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Joli Ammons

The Painted Doula

Spring, TX Service range 40 miles $50 per trip fee outside of 40 miles

(281) 686-2877

https://www.thepainteddoula.com

Birth Fee

$1000 to $2800

Birth Fee

$1000 to $2800


Birth Doula Experience

10 years and 369 births attended


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Labor Enabler - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • Labor Enabler™?Doula Training Apprenticeship Program , October 2012
  • toLabor, December 2012

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Childbirth education services
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Full spectrum doula services
  • Hypnosis for birth
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Stillbirth and infant loss support
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I own Rebel Birth Education and Resource Haven where we provide a community space for learning and support.

Fee Details

Accepting Zelle, Cash, Checks, Credit Cards. All barter offers considered.

Service Area

Spring, TX Service range 40 miles $50 per trip fee outside of 40 miles

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Laney

10/11/2023

My husband and I were so grateful to have Joli by our side throughout every step of this journey. She provided great insight to my many pregnancy-related questions and concerns, and was there every step of the way at the birth. She gave us the comfort and reassurance through the most difficult times, which we desperately needed. She came highly recommended through a family member, and I'm happy to say I too will be passing along her rave reviews. Cannot speak highly enough about her! 

Maddison and Issac

9/30/2023

My husband and I were very young when we found out I was pregnant with our daughter. Neither of us knew hardly anything about pregnancy or birth. Joli provided us with the education and resources to make informed decisions every step of the way. When our doctor made us feel pressured, she helped us find a midwife that was the perfect fit. She helped us through the pregnancy in so many ways, and even more so during labor. Through 36 hours of labor this woman was by my side. I really don't know what I would have done without her. She held my hand, she let me cry on her shoulder, she did everything she knew to do to help me through the pain. It really takes a special person to do this kind of work, and Joli is truly amazing! I highly, highly recommend all of her services. 

Jess & Chris

9/28/2023

Joli & Kathleen were our doula partners for our baby's birth. I valued their experience and guidance. I planned on a hospital birth and wanted more of a birth center experience. I received some kind feedback about considering switching to a birth center despite my plans. I pondered it over and decided to keep going with the hospital route due to costs already incurred and the ability to be in a hospital if there were any complications. After the birth at the hospital, I recognized how much more comfortable I would have been out of that environment. I think the value of working with Joli & Kathleen was their experience with births and intuitive ability to help support me. I was glad I had support in my pregnancy from women with so much experience. I think it was Kathleen that offered me this tidbit: women learn in their first delivery what they want for the future deliveries. She's 100% spot on. I learned so much and having strong advisors (Kathleen and Joli) to lean on during the ups and downs leading up to delivery was something I am eternally grateful for. 

Georgina

9/27/2023

Joli was the absolute BEST companion I could've had for my second pregnancy. After a very traumatic first delivery, I knew I wanted someone that would listen to me without judgement and be supportive of my wants. I wanted a vaginal delivery, but after a 4th degree tear with my first I was petrified and of course, I always got reminded by my doctor that C- section was always an option. Joli always made me feel like I could do it, either way! After my 38th week appointment my contractions started to kick in and oh boy did they escalate, within three hours we were at the hospital.  But the minute I started feeling them I started texting Joli and she was by my side virtually guiding me on what to do (as I had never felt a natural contraction before) and then for it all. She got to the hospital nearly at the same time I did. We were at the door of the L&D with 8 cm dilated and in 15 minutes after we entered, my baby girl was born. I was able to have the unmedicated birth I wanted which honestly, Joli kept me so strong throughout it all! No tears this time!! And she even gave me the confidence I needed to say "I want to keep holding my baby longer". 

But the best part, she made me feel so good and empowered that I got to cut my own umbilical cord - which I hadn't even thought about before! 

I would 1000% recommend Joli!! It was the best coincidence for me during my pregnancy to come across her and I'm so happy I met her. 

