Credentials

"To train conscious and effective doulas who will increase access to doula care for all communities, thereby reducing health disparities, increasing birth equity and creating positive change in birth outcomes, and as a result, our society at large."

- Cornerstone Mission Statement

Certified Cornerstone
Labor & Postpartum Doula

Oakland, CA 2019

BA, Psychology

Humboldt State University

August, 2009- May, 2014

Related courses:

  • Psychology of Human Sexuality

  • Health Psychology

  • Early Childhood Development

  • Parent-Child Relationships

  • Psychology of Prejudice

  • Psychology of Women

Certified Labor

and Postpartum Doula

Cornerstone Doula Trainings

January, 2019- April, 2019

Course Themes:

  • Anatomy and physiology of labor and birth

  • Emotional support techniques

  • Positions for every phase of labor

  • Trauma informed care

  • Common interventions

  • Baby care

  • Sleeping arrangements

  • Newborn psychological needs

  • 6 hour intensive breastfeeding led by certified lactation consultant

Labor Doula Workshop

Birthingway College of Midwifery

December, 2016- February, 2017

Infant/ Child CPR & Choking Hazards Course

Lifelong Medical

December, 2018

Rebozo Workshop

April, 2019

Advanced Breastfeeding

Janaki Costello

February, 2020

Santa Rita Jail Volunteer Doula

May, 2019-Current

 

Trustline Registered

Testimonials

My partner and I were so happy to have had Julia with us during my labor (and as a great resource during pregnancy as well). She put us at ease and remained calm through it all. She provided three comprehensive prenatal sessions in which we went over all things birth related and had the chance to talk about anything that was on our minds. I went into labor before 40 weeks and Julia was there on a moments notice to guide me through labor. I was able to have a beautiful,  basically intervention-less birth in part because of Julia's support. She will make your labor a lot smoother and will support you however you need support at that time. We highly recommend Julia if you are looking for support before, during and after your birth.

We recommend her
without reservation to anyone
looking for a positive, dedicated,
knowledgeable doula.

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Julia's non-judgemental approach and calm demeanor provided us the space and reassurance to feel confident in our unique journey.  As my labor began a few days earlier than expected, Julia reminded us of the strategies we practiced for early labor and joined us to travel to the hospital together. She helped support both my husband and me throughout the labor and delivery--she reminded us of our preferences, helped us navigate the hospital experience, provided hands-on pain management, coached us through contractions, and stayed by our side through the post-delivery process. Julia was a steadfast source of calm and focus. She stayed connected with us and helped problem solve throughout labor and delivery. Julia is a natural and we feel so fortunate to have had her on our team. We recommend her without reservation to anyone looking for a positive, dedicated, knowledgeable doula.

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She stayed connected
with us and helped problem
solve throughout
labor and delivery.

We started working with Julia four months into my pregnancy with our first child. She was very generous with her time and met with us multiple times before our baby arrived. During our meetings, Julia shared valuable information about pregnancy and the birth process. She spent time connecting with us and getting to know our feelings--that wonderful mix of excitement and apprehension--about this momentous time in our lives. Her non-judgemental approach and calm demeanor provided us the space and reassurance to feel confident in our unique journey.

 

Between meetings, Julia checked in with us and provided helpful resources based on our conversations and questions. As our due date approached she provided hands-on practice for pain management and introduced us to her back-up doula, which was reassuring in the event that she could not attend. As my labor began a few days earlier than expected, Julia reminded us of the strategies we practiced for early labor and joined us to travel to the hospital together. She helped support both my husband and me throughout the labor and delivery--she reminded us of our preferences, helped us navigate the hospital experience, provided hands-on pain management, coached us through contractions, and stayed by our side through the post-delivery process.

 

Julia continued to check in with us in the subsequent weeks and was a huge help with encouragement and resources for the postpartum journey, which we felt less prepared for than pregnancy and birth. She visited with us a few times to reflect on the birth experience and provide support in our new role as parents. Julia was a steadfast source of calm and focus. She stayed connected with us and helped problem solve throughout labor and delivery. Julia is a natural and we feel so fortunate to have had her on our team. We recommend her without reservation to anyone looking for a positive, dedicated, knowledgeable doula.

My experience with Julia as my personal doula has been wonderful! She is everything I could of asked for! Becoming a new mom is hard especially when your trying to go all natural with birth and all. Julia always provided me with the best info about birthing techniques breastfeeding and natural remedies etc. Her hands on comfort during my labor was the best. She also decorated my room and added some lights. She also used massaging techniques and lavender scents to calm me down. I felt wonderful and so relaxed if I had to choose again it would be her she's the pick! Thank you soooo much bless.

Her hands on comfort during my labor was the best, she also decorated
my room and
added some lights.

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Julia Larson

urbanfloradoula@gmail.com

Oakland, California

510.206.7065

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