About me

My name is Julia Szalai, I am a birth doula from Budapest, Hungary. I am passionate about the power of women circles, enjoy creating things with my hands and would grasp an opportunity to sing anytime, anywhere.
I live in Amsterdam with my husband, our two little girls and a gigantic black cat.

As a birth doula I offer – my doula services

For Hungarian families living abroad – Külföldön szülni – online szülésfelkészítés magyarul

My story

Combining my many hats of professions and finding not only a connection between them but realizing they are originating from the same stem has been an ongoing self discovery for me.
After years of working in not too challenging positions while studying, I have started out in my chosen profession as an interior designer in a furniture store. I enjoyed peeking into the lives of my customers and to be able to walk with them and help them chose from the many options on display; which, at that time happened to be pieces of furniture.

My brother falling very seriously ill and me becoming pregnant soon after that got me immersed in how our bodies work and to what extent we are capable of controlling what is happening to and inside us.
I was 4 months pregnant when he died. Desperately seeking explanation and also as a means of an escape from my grief, I focused on my own body instead; I prepared for the birth of our daughter with the loving support of my partner.

The birth was a mystical and empowering experience I was hoping it would be. I was confident and well furnished with information and I felt lucky for us to have had such an opening to our life as a family.

Since starting my doula training I have listened to and learned from a lot of wise women, and got to understand more, even about my own experiences. I am constantly educating myself on the fields of pregnancy and birth related topics. In 2017 I have completed the 2nd level of Birthlight Yoga for Maternity training and have been teaching pregnancy yoga at Thrive Yoga Amsterdam since 2016.
I offer individual and group birth preparation, labour and birth support at hospital and home births and also postpartum support.

In January 2015 I moved to Amsterdam with my family and I currently live and work here.

Education

Birthlight Yoga for Maternity – Level 2 course (June 2017, London)
Birthlight Yoga for Maternity – Level 1 course (June 2016, London)
Spinning Babies – workshop (May 2016, Amsterdam)
Aromatherpay for birth professionals – workshop by Joyce Hoek-Pula (February 2016, Amsterdam)
Békés Doula Circle – 150 hour extensive doula course (February 2014, Budapest)
Ina May Gaskin – one day workshop (November 2013, Fürstenfeld)
Perinatal and pregnancy loss support – workshop for birth professionals by Magdolna Singer (February 2013, Budapest)
Békés Doula Circle – basic doula training (April 2012, Budapest)
Assertive communication training – (June 2009, Budapest)