Mama Joy - Birth Doula
Phone: (630) 917-0210
Birth Fee: $100 to $500
Fee Details: I believe EVERY woman deserves a doula with her at birth. Because of this belief I will work with my clients on a sliding scale, payment options and barter. I offer a free consultation to see if we are a good match. Once hired, we will have at least 2 prenatal visits, unlimited contact by phone, email & text, I will be on call beginning at your 38th week until you deliver, continual support throughout your labor, birth and approx. 2 hours after birth, and at least 1 postpartum visit.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 19 births attended
Currently working towards Doula certification(s)
Specific certifications for the above: DONA InternationalType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Member of the Chicago Volunteer Doulas
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Elk Grove Village, IL
My Best Friend My Doula
When Joy had her daughter Chloe I had the honor to be there with her and her mom. I was so excited to be there. Unfortunately for Joy I had NO idea what I was doing. All I could do was tell her it was going to be ok, just breath, I'm sorry it hurts, and give dirty looks to the guy giving her the epidural! Anyway when it was my time to have my 1st baby Joy had to be there, I needed my best friend and it was her dream to be a doula!
She treated me like a new mom we got together to discuss my birth plan, we discussed my doctors appointments, she gave me advice when needed and was always there for me. She is like this with all her mama's not just her bff. I went it to be induced on a Monday night and told Joy when something starts happening I would give her a call and she could come up to the hospital. By Wednesday night nothing was happening. I called her to let her know nothing had changed I was still dilated at a 1!! I asked her what she was up to and she said she was sitting in the parking lot of the hospital. I couldn't believe it. How amazing was she?!
My husband thought having a doula was going to take away my need for him and he wasn't sure he wanted one but that night because of "my best friend my doula" he was able to get a full nights rest while Joy took care of the worst migraine I have ever felt. She rubbed my head with a heated cherry pit therapy wrap (amazing!!) until my migraine went away and I was able to fall asleep. That morning my ob came in and told me we could wait one more day or I could have a c-section. My husband, Joy and my nurse gave me their advice and I decided a c-section was best for me. Joy was supportive of my decision and was there for me. At 12:05 pm Elicia Rose was born!!
She is amazing, personable and wanting to make your labor as "JOY"ous as possible!! You won't regret making her your doula!
What a complete and total pleasure to of had Joy in the delivery room with us as my woman gave birth to our son. Joy made things so easy on my woman and the stress and questions I had myself. I never even knew what a doula was before this, and let me tell you Joy brought absolute happiness to our experience.
Joy was very patient, smart and strong. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to have a great experience in the delivery room. Also before and after birth. Joy is wise beyond her years and I'm proud to say I know her
Having a doula is really helpful for first-time-parents. I cannot say enough good things about her as our Doula. She is very professional and warm hearted. I feel lucky for the opportunity to have had her as our doula recently. She is organized and professional and is knowledgeable about birth issues. She is also personable and easy going which is exactly the energy needed around labor. The birth of my son was a wonderful experience, in large part because of Joy. Thank you Joy for being a part of our birth, you will always be included in the story and Corbin will know your part in his beginning. The birth of our son was one of the most empowering and emotional moments in my life and it was the support of my labor team that made all the difference. Thank you so much!
Momma Joy preserved my fam’s intimacy & supported us for a celebration birth. No TY card says, “appreciate u holdin my thighs for 4 hours -just the way I wanted- during pushing” or “ur strength in body & calmness was exactly what I needed to release all my tension, feeling the contractions strengthen & not become painful.” Really, Joy’s natural calm, positive tone, amazing stamina, thoughtfulness, discreetness, & perfect timing for breaking the ice, is outstanding.
This birth had challenges. I had a previous traumatic cesarean. The scar meant hospital policy was fought to provide me & baby safe/healthy/no pain med/VBAC. I had been molested. These caused obstacles during labor. Joy’s support eased fears.
Workin thru PTSD triggers durin pregnancy, I concluded a doula could help me be taken care of emotionally in a way that my fam, midwife, & OB were not meant to (doulas are outside medical staff & not emotionally tied like fam). My skeptical hubs was on board after meeting Joy.
I smile rememberin Joy looking straight in my eye to supported my choices. Being able to talk between a doula & CNM meant my processing occurred prior to action, leavin me free to move-on w the hard work of labor. It was empowerin to have Joy nod her head & encourage “its OK.” She kept me focused & buffered me from bothersome L&D. In foggy laborland, she led me back to what I wanted/needed. I had no pain meds. I had bonding time w just my DH, breastfeeding baby, & Joy in the birthing room.
Joy stayed w me so I never felt abandoned. Its not always possible but it was what I needed. She knew it. Wish I could list every detail Joy Latuvnik provided, helping Dad support me so I could bring this beautiful baby into the world. If u don't take our word for it, call her to meet! TY GO VBAC!
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