Julie A. Palmisano

Julie A. Palmisano

A New Life Doula

Services Offered:
Location: Crystal Lake Illinois United States

My name is Julie Palmisano. I am the mother of six children. I have personally experienced a diversity of births as my children came into this world. My first was born exactly on his due date, but had to stay in the hospital for a couple weeks. During that time, I had a desire to breastfeed, but I had no support to sustain it. My breastfeeding journey with him lasted only a few months. My second and third were born in the hospital, with medication, and vaginally. Breastfeeding was successful, as we made it past the year marker. The fourth was born by C-Section (Belly Birth), I struggled with feeding him.
One tubal ligation, a tubal reversal (almost ten years later), a diagnosis of ‘Secondary Infertility’ in my second marriage, a Uterine Scar Separation, A Uterine Scar Repair, an Ectopic pregnancy, and one miscarriage later, we finally had our Rainbow baby (at age 40 and with only one tube). That Rainbow baby (#5) was a very successful VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Breastfeeding was a challenge and I pumped exclusively for over four months as he couldn’t latch. My last baby (#6) was born at home with a brilliant birth team beside me. Each experience gave me the story that you are reading today, giving me the confidence to walk beside YOU on your own journey.
The term ‘Doula’ is a Greek word that means ‘Mother’s servant’. We are trained, professional assistants. A Postpartum Doula comes in AFTER your birth. The postpartum adjustment period lasts well into the first year, making the ‘fourth trimester’ the longest. In today’s mobile society, extended families might not live close by and may be unable to provide care for the new family. That’s where Postpartum Doula Care comes in. Doula’s bridge the gap, becoming an invaluable resource to the new mother/family.
As stated in the CAPPA manual:
“The Postpartum Doula is a trained professional that offers physical, emotional, and informational support to a new mother or primary parent and the rest of the family. Postpartum Doulas also offer breastfeeding support, light household organizations, family nurturing, and instruction to mom and/or other family members in the care of a newborn. The Postpartum Doula’s job is to make the transition to parenthood easier for the new parents, to help mom during her recovery period, and determine what the family needs help with and to provide that instruction..” While anyone can support a new family during the postpartum period, only a trained and certified Postpartum Doula can provide professional support.
Postpartum Doulas provide physical care, assist with breastfeeding positioning, explain the physical changes that mom is experiencing, encourage self-care techniques, provide emotional support, help the new parent work through their own birth experience, give evidence-based advice. give snuggles, help with the household, nurture your family, explain how to bathe your baby, and help new families (through birth or adoption) transition into parenthood.
Research shows the benefits of having Postpartum Support are:
*Lower rates of postpartum mood disorders, including depression
*Higher breastfeeding success rates
*Deeper bonds between parents and infants
*More confidence in parenting skills and competence
After twenty years of driving a school bus, with the last ten years of that being in Special Education, combined with eleven years of working at rehabilitation care and/or nursing homes on the weekends as a C.N.A. (Certified Nurses Assistant), I’m slowly moving into a career change.
Many years ago, my OBGYNE called me a ‘Veteran Mother’. Those two simple words started growing a seed into my mind. In all the experience I’ve had over the last twenty four years of birthing, breastfeeding, and raising children, I feel it’s my time to ‘pass the baton’ and help other families with the adjustment of bringing A NEW LIFE into your home. You could hire a Doula who only has the experience of books, or you can hire a seasoned veteran mom, who has walked the road and WILL walk beside you. Since my older children have either moved out, are in the workforce, or driving.  I have the time and energy to help others get a great start on this wild adventure called PARENTING. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Best Wishes on your journey.
-Julie Palmisano, A New Life, Postpartum Doula, Student 2019



Email addresses:
jpalmisano@d47.org (Alternate)

Phone numbers:
815 345-6700 (mobile)
815 356-1393 (home)

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