Joy was first certified as a birth doula in 2003, when she was trained by renowned author and founder of DONA, Penny Simkin. She lives on the North Shore, where she has served birthing families for the last 19 years.
In an effort to further support women before labor, Joy went on to become a childbirth educator in 2005, and was trained under the Birthing From Within philosophy. She has since been trained through CAPPA to provide a more broad spectrum education.
In 2013, Joy completed her Level I training in the healing art of Reiki.
She advanced her training to Level II Reiki practitioner in 2015.
She is currently working on her Master level.
In 2004, Joy began her training as a homebirth Midwife
through Womancraft Midwifery. Though not a practicing Midwife, she brings this deeper
knowledge of birth to every family she serves.
I believe that pregnancy and childbirth can be a very magical time in a woman's life. This can be a time of awe and wonder, appreciation and reflection, and the search for your own inner strength. I believe it can be an empowering experience as well. One that connects us to all birthing women. As women, our bodies are uniquely equipped to grow and nourish a new life and to subsequently bring that life into this world, transforming our own lives in the process. What an awesome claim to fame! Trusting in the natural process of birth, I believe that all women birth differently and therefore need to prepare differently. We need to find our own way through birth with loving and caring support.
Whether this is your first baby or you are adding to your family, there are always new innovations in the childbirth field. Many factors go into the formation of your birth experience. And a good childbirth class can help you gain the knowledge you need to birth your baby your way. As a childbirth mentor I help you discover your own way through pregnancy and the birth process. Helping to make it a time of personal growth and self-fulfillment.
Reiki is a holistic modality and it has been found treat the whole person. It improves pain, anxiety and enhances the immune system. This non-invasive therapy focuses not only on physical health, but wellness of the mind and emotions. Our trained practitioners use Reiki during pregnancy, labor and postpartum to treat the entire mind body continuum. We work with you, one on one, in person or in a virtual format, to not only have a healthy body but a healthy mind.