ELLIE LINDENMAYER, FOUNDER
Prior to founding Joyful Birthing, LLC in 2014, I taught high school English for 10 years and earned my master’s degree from Middlebury College in English. When I became pregnant with my first child in 2011, I took a HypnoBirthing class, which sparked my passion for safer, more informed and empowered birthing. After the power and beauty of my two births, I left my career as an educator to pursue my passion for birth work and have since earned certifications as a HypnoBirthing Practitioner, birth doula, and lactation counselor.
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 calm, and to ultimately have a safe, joyful birthing experience and a successful transition into the new demands of parenthood.
I believe that proper education, preparation, and doula support during labor and birth can make all the difference and can lead to what I always wanted for myself: an empowering and joyful birthing experience. Each and every birth I attend– whether natural, epidural or Cesarean– humbles me. Time and time again, I am awestruck by the beauty of birth and so deeply proud of the courage, love, and perseverance of each and every mother.
Since 2014 I have attended over 60 births, taught over 100 couples, and have expanded Joyful Birthing, LLC to offer Nutritional Counseling, Beyond Birth Postpartum Support Groups, and a variety of classes and workshops focused on providing up-to-date, evidence-based information. It is a great honor to be of service to women and their partners during such a special time.
My philosophy as a birth worker is that it is your birth and baby, so only you can determine what is best. My goal is to help my clients understand the many choices available to them so they can make informed, autonomous decisions for themselves and their child. With compassion, respect, and without judgment, those of us at Joyful Birthing will support all of your choices and help you seek a positive birthing and early parenting experience. As founder, I will always strive to offer ample access to valuable resources and to expand Joyful Birthing to meet the growing needs of my clients.
I am blessed to have three remarkable women working alongside me to expand Joyful Birthing’s offerings and support. All team members are mothers, each passionate about helping women and their partners achieve healthy, empowering pregnancies, births, and a successful transition into the joys and demands of parenthood.
Hannah Keyser, Birth Doula
Hannah is birth doula and mother of two. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Our Lady of the Elms College in 2008, she moved to Boston and worked as a critical care nurse in the Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2011 she moved to the Newburyport area and soon thereafter had two children. Over the last five years she’s been working as a Labor and Delivery nurse and birth/newborn care educator at Anna Jacques Hospital. Supporting moms during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum stages has been a source of great joy and satisfaction for her. When she learned of the services Joyful Birthing provides, she knew right away that she had to be a part of it. Becoming a Doula has been a way for her to use her experience as a nurse as well as her passion for educating and supporting new moms. Appreciating that every birth is unique, her goal is to help women obtain a beautiful birthing experience that is right for them as they begin the amazing journey that is motherhood.
Katharine Murphy, Nutritional Counselor
Katharine Murphy graduated from Boston College and received her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College. Katharine’s health journey began when transitioning to a whole foods diet relieved many of her mild, nagging symptoms like bloating and blemishes. Her first baby had some health issues (food allergies, eczema, ear infections, asthma), which really ignited her passion for nutrition, health and wellness. In a dual effort to find him healing and help others, she attended the Nutritional Therapy Association, received her certification as a Nutritional Therapy Consultant, and started her own practice. She now finds so much joy in supporting mamas-to-be and new mamas in making the best food and lifestyle choices for their own bodies, babies, and families!
Samantha Watson, Co-Program Director & Moderator of Beyond Birth
Samantha is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a background in intensive family and individual therapy, public policy, and advocacy. In December 2017 she will hold a certificate in Maternal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International. Samantha has always been passionate about coaching and supporting women at all stages of their lives. Since her first pregnancy, she began to understand firsthand the stigma and lack of attention given to maternal mental health. Samantha’s goal is to establish a safe environment to have open and honest conversations that support allexperiences with pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, partnership, and self-care. She holds a B.S. in Human Services from Lesley University and a Master’s of Social Work from Salem State University.