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Meet Your Philadelphia Doula, Julia! 

Julia Marcel, Mother Birth doula

​I knew I wanted to pursue birth work after being deeply moved by the documentary, The Business of Being Born. It was from there that I dove into books like Ina May Gaskin's "Guide to Childbirth" and in 2020 I attended a DONA International birth doula training and started to support births while continuing to work full time in corporate America.


During my DONA birth doula training, I was introduced to a variety of labor and delivery support options as well as HypnoBirthing and fell in love! In 2020, I took a HypnoBirthing teacher training and began pursuing certification. HypnoBirthing offers an intuitive and practical method of birthing that works with mothers and their partners holistically. I try to live my life in such a way and I hope to journey with you as you try to live yours.


In June 2023, I took the leap and started birth work full time! And in late 2023, after spending three years in Boston, MA, I made my way back to my hometown of Philadelphia to be closer to my family.

I find a deep sense of wellbeing through spirituality and faith. I was raised Catholic and my upbringing provided me with a strong appreciation for the spiritual aspects of life's most significant moments. I believe that spirituality and birth are deeply intertwined because they both evoke a sense of profound connectedness and celebration of life's sacredness. I hope to journey with people of various faith traditions or spiritual beliefs who can bring their own unique perspectives to enrich the journey of childbirth. 

It has been such a joy to support women and their families with their birth experience. I truly love what I do and sometimes I have to pinch myself that this is my life. I'd love to connect to learn about what doula supports looks like for you!

Completed Doula Trainings & Workshops

DONA Birth Doula Training 

DONA Birth Doula Certification

HypnoBirthing Educator Training

HypnoBirthing Certified Educator

Infant CPR Certified by the American Red Cross

ProDoula Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

Spinning Babies Workshop

Body Ready Method Workshop

Breadfeeding for Birth Professionals


Proudly serving the Greater Philadelphia Area and beyond, including: Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Delaware County, Main Line, Montgomery County, South & Central Jersey 

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