Eileen

9/26/2023

Joli provided the support I needed to achieve my unmedicated hospital birth. She is so kind, nonjudgmental, encouraging, and skilled in her craft as a doula. She was there to guide counter pressure and knew when I needed to try different positions to progress my labor. After birth, she made sure I was eating and drinking well. She also captured amazing pictures of the first moment with my newborn. I cannot thank her enough for being there! 

Nancy Soto

5/3/2023

Joli was a literal LIFE SAVER, for me. I gave birth in November to my sweet baby girl but not without a scary delivery. I was dead set on a natural (vaginal) birth and Joli was 100% supportive and advocated for me while I was in labor. YOU DONT KNOW HOW IMPORTANT HAVING YOUR WISHES ADVOCATED FOR IS UNTIL YOU ARE SQUEEZING A HUMAN OUT OF YOU!!  Unfortunately I hemorraged and had it not been for Joli's expertise and "you are my top priority" mindset I dont know what would have happened. She took control of the situation, was patient, she was informative throughout our process, she was caring, and unbelievably understanding and just all around just a PHENOMENAL DOULA. Having someone that KNOWS their craft and is passionate about what they do is Priceless. I'm grateful I found her, my husband is grateful she was there to handle what he says was "the heavy lifting" of dealing with the labor pains and my hormones so he and I could enjoy the process of giving birth and welcoming our beautiful girl. JOLI was just Amazing! A million thank yous ?? ??!

Karen

4/20/2023

Joli was my doula for both of my children in 2020 & 2022. My first child was born in May 2020 and at that time only one support person was allowed so unfortunately she wasn't able to be there for the first birth but still provided information and support prior to, during and postpartum.
I am of advanced maternal age so although it had only been 18 months between pregnancies it was much more difficult the second time around. My labor was induced, fast and significantly more painful than my first. (I chose to decline pain medication for both births.) Having Joli present for this birth was a necessity. I did not get any relief between contractions and was nauseous the entire labor. Joli applied counter pressure during contractions which helped greatly and diffused essential oils which provided a lot of comfort and eased the nausea. Joli helped to keep me focused on breathing and trusting my body throughout the labor. I don't know how I would have gotten through the labor without her additional support.

Joli has so much knowledge and has a referral for every need. She was available whenever I had questions or concerns throughout pregnancy and postpartum. She is truly non biased and respectful of your decisions and personal beliefs. ??????????

Sophie Tuke

4/19/2023

Joli was an amazing doula! We had a pretty difficult doctor to deal with, as  our original one moved in our last trimester. Joli made sure we always felt informed and comfortable throughout the whole process of being our doula. It empowered us to speak up for ourselves in our birth experience at the hospital, especially when we felt like we didn't know what to do, or when we felt doctors were trying to make decisions for us. I couldn't imagine our birth experience without her. From all the evidence based information, general years of knowledge, massage techniques, troubleshooting our baby into the correct position, and all the great connections she already had at the hospital we went to, in such a hectic few days, she definitely brought calm to the storm. We left feeling like we did our absolute best, and that's all I ever wanted with my birth experience! We are so happy we went with her.

Tim Pallone

4/19/2023

Hiring Joli was the best decision we made during my wife's pregnancy. Her guidance and support were invaluable, and we cannot thank her enough for the role she played in our birthing experience.

Joli was incredibly knowledgeable and supportive throughout the entire pregnancy. She helped us prepare for the birth of our daughter in ways we never thought possible. Her guidance on everything from developing a birth plan to reassuring us we were making good decisions was invaluable.

During the delivery process, Joli was a calm and steady presence. Her knowledge of the birthing process was evident, and she provided us with the emotional and physical support we needed to get through it. Her gentle encouragement, helped both my wife and me to relax and stay focused during what can be a stressful and overwhelming time.

After the birth of our daughter, Joli continued to be a source of support and guidance. She checked in with us regularly and provided us with resources and information on breastfeeding and postpartum care.

I cannot recommend Joli enough as a birth doula. Her knowledge, experience, and calm demeanor were integral for my wife and me. If you are looking for a birth doula, Joli is the one for you.

