I was a little nervous about being thrust into pregnancy and motherhood without any planning or forethought and couldn’t get a Midwife, so I was very happy that I found Julie to be my Doula. Right away meeting with her helped me to feel more at ease and excited about the pregnancy, she was so reassuring and enthusiastic and this helped me feel that way too. Julie’s support in preparing for birth helped my husband and I to feel more prepared and knowledgeable about labour and early parenting. She was so calm and kind and reassuring, even my neurotic husband felt more at ease and confident about this birth after our meetings with her.
I desperately wished I could birth at home instead of the hospital and it was Julie who suggested that I email the Midwives again, about a month before I was due, to see if they might be able to accommodate me, which thank goodness they did! However, probably in part because of Julie’s excellent coaching and advice leading up to it, on the day of my labour I was able to relax as my body went through contractions and my labour progressed very quickly. As I labored I didn’t realize how fast it was going, and didn’t end up calling Julie and the Midwives to come until the baby was almost here. Throughout the quick delivery Julie seemed so calm, she stayed grounded, and helped me, my husband and my mother in each of our roles as my baby was delivered. Because of her calm presence my worries were eased and she did a beautiful job helping me give birth. After the birth Julie was incredibly helpful, providing advice about breastfeeding and recovery. She brought me many healing salves, teas and other useful potions that definitely helped me in a speedy recovery. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful for Julie’s support through this journey, she is absolutely wonderful at what she does and has become a dear friend.
It was December 1st 2014 that the pregnancy test showed a positive sign and right then and there I knew our lives were about to change even more. Being a blended family my husband having 2 children and myself having 2 children the news of a little baby joining both our families together was very exciting. It wasn’t long before reality started setting in and I was terrified. It had been 5 years since I had carried a life inside of my body and so many things had changed in my life. Embarking on a completely new life journey, I wanted to embrace this experience and we decided to get a midwife. Our midwife thought it would be a good idea to have a doula. That’s when we met Julie. I couldn’t believe how lucky and blessed we had been having a midwife and a doula. Julie was so amazing! She came to our home and introduced herself, she explained to us in detail what a doula was and what we could expect from her. After our initial meeting, Julie came to our home and met with us multiple times always bringing lots of goodies and information for us to try. She always had great healthy herbs for me, suggestions for relief of pregnancy symptoms and suggestions for natural pain relief. You can tell she’s put a lot of time into her education. Julie was always there to talk to through text or phone whenever I had any questions or struggled. Near the end of my pregnancy everything hurt and I was riddled with fear. The plan that I had wanted for myself and this baby was no longer clear in my mind. I wanted to give up and just do it at the hospital.
After talking with me, Julie wanted to meet in person as she was concerned for me. We met at a coffee shop were I told her how I was feeling and what was happening. She told me something very valuable that day… She said to not ever make decisions based on fear. She reassured me and told me that whatever i decided to do that she would support me. I felt so much better after speaking to her it gave me the courage to push on through with my original plan. The big day came on the evening of July 22nd, 2015. I phoned and she came right away she never left my side. She held my hand the whole way through. She reminded me of things we had practiced and talked about in the times i could not remember and continued to support and remind me to breath and let go of the fear. Having Julie there was an incredible support. It was beyond what I had imagined. Julie has continued to see us and stay in touch. She made home visits to check up on me and baby after baby was born. If we were to have any more babies (which is NOT happening), I would want Julie to be there because no matter how much you think you’re prepared, nothing prepares you for childbirth and having someone as amazing as Julie at your side to help you through every second of it… there really are no words.
We would recommend Julie in a heartbeat. Thank you for everything you have and continue to do for our family. We are forever grateful that you were part of our journey. Thank you for not allowing me to give up on myself, believing in me and giving me the strength to believe in myself. Because of you, we had our baby girl in the most incredible home water birth in our living room, just the way we had imagined it.
– Tania, Nick and baby Charleigh
Meeting Julie was like a godsend. As a first time mother, I absolutely cannot imagine going through the journey without her. During my pregnancy, Julie made herself readily available to meet, educate, and answer any questions my husband and I had. She came to us at our home, meeting us in our environment and making us feel comfortable. We felt at ease with her instantly. Julie brings with her a variety of teaching tools, coming prepared and armed with knowledge to each and every meeting. She possesses excellent communication skills and fosters meaningful connections, something that meant the world to us.
During the delivery, Julie was our savior. She came to us cheerfully in the dead of night and was a beacon of support to the both of us. She helped me cope with my pain and anxiety with different management strategies, doing so in a soothing and compassionate manner. Her calming demeanor and gentle encouragement was the anchor in the storm that both my husband and I definitely needed. Not only did she help me cope, she managed tasks like bringing me water, cool compresses, and providing energy boosting nourishment. This left my husband free to stay by my side without distraction. After the delivery, Julie remained to help me get settled, and offered further assistance in whatever manner I needed. In the weeks after the birth, Julie continued to be present, offering continued support and home visits. In short, she was utterly invaluable. The comfort and assurance she gave us simply cannot be measured.
To anyone who may be considering Julie’s services, I cannot say enough. The depth of appreciation and gratitude I have for this kind, generous, and loving woman is endless. Thank you so much for being a part of this life changing experience, Julie.
– Julie and Rob
I am a first time mom and had some questions/concerns about pregnancy and labour, as well as caring for a newborn. Julie was able to fit us into her busy schedule to do prenatal classes with my husband and I, which was an absolute blessing. She came with so much knowledge that she made us feel at ease about the upcoming birth of our baby boy. We were able to go over our fears about labour and questions we had about bringing baby home and she was able to share with us extensive information about every step of the birthing process as well as post-natal care. Julie also demonstrated a variety of calming techniques, positions to help during contractions and how my husband can be supportive at each stage. We felt very comfortable doing these classes at our home and did not feel nervous to ask further questions about certain topics, which she was happy to discuss! We sincerely recommend Stork to Cradle Doula Care and prenatal classes to anyone who is thinking about having some extra support. Even just go for a coffee with Julie to hear about what having a Doula entails and you will be astonished at the amount of knowledge and passion she has as a Doula.
– Valerie and Kyle
The best thing I did during pregnancy was prenatal education classes with Julie. She tailored the classes towards my interests to ensure we thoroughly went over what was most important to me. Her classes gave me the confidence and tools I needed to calm my fears about a number of things (including labor and breastfeeding.) Whether you are a novice or an expert about what to expect during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, I highly recommend her classes!