Julie Battel is a Graduate of Brown University. She served as an AmeriCorp volunteer on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota, where she cherished deep connections and growth, learning from individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Julie later started NOFAS, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and has worked at Planned Parenthood, in various positions, caring for many patients, both courageous and bold, as well as fragile and vulnerable. Julie served as valedictorian of her class at the New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, and completed her Masters in Public Health, as well as her degree in Midwifery, at Boston University. Julie has worked at some of Boston’s most distinguished hospitals, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, for more than 12 years. Most recently, Julie returned to Planned Parenthood and worked providing procedures and supporting Bridges to Moms, a program for pregnant & parenting homeless mothers in the Greater Boston area. She is the mother of 2 daughters, ages 22 and 16, and a 2-year-old puppy, Mr Bear, in Jamaica Plain. Julie treasures the opportunity to empower her patients with education, and she is enthusiastic to learn and grow from the experiences that her patients hopefully may come to share with her.