I’m Ellie: founder 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


Joyful Birthing, LLC provides HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education, Birth Doula Support, Breastfeeding Education and Support, Postpartum 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


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, a sense of calm, 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. At Joyful Birthing, with compassion, respect, and without judgment, we support all of your choices and help you seek an empowering, joyful birthing experience. We bring our heart and soul to each and every birth and are 100% committed to providing you with the unique support, guidance, and encouragement that you and your partner need in order to have the most positive experience possible.

Breastfeeding Support

Your baby’s first instinct is to find the breast and begin suckling. The American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the baby’s first six months to achieve optimal growth, development, and health. Breast milk contains a multitude of beneficial nutrients, including powerful antibodies to help protect your baby from viruses and bacteria,  beneficial bacteria that serves as the foundation of your baby’s microbiome and immune system, and the perfect balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. With prenatal breastfeeding classes and breastfeeding support services, Joyful Birthing is here to support you and your baby on your journey to successful breastfeeding!

Beyond Birth Group

Beyond Birth is an educational, enriching program for all mothers– regardless of how old her baby is or how many children she has– offering the opportunity for meaningful connections and lasting friendships. Beyond Birth was created to fill the void that so many mothers feel after having a baby. It is a very exciting time but it also comes with considerable demands and a huge change in lifestyle and priorities, leaving many women feeling as though they’ve lost themselves amidst the exhaustion, monotony, and stress of caring for a baby. Join us to share in the struggles, joys, and realities of motherhood!


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… “”

We found Ellie while we were looking for a hypnobirthing class in our area. Due to scheduling conflicts, we were unable to attend her class, but were immediately taken by her warmth and devotion to natural birth. I always wished I could have taken the course, so, instead, we hired… “”

Working with Ellie as our doula was one of the best decisions my husband and I made. Her knowledge and passion combined with her kindness and great sense of humor made it easy to work with and trust her throughout the process. From my first phone conversation with Ellie I… “”

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