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Birth, Postpartum, and Bereavement Doula Services for Northern Colorado & Cheyenne

WHY IS JULIANNE YOUR DOULA?

The “unknown” through birth and parenting can be uncomfortable.  Whatever comes your way, the experience is always better when you and your partner know you have a solid person to lean on the entire way. 

The families I work with are often trying to navigate a barrage of information and a whole spectrum of emotions; grief, fear, stress, joy and more.

I bet you have friends and strangers alike offering their unlimited (and often unsolicited) or scary advice.  Maybe your sister swears by the benefits of home birth while your neighbor is encouraging you to “just get the epidural.” Neither of these are wrong choices, but are they the right ones for you?

It can be difficult to know what feels right for you when there are so many options. How do you decide what is right when there is just this overwhelming amount of information coming at you from every direction?  

Together, you and I will work through all of your options so you can make informed. decisions that make sense for you. No judgment. 

Pregnancy and parenting is the most wonderful, frustrating, challenging, and amazing experience you will ever go through. And often all at the same time. For this reason, you need a compassionate, calm, approachable and funny  person (ehhmm like me) in your corner.  Someone who listens. Someone who understands the complexity of what you are going through. Someone  trained in birth who can be a mama (figure) without all the drama.

It not only takes a village, but it takes the RIGHT village.

I am so proud and honored to be listed for the last three years (2017, 2018 and 2019) as one of the 9 Best Doula’s of Fort Collins. 

HOW  WILL  JULIANNE DO(ULA) YOU?

A birthnerd (that’s me) who will be by your side every step of the way – day or night. Someone without a BS approach. Someone with high standards of professionalism, big love for you and your family, and a vast knowledge of Northern Colorado resources.  

I will be there to support you during the challenges you anticipate and for those you never expected.   I’ll be that mama figure we all need…but without the drama. 

You should know, I’m likely going to make you laugh – a lot.  I will listen to you and see you. The real you.  And I’m not only going to support your partner but I’ll help them support you too. 

UNIQUE, CHALLENGING AND UNHAPPY BIRTH SITUATIONS

Parents experiencing unexpected pregnancy challenges can benefit from the unique emotional support of a bereavement doula. If you are or have experienced a miscarriage, delivering or delivered a stillborn baby, struggling with fertility issues, spending unplanned time in the NICU, or planning for your rainbow baby (a living baby after a previous loss) I will be by your side the entire way.

If you are experiencing a bereavement birth in Northern Colorado you will want to know about the Loving Care Program available to you and your family through UC Health. If you have experienced pregnancy loss, 3HopefulHearts and I invite you to attend any of their monthly support groups for grieving parents.

Often I learn there may be personal history that affects the pregnancy and delivery experience for families. I specialize in supporting women who may be severely triggered during labor and delivery such as women who have survived trauma.

If you are intending to place your baby in the home of an adoptive family, I will support you. Single mothers, LBGTQ+, first-time parents, teen moms, and experienced parents, I’ve got you.

And lastly, if you are a parent who is losing your shit because of anxiety or overwhelm, I’m here for you too.

JULIANNE’S PERSPECTIVE

Through my experience, I have come to understand every parent has strengths and every parent has challenges. There is no type of birth or set of circumstances that will determine whether or not you will be a good mom or dad. Your childhood, your background, your color, your privilege,  your age, or marital status do not necessarily dictate how easily parenting will come to you or what type of experience you will have as a new parent.

Even under the best of circumstances, mothers (and partners) can find themselves in a dark place after their baby comes home. This is a common experience and is not an indicator of failure in any way. As your doula, I can help you understand your feelings and work with you to find the peace and confidence you need to move past this experience.

Other experiences like simply learning how best to manage day-to-day responsibilities with a new baby can also feel challenging. It’s nearly impossible to learn everything there is to know about caring for a baby in the short nine months you’ve had to prepare. And it is difficult introducing new siblings into an existing family. When questions come up or daily experiences feel harder than they should – you can ask your doula (ME) for guidance.

In these and a whole host of other experiences, I will serve as your guide and your helping hand as you adjust to your new life. I will be there to celebrate with you, to sit in the darkness, to laugh, to cry, and most of all, to make sure you are unconditionally cared for, validated, listened to, and supported throughout your experience.

JULIANNE’S EXPERIENCE

I have had the honor of comforting and soothing people my entire of life.  I raised my daughter as a single parent and through my experiences I have been supporting families in a variety of ways for more than 20 years. I have been a full time doula for the last several years.

I attend hospital and home births, cesarean section births, un-medicated births, and pain-managed labors in Northern Colorado and Cheyenne. I believe all families deserves the highest level of loving and non-judgmental support whatever kind of birth they desire.

In the past 5 years, I have also companioned families through miscarriage, stillbirth, and pregnancy after loss as a Bereavement Doula.

I believe every mother and family, in every circumstance, should have nonjudgmental continuous support during birth and beyond, whatever the situation.

ABOUT JULIANNE

I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my husband and two sweet goofy dogs. I am a mother of a grown daughter and a (very very very young hip Grandmother) to two amazing grandbabies.

I facilitate a miscarriage and pregnancy/parenting after loss support at 3Hopeful Hearts. 

I am a childbirth instructor for The Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado.  

And serving as the President of The Northern Colorado Doula Association (NCDA) since 2018 and prior as Vice-President in 2017.

On top of my training, I bring together my life experiences and channel them into a deep desire to enable and empower my clients to become their best selves.

I firmly believe relationships, human connection, and emotional support are vital to good health and a successful parenting career.

Julianne’s Qualifications

Certified birth and bereavement doula trained to provide doula services during any trimester of pregnancy with any birth outcome. She is also currently serving as the President for the Northern Colorado Doula Association.

 

Julianne has received the following certifications and continuing education:

  • Certified Lactation Counselor  – Dec – 2017 – ALAP
  • Trained CAPPA Childbirth Educator – Dec 2017
  • Certified Birth and Bereavement Doula 2016 – Stillbirthday
  • Trained Birth Doula 2015 – Dona International
  • Trained Postpartum Doula 2016 – Dona International
  • Certified Expert Robozo Credential 2017 – GK University
  • Trained Life Coach – 2005 – Fearless Living Institute

Serving Northern Colorado including Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud, Longmont, Greeley, Eaton, Windsor, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Ault, Severance, Firestone & Fredrick.