Raised in the mountains of East Tennessee, Julie formed a childhood dream of practicing healthcare and caring for people where there are dirt floors. Those dreams came to fruition during Julie’s recent travel to rural Haiti, where she worked as a nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner, assisting and educating the traditional birth attendants who daily witness the worst maternal-child mortality rates in the western hemisphere. As a Fuld Fellow at Emory and a Foundation Fellow at the University of Georgia, Julie has visited and served all around the globe: from Cuba and China to South Africa and South Georgia. What Julie finds deeply encouraging about working in each of these regions is that the tenets of a midwifery model of care consistently hold true. Healthcare problems will not ultimately be solved by ICUs, high-tech scans, and expensive interventions, but rather by thorough patient education, active prevention, and early detection of problems when they occur. Julie is delighted to have found a practice that shares and upholds these values.
Julie benefited personally from Intown Midwifery’s care when she delivered her first child as a completely natural, midwife-attended vaginal breech birth. She knows from firsthand experience how difficult it can be to find birth practitioners who genuinely trust the process of birth, and who at the same time judiciously employ technology and interventions whenever needed. Julie believes that the combination of holistic midwives with deeply supportive perinatology backup puts Intown Midwifery in a unique position to meet the needs of women who, like herself, may encounter difficulties in their pregnancies, but who still desire the lowest intervention, most family-centered birth possible.
In addition to Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nursing from Emory University with specialization as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner, Julie holds a Bachelors in Philosophy & German from the University of Georgia, and a Masters of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School. Julie’s background in this wide array of disciplines shapes her practice of midwifery. She is comfortable with complex decision making as well as the myriad emotional and psychological facets at play in the process of birth and the growth of the family.