Welcome! You Belong Here...
I am a Birth Ambassador. What does that mean? It means that I will walk with you through the "new" land of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. I will provide you with information and education where needed. I will advocate and translate along the way. I will be diplomatic with your care providers and nurses.
I've lived in many different countries of the world and know how to respect and adapt to people's traditions and cultures. I am calm, reliable, knowledgeable, warm and above all I am passionate about birth. I love squishy babies and love caring for mamas and families.
"Your birth has the potential to be profoundly transformative in your life. It is the right of every person to have the birth that they desire and to make choices that are best for themselves, their baby, and their family."
Hi, I'm Joyce...
As a young girl living in Rwanda, Africa I would go to maternity clinics to help mothers with their newborns wishing to be able to assist at a birth.
After having traveled the world while working for diplomats for many years I quit my job in September 2011 and decided to follow my heart and passion to work with young families especially with pregnant women.
Joyce & Tim
We cannot say enough great things about Joyce. We loved her the moment we interviewed her. To begin, she is impeccably specific and detailed in the services she offers. As nervous future parents, she did a great job of putting us at ease; came to our home and patiently walked us through what to expect during the labor and birthing process. She gave us numerous exercise and body movement regiments to help get the baby in the right position during labor. Additionally, she periodically sent us research and academic papers that addressed different aspects of pregnancy actions and outcomes. She left us with plenty of books and DVDs for us to be more knowledgeable. She was always reachable by phone and email to answer any questions we had. During the labor and postpartum phase, our plans changed and Joyce was very accommodating with that and she stayed with us all through; very practical in her advice. I felt very empowered in my decision making thanks to her. My husband loved the fact that I had support while he dashed out to get food, shower/change clothes etc. Really helped baby latch on and checked up on us once we got home which we really appreciated. She also was a good reference source for us. To sum it up, it felt like having a friend, sister, mum, advisor all in one! Would definitely call Joyce again for baby number two.
Joyce was by far the best doula I ever had, and I've had 3!!!! She REALLY listened to what I said I wanted during our prenatal visits together, and then, she delivered on every count PLUS even went above and beyond that, during my birth! She really blew me away and exceeded my expectations. Throughout my labor, she never left my side... and she was completely dialed-in and in-tune with my needs at every turn. Her attentiveness, focus, and gentle, supportive presence was my everything. Plus, she made suggestions that single-handedly changed the course of my birth for the better! She is so knowledgeable and attentive -- the perfect doula to have in your corner! Anyone would be lucky to have Joyce at their birth. I could not recommend her highly enough!!!
Free monthly meetings in Larchmont and @NURspace) to discuss and share thoughts, feelings and insights about childbirth. Check the events page for more info.