Julie Mitchell began her massage education at the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute in 2005. Since then she has completed over 650 hours of training. Ever since she took the prenatal massage class at school she knew that’s what she wanted to do. While she was in Santa Barbara, Julie had the fortunate experience of being her best friends doula, which lead her down the path of being infatuated with birth and pregnant mama’s. Julie moved back to San Diego at the end of 2009 to start her own private practice specializing in maternity massage. In 2010 she became a DONA and ToLabor trained birth doula. Then in early 2011 she became a HypnoBirthing instructor. “ My passion is working with pregnant women throughout their entire pregnancy experience. There is something so special about pregnant women and to be apart of this amazing time in their lives means the world to me, I hope to work with you someday soon.” ~Julie
Julie and Dawnell have been a back-up support team for one another since 2010.
About Dawnell Jensen:
The first birth I ever supported was the birth of my baby sister. I was fifteen years old and my Mother asked me along with my Step-father to be her birth coach. There I was, part of this miracle happening; rubbing my Mom’s back and feet, holding her hand, feeding her ice chips and cheering her on. At the time I had no idea this would one day be the career I would desire and love. But, after that experience and my own two beautiful boys being born naturally in birth centers with wonderful support; and watching and hearing stories of other women not being given the chance to experience the same, I knew this was the path for me.
In November 2009 I became a DONA trained Birth Doula and immediately began attending births. Since then I have attended births in and out of hospital. I currently volunteer at Best Start Birth Center where the doulas are mentored by the midwives; and also volunteer for Operation Special Delivery a very worthy cause that supplies doulas to women whose partners are overseas. I have attended a hypnobabies class series and I am a trained hypno-doula. I love and appreciate every birth and family that I support and look forward to being a part of many more in the future.