Julie Lafontaine - CEO


Hi! My name is Julie Lafontaine and I'm so glad that you're visiting our website.   I'm a mother of five precious gems, a surrogate mother, a grandmother and the proud owner of The LIFE Nest.  I love being a wife to my wonderful husband and homeschooling two of our five beautiful kids. 

     I really love being a Doula; its my passion! Every family is unique and every journey is special. Birth is one of the most emotionally charged moments in life. I would be honoured to take part in making your experience a wonderful one.  I would also be honoured to walk by your side through your Surrogacy or Fertility Journey.        

     In the past, I've worked in emergency medical services and as a community services worker. I was a foster mom for three years and recently, I was a surrogate for an Australian couple. I love to work hard and I'm passionate about everything I put my heart into. 

     For the past fifteen years, I've been involved in the health and wellness industry in various roles. My focus is on the natural way of doing things, supporting our amazing bodies toward the results that we desire. I am passionate about nutrition and I'm honoured to be a Wellness Ambassador for the Juice Plus Company. 

     My passion is helping families build families and dream birth experiences. I specialize in helping people have a voice, be empowered through education of their rights as well as helping them to have a team they can trust and feel supported around.   

A Special Word from Brandie

When human beings go through the experiences of witnessing trauma, death, or even a birth, it is not uncommon for them to experience crippling loneliness, disempowerment and suffering health. Julie believes it does not need to be this way, and as a “community weaver”, she provides tools and resources, and most of all, hope.  Julie is the kind of person you meet by chance at the grocery store and end up talking to for an hour.  The sort of woman who will take anyone under her wing with no judgement and a full heart.  

Julie owns The LIFE Nest, a wholistic family health consultancy serving the Niagara Region where she loves serving as a doula.  Julie is also a Healthy Living Ambassador with the Juice Plus+ company. She shares her story about how their products helped her have the healthiest pregnancy thus far--she recently gave birth to an Australian surrogate baby boy!

Julie graduated with Honours as a Social Services Worker, from Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology in 2002. She has worked as a 911 dispatcher, an emergency roadside dispatcher, and a community services worker.  

During her professional career Julie experienced depression. Thankfully, with the love and support of her family and friends, she was able to overcome this tremendous challenge. She is very aware of the mental health status in the Niagara Region and strives to educate and advocate for change and awareness.

Julie has also been a foster parent--another example of how she supports people during their most difficult times of transition. She loves to work hard and is passionate about everything she puts her heart into.

Julie lives in Ridgeway, Ontario with her husband James and five beautiful children.  When she is not managing her company, she can be found homeschooling her five beautiful children or taking them on field trips.  
Passionate about helping people live happier, healthier lives and about giving families empowering birth and transitional experiences, Julie specializes in helping women find their voice and a support team they can trust.

Julie's happiest moments are spent outside soaking up the rays and bird-watching.  In her free time, Julie loves to spend quality time with her family, watching movies, playing board games and going on road trips together.  Julie’s friends will say they love how she is always literally stopping to smell the roses and pointing out “the little things” that make life beautiful.