17 years ago I began working as a doula. Known as Julia Doulia in my community, I practice with a down to earth approach. My Great Grandmother Ettie Short was a midwife in northern Alberta and my Mother was a public health nurse. I share in their legacy of supporting families in their birthing time. I am a Regional Leader for the Mountain Region of the Maternity Care Consumers of Alberta Network (MCAN) and am dedicated to publicly advocating for women to have the best childbirth choices available to them, whether in rural or urban settings. I am a part of a new group called Rural Maternity Matters. We are especially interested in supporting the redevelopment of midwifery here in the Bow Valley. I am a certified doula through Birth Ways International.
WE CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR BEING SUCH A SPECIAL PART OF OUR PREGNANCY AND THE BIRTH OF OUR SON. YOU HAVE AN AMAZING CALM ENERGY THAT REALLY GUIDED US THROUGH A VERY UNKNOWN SITUATION.
--Jill and Patrick, Canmore, AB
A doula is experienced in childbirth providing continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and partner before, during, and after childbirth.
- Doula support enhances the well being of mothers and babies, which contributes to fewer medical interventions.
- Doula's compliment and enhance the father/partner’s role in labor and delivery.
- Continuous labor support results in positive birth experiences and empowers women with great self-awareness, which leads to increased family bonding, healthier babies, positive breastfeeding relationships and lessened post-partum depression.
Giving birth is one of life's most thrilling and intense experiences. With encouragement, support and love, women discover their body's innate knowledge of how to birth with confidence. Since ancient times, women have sought out the support of caring women during incredible transitions in their lives. In modern days, births attended by doula's have been known to be shorter, with less complications requiring fewer medical interventions.
I believe in the therapeutic value of music for birthing women so I raised the funds for our local hospital to get two good sound system. I continue to develop skills and knowledge at Doula workshops, building grassroots and professional connections within the birthing network. I attend births in the Bow Valley and Calgary and have worked with many mothers birthing twins.
Feel free to contact me at julia at julialynx.com for more information or 403.609.7231.
Everything about Mo's arrival […though totally not how we'd planned!] was just perfect and I've felt like we've had more support and encouragement in his first two weeks than I could have ever hoped for. I am so grateful my camera was sitting on the dresser and you thought to grab it amidst the craziness of that morning! I made a quick little post on my personal blog with some highlights and a few words.
-- Julie and Adam
I will never forget how much you helped me…for supporting my instincts and needs without an ounce of pressure and for giving me the attention that I deserved.
-- Rayna and Sean
It’s amazing how free you can feel when you know in your heart that your support team believes in the natural process of birthing from within and will do everything to allow that to happen.
-- Laurie and Jason
Julia was present for the birth of Sarah and David's baby Mela as the camera operator and film editor. Please take in their empowering home birth in Waiparous, Alberta accompanied by Cochrane Midwives.