STEPHANIE JULIAN, BIRTH & POSTPARTUM DOULA, CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR
Co-Owner, Ann Arbor Doulas | firstname.lastname@example.org | (734) 751-8280
My journey into motherhood started with multiple failed fertility procedures and in 2010 I became pregnant with my daughter. Life had become consumed with infertility treatments and timelines, so once I was pregnant, I had so many emotions and questions. How would I transition from this rigorous, medical experience, to trusting that my body could handle pregnancy and birth? The answer was…with a doula’s help! These experiences changed my life and led me to my passion, helping women through their journey into motherhood.
Birth Doula Support
In early 2014 I trained with DONA International to become a birth and postpartum doula. As a birth doula, I believe it is my role is to support you emotionally and physically through pregnancy, labor and early postpartum life, as well as provide information and resources. If I am hired as your doula, we will typically have two prenatal meetings to get to know one another and discuss your wishes and fears. Once in labor, I will be with you to provide needed support and will help empower you and your family to make informed choices.
After the birth of your baby, I will help you settle in, and initiate breastfeeding, if you so desire. We will meet two times postpartum to help address any concerns or questions you might have, go over your birth and enjoy baby! I will also be available by email, text, or phone for additional support and if needed, I can provide extended postpartum doula services (see below).
If chosen as your birth doula, I would be honored to be a part of your momentous experience.
Postpartum Doula Support
As your postpartum doula my primary goal is to help everyone adjust to the “new normal”, and especially help mom to recover from delivery. A happy and healthy mom is key to this transition. I can provide breastfeeding support, practical help around the house, emotional support for the entire family and care for baby.
If you are interested in my birth or postpartum doula services, please contact me to schedule a free consult.
My Life Outside of Doula Work
I enjoy spending time with family and friends outdoors, especially going for boat rides and hikes. Before becoming a doula I was employed in Finance. I have a BA in Economics and an MS in Finance.
“She made a significant positive impact on our birth experience and the overall health of our newly expanded family.
Stephanie was so practical and helpful leading up to, especially during, and even after our son’s birth. To be honest, we were a bit skeptical about doulas, overall, and were looking for a local doula who would jive with our very pragmatic and flexible mentality.
We met with Stephanie and immediately had a rapport. Throughout our meetings, she listened more than she advised and completely withheld any judgements. During the birth, Stephanie was a great coach and gave plenty of physical and emotional support. We were so grateful that she was there! Her follow-up visit to our home was lovely as she got to see our son and we got to reflect on his first couple of weeks and my recovery. I absolutely recommend Stephanie Julian, especially to anybody unsure about how helpful a doula can be.”Kate and Mark