Taylor

3/27/2023

My husband and I could not have asked for a better Doula experience. Joli is compassionate, confident and a real joy to be around which are all qualities that make for a wonderful and unforgettable birthing experience. My first baby was an emergency C-section and my second pregnancy ended in miscarriage. I was full of anxiety and uncertainty about the labor and delivery of my second baby and Joli made every effort to ease my apprehension and cultivate confidence. I labored and delivered with a successful vbac at Texas Women's and Joli's attentiveness, experience, and advocacy is what helped make that possible. It was not an ideal hospital experience after laboring in triage for over 12 hours but Joli got me through it. My husband and I are forever thankful and immensely grateful for Joli's aid and guidance in bringing our beautiful baby girl into the world. We cannot recommend her enough. 

Amanda

3/26/2023

Joli is so amazing that I don't know if my words could possibly come close. She is equal parts genuine love and incredible badassery. She makes you feel like you can do anything, while being very diligent about leading with questions to facilitate your birth just the way you imagine it, never judging. She answers questions via text any time and makes sure you have as many tools in your tool chest as possible. Meeting with Joli on a regular basis felt like catching up with a friend and was truly cathartic for me, as a pregnant person still mourning and processing losses. I ended up going into labor the morning after Joli had a serious personal emergency, and I was shocked when she said she could still attend my birth. She was there every step of the way, always a step ahead of what I needed. She made sure I ate; she anticipated my nausea; and knew when I needed more physical support and when I needed her to take a step back. Before, during, and after my birth, I felt so supported, cared for, and important. She even sent out an SOS for donor milk for me when I ended up in  the ER for postpartum preeclampsia--in the middle of the Delta wave of Covid--2 days after my son was born. She offered recommendations and guidance for breastfeeding and beyond. I never felt alone once Joli was on my team. Just hire her already!

Xuan Yue

3/21/2023

Joli is a joy to work with. Not only is she knowledgeable on natural birth practices, but very practical when it comes to helping us navigate the balance between minimizing interventions and maximizing outcomes that we desire. She also helped to steer us away from a potentially problematic natural induction method, warning us of the risks that we didn't learn from our childbirth education class. In the end, we delivered our baby vaginally in under 45 minutes, and I couldn't be happier with my birth story. 

Liz Hughes

3/21/2023

Perfect Balance of Support, Care, Education and Doula Magic!

Joli is one of the only people I know that I believe has actually found their calling in life. I say this because I don’t know anyone who is as good and as passionate at what they do as Joli. I used her for the second time this past November and had a wonderful experience. She was there for me to text or call when I was feeling off and had great suggestions, tips and tricks for allllllll the fun pregnancy related things I experienced. I really liked that she had homeopathic suggestions for almost everything. I always felt supported by her and I knew that she was going to be there for us when we needed her. My husband enjoyed working with her, too, and for both births he was liaising with her throughout the birth day as I was focusing on the induction. We opted to have Joli just come for support during the active labor portion of our births but she often spends long hours in hospitals and homes if that is the preference of the couple on the day of the birth. Of course, she was on hand for constant updates, questions and suggestions while we were waiting for the labor to pick up in the hospital (and only a 10 min drive away just in case things went quickly… which they did!). I had both my children with no epidural but had to have inductions with both because of a medication I was on and she was right there for me during both births (and all of the post birth fun…) to get me through the intensity of it all. Joli was there for postpartum support and also hosts a wonderful postpartum support group for new moms at her office in Spring. I can’t express to you how kind, fun, intelligent and supportive Joli was as a Doula. It was the best decision I made for BOTH of my births to have her there – if you’re on the fence go with it, you won’t regret it!  

