I’m Ellie: owner of Joyful Birthing, a childbirth educator, birth doula, lactation counselor, and mother of two.

I am passionate about all things birth and baby but especially empowering women and their partners to make informed decisions about their birthing, to approach birth with a sense of trust and joy, and to ultimately have a safe, joyful birthing experience and a successful transition into the new demands of parenthood.  Read More


Joyful Birthing, LLC provides HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education, Birth Doula Support, Breastfeeding Education and Support, and Nutritional Counseling to Boston, its North Shore, and Seacoast New Hampshire.  I founded Joyful Birthing in 2014 with the goal of educating, inspiring, and empowering women and their partners on their journey through pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood so they can have an optimal experience, as *they* define it.


Do you dream of birthing with a sense of calm, trust,  and joy, instead of fear, tension and pain? The HypnoBirthing® Class Series will open your mind to these possibilities and so much more! This class will prepare you and your partner for all things childbirth, it will equip you with a variety of coping techniques, and it will teach you to approach your birth with confidence, excitement, and empowerment. 

birth doula Support

Having a baby is a bit like climbing Mt. Everest. If you were to climb Mt. Everest, you’d likely hire a sherpa, someone who knows the land, can read the weather and knows the technical aspects of climbing very well. A doula is like a sherpa for you and your partner, someone who is trained and experienced in childbirth and can help you navigate a safe, satisfying, and empowering birthing experience.

Breastfeeding support

Your baby’s first instinct is to find the breast and begin suckling. The AAP and WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the baby’s first six months to achieve optimal growth, development, and health. As a certified lactation counselor, Ellie is here to support you and your baby on your journey to successful breastfeeding!


If there’s ever a time in your life to focus on optimal nutrition, this is it! Nutrition, movement, and mindset are so important to a healthy, glowing pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum experience. As a Certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Katharine offers support for a nourished, enjoyable, and healthful body and baby.


My husband and I took hypnobirthing classes through Ellie and had her as our doula for the birth of our son. We’re convinced both of those decisions were leading factors in having a successful, beautiful, (fast!) all-natural birthing experience.​…” 

Erin Watson

…Ellie was everything you would want a doula to be–supportive, engaged, peaceful (may sound funny but it’s huge), and ready to do any/everything to bring my birth wishes to fruition. My labor was filled with intense back pain, and Ellie tried EVERYTHING to help relieve that–rebozo, hypnobirthing prompts, back massage, aromatheraphy, assisting my partner and mom in techniques to support me–I could go on and on. I felt like I was on another planet throughout most of it all, but I can remember Ellie’s calming voice and her confidence in me. That was key. I never would have made it unmedicated without her…” 

Amanda Waddell

“…Ellie’s support throughout my labor was invaluable. She was attentive to my needs and flexible in her role. She and my husband worked as a team to support me in staying present, calm and grounded even as my labor became challenging. She also was of great support when we were faced with some difficult decisions and helped us to process the information presented and make informed decisions that were best for myself and our son. We wholeheartedly recommend Ellie to anyone seeking support and guidance leading up to and on such an important day..”

Sarah Raboin

interested in learning more? get in touch!  

If you do not receive a message back within 24 hours, please email directly to ellie@joyful-birthing.com or call 978 380 0243.     |