Julie Thompson AdvCD(DONA); CLC; BdtCD(DONA)
I love God, Family, my church family, babies, beaches, my new home in Russell, gardening, canning, baking, the sunshine, reading, teaching, empowering women through birth, double rainbows, organic food, diversity, seeing my birth families grow as they go through life, shared stories, answering questions, Listening, missionary work, traveling to teach, geocaching with my Remy Gray, Sage Faryn, and Willow Logan, Oakley Lane, being in the woods, dancing just for the fun of it, running in the rain, and spending time with people. I know for sure I've never met a stranger!
I am a blessed mother of 4! I am a Nana of six beautiful children, Timothy, Remy, Sage, Arianna, Willow, and Oakley! I have been married for 45 years to a farm boy, antique dealer, Mark. We have lived in a 3rd generation family owned farm house in a little town in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, where Amish buggies are everywhere, but we just moved back to my home-town Russell, PA!
I decided to become a DONA International birth doula trainer so I could also bring this International organization to Australia, Honduras, Mexico, Africa, and other countries along with trainings all over the USA. I love conducting workshops and look forward to teaching them! I went on a Mission trip to Honduras to teach childbirth education, breastfeeding, and attended a few births! I have met many beautiful people in my workshops who share a passion for this work. I have been a doula for 24 years, was designated the AdvCD(DONA) status in 2015, have been a certified postpartum doula 9 1/2 years, on the certification committee for DONA 19 years, a Childbirth educator at our local hospital for 8 years, an approved DONA birth doula trainer for 16 years, and a pregnancy massage therapist for 12 years and teach childbirth education to families through zoom.us and in-person. I am also certified as an Infant massage Instructor, and have been an instructor through Evidence Based Birth in the past. I feel blessed to have been taught by Penny Simkin, (One of the founders of DONA), http://www.dona.org/
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In 2023, I will be teaching in-person in Tampa Florida in March/April 2023 and again in November 2023. I recently gave 7 scholarships to women of color in Africa for a birth doula workshop that was held Jan. 14-Feb 18, 2023 teaching 5 hours on 6 Saturdays and am opening it to the public also. Another big venture is to teach a virtual workshop in Brisbane, Queensland Australia in December 2023. I will be teaching workshops in
Seven States are already paying for a doula's services through Medicaid: Oregon, Minnesota, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, and now Virginia. This is an exciting time to become a doula!
I am a Certified Lactation Consultant and I am excited to share this information with new families and new doulas.