 

Alicia

9/13/2022

I cannot say enough good things about Joli -- hiring her was the best thing I did for myself during my pregnancy and post-partum period.  She was such a support to me (and to my partner, which can not be over-sold!!) as we planned and prepared for labor and I shudder to think about how delivery would have gone had she not been there to council and coach me through the process.  Sadly, my journey ended in a c-section, but by the time the verdict was in, I knew we had done everything we could have and I felt satisfied with the 46 hours I labored and proud of myself, to boot!  It's easy in the hospital to feel like you have no choices, no agency, and no knowledge -- Joli helped me advocate for myself at every step and, though the delivery didn't go as I had hoped it would, I came out the other end feeling positively about the whole experience.  She is a straight-shooter and will tell you what she really thinks (if you ask her to), she has knowledge and experience coming out of her ears, and she will support you warmly and fiercely, whatever it is you want to do.  Joli is also just a cool person and a badass lady and I feel lucky to know her!  

Kristen

3/25/2022

Working with Joli was one of the best decisions my husband and I made throughout our pregnancy and delivery journey! I met with several doulas beforehand and I instantly felt comfortable with Joli. Her knowledge and expertise combined with her sense of humor and approachable nature was exactly the type of support I knew I needed in my doula. Joli helped ensure I felt informed and supported throughout the prenatal process whether it was via zoom visits, in-person visits, or being a text message away. I cannot imagine how different my labor and delivery experience might have looked without her there! She genuinely loves what she does and her authenticity and care for the families she works with really stand out. I highly recommend working with her! 

Jenny B

2/22/2022

We hired Joli for my second and third pregnancies in April 2020 and September 2021, though my most recent pregnancy was the only birth she could attend in person due to my daughter being born in early COVID and she was amazing during my birth experiences.

Joli is such a warm and caring person--being around her feels like a hug. I instantly clicked with her and felt like I could trust her and rely upon her during one of the most intimate, terrifying, and exhilarating experiences I have ever had.

I had a planned induction at 37.5 weeks for my third baby and my epidural didn’t arrive on time, so Joli guided me through an unexpected unmedicated birth. Her calm demeanor, command of the situation, and unflinching reaction to my prolific use of F-Bombs was exactly what the situation needed as I basically delivered the baby with just Joli, the nurse, and my husband in the room. I have never been more grateful to have someone by my side (don't tell my husband!) and I truly don’t think I could have done it without her. I have a very clear memory of gripping Joli’s arms, looking in her eyes and knowing that it would be ok and that I could do it --  that was the moment that I found my inner strength.

In the midst of all of this, she also kept my husband from hiding in a corner of the room, and managed to take photos and videos once medical staff arrived to the room, which was such a sweet surprise to see once things calmed down.  Prenatal and postnatal visits were also great. She also runs weekly support groups, which I highly recommend and help so much with everything that happens during the 4th trimester.  Her Rebel Birth class is also fantastic—even if you don’t hire her, take the class because it is so much for informative than the hospital classes.

Kayley A

2/17/2022

Joli is a wonderful person and a supportive doula. Unfortunately my labor was extremely quick and we were unable to have Joli present for my delivery (also because of COVID restrictions), however Joli was a great help to me before delivery and served as a valuable resource postpartum as well. She is always available and will often check in with you if she hasn't heard from you in a while as well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to my family and friends as well!

Samaria Blanco

2/14/2022

Joli was amazing! I don't think my husband and I would have come out of this experience feeling positive if it wasn't for her. We had a long labor, and she helped us tackle each obstacle that came our way. We did everything to keep it low intervention, but with each obstacle we had to make a new decision and eventually a C-section. If it wasn't for Joli, I don't think I would have felt heard or like the decisions made along the way were my choice. That was the most important part to me, especially since I do not have a strong voice with doctors and my husband who is an R.N is almost too aware of things. What I love the most is Joli acted ethically and responsibly when she felt she could no longer help us. She had another client with a long labor before us, and she stuck out as long as she could before calling for back up (Stephanie). Her stand in was also amazing, they both helped what could have easily been a scary experience turn into feeling safe, listened to, and loved. I know when and if we try for a second child, I'm calling Joli again! And if she is not available then I trust her partners, or future recommendations.

