Join Joyful Birthing & Beyond’s extensive 9-Month Mentorship Program to take your birth work and your business to the next level. Support and guidance is a key component to having a thriving and sustainable business. This program strives to educate and empower birth workers new to this arena so that they can have the confidence and skill-set to have their own successful, independent businesses.

In the role of mentor, Ellie Lindenmayer- founder and owner of Joyful Birthing & Beyond- is here to offer her guidance and support as you embark upon the exciting journey of becoming a birth worker. She will share with you the many keys to her success, will offer her expertise on a wide array of topics pertinent to having a thriving business, and will support you as she does her clients with compassion, respect, and availability.


Joyful Birthing's 9-Month Mentorship Program includes:

Specifically focused, one-on-one mentorship sessions each month will cover the following content over the course of the program (these are virtual meetings; option to meet in-person occasionally if local):

*Review your goals and your immediate “action plan”

*Review any current clients and how to best support them

*Support the certification process

*Discuss aspects of business development and management, including website and marketing, networking, setting fee structures, managing finances and taxes, and getting proper liability coverage.

*Discuss best practices for a variety of labor and delivery scenarios

*Client Communication (how to attract clients, conduct an excellent interviewing process, follow up, and secure clients)

*Effective marketing strategies & social media use, including managing a FaceBook business page and Instagram business page

*Fine-tune your website, branding, and target customer

*Best practices for networking & building a professional community

*Selecting annual Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

Access to Joyful Birthing’s Client Interview Packet, Prenatal Visit Handouts, and Questionnaire, and our 5-Page Client Agreement (drafted by an attorney), which includes a service agreement, a liability release, and confidentiality agreement.

24/7 on-call phone and text support and availability for any birth attended during this time

Post-birth debriefing sessions

Option to audit any online course, including HypnoBirthing, either in person or via Zoom (many doula certifications require you to observe a childbirth education series)

The option to shadow at least one client relationship from the prenatal visit through the birth (contingent upon client agreement)

Referral opportunities for clients seeking low-cost or volunteer doulas.

Once you complete the program, the potential for future referral and partnership opportunities with Joyful Birthing & Beyond


The completion of a doula training program; if not yet completed, the interest and intent in doing so.

Genuine interest in supporting couples as they seek the best birthing experience, as they define it, with compassion, without judgment, and with respect.

Dedication to expanding one’s doula practice and business, with an eagerness to learn, improve, and understand evidence-based practices for pregnancy, labor, delivery, breastfeeding and the immediate postpartum period.


The Mentorship Program is $1000. A minimum $250 deposit is required to reserve your space. Flexible payment plans can be arranged. Space is limited.


“After my birth doula training I felt excited and energized, but a bit lost as well. I wasn’t sure what my next steps should be, so I decided to seek out a mentor. I decided to work with Ellie as soon as I met her – her warmth, professionalism, and calm, encouraging demeanor were exactly what I needed to help me begin to find my way as a doula. Her insight, advice, and willingness to share best practices not only gave me some excellent tools for my own practice, but were a wonderful introduction to the inspiring and collaborative world of birth workers. I would highly recommend that anyone who has completed their doula training seek Ellie out as a mentor – she is amazing!”

-Jenny Putnam, CD(DONA), Owner, Balanced Birthing, LLC

“Ellie is a wonderful teacher, mentor, confidant, friend, dedicated birth worker and on and on! Can’t recommend her program enough!”

-Hilary Witcher, CD(DONA), Owner, New Family Needs, LLC