Julie has over 20 years experience in childcare; ranging from nannying, babysitting, running the church nursery, and being a mother of four. She has an English Degree with minors in Child Development and Communications from MSU.
For as long as she can remember, Julie has been a caregiver. She loves babies! From infants to adults, she strives to make others feel comfortable, loved, and supported in a judgment-free space. Each family is different and unique. Julie appreciates the variety of families she has had the pleasure of working with. Establishing good relationships and connecting with the families she cares for is a priority.
While working with several clients, Julie saw a great need for better feeding support. Since there are so many options for feeding your baby, alot of questions arise. Having been asked an array of feeding questions Julie knew that even with having 4 kids of her own, she had to know more. In August of 2018, Julie became a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). In September of 2018, Julie continued to learn more about all forms of infant feeding in the first year, attending a ProDoula Infant Feeding Specialist Training. She is working for her certification in this area as well. Julie can help with any feeding questions and support families in finding what works best for them.
Julie loves moving and stretching her body through yoga. While practicing she saw many positive benefits from prenatal yoga. Moving and stretching through pregnancy helps our bodies feel relaxed and strong. Many of the yoga poses are amazing poses in labor as well. “I love helping clients find routines that work for their body in each stage of pregnancy.”
Julie is a ProDoula Certified Elite Labor Doula, Infant & Postpartum Care Doula, Certified Infant Feeding Specialist, became a Mothership Certified Health Service Provider in 2018, and a safeTALK Suicide Awareness Helper in 2019. Julie is a Certified VBAC Doula through The VBAC Link.
She loves spending time with her husband, Nick, and checking out new restaurants in the area. Her children: Harper, Hunter, Heath, and Hope are her whole world! They love to bake, play games and sports, enjoy nature, and check out the great attractions Grand Rapids has to offer! Julie lives near Muskegon and loves heading to Lake Michigan to catch a sunset.
Julie is a solo birth doula with Gold Coast and is accepting limited postpartum clients.