Ceren

2/11/2022

When I called Jolie, I was maybe 30% sold on the idea of a doula.  I did not want a big showy delivery, I was scared of giving birth and I just wanted to get 'er done and come out on the other side with minimal PTSD.  I told her that expecting her to try to convince me that she would make my birth experience "amazing" but she didn't, she was like "right on".  My husband and I ended up really liking Jolie as a friend and relying on her heavily during my very challenged attempt to deliver naturally.  At 1am, my prelabor transitioned to active back labor very suddenly, I was on an epidural and Pitocin for 10 hours waiting to dilate, then pushed for 4 hours with no progression. Jolie coached us through the prelabor and when to go to the hospital and showed up shortly after we got there. During the long wait to dilate I was unable to sleep because I was shaking and cold from the epidural, and Jolie kept me calm, telling stories and sharing her experiences - it was very therapeutic.  My husband was able to get much needed rest while Jolie kept me good company.  While I was pushing, she was a much-needed advocate as the nurse we had was unprofessional and did her best to discourage me. When I finally threw in the towel and elected for the c section, both my husband and I were devastated to find out Jolie couldn't come to surgery.  She was able to be with us in the recovery room for enough time to help my son get a good latch and give me and my husband props.  When Jolie came for the postpartum checkup, she discovered a tongue tie that turned out to be severe. I can't imagine my birth experience without Jolie. It was a rough delivery, but I feel good about it and I'm able to laugh about some of the worst parts because I never got truly scared.  We felt like we knew what was happening, we had an advocate during times when we couldn't think, I felt like I was in control, and I was safe. Thank you, Joli!

Felicia R

2/9/2022

I hired Joli later on in my pregnancy and I wish with every fiber of my being that I had hired her earlier (and for my first baby as well). I was trying to VBAC for the pregnancy Joli was my doula. She was so thorough and provided hands-on help to get baby positioned ideally. When I got the news at a routine appointment that I would need to deliver that day, she answered a frantic phone call while I was in the midwive's office to be a sounding board of what the issue was, my history, and the options the midwife had laid out for me. Ultimately, I decided to do a c-section and I never felt judged or any less important or cared for. She showed up in pre-op and helped me advocate for myself. Through her guidance prior to delivery, my husband was actually better equipped to advocate for me when I was not in the space to do so. She had great contacts post-partum which was sooo helpful. She is just a wealth of knowledge and has such a calming presence. I'm so thankful for her!

Vicki

2/8/2022

I'm so grateful to have Joli on my birth team for my second delivery. I did not have a doula for my first delivery and had a c-section. Joli made a huge difference in my birthing experience for my second. I labored for two nights and one day (half of it at home and half at the hospital) and she was there to guide me through the whole time. Her presence was comforting and gave me the confidence I needed to make it through the delivery. I would not be able to have my VBAC if Joli wasn't there. She's so resourceful, caring and dependable. I highly recommend Joli! 

Sarah B.

2/8/2022

From the moment I met Joli and chose her to be my doula, I felt like I was wrapped in a warm and loving embrace. I am anxious by nature, and Joli was the calming and reassuring presence I needed throughout my pregnancy. My husband and I simply could not have made it during my birth without her knowledge, expertise and compassion.  There were no moments of chaos or confusion during my labor and delivery. She made sure we had the best care, knew the staff at our hospital by first name and ensured our nurse was top notch. She empowered me to make the best decisions for myself and my baby. I had the most wonderful birth experience because of Joli and I will aboslutely use her again and recommend her to everyone who is in need of a doula. 

