommend her enough!
- Kelsey and Tom V.