"She was so kind, caring, and calm. Hiring Julie is one of the best decisions we ever made!" - Sasha Lewis Asumaa
Specialties: Bottle Feeding, Lactation, Sibling Support, Stillbirth Bereavement
Thirty years later, she still has a baby face!
Julie began her training as a birth doula in 2014 and since has worked alongside her team members at many area hospitals. She is a certified Stillbirthday bereavement and birth doula. Julie furthered her education in early 2017 when she trained as childbirth instructor of the Lamaze 6 Healthy Birth Practices.
Accepting inquires for birthdays in 2017 and 2018 in Atlanta, Columbus, and Tyrone
Julie lives in Senoia, 1 hour south of downtown Atlanta, and serves the metro area in-between: Fayetteville, Peachtree City, and Newnan. She can also easily get to Columbus and Macon, GA. Her interview location is Starbucks at The Avenue, 316 City Circle, Suite 1300, Peachtree City, GA 30269. Julie supports birthdays at the following hospitals:
WellStar (Douglasville and Atlanta)
Piedmont Healthcare (Newnan, Henry and Fayette)
Emory University Hospital Midtown
DeKalb Medical (Decatur)
St. Francis Medical (Columbus)
Navicent Health (Macon)
Get To Know Julie
- Julie's nickname growing up was "Tilly". No one knows how that name came to be, but her sisters still call her that on occasion.
- She got married when she was 20 years old and has never lived on her own.
- She loves sparkles, leopard print, and anything in hot pink, and has a huge collection of clothes in those patterns and colors!
What differentiates you as a doula from most others? I've personally experienced both medicated and non medicated births. By having both experiences, I feel I'm best equipped at supporting all labor choices and the different physical and emotional needs that come with each type.
How did you discover your passion of being a doula? My first birth, almost 8 years ago, was an unmedicated water birth and I had a doula with me each step of the way. She kept me so focused and encouraged through it all and helped me achieve the birth that I wanted. After discovering what birth really was for myself and the euphoric feeling of elation after birthing that way, I began to think more about how I could help other people achieve this same goal and know their options when it comes to childbirth.
How do you involve my partner during labor? How involved you want your partner to be during your labor is up to you. There are always ways of incorporating two people into the role of supporting you as you labor on. Giving sips of water, wiping your brow with a cool cloth, massaging you and simply giving you words of comfort and encouragement are great ways your partner can stay involved.
How do you feel about the use of pain medication during labor? Everyone is different and so is each labor, and sometimes pain management through medication is necessary to get through birth. If your goal is to have an unmedicated birth, I'm going to encourage and support you to stick with that, but if you are open to using medication and want that type of birth, I'm not going to stand in your way. It's all about knowing your options and researching the pros and cons of each. That is something I can also help you determine during our meetings and come up with a birth plan that you are comfortable with.
What kind of help can you offer after our baby is born? I offer a New Parents Essentials class to help ease your transition into parenting by giving you all the tools needed to thrive during the first 12 weeks of your baby's life. We start with the basics such as diapering and cord care and then get into pertinent information on getting your baby on a routine and effective ways to calm him, just to name a few of the topics covered.
What differentiates our doula agency from the others? Our team is a tight knit group of professionals that stays in frequent contact with each other. We attend various trainings throughout the year to further our knowledge to better serve our community. By working as team rather than individuals, we provide the best back up care for each other and support in every type of birth situation.