Bryana

2/8/2022

I met Joli through the Rebel Birth class that her and one of her partners teaches. Highly recommend! This was back in 2018 when I was pregnant with my first son. I loved her vibe I ended up hiring her as my doula without doing a formal interview. She was helpful every step of the way. Allows contact anytime and doesn't put a cap on it. She was on call for me and when I went into labor she was on her way! I was 42 wks and went with a hospital that offered midwife services and had to overcome some hurdles and she was also there for my husband when I ended up having an emergency c section because on my son's heart rate dropped to 66 when my midwife broke my water. She was cool, calm, and collected from start to finish.With my second son in '21 I hired her again even though I knew there was a chance she wouldn't even be able to be with me in the room because of COVID restrictions at the hospital. She was giving advice on how to get the best experience the whole time and how to advocate for us as best we could with the situation. My goal was to have a VBAC. My midwife from my first son was not doing them anymore and was going to just stay with her just because of knowing who she was not Joli pushed me because she knew what I really wanted. She ended up referring several Dr's and The one I went with was amazing. He was a great match for my personality and I am beyond grateful for going with him. My water breaks and I don't feel comfortable staying home because of what happened with my first son so we go to the hospital and was in contact with Joli the entire time. We found out she wasn't going to be able to come in the room but I had my husband in touch with her the entire time and she was so helpful even without being there. I was able to get my VBAC even with a baby that was 9lb13oz (after him pooping twice before he was weighed)! I'm done with having kids but if I were having another one I would hire her again. She is more than a doula she is a friend.

Tamara H.

2/7/2022

I'd like to share my experience with Joli as my doula. I have to start with the first conversation we ever had. She came highly recommended through my MFM so I gave her a call. I immediately told her about how anxious I was to be having this baby. We had endured a traumatic birth and loss of one of my triplets and I was just terrified. She said "I got you, whatever, whenever and wherever you are--just call me. I got you."  And I knew then that this was the best choice for me. She was the sister I never knew I needed! Though the pregnancy was met with its own complications (pregnant during a pandemic sucks) she was there for us from being to birth. Just when I thought I was losing a sister she came in and helped out without her postpartum visits!! If you're still on the fence, hop down! She's a true gift and I'm forever grateful for her care, laughter and warm heart. 

Rachelle Herbert

2/7/2022

Joli was my doula for both of my children. My labor wouldn't have been the same if she were not there, it's just that simple. She is such an Angel and really knows what she is doing.  She has such a beautiful and caring spirit. I love her and I am forever grateful for her ??

Brenda P.

2/7/2022

Where do I begin? I came across Joli via a reference from the equally wonderful Kathleen Wilson. From our initial meeting, Joli and I hit it off. Our relationship began when I called her frantically on a Sunday morning (Father's Day as I recall) as the birth of my son was fast approaching. Joli was having breakfast with her husband and children. I felt terribly for interrupting but Joli immeditaely put me at ease and took the time to speak with me. From our initial converation she was kind, compassionate, and understanding. Joli was supportive every single step of the way and was present every time I needed her (which was a lot). She answered any and all questions up until the time of my son's birth. She was available at all times, even when I just needed a pep talk to be reassured. I had a lot of anxiety leading up to baby day but Joli's demeanor as well as her fountain of knowledge helped calm me every single time. Joli truly was with me every step of the way, until the delivery of my baby. She physically and emotionally stood by me and was there for support even after the birth of my son. Should another baby be in our future, I can with 100% certainty say I will be calling Joli! Thank you again Joli for you uncondtional support! 

Kelsey Higgins

2/7/2022

Joli was the perfect match to help me overcome my fears and anxieties that came with my first home birth. She was a strong source of comfort, dependability, and strength through my pregnancy as well as my birth journey and postpartum. Having her as a part of my journey created a friendship that I carry through my daughter for the rest of our lives. She was my rock and the strongest piece of non judgemental support that I needed. I highly recommend her if you are looking for laughs and an all around amazing human being to have by your side. 

Jenny

12/6/2021

I was a first time mom and really wanted to do everything I could to minimize the amount of physical damage during my birth experience (i.e., tearing). I found Joli and she was a rockstar in every way before, during, and after the birth. I give her a 10 out of 10 and would definitely use her for any future births as well!

Specifically, my husband and I vibed well with her personality and had good chemistry with her. She was friendly, supportive, very responsive, and patient. During the actual birth was when she really shined. I ended up having a 9 hour labor total (from the start of contractions at home through delivery) and managed to do it without an epidural and with only a couple very minor first degree tears! Goal achieved! In fact I'm only 9 days out and am already off ibuprofen and feeling nearly healed downstairs. I most definitely could not have achieved that without Joli. She gave incredible verbal instructions for me and my husband, did absolutely anything that was needed to make sure I was comfortable, and just having her there to put what was happening in context and provide reassurance and guidance was extremely helpful for my mental state. She also had great techniques for interacting with the hospital staff in a way that advocated for me without being abnoxious or pushy.

