Postpartum Doula


The need for support does not end after the birth; in fact, many women find they need the most support after baby arrives. A postpartum doula is professionally trained to provide unbiased, evidence-based education; compassionate attention and support for the infant, parents, and other children in the family; and quality referrals and access to a larger community of support, when necessary. Postpartum doulas at Joyful Birthing are here to help make your postpartum experience easier and more enjoyable, offering infant care and education, guidance with infant feeding, sleep support, self-care for the mother, light housekeeping, meal preparation, and sibling care. With expertise in the many demands and joys that the postpartum period brings, our postpartum doulas will help to ease and enhance the transition to life with a new baby. Our postpartum doulas offer both daytime and overnight care with a minimum of 4 hours / visit. Please inquire below for more information.


The postpartum doulas at Joyful Birthing share the philosophy of supporting couples to achieve a positive, empowering postpartum experience, on their own terms as they define it. Our practice is focused providing evidence-based guidance, respectful support, and staying current with best practices for supporting mothers, couples, and families through the immediate postpartum period and early parenthood. We serve the greater Boston area, including the South Shore, North Shore, seacoast New Hampshire, and surrounding areas.

Heather Magill, PCD(DONA)
Postpartum Doula & Sleep Consultant


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 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. She is always looking for opportunities to build her knowledge and skills in areas of concern to new parents such as breastfeeding, sleep, and mental health. Heather is currently finishing up her certification as a Sleep Savvy Infant and Toddler Sleep Educator and Consultant and is excited to help families optimize upon their sleep during the demanding time of raising a family.

Stephanie Bythrow 
Birth & Postpartum Doula


Stephanie is a trained DONA International birth and postpartum doula and joined Joyful Birthing in 2018. Working as a nanny for 9+ years prior to becoming a doula, Stephanie 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. Stephanie believes that every family deserves the supportive presence of a postpartum doula, an expert to offer evidence-based advice on breast-feeding, newborn care, sleep, and nutrition. She is willing to offer her support and help to new and growing families on their terms.