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. 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 75 births, taught HypnoBirthing® to over 200 couples, and have expanded Joyful Birthing, LLC to include a team of women dedicated to supporting women, their partners and babies, offering Nutritional Advice, Beyond Birth Postpartum Support Groups, Postpartum Support, 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 families during such a special time.
My philosophy as the founder of Joyful Birthing is that it is your birth and baby, so only you can determine what is best. Our goal at Joyful Birthing is to help our 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, we will support all of your choices and help you seek a positive birthing and early parenting experience. As founder, I am always striving to offer ample access to valuable resources and to expand Joyful Birthing to meet the growing needs of our clients.
I am blessed to have a team of remarkable women working alongside me to expand Joyful Birthing’s offerings and support. All team members share the vision and passion for helping women and their partners achieve healthy, empowering pregnancies, births, and a successful transition into the joys and demands of parenthood.
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!
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.
Danielle Nazarenko, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Danielle is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and DONA-trained doula with over ten years of experience as a birth and postpartum doula. Danielle completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Binghamton University. After obtaining her RN license, she worked as a newborn night nurse, caring for infants and supporting new parents. In 2016 she completed her Master of Science in Nursing and obtained her license as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). Danielle will soon be opening a home birth midwifery practice that will serve the Greater Boston area. As a doula, she is passionate about helping her clients feel safe and empowered prenatally and especially in the labor and birth process. Danielle has extensive experience providing labor support, breastfeeding assistance, and newborn care, and loves helping families transition smoothly into the postpartum period.
Stephanie Bythrow, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Stephanie is a trained DONA International birth and postpartum doula, currently working toward becoming a HypnoBirthing® Practitioner. She worked as a volunteer doula at Massachusetts General Hospital with low income and at-risk patients before joining Joyful Birthing in the spring of 2018. Stephanie recently completed her training with Spinning Babies® and is rapidly expanding her practice as a birth and postpartum doula. Working as a nanny for 9+ years prior to becoming a doula, she has extensive experience supporting families with very small children and knows first-hand the honor it is to share in the most intimate family moments.
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.