Meet the Educator- Julia Underwood

Julia Underwood lives in southern California with her husband, two children, and dogs. She began birth work in 2012 as a birth doula and childbirth educator.

Throughout her career, Julia has witnessed many types of births. As a doula the majority of births she supported were in the hospital, where even a "good" hospital birth could feel absent of the spiritual aspect that should be present when a new human is welcomed into a family. This fueled her desire to provide holistic care for families by pursuing the path of midwifery. Julia began attending Midwives College of Utah in 2018 and plans to complete the program in 2022.

Julia is passionate about bringing awareness to birth disparities for Black birthing people who, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), are nearly four times more likely to die during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year postpartum than their White counterparts. Julia’s goal is to provide respectable and compassionate care for Black and marginalized communities in order to close the health gap.

For fun, Julia enjoys working out, playing at the beach, exploring different foods, outdoor festivals, concerts, and travel. Quality time with her family is her first priority.

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