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 two birthing experiences, I left my career as an educator to pursue my passion for birth work and have completed training with The HypnoBirthing Institute, DONA International, Gena Kirby Rebozo, Spinning Babies, Evidence-Based Birth, Academy of Lactation Practice and Policy, and Center for Pediatric Sleep Management.

I hold current certifications as a HypnoBirthing Practitioner, Birth Doula,  Lactation Counselor and Sleep Consultant. In this work, I have found that one area of expertise tends to lead to the next!

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- one they feel completely at peace with- and a successful transition into the new demands of parenthood.

I believe that proper education, preparation, and support 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 100 births, taught HypnoBirthing® to hundreds of couples, and I have expanded Joyful Birthing & Beyond to include a variety of online classes, a team of birth doulas, and a robust Mentorship Program for birth professionals. In addition to managing Joyful Birthing & Beyond, I also work for Cleo as a Family Guide, Birth Specialist, and Sleep Specialist helping hundreds of families navigate the demands of pregnancy, postpartum, lactation, newborn care, sleep challenges, parenting, and the transition back to work.

My work in this field over the past 7+ years led me to become a mother once again. In the fall of 2021, I gave birth to my third child. In this way, I have a renewed sense of what it means to be pregnant, a birthing person, and a new mother!

I am a mother, birth advocate, HypnoBirthing Practitioner, birth doula, lactation counselor, and sleep consultant. It is a great honor and privilege to support families in these ways.



In January 2018 the Boston Voyager Magazine featured me as one of Boston’s most inspiring entrepreneurs. Check it out the full article here: Boston Voyager Magazine.

Listen to a recent radio interview where I talk all about Joyful Birthing: All Business Media Radio


My philosophy as the founder of Joyful Birthing & Beyond is that this is your birth and baby, so only you can determine what is best. Our goal is to help our clients understand the many choices available to them so they can make informed, autonomous decisions for themselves and their children. With compassion, respect, and without judgment, we will support all of your choices and help you seek a positive birthing and early parenting experience.


I am blessed to have a team of remarkable women working alongside me to expand our 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.


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.


Lucia is a DONA International-trained doula, marketing professional and mother to Margie, the feisty love whose birth changed her life. Her intense curiosity about birth, the impact it has on mothers, families and our world at large grew into a deep desire to support women and their families in this important work as a professional birth doula. Lucia’s deep hope is for birthing mothers to feel cared for, respected, safe and informed as they journey through birth. It is her passion to help nurture those key elements and to hold space for a positive and profoundly empowering birthing experience. Lucia is a great fit for those seeking evidence-based care and a deeply peaceful birthing experience


Joanne Flaherty completed her birth doula training and certification through Doulas of North American International (DONA). Joanne is passionate about helping her clients feel safe and empowered, both prenatally and during labor and birth. She brings maturity, experience, and calming guidance to pregnancy, labor, and birth. She is collaborative in nature and works seamlessly with the entire care team, including all family members and medical staff. Joanne strives to provide an environment in which her clients feel safe, loved, and empowered. Joanne believes the skills she has learned in her over 12-year practice of yoga and meditation, such as breathing, linking breath with movement, clearing the mind, and focusing, can be useful to birthing people. Joanne has attended over forty (40) births and is comfortable supporting all types of births. Joanne has attended Spinning Babies® Workshops and is a Spinning Babies enthusiast. Joanne lives in Georgetown with her husband, John. She has two daughters, Meaghan (1991) and Erin (1993), who were born in the hospital, without any medical intervention. Her two positive birth experiences led her to doula work. Her joy of working with birthing people, and their loved ones, has kept her on this journey and she wants to convey that same positive experience with other families. Before her calling as a birth doula, Joanne earned her Master’s Degree in the Arts and Humanities and has worked for the past twenty years in a historic preservation organization


Jenny is a DONA-certified Birth Doula, VBAC Link-trained VBAC Doula, PAIL (Pregnancy and Infant Loss) Advocate, and a CAPPA-trained Childbirth Educator. Her passion for supporting birthing people goes back many years to the mid-1990s, when she acted as labor companion for a pair of close friends. The experience literally changed her life, and pursuing a career in birth support became a long-harbored dream.  In 2017 she made the decision to put aside her long-standing career as a graphic designer, and train to become a birth doula. Since then she has had the privilege of supporting over 35 birthing people on their journey through pregnancy, labor, and birth. Her approach is client-focused and evidence-based, using a variety of resources and techniques to assist her clients in making informed decisions, and preparing for their ideal birth.

When she’s not supporting birthing clients, Jenny does book design for independent authors. She also enjoys kayaking the beautiful lakes and rivers near her home, knitting, exploring the history of New England, and gardening.