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Hi there! I am a birth and postpartum doula living in San Francisco and servicing the Bay Area. As a doula, my goal is to support families through the transformative journey of childbirth and provide physical, emotional, and informational support during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. I believe that every birth is unique and should be honored and respected. I support families in all births from unmedicated vaginal births, to VBAC, to planned cesarean birth using evidenced based care as well as holistic methods and ritual and ceremony. 

Growing up in a big family with eight sisters has taught me the importance of community and the power of women supporting one another. I have always been fascinated with the life experiences of women, and I am passionate about helping all birthing people navigate this pivotal moment in their lives. 

Growing up in Maine fostered my love of nature as I played in the forests and rivers as a child - and while I miss the abundance of lakes there I love calling San Francisco my home. In my free time I’ll be hiking on the beautiful trails all over the bay, in the ceramics studio working on a new creation or cozying up with a cup of herbal tea and a book. 

I feel birthwork is sacred and above all I want to empower you to communicate your needs and to actualize your vision of a healthy and positive birth experience. 

Let’s connect!

birth and postpartum doula

julia nurse

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  • Immediate on-call
  • Complimentary 30-minute Welcome Call with a GGDA concierge
  • Monthly Educational Workshops
  • Online Breastfeeding support (up to three a month)
  • Online Pelvic Floor clinic (up to twice a month)
  • Access to GGDA's library of resources
  • Access to the Village People, providers, and affiliate discounts

ggda membership package includes:

  • 2 (2 hour) prenatal visits
  • Due date walk
  • Text/email/phone support
  • Attendance at your birth
  • 1 (2 hour) postpartum visits
  • Free TENS Unit Rental
  • Expert Pain Coping techniques
  • First Feeding/Golden Hour Support
  •  4 hour visits
  • Continuous phone and email support

Rates: $2,200

Rates: $50/hr singleton

julia's birth package

julia's postpartum package

- Julia s.

The birth of my daughter was a four day affair that started with an induction and ended in a c-section. What could have been a stressful and frightening experience was, overall, calm and filled with many moments of joy. I felt well-informed and confident in my decisions at every step of the labor thanks to the wealth of knowledge Julia shared with me prior to my labor. She provided gentle guidance both over the phone and in person during the birth. Prior to delivery, the stress relieving techniques she taught my spouse provided us with a new way to bond as we prepared for parenthood. And postpartum, she created a loving space to debrief and process my experience. Overall, she brought together a community of experts, resources, and experience that bolstered my existing community of friends and family that made the birth of our first child an event brimming with love. I felt so held throughout the pregnancy, birth, and recovery.

She provided gentle guidance both over the phone and in person during the birth.

- daria k.

Julia Nurse was an incredible doula. We are SO grateful that we were able to have her there at the birth of our first child. When she came into the birthing room, I had gotten totally shaken out of my birth zone by the transition to the hospital and she re-centered me and my partner. I think if she hadn't been there, I would not have been able to do the unmedicated birth that I had hoped for. With her support, I was able to work through the contractions have a really wonderful experience. She not only helped me, but helped my partner help me. She was so good at interacting with all the other medical staff as well. Several of the nurses and doctors asked about her after she had left because they were so impressed by her. I think the thing that stood out to me was how minimal and effortless her interventions seemed. For example, when she first walked in she just breathed slowly with me and that calmed me. At every stage, she was a calm and steady presence. Thank you for everything, Julia. 

"Several of the nurses and doctors asked about her after she had left because they were so impressed by her."

- anna m.

Julia was such a calming and knowledgeable presence at all our appointments and during the birth. Some of the most valuable parts of her support were: walking us through what to expect in early labor and getting us in the mindset to enjoy this time together at home as long as we could, helping us make a birth preferences sheet and understand the likely decisions that might come up, and loaning a TENS unit which really helped me manage pain in early labor. She provides the perfect balance of evidence-based recommendations and thoughtful inspiration for making birth a special and meaningful experience. If we have a second child, I would work with Julia again in a heartbeat!

 "I would work with Julia again in a heartbeat!"