Our birth experience with Justine was wonderful! Prenatal care was thoughtful and supportive, postpartum care was informative and encouraging (and of course, supportive as well).
The actual birth was amazing. She knew exactly what I needed and coached me through an incredible water birth.
I would recommend Justine to anyone seeking out a loving and warm welcome for their baby!
We were so blessed to have Justine as our coach, mentor, friend and biggest fan throughout the entire pregnancy and delivery. From the very beginning, she gave me books and recommendations to help us conceive. Once pregnant, she educated and comforted me through the changes of each trimester, including new symptoms, pains, fatigue, diet, prenatal care -- absolutely everything. She was thorough, knowledgeable and so compassionate.
I've never felt so supported and loved as I did having Justine beside me during the entire 16 hour labor and delivery. I get emotional just recalling everything she did for us that day. We could not have asked for a better person walking us through the most important day of our lives. Justine made it a beautiful experience, and she will always be a part of our family. She continues to follow up with us still today. I only wish I could give her more stars!!
Our experience with Justine can only be described as perfect! Now that the birth of our second son is over, I'll miss our prenatal checkups (held conveniently in our living room). She was punctual, knowledgeable, and caring. I can't tell you how many times I texted Justine with questions, and she always answered promptly and thoroughly which gave me so much peace of mind. When I went into labor, Justine was the first to show up and support my husband and me. She stayed calm (even when I was not always) and her professional expertise turned what could have been a very long and intense labor into a shorter, wonderful experience. Even several months pregnant herself, Justine did not take a back seat in my labor and had so much energy and enthusiasm throughout. She listened to me and responded to my needs. She used Spinning Babies techniques to move things along (and it worked!!). My husband and I expressed that we would like my husband to catch our son, so she guided him through the process to give us the birth of our dreams. Justine's care continued post-baby, so we didn't feel as if we were left to fend on our own. If you are considering a home birth, I'd highly recommend Justine.
What more can I say? Justine delivered our first baby and I hope she will deliver all my children, I would not even consider hiring any one else. The entire experience working with Justine was far better than what we had even hoped for. If you are considering a home birth or birth center birthing experience, look no further you have found your midwife. I can not speak more highly about our prenatal care, birthing experience, post natal care and the support she offered as we struggled with breastfeeding and other challenges in our first 6 weeks postpartum(and really beyond she still answers my calls).
From the very first meeting with Justine I felt so comfortable with her. Our birth story began with 2 years trying to conceive and the women in my family have had high risk births, still I was hopeful I would have a low risk pregnancy and be able to deliver my first child at home, naturally as I so desired. Justine heard my every concern and provided incredible prenatal care. I always felt informed and safe throughout the entire process. In fact at times people will comment how brave we must be to have had a birth at home assisted only by a midwife (perhaps that is the case), however I had no cause for concern and our birth was beautiful, fast and really textbook. Any test that was needed Justine was able to order, I felt her care was more thorough than any OB/GYN I had considered or seen previously, she was ALWAYS available to me by phone when I needed her- this was a great comfort towards the end of our pregnancy. She provided a perfect balance of conventional prenatal care and our wishes to be hippy and holistic. I think I had in my mind that all midwives would smell like patchouli and have long unkempt hair- maybe some midwives are like that, but this midwife is so well trained, skilled and has a bedside manner to top any MD I’ve worked with (and as a healthcare provider myself, I have worked with many).
Justine provided all of our care in the comfort of our own home, and I think our 6 week post partum visit will sum up our entire experience. My husband and I and baby Fi were snuggled in bed, me topless, struggling with breastfeeding a baby that had just started to have nipple confusion. It was just the newest difficulty we were having with breastfeeding- Justine and Alia (the student midwife at the time) let themselves into our home (which they had been to at least 20 times by now). As Justine walked in she started stroking my feet and asking me how I was. Her care, her touch, her concern for me was so natural and comforting. By the end of the visit, both Justine and Alia were sitting on my bed coaching me through strategies to work through the nipple confusion. They held and snuggled my precious baby, discussed our plan for birth control and answered all my questions. What other practitioner will sit in your bed with you and help you and be patient through really difficult and tender times?
The only part I did not like about hiring Justine, was knowing that our visits were over. She left and I joked to my husband, we need to get pregnant quick so we can hang out with Justine again. I love her! I loved her care! I will sing her praises to anyone who will listen.
My dream since my first child was to have a home birth. Now that I was having my fourth kid I had every intention to go at this birth alone just my husband and family. however there was some concerns with family members. I heard rumors of Justine, I decided to look into her, for my family's comfort. But, life got busy and I never really looked into her until the last 3 months of my pregnancy, I ran into her by chance through a friend. I spoke with her and told her I was determined to do this by myself. However I would consider her for my family's peace of mind. After speaking with her, my husband thought that having her would be a good idea and I really liked that I could be very upfront and honest with her and she was very considerate of all my wants and feelings. In the end we did decide to use her services and I will never regret that decision.
She was marvelous! As badly as I wanted to just do this baby without any assistance I am so glad I had Justine!!! in the moment of pain and turmoil that little voice that's sitting beside you, guiding you the whole way, is a comfort that you just cannot replace. thank you Justine! The birth went wonderful, despite all the excruciating pain! and my husband finally got to fulfill his dream of delivering his baby instead of just cutting the stupid cord. When I decide to have another kid, I definitely will be using her again!
"I used Justine with the homebirth of my son. She is amazing. Both my partner and I were so comfortable talking to her and really felt like she cared about us. If I was going to have another, I would call her in an instant. It was the birth experience every woman hopes for."
"Justine is amazing. She delivered 2 of my babies and though I am not currently a client, seeing as I am in between babies, she answered my "out of the blue" phone call when I had the beginnings of a breast infection. She is also very knowledgeable, demonstrated by the fact that it cleared up within 24 hours. Justine is friendly, patient, kind, calm, nice and gentle, even during labor and delivery. She helps you feel at ease during the most intense moments of your life. Even her voice is calming. Her people-skills combined with her book smarts make her a well-rounded midwife, whom I would recommend to anyone. She has a good balance of professionalism and personal involvement in her clients' lives. Her confidence made me feelconfident during the journey of birthing my two precious boys."
"Justine is a very caring, dedicated, and knowledgeable midwife. I moved in my last trimester and in my new location my insurance would only cover care by an OB. My OB wanted to induce me and took very little time getting to know me and providing me care. Luckily, Justine made herself available to me via phone to answer my questions and to provide me the support I truly needed. My OB told me that I would need to be induced my 39th week, but I felt that it was not right and that is would be more detrimental to my baby than helpful. That was the only option he gave me. Justine supported me in my decision for a natural childbirth and shared with me more natural ways that I could bring on my labor.
During my labor she helped me to understand what was going on with my body. When my water broke and it was evident that there was meconium she helped me to remain calm and was so caring and supportive. I feel that without Justine I would not have had the support or confidence I needed to fight for a natural childbirth. I was blessed to bring my baby girl into this world naturally and healthily. Justine is someone I was able to trust to guide me through one of the most important events of my life."
"Justine is warm, loving and incredibly passionate! She knows what to do during difficult situations. She was by my side when I needed her most. I had the most incredible birth experience because of her care and expertise. Thank you Justine! "