My Passion for Birth
My name is Julie Banas and my passion for birth started long before I had children of my own. Now a proud mother of three girls my feelings are that much stronger about the lack of education and support for pregnant women. I have been attending women in labor since 2009.
Birth is such an amazing event and should be special in every way. Woman should have the right to birth however she pleases without meeting resistance. The United States comes behind 30 other countries in maternity care. I want to do something to improve those odds. I don't think enough women know about their options and rights when it comes to the birth of their babies.
Rising Phoenix Birth Services has a mission to educate, inspire, and support parents to be with an open mind and a passionate heart. Birth matters and the experience of a birth has lasting effects on everyone involved. I believe in evidence based birth and support the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative. I support breastfeeding education and offer information to encourage informed decision making.
I am in a Military family and understand the importance of family and a good support system. I am especially sympathetic to other military wives who know the sacrifice we share when we marry our heroes.
I am Academy of Certified Birth Educators (ACBE) certified. I am a trained birth assistant with Northwest Birth Assistants (NWBA). I am a trained Childbirth Educator and have both my CPR and NRP certifications. I am currently working my way to becoming a midwife. With my current free time I am trying to establish the a free standing birth center in Illinois. There are a lot of steps along my journey to Midwifery but I feel being in the world of birth while I get there will help me stay close to the things I love.
My personal birth experiences
My first daughter was born prematurely at 29 weeks. I had planned a natural birth with my midwife. Goes to show that you never know what can happen in birth. My daughter stayed in the NICU for two months before getting to come home. I felt my experience was okay but felt I had a lot taken away from me for "precautions". I understood that the health of my baby was first and foremost in that situation but I walked away from my experience with my head down and a sadness in my heart.
Baby number two was a different story. Although my husband was deployed for the birth it was still a very happy time for me. I carried to full term and had the most amazing birth. I had a completely natural water birth that was just hours from start to finish. I felt so in control and blissful the whole time. I know that my experience is unique but I hope to show others that birth can be a very peaceful and enlightening experience.
The cycle of life and birth are a natural process that in it self holds such power and beauty. It has a lifelong impact on a woman and her family. My mission is to enhance your birthing experience by empowerment and showering you with loving support- continuous emotional care, reassurance, encouragement, information and physical comfort. As a Doula it is my job to ensure that a woman's support needs are met in pregnancy, labor and early parenthood.