My best friend asked me to be "her doula" 17 years ago. I flew to LA and planned to be there for 10 days in hopes the baby would come in that window of time. I sang and whispered into her belly and Introduced myself to her baby. We had quite a time during the labor as her midwives guided her through the experience. She was incredible! She chose a home birth which ended at the hospital. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Witnessing the birth was transcendent and inspiring! When I flew back to NYC, I vowed that when our youngest daughter was in college, I would become a Doula. I grew up in Minnesota. I graduated with a BFA from the acting program at the University of North Carolina School of the Performing Arts. I have a background in dance, singing, yoga and martial arts. I was an American Council of Exercise certified personal trainer for 12 years. When I became pregnant, becoming a certified prenatal trainer was ideal. I especially loved working with all my pregnant clients. Having an online health and wellness business with Arbonne International has been another passion of mine. Over the years, I have coached a team on how to build their own online businesses and shared this opportunity in a public speaking setting for large groups. I teach my clients the benefits of aligning with a vegan brand they can trust and the value of choosing a B corporation, and living a more green lifestyle. I am a certified Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula with the International Doula Institute. I am also certified as a Perinatal Nutrition Educator, Birth Educator and Lactation Counselor. I hold a certification in Diversity Equity and Inclusion. I am also first aid, AED/CPR certified for pediatric and adults through the Red cross. Being present, and relying on my emotional intelligence, knowledge and discernment, helps me to navigate how to best listen and anticipate a person's needs. I embody joyful humor as my way to serve others. I bring warm energy, passion and authenticity to the people I spend time with. I'm a lifelong student who loves to learn, grow and collaborate. I believe these qualities, as a birth team member, contribute to the overall outcome and experience of all involved. I live in Harlem with my husband. We have two daughters. Hobbies: singing in choir, biking, and lifting weights. I also enjoy baking, reading and traveling. I love conversations over dinner with my husband and friends, and going to the theater and jazz clubs. Walking in nature each day is key to living in my joy, and of course, fitting as many plants and flowers into our home as humanly possible!
BFA in Acting, University of North Carolina School of the Arts (1993)
Certified Birth Doula with International Doula Institute (2022)
Certified Postpartum Doula with International Doula Institute (2023)
Certified Breast Feeding Counselor with International Doula Institute (2023)
Certified Perinatal Nutrition Educator with International Doula Institute (2023)
Child Birth Educator with International Doula Institute (2023)
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED with the Red Cross (2023)
The Carriage House Birth- Doula Mentorship Program
Your birth partner knows and loves you. I know birth! It makes for a great support team alongside your Midwives, Nurses and/or Doctor. In preparation, we will create your birth wishes for your sacred day. As your Doula, I come alongside with flexible collaboration. Home birth, Birthing Center or Hospital, I bring a calm steady presence, positive mindset, often infused with quiet focused energy, to support you in moving thru each surge with strength, love, humor and grace.
Julia was literally the best! 5 star experience. She labored with me for over 24 hours. She helped in labor positions, food, water, positive energy and intent. She was fully supportive especially when I couldn’t think and she advocated on my behalf which is really the most important. I love her and my family loves her. We share bond forever. She comes highly recommended. Please use her services!!
- Ice D.
I am so grateful to have had Julia as my doula! As a first time mom, this is the support I needed to get through a non medicated birth. I had originally planned a home birth, but I needed to go to the hospital for induction. I was extremely nervous to be in the hospital setting, but with her I felt safe. She was a pro at advocating for me and definitely had my back in the delivery room. I highly recommend her if you want to have a great birthing experience!
- Gabby B.
Julia was encouraging, uplifting, lots of energy, supportive, caring, on point, helping me and our partner stay focused on our goal which was to have a natural birth.
- John R.
Julia attended the birth of my son and It was the most magical experience of my life. She has a very loving and calming presence and was so attentive. Julia cares deeply about the health and well being of both the mother and baby and is focused and knowledgeable. My hope was to have a home birth but after laboring and pushing for too long, I eventually needed to transfer to a hospital. I was disappointed, but Julia stayed with me the entire time and was at my feet, literally, helping with the final pushes that welcomed my sweet Oliver into the world. I was able to deliver naturally and go home fairly quickly. It ended up being a fantastic birth all around! I am so grateful Julia was with me— she is so competent and compassionate and she will always put the needs of your baby and family first. You are in the best hands possible with her and I cannot recommend her as a doula highly enough!
- Catherine E.
Julia is a truly outstanding person. I have nothing but praise for her. Since I chose to become a single parent, I was pleasantly surprised by her enthusiasm and support before, during, and after my birth. Her advice and words of support were very beneficial. I sincerely valued her help. Her inspirational remarks gave me a sense of power and helped me get through. The way she treated me made me feel at ease in her presence. She was my friend as well as my doula. She was completely open with her responses and made me feel at ease. I want Julia to stand by my side even for my next birth! She really has this positive vibe that made me very comfortable....and Shes really a funny person, I enjoy her company.
- Fatima M.