My decision to become a doula and childbirth educator grew from the birth of my daughter in 1999. The event, though long and full of challenges, was empowering and made me reevaluate my chosen vocation. I left my job as a high school English teacher and became certified to teach Childbirth Education and trained to teach prenatal yoga. Shortly after, I also became certified as a labor support doula and began supporting couples through labor and birth. I have worked with thousands of pregnant women, helping them prepare for the challenges and personally supporting many of them through the birth process. I am also a trainer of trainers, teaching nurses and lay people to become childbirth educators. Most importantly, I am the proud mother of two amazing kids, Adele and Clement.
In the more than a decade that I have been working with families I have evolved a very clear philosophy. For the vast majority of women, birth works best when supported with patience and left to follow its own path, using intervention only when medically indicated. By sharing information, providing encouragement and supporting their choices, women feel respected and listened to so they can look back on labor and birth as a positive and empowering experience.
In case you are interested, here’s a formal version of my bio:
Julie Dubrouillet is a certified labor support doula, childbirth and lactation educator and pre-natal yoga instructor, as well as a trainer of childbirth educators. She is the pre-natal Health Education Specialist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. A mother of two children herself, she’s taught thousands of couples how best to approach childbirth and directly supported hundreds of couples through the births of their children. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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