Welcome! I am glad that you are here! My name is Julia (she/her) and I am founder/owner of Dear Doula located in Raleigh, NC! I have recently relocated from Rochester, NY. I am a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. I have supported over 25 families through non-medicated/medicated births, planned inductions, cesarean births, and vaginal births after a cesarean.
I am also a certified Childbirth Educator and a certified Breastfeeding Counselor through the International Doula Institute. I find these extra bits of knowledge useful during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum to ensure that my families are as informed and educated. I am trained as a Midwife Birth Assistant and assist the midwife at home birth(s). With this additional training, I have obtained my Neonatal Resuscitation Certification.
In addition to birth work, I practice as a therapist. I specialize in perinatal mental health focusing on life transitions, pre-conception, infertility, adoption, grief/loss and postpartum mood disorders.
My goal is to build a positive, trusting, and caring relationship with you and your partner to ensure that you will feel empowered and informed every step of the way.
When I am not at a birth or doing therapy, I love spending time with friends and family, gardening (I have many house plants), snuggling my kitty, moving my body & getting outside!
If you're looking for birth and/or postpartum support and would like to chat more, I would love to talk with you and learn more about your journey!
Postpartum International Support (PSI)