Welcome

I’m Ellie: owner of Joyful Birthing, LLC,

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

SERVICES

Joyful Birthing, LLC provides HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education, Birth Doula Support, Breastfeeding Education and Support, Nutritional Counseling, and a variety of classes to Boston, its North Shore, and Seacoast New Hampshire. Joyful Birthing was established 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. Read more

HYPNOBIRTHING® CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

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!

Nutritional Support

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.

TESTIMONIALS

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. The HypnoBirthing classes prepared us for our son’s birthday with relaxation… “”

​After my initial doula went MIA, Ellie saved the day and took me on as a client just a few weeks before my due date. She graciously worked around our schedule and needs, and went out of her way to make my partner and I feel comfortable, ready for labor,… “”

My husband Tim and I recently had the pleasure of working with Ellie throughout my pregnancy and during the birth of our first baby. A close friend recommended Ellie to us and we were immediately struck by her passion and knowledge regarding pregnancy and the birthing experience. We also had… “”

Ellie is not only an amazing Doula and HypnoBirth coach but an amazing person. I first came into the Hypnobirthing course thinking this was a way for my wife to be prepared to deliver our daughter the way she wanted. Within the first 5 minutes of meeting Ellie and talking… “”

Ellie is amazing, and I can’t recommend her more highly! Our daughter surprised us by coming a bit early, and I had only met Ellie for the first time 5 days before I delivered. We hadn’t even had time to have our pre-birth plan meeting, but when I called her… “”

Our family is so thankful that Ellie was with us during the birth of our daughter. I had a very healthy pregnancy and enjoyed the occasional phone check-ins with Ellie. When I was nine days overdue Ellie was reassuring and comforting. With Ellie’s help, I felt prepared for the natural… “”

Ellie gave me and my family the greatest gift: the umedicated birth of our second child. Ellie’s knowledge and passion guided us to the most perfect birthing day. Our child received the gift of entering this world peacefully and without medication and I received the gift of restored confidence in… “”

I was lucky to work with Ellie in two capacities. She was my hypnobirth instructor and I also hired her to be my Doula. She is amazing. Before meeting her I didn’t really understand what a Doula was and now I can’t imagine not having one! To say I was… “”

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