100% would recommend Joli to anyone looking to have a great birth experience!

Elizabeth Hughes

9/21/2021

We had the best experience with Joli. I can't say enough good things about her care during my pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. We were in the height of COVID- December 2020- and hospitals were not allowing visitors and Doulas and changing things daily. She was by some miracle able to be there for my delivery and I'm so glad she was because we were in a situation with a doctor where I needed someone to advocate for me and she really changed the narrative and helped me achieve the natural birth I had planned on. Postpartum she helped notice some early PPA and had my partner track my sleep since I wasn't really sleeping. Her post partum support groups were so helpful for those weeks after pregnancy where you have no clue what you're doing! 
Joli has a kind and generous heart and she is really knowledgeable- she is the perfect combination of strong and sweet! I can't recommend her enough- best decision I ever made was to hire her for our birth. 

Elyse

9/21/2021

Joli is an amazing human. I have worked with her professionally- I am a certified nurse midwife, and personally- at my own birth. She is INCREDIBLE from both prospectives. I have recommended her to many clients, and have been in awe many times watching her do her thing. When it came time for my own birth Joli was there for me. She provided space for me to labor and was the support I longed for. She met me where I was and loved me fully during the process. She spends so much time in her prenatal appointments also. She truly cares about her patients, and loves them fully. Joli is a gift, and you'd be blessed to have her at your birth. 

Brett Huffine

3/26/2021

To start off, I just want to say Joli was AMAZING! 

Our baby came a few days early. We called Joli and she got there soon after, even with such short notice. 

Before she arrived, I felt I was doing a decent job keeping my partner comfortable and calm, but wasn't sure if I was doing everything I could be doing during delivery. 

Joli showed up and took a MASSIVE weight off of my shoulders. She came in cool, calm and collected as she always is. Reassured my partner she was doing a great job and  gave me clear instructions every step of the way, and before we knew it, our beautiful baby girl had arrived, safe and sound. 

Joli is heaven sent. I dont ever think I could thank her enough for all the help and support we received through her. I would recommend her to ANYONE who is looking for a top of the line doula to help deliver their baby. 

Megan

2/28/2020

Joli was everything I needed in a birthing doula and hiring her was easily the best decision I could have made for our birth. I hired Joli later on in my pregnancy (after 28 weeks) after deciding I wanted to try for a natural birth and really wish I had done it sooner. We had a few meetings set before the birth where we walked through a lot of my emotional and physical needs for the birth, and concerns surrounding the birthing process. Joli handled all of my questions and concerns with grace and compassion, and she was happy to suggest advice, educate me on the process, or point me to literature references where needed. Together we came up with a detailed birth plan which helped put this first time mom at ease.  I remember consistently feeling more empowered and confident in the birth process after each of our meetings.

When labor started she was on board and actively coaching from the 5am call to the finish line late the next day.  She was there with support and suggestions when the birth plan went out the window due to complications, and she was the rock after birth helping me understand what was happening in a room full of buzzing doctors and nurses.  Joli was there with her bag of tricks to help keep me calm and on track during labor. She was there to help guide my husband when he was concerned for me and felt helpless.  She held me up during long miserable contractions and helped translate what the medical professionals around me were saying when I had no idea what was going on. She was my voice in the delivery room when I couldn’t be, and when things became difficult she had the positive encouraging message I needed to hear to keep going.  I could not imagine going through that labor without Joli’s help.

Joli’s knowledge of and enthusiasm for her profession make her an invaluable asset to any birth. I would hire her again in a heartbeat if I were to have another baby.   

