Hi! I'm Julia. I'm a Birth Doula and Birth Photographer in Powell River, BC. Birth and all things relative to birth are a passion of mine. I think a pregnant woman is the most beautiful form of love on the planet. The process of birth is a natural process that should be celebrated! This is my story--thank you for taking the time to learn about Little Bird Birth Services.
Little Bird Birth Services' story begins in 2014. I attended a prenatal class at Mission Midwifery for part of a Nursing assignment. While at this prenatal class I met a bunch of wonderful Doula's and Midwives. They suggested taking the Birth Doula course through Douglas College; however, due to time and stress of my nursing degree I was unable to. Move forward to 2015 when I became pregnant. I delivered my son in August of 2016 and desperately wanted to have a Birth Doula and Birth Photographer present. Unfortunately, we were unable to make this happen. My midwife was truly amazing--she is the one who inspired me to follow through with my passion and begin my journey to Midwifery. I just completed my Birth Doula training and am looking forward to providing women with the emotional, physical and informational support that I so desperately wanted at my own birth. I feel so honoured to be able to take part in such a sacred time in a woman's and family's life. Birth is an absolutely beautiful process, no matter what way it occurs. My career as a Birth Doula is a stepping stone for my way into Midwifery.
The birth photography aspect of Little Bird Birth Services began long before I even knew about birth photography. As a teenager I always had my camera with me. Photography was a form of expression of self for me and I had dreamed of being a photo-journalist. While my career plans have changed, photography has always remained a passion of mine. Birth photography is specifically close to my heart because it allows me to capture the incredible once in a lifetime moments for families. Birth photography is beautiful, it is raw and it is pure, just as birth is.
Another huge passion of mine is breastfeeding and the normalization, support and promotion of breastfeeding in our culture and community. I have recently completed the Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers through Douglas College and will be now offering breastfeeding support to all of my clients and people within the community. Along with becoming a Midwife, I have a goal of becoming a Certified Lactation Consultant, so as I work towards these goals I am happy to be able to offer breastfeeding support within this community. I have education and experience in breastfeeding and I too have struggled throughout my continuing breastfeeding journey. The struggle is what drives me, I understand and feel such empathy towards mothers who so desperately want to breastfeed but are unable to find the right support to do so. I am currently continuing to breastfeed my son who is now sixteen months old, and have continued nursing him throughout this pregnancy. I am due to have my second baby in January 2018 and am hopeful to continue on nursing both of my children until they naturally choose to wean.
By combining these services, I hope to empower clients to create and fulfil the birth they have always dreamed of. With the support of a Birth Doula, women are much more satisfied with their birth experience. With a Birth Photographer to capture these memories, you can be sure and confident that every tiny detail of your birth experience will be captured. With the help of breastfeeding support, women are able to meet their goals and feel empowered.