Julia Weaver – Gifts From Above Midwife Care
Birth Stories to read
Julia Weaver MAP- I just love to sit down & hear ladies tell their birth stories! Every birth is unique…sometimes very short, or very long, sometimes she has a homebirth, hospital birth, etc. & there are so many feelings & emotions involved. Every baby born has an impact on the mother’s life. It is so rewarding to be a part of the birthing process!! I want you to feel free to express your specific desires for your delivery. I enjoy serving & reaching out to clients with care & compassion. I strive to lend a peaceful presence to your birth & also a pep talk now & then if someone is worn out. Sometimes a change of scenery is in order if you’ve been in one room waiting around too long.
The first calling in my life is as a wife & mother. My husband has been so supportive of my endeavor to become a licensed midwife. Though the way was long & arduous, perseverance & trust in the Lord got me through. My wonderful family is my husband Abe, son Morgan (5 yrs.) & daughter Alexandra (1 yr.). I had a midwife with my first baby, but transported & delivered at the hospital. My second baby was delivered at the birth center here with Sherry & Joyce.
Many a mom faces the dilemma of all the options available today, but doesn’t know why she should or should not do certain procedures.
That is why I am committed to providing excellent prenatal care that also includes education. There is a concept of personal responsibility & an
individual’s right to make choices regarding what they feel is best for themselves & their baby (within the boundaries of responsible care). This is
where there needs to be true informed choice, not just informed consent to what I feel is best. Every mama needs to have the freedom to have her
baby with a caregiver of her choice, one who is appropriate to her physical needs & her unique personality & beliefs.
There is great value in continuity of care throughout the childbearing cycle. Thus, if there are complications in a pregnancy that require medical consultation, I will strive to maintain continuous care within realistic limits. My vision for our community is that there would be on-going trust & respect between the hospital/physicians & the midwives, bringing collaborative care to the clients in my care. In the future I would like to bring quality care to a diversity of individuals, serving others with Jesus’ love & compassion.
Honesty is invaluable in any relationship. Especially between a midwife & client. Openness & clarity in communication are the keys to a good relationship & friendship throughout the pregnancy & beyond.
Experience & Training
When I was 21 yrs. old in 2001, I departed to Pennsylvania for a 1
yr. apprenticeship with a midwife of 25 yrs. & 2,000+ births. I
attended about 100 births in that 1 year. During that tenure, I
performed 100’s of prenatals, many lab blood draws, newborn screens
(PKU tests), pap smear tests, etc. I came away with many valuable
skills and knowledge that have boosted my studies in recent years.
I married in 2003 and had my first child in 2005. After much
consideration and prayer, I officially began my formal midwifery
training in 2007. I attended the Association of Texas Midwives School
in Midland, TX along with Sherry Bushnell. The studies were completed in 1 ½ yrs., including 6 trips to TX to attend workshops, & a trip to the Philippines to attend more births. I am currently licensed in the state of Montana under the Board of Alternative Healthcare, as a Midwife Apprentice, license #49 MAP.
I have attended approx. 175 births so far.
I keep current certification in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR.
Serving Libby, Noxon, Thompson Falls, Plains, & beyond.
Home phone: 406-847-6407
Cell phone: 406-529-8973
Address: 16 Grandview Drive
Noxon, MT 59853
The privilege of having babies is a special blessing from the Lord.
Each little baby is a gift.
Having family involvement during the pregnancy-postpartum process is invaluable.
Each birth is unique & the mother needs to be able to listen to what her body is telling her. In a comfortable environment whether at the birth center or at home, the mother needs the freedom to move as she pleases. She can squat, walk, shower or sit in a tub, sit on a birth ball, lay down & rest with no distractions, get back pressure/massage to ease the force of a contraction, listen to music, have the lights dimmed, etc.
My philosophy of birth is that it is a normal life process, a special gift given to women. When I first began midwifery training, I thought the baby would be the most rewarding part of the birth for me. Well, the baby is the frosting on the cake & I can’t get in enough snuggles 🙂 But for me, the most rewarding aspect is mothering the mother…coaching & facilitating the birth in a manner that lets the mom know that she can do this!! I will strive to ensure vaginal birth & provide guidance & support as needed to encourage the normal spontaneous processes of pregnancy, labor & birth. I will utilize medical intervention only as necessary. The most important determinant of a healthy pregnancy is the mother herself. The mother’s lifestyle can encourage the growth of a healthy placenta & baby or have unhealthy habits that cause pre-eclampsia or other complications. I recognize though that the parameters of “normal” vary widely & understand that each pregnancy & birth is unique. There is great value in a midwife’s skills which support a complicated pregnancy or birth to move toward a state of greater well-being or brought to the most healing conclusion. I can synthesize clinical observations, theoretical knowledge, intuitive assessment & prayer as components of a competent decision making process.
What is important to me:
- A relaxed mama
- Healthy food options to grow a strong placenta
- Your birth, your way
- Fully support waterbirth
- It is VERY important to me to deliver your baby without any major tears
- Happy memories of a warm & beautiful birth experience
- Coming to visit me so I can see you & that growing baby & get free baby weight checks
- Informed choice…Receiving informative handouts etc. that let you know the choices you have & how they impact you & your baby
- Being with you every step of the way, even if you are transported to the hospital.