Kind words from previous students

Renee Scifo
Selah Doula
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I first came across a video from Julie when I was looking for a doula course. Her voice stood out to me right away and how peacefully she spoke. She is confident in who she is and the value she can bring. She never "over-sold" her service.

She made me curious as she spoke highly of women-empowerment and spoke about birth as if it was pure wonder. I called Julie right on the spot and she spent more than 20min with me, explaining her Training Program, which was highly flexible which is what I need at this stage of my life. I had a good feeling about her competency and genuine compassion. I told her that I had an insecurity about my dyslexia and she left me feeling affirmed that I'm "safe with her".

I think this is the most valuable trait of a great doula, and I definitely have felt safe with her, at every step of the training. If I was looking for a doula myself, she is definitely the one I'd want to learn from. I completed Julie's work books and loved the way she guided me to dig deeper and research my own answers.

She regularly asked about what I would do in a certain circumstance as a doula, which helped give me the confidence to see myself as a doula, although I was still in-training.

I felt she was great at coaching me to see myself where I want to be, and to remember that learning is a lifelong journey.

I also booked to see Julie face-to-face at her cosy home for 4 full days of mentoring.

She was so flexible and worked around my schedule. I saw her 3 times and we left the 4th meeting till after my first client's birth. We spoke for hours and I learnt so much in such a short amount of time. On top of the valuable Information I learned, I was very inspired and I felt confident that being a doula is truly the path for me. Julie is incredibly generous. It was so nice to meet an experienced doula who still loves birth with such a passion and an awe for birth.

She has a great desire to see couples empowered and be supportive of each other, and to see healthy families in our society.
Lorraine Di Prinzio
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Hi Julie

Thank you so much for our chat this morning. 😊 It has been so comforting to know that you are just a phone call away to talk about any questions I have had about both of the Doula courses & work books.

Your knowledge just inspires me! It has been an amazing eye opening journey for me. You are an amazing lady…Thank you!

I was worried that at almost 60 years I would struggle with some aspects of the course, but you made the journey one that I am proud of.

I have loved every moment doing both of the courses! It has kept me sane whilst being in “isolation” during this terrible time.

I have gained so much knowledge. Wow how things have changed since I had my two wonderful boys (now men) back in the eighties. Women need to feel empowered and know they have choices, and not be afraid to use their voices.

When I first started the Birth Doula Course, watching the you- tube videos and reading the books it just blew me away. I cried watching most of the videos. The sheer joy of so many natural births and the way the Doulas supported these births/parents. So calm and relaxed! And the babies were not whisked away from their Mother’s!

I’ve just completed the Post- Partum Doula Course, and again it was amazing and I found it actually answered so many un answered questions for me and closed doors on a lot of my questions from back in the eighties.

The importance of “being supported”, encouraged and reassured, that yes there is help out there if you need it and do not be afraid to ask for it.

Going onto websites was wonderful, so much information! I just kept reading and reading. I would love to do refresher courses/ workshops to keep up to date with everything and learn new skills.

Thank you again Julie!
Kerri Mac
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I’m currently doing my Doula training with Julie & couldn’t recommend her highly enough. I’ve been looking at training for some time, and after speaking with Julie I immediately knew she was the one. The level of support that is given is incredible, & I know will this continue throughout my journey. Everything from enrollment right through to asking what I have thought was silly questions I have continually felt supported & encouraged. The course is easy to understand and informative all rolled into one. Highly recommended!
Tess Batchelor
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I have not long commenced the home study course for my dream to become a successful doula and postpartum doula. I am absolutely blown away by the content of the course Julie has created and the constant support I have already received from her. I truly am so grateful that Julie inspired me to take a risk and to believe in myself and to go ahead with this passion of mine. I really feel like I have formed a friendship and trust with her and I am looking forward to getting further into my studies so i can launch my business and receive my certification.
Karina Blake
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Julie’s Doula School was such a fun and worthwhile 10 weeks. I looked forward to each Wednesday and learnt so much each week. Birth is such a politicised topic in Australia and women are often bullied or pressured into making choices that their health care provider wants for them. Training with Julie, we were encouraged to approach supporting women and their partners from a feminist perspective. Meaning that we were encouraged and shown how to have nonjudgmental conversations with women that empower them to make informed decisions about their rights and options. As well as this we learnt how to effectively encouraged the male birth partner in the pregnancy and birth journey and to respect what father’s can offer in this process. Julie has a gentle and respectful approach to her teaching. She has a balance with the medical and non medical methods of managing health as well extensive experience working with birthing women in and out of hospitals. I loved learning with Julie and I’m very grateful to have her as my mentor. I’m also so grateful for the friendships that I formed in the group. The woman I trained with were each beautiful and brought with them their own knowledge and experience. Now that I’ve finished Julie’s course I don’t plan to start my own business just yet. But until I’m ready to do that I’ll use what I’ve learnt so far to support my friends and family and keep learning more!
Lauren Sefo
Newly Qualified Doula
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This course is amazing!!! I completed my Doula training with Julie in November 2016 and loved every minute. Unlike other courses I attempted to complete, this was the first one that I looked forward to every week and actually completed!! My ultimate goal is one day pursue a midwife career but with my education background, it just wasn’t in the foreseeable future right now. But I was keen to find something along these lines to gain experience and this course is perfect! A friend of mine tagged me in Julie’s first Doula training add and I jumped straight in and was immediately dazzled by Julie’s explanation of what her curriculum entailed. I booked in and attended the first session and didn’t want to go home. Julie is such a calm spirit who draws you in with her 30 years of Doula wisdom.She has a way of explaining every detail to which there is no confusion. Our workbook that Julie put together herself is jam packed full of useful information, tips and trade tricks that helped me immensely during my first birth in February.My first birth was indescribable. I applied everything that I was taught by Julie while with the labouring mother. I learnt things in my very first birth that I never knew during my own pregnancies. I cannot wait for my next birth! You can’t go wrong with this Doula Training !
Anjo Pol
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I have thoroughly enjoyed Julie’s DOULA course. Julie has an incredible amount of experience and such a wealth of wisdom in how to be a compassionate support person during the labour and and birth process for mothers. I love her passion and desire to continue to learn all she can to stay at the cutting edge in order to provide excellent professional support and teaching. I encourage anyone who is thinking of becoming a doula to enroll with Julie’s course as she is definitely one of the best, if not THE best in this particular field. I felt incredibly privileged to have her impart her wisdom to me in her joyous and gentle way. I will definitely be staying in contact with Julie as I step out in a new and exciting area. Thank you Julie! God bless, Anjo.