Here's what my clients have to say about working with me. Please note, most of these reviews refer to my former partner Laura who now lives in Brooklyn. I now work more traditionally with a layer of backup.
“Julia and Laura are incredibly skilled doulas who made our birth experience so much easier: from prenatal preparation to postpartum life. They are gentle and supportive in every way and they embrace the uniqueness of each birth including the emotions that can surround it. At the same time, they provide solid factual information about each decision that surrounds labor. In the months leading up to our due date, they spent much time teaching us practical pain management techniques that allowed us to feel empowered enough to labor at home for quite a while. Once in the hospital, they offer (incredible) massage & visualizations, help with navigating conversations with doctors, and suggestions for movements/different positions (and so much more). They also keenly intuit when to hang back and let a laboring mother do her thing. Despite their wealth of knowledge, they bring a deep sense of respect for the instincts of the mother. They really know their stuff! Also, as others have written here, Julia is a ninja photographer. She doesn’t intrude and yet she captures special moments as they happen. I really can’t say enough good things about this pair of wise women. They were (and are) awesome and if we ever have a second child, I’ll call them immediately.”
— Emilie F.
“My wife & I worked with Julia as a doula for the birth of our second child. Julia was a godsend! We decided to do a home birth and we were particularly concerned about having our 3 year old son at home and how he might react during the birth. Julia came and spent time with our 3 year old several times leading up to the birth and they developed a real bond. For the birth, our plan was to have Julia watch our son if he was awake at the time of labor. As it turned out, our son slept through the labor, so Julia was able to focus 100% on supporting my wife during labor and helping me to be there for her. Julia performed massage on my wife, which was incredibly helpful and really made a huge difference. In addition, Julia captured some amazing images which we will be grateful to have for years to come.
My wife and I would both highly recommend Julia to couples exploring the option of using a doula. Prospective dads, I honestly think working with a doula is the number one thing you can do to help your partner and to feel much more confident and prepared. And Julia is just fantastic!”
— Pete S.
“After birthing my son with the help of Laura and Julia, I truly don’t know how any woman labors without doulas! They were the guides, sounding boards, and support system my husband and I needed to get through our first labor and delivery experience. When I think of all the rookie mistakes I would have made without their guidance, I’m infinitely grateful to them.
From our first prenatal sessions, we knew we had made the right decision hiring them. Laura and Julia walked us through the ins and outs of labor and the discussed the pros and cons of all the decisions parents need to make during and immediately after delivery. One of my fears about hiring a doula was that she might have a certain agenda and pressure me towards it; that was NOT the case with Laura and Julia. They helped me design and, later, encouraged me to stick with a birth plan that worked best for me.
The doulas were in constant contact during the weeks that preceded my labor, emailing me helpful tips and recommendations tailored to my birth preferences. They then tag teamed my 26-hour, natural labor, which helped keep the energy up throughout and created a nice change of pace when they switched off shortly after I was admitted to UCSF hospital. Whether my husband needed bolstering, I needed reassurance, or we needed some space to just walk the hospitals halls by ourselves, Laura and Julia were able to read the situation and respond accordingly. My baby needed some immediate tending to after he was born, and it was a great comfort to have Julia with me, holding my hand, while my husband was with the baby.
I encourage every expectant mama to consider doulas, and I can’t recommend these two highly enough. I look forward to calling Laura and Julia when it’s time for our next baby.”
— Maggie W.
“My wife and I enlisted the help of Doula Duo Laura and Julia to help us with the birth of our first child recently.
We are not native to the US and had moved from Europe six months ago with little idea of what to expect on this side of the water. Julia and Laura have been a great help every step of the way, and were a brilliant buffer between us and the hospital staff, in particular when our labor and delivery threw us a few curve balls.
Julia made photos which allowed us to concern ourselves with nothing outside of the delivery itself. They put my wife at ease when the going got tough and she thought she couldn’t go on any longer.
They were also attentive to me, which was appreciated as it is easy to forget to do basic things like have enough to eat and sleep when your wife is going through such an experience.
We highly recommend them.”
— Cael K.