ELLIE LINDENMAYER, FOUNDER
Prior to founding Joyful Birthing in 2014, I taught high-school English for ten years and earned my master’s degree from Middlebury College. When I became pregnant with my first child, I took a HypnoBirthing class, which sparked my passion for safer, more informed and empowered birthing. After the power of my birthing experiences, I left my career as an educator to pursue my passion for birth work and have completed trainings with The HypnoBirthing Institute, DONA International, Gena Kirby Rebozo, Spinning Babies, Evidence Based Birth, and Academy of Lactation Practice and Policy. I hold current 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 80 births, taught HypnoBirthing® to over 200 couples, and I have expanded Joyful Birthing, LLC to include a team of women dedicated to supporting women, their partners and babies. In addition to managing Joyful Birthing, I also work for Cleo as a Family Guide, helping working families navigate the demands of pregnancy, postpartum, lactation, newborn care, parenting, and the transition back to work. 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.
Tara is a trained birth and postpartum doula with over 10 years of experience serving families as a doula and midwifery assistant. She gained her first birth experiences as a volunteer doula at a freestanding birthing center in South Texas, followed by an intensive midwifery preceptorship at a rural clinic in Senegal. Since then, she has organized a community childbirth education group, assisted midwives at homebirths, and helped new parents to thrive as a doula. Whether practicing comfort measures with a pregnant couple, helping a mom keep her strength through a long labor, or working with a new baby to develop a comfortable latch, she is dedicated to supporting parents from conception through the first hard, rewarding year as a new family. She is currently pursuing her nursing degree with plans to continue serving growing families as an RN in 2021. Tara is the mother of 3-year-old twin girls who light up her world.
Trained as a Birth Doula in 2003 by Penny Simkin, noted author and co-founder of DONA International, Joy brings a wealth of experience in birth work and has attended over 100 births. She has always had an interest in pregnancy and childbirth, but it wasn’t until birthing her own babies that the passion for helping others navigate their births was sparked. From 2004-2006 Joy completed her training in the art of homebirth through WomanCraft Midwifery School and gained further birth experience through her subsequent apprenticeship. Joy’s belief that emotional preparation is the key to a positive birth experience inspired her to become a Childbirth Mentor under the Birthing From Within philosophy so that she could compassionately guide parents on their unique birth journey. In 2014 Joy added to her birth work by becoming a Level II Reiki Practitioner and now enjoys bringing this gentle healing art form to pregnancy, birth and all who can benefit from physical and emotional healing. Joy is a mother to five amazing children, “Nani” to a sweet grandson, and a passionate homeschooler.
Kathleen has been doing birth work since 2011. The birth of her daughter, Satya (age 18), remains to be the most empowering event of her life. It is this experience and her commitment to empowering women that led her to become a professional birth, a postpartum doula and a certified lactation counselor. In addition to her work in birth, Kathleen also has a career in healing as a Certified Reiki Practitioner and a Holistic Health Educator. As a doula, Kathleen is known for creating a team at the hospital, with your choices leading the way. It is Kathleen’s intention that your childbirth experience works for you. Kathleen considers childbirth to be a “right of passage” for every woman and is honored and privileged to be present to support and guide women and families during this miracle of life.
Hilary is Birth and Postpartum Doula, trained by DONA International, and a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. Pregnancy and childbirth have been her passion since she found out she was pregnant with her first child over 11 years ago. Her birth and postpartum experiences – both wonderful and challenging – fed her spirit and inspired her to give back to other new parents. This passion has stayed with her through the years as she’s worked with families and her own children have grown. Hilary participates in both Mt. Auburn Hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program and Joyful Birthing’s Mentorship Program. Hilary is here to help you and your family along your journey of parenthood in an open, non-judgmental manner. From your pregnancy through your birth and beyond, her hope is that her knowledge, experience and support can help guide you to have a positive birth experience and to become the parents you know you can be.
Heather has been a DONA trained postpartum doula for eight years and became certified in 2014. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Studies and works as a doula for at-risk expectant and new moms through the nonprofit Pettaway Pursuit Foundation. Heather became interested in supporting new moms and families after giving birth to her first baby while living overseas and experiencing the difference it made to have her own mother’s support. Her passion is to help new parents find their own way forward as a family by acting as a calm, supportive presence. Heather is a certified Sleep Savvy Gentle Sleep Educator and Consultant. The Sleep Savvy program is breastfeeding- and attachment-friendly, and supports families in finding sleep solutions that balance everyone’s needs and goals. In addition to her work as a postpartum doula, Heather offers customized sleep support, so that families can choose the level of support that works for them. Heather believes each parent is unique and makes the choices that are best for their family but also that parenting works best when we don’t do it in isolation.
Becca Brendler, an ever-evolving creative celebrating the human experience, is Joyful Birthing’s photographer. She’s a mother of twins, family and life-style photographer, yoga/mindfulness teacher, and celebrated stylist. Becca’s photography career can be dated back to 1993 when she found and connected instantly with film and the magic of her summer camp’s dark room. Forever interested in the beauty of human interaction, the stillness of moments and having the ability to freeze history in the making, Becca never stopped learning about the technicalities of photography as an art form. She studied all through high-school and continued her learning as she studied abroad in Italy. Becca believes that as parents we are raising our young families in a world of beautiful chaos; each image she captures is her artistic approach to finding the slowness and beauty in life. Her goal is to listen to families and help them to preserve the ever-changing, too-fast-paced world of family life, childhood and innocence.