HI, I'M JULIA.
As well as being a trained birth educator, doula and postnatal class facilitator, I'm also trained in breastfeeding peer support, babywearing support and Aromatherapy, amoung other things, with a strong background in Psychology to back it all up. I also speak French conversationally.
I have three amazing kids and when I'm not chasing after them, I love running (not particularly fast, or far, just the way I like it) and wild swimming. I'm a lockdown-SUPer too so although I'm yet to stand up for more than 20 seconds without falling off, I have a lot of fun!
I've had the pleasure of working with well over 100 families antenatally and many more with their little ones already here. Each and every one is different and special to me, and it's an honour to be invited to be part of their journey.
I'm always keeping myself up to date with the latest in the birth world... I sit in on Maternity Services Liaison Committees (MSLC) meetings for the Lothians every other month, and regularly take on extra courses, most recently on LGBT competency, racism in the maternity system and postnatal mental health.
2017 - THE DAISY FOUNDATION
- Antenatal weekly classes and full range of workshops (including pregnancy yoga, hypnobirthing through movement and birth hypnosis).
- Baby Massage & Baby Yoga classes
- Postnatal Mama classes
2018 - BREASTFEEDING NETWORK
(trained as a member of the Midlothian Breastfeeding Alliance)
2019 - SLINGABABY
Babywearing Peer Supporter
- Debunking myths
- Benefits of carrying
- Safety and carrying
- Basics of baby’s physiology and anatomy
2020 - AROMATHERAPY DIPLOMA
An understanding of essential oils, anatomy, massage theory and techniques and aromatherapy practices.
2021 - RED TENT DOULAS
Birth Doula Training
2021 - BEYOND BEA
Baby Loss Training
2021 - MIA SCOTLAND
Postnatal Mental Health for birth professionals: Understanding problems for new families, know what to look for and make a difference.
2021 - THE QUEER BIRTH CLUB
LGBT Competency in Birth and Beyond
2022 - OPTIMAL BIRTH
Biomechanics for Birth - understanding biomechanics of the pelvis through labour, the physiology of birth, diagnosis of malposition and techniques to help the pelvis and baby move into better positions for birth.
" I was so impressed with Julia’s knowledge of physiology,
psychology and general emotional factors around birth. "