My name is Julia and I live in Southern California with my husband and two children. In 2009 my husband and I became parents. Early in my pregnancy I discovered that the maternity care I was receiving didn’t fit the vision of care I had hoped for, so at nearly 5 months pregnancy, I switched care to a midwife. My experiences with both children were different, and through birth and early parenting I learned that I had to surrender to the process.
I am a certified birth doula and childbirth educator. In that capacity, I have found that most families who feel supported during pregnancy and birth have more confidence and make informed choices that best support their family individually. I volunteer with several organizations, including Doulas of Southern California (DASC), where I have been an active member as well as held a board position. I am also working to bring awareness and raise money for nonprofit organizations that help reduce birth disparities in Black women, who according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), are nearly four times more likely to die during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year postpartum than White women. I will begin my training in midwifery at Midwives College of Utah in Spring 2018.
My philosophy as a birth worker is to empower families with the knowledge and support needed to write their own story. I hope that I can help reduce anxieties and increase understanding of the birth and postpartum process that will promote satisfaction. I believe the decision regarding location and method of birth is ultimately up to the family, but through compassionate guidance, I hope to assist families in having a safe, comfortable, and joyous parenting experience.