Rachel

2/23/2020

Joli was the first member of my birth team I chose. I knew, for me, to have a successful VBAC/HBAC I needed a fierce group of professionals that weren’t scared for my body, but trusted it fully. I interviewed Joli when I was 6DPO (and I KNEW I was pregnant) she was kind and funny and we clicked immediately. I felt like I could be myself around her and that my dark humor or coping mechanisms weren’t going to scare her off. She helped me narrow down the field of midwives and gave me some suggestions on who might be the best fit for my family. Before I even had my baby, I felt like I had already received the value of Joli’s service. Any question or concern I had, Joli always already had an resource to recommend or could give me a dissertation about it herself. Joli brought me peace and calm throughout my whole pregnancy not just the birth.... but let’s get to the birth. 

Joli was at my house for nearly 36 hours and never once did I see anything but patience and understanding in that amazing woman’s eyes. She was steadfast in her belief that I would have this baby how I wanted and where I wanted. She stood by me, held space for my pain, moved her hips with mine, squeezing when needed, other times just moving in time with me. This woman. I don’t know if she slept or ate, but I’m pretty sure she worked almost as hard as me those few days because I don’t have a memory without her or a picture that she’s not in. 


10/10 Joli every time. I don’t think I’m having any more babies; but I might call Joli over next time I’m constipated, just for her amazing moral support. We also took the rebel birth education class with Joli as well and that was super dope, but it deserves its own review. 

Julie

1/23/2020

Joli is such an amazing doula! I had the pleasure of having her work with me during my attempt at a VBAC. We did it! I had an extremely short labor and I believe this happened due to her coaching. She took the time to get to know my family and make everyone feel comfortable. My four year old loves her so much- she still asks me about her.  I can't thank her enough for believing in me and sharing all her knowledge (information about doctors, birthing centers, techniques). My entire family was extremely happy with her assistance-she made the entire process wonderful! Thank you!

Brenna Forsyth

1/24/2019

Joli has magical intuition. She somehow knew how I was feeling and what I needed before I did. She was able to shift from tender and nurturing to stern and assertive in a moment and knew exactly when I needed to laugh. When I went into labor exactly 4 weeks “early”, we were both surprised and had not had as much time to prepare as we would have liked but she was there by my side, by my husband‘s side, supporting and advocating exactly as we needed. She’s very easygoing, but takes her work very seriously. In addition to being an excellent source of comfort, strength, and support herself, she has an excellent birth education program that is very eye-opening AND has an entire network of post-partum support at her fingertips, which she lovingly offers her clients. She’ll always be a part of my family. 

Erika Slaby

1/24/2019

Joli is an empowering, kind, supportive, nonjudgmental and loving doula. She was present for the birth of my first child and I always knew we'd want to have her present for our next baby. Our preparations for this baby encompassed conversation regarding my first birth and expectations for this baby. She helped me communicate my needs to my husband for the birth based on how things went last time and helped me find the information I needed for bettering an already positive experience. She helped me calm down when interventions I hadn't prepared my mind for were recommended so my husband and I could make level headed decisions. I can't leave out the amazing Rebel Birth postpartum support community when recommending Joli to expecting families. I can't imagine ever preparing for or giving birth without someone like Joli Ammons supporting our family.

Soledad Vargas

1/24/2019

I cannot rave more about Joli in helping me through my birth with my second baby. She was so calming and supportive. Definitely changed the vibe in the room in the best way.  I definitely wouldn’t have make it as long as I did without any pain meds or Epidural. Highly recommend her. I had a great birth experience although I wasnt able to get my vbac I had hoped for but Joli make sure to we tried everything possible without putting me nor my baby in harm. 

Ashley Coyle

1/24/2019

In 2017 I was due with my 2nd baby after having a c section 10 years prior. I knew I’d need to fight for my VBAC & needed a tribe that would back me on that decision. Littlendid I know she would become much more than my cheerleader for a VBAC. During my pregnancy I had lots of ups and downs with the baby’s father and struggled immensely. She consoled me and lifted me up. She helped me feel strong & brave. During my labor she reminded me so much what an incredible woman I am and how strong I was. The thing is, she didn’t just say it as a doula. She said it as a friend and someone who believes