Get to Know The Mama Bear team


  • Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Midwifery & Women's Health

  • Registered Nurse licensing

  • DONA International doula training

  • American Midwifery Certification Board certification

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification

  • DEA licensing

  • NYS prescriptive priviledges

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies

  • Master of Social Work with a focus on community organization and planning

  • Heartstone Herbal School apprentice graduate


Julie Carlson, CNM, LM, MSW

I became a midwife because I want health care to be a positive, empowering, and transformative experience. Whether it be a check-up or home birth, we all have the right to be treated with compassion, respect and as the leader of our care.

I am a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and am a Licensed Midwife (LM) in NYS. I graduated from nurse midwifery school at the University of California, San Francisco Nurse Midwifery program in 2007.


After  graduation, I began practicing midwifery in New Mexico. Initially I was in a Gallup hospital-based practice in the Navajo Nation and then a private practice in Albuquerque. After several years, I move to New York to work in a hospital-based practice in Central NY. I opened my home birth practice in June, 2015. I chose to work in the hospital at the beginning of my career so that I could bring the midwifery model of care to as many clients as possible. I am very appreciative of the diverse experiences I have had in the hospital setting which have ranged from "home-like" natural birth experiences to caring for clients with high-risk pregnancies. I moved to home birth to support a wider variety of birthing options for families. I also wanted to have more quality time with clients from the beginning of the pregnancy through birth and into the postpartum period.  


In my years of practice I have had the honor of attending over 800 births and over 1,000+ labors. I have performed 500+ newborn exams and can't even begin to count how many women I have counseled about breastfeeding and postpartum wellness.  


Along with Midwifery, I have a passion for martial arts, yoga, the outdoors, gardening and the healing power of plants. I began learning about herbalism in midwifery school and have continued to explore plant medicine ever since. I am grateful to my ancestors, community, midwife elders, family, and friends who have supported me along my path.  


Katherine Sanderson, CPM, Midwife Assistant

I was born and raised in Central New York, but left home in 2001 to pursue midwifery education in the out of hospital setting in Washington State. I studied at Birthingway College of Midwifery, spent several years in apprenticeship and graduated as a Certified Professional Midwife in 2010, registered through the North American Registry of Midwives. I have practiced for 10 years, and attended hundreds of births in both the home and birth center settings. I also hold current certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation and adult CPR.

In 2018, I became a mother to my dear son Connor, who attended births on my back for the first 10 months of his life. The call to be closer to family and my community of origin grew louder and louder over his first year of life. This year we made the leap, landing in Syracuse, NY, in the very house I grew up in. Attending births in New York is a dream I’ve held for many years, and I’m so excited to be offering my assistance to Julie and in serving the families of CNY. 

In addition to being a parent and a midwife I enjoy listening to podcasts, singing, cooking and hiking.

Emily Davidson Parry, Midwife Assistant Apprentice

I am at the beginning of my midwifery journey and am working towards a BSN in Nursing, and will then get my master's in Midwifery! I am certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and Adult CPR, and am finishing a midwife assistant certification as well.


My love affair with midwifery began as my husband and I decided to try for a baby in 2018. I, like so many others didn't have a positive hospital experience and wanted better for myself and my family. Fast forward to now and the care I received from Julie while pregnant and birthing my 11-pound baby boy (yes, you read that correctly) changed my life.

I am so passionate that every birthing person deserving the level of care, support and compassion I was fortunate enough to receive that I am dedicating my career to giving families just that.

When I'm not studying or snuggling babies, I love food, travelling, being outside and basking in the few weeks of sunshine we get in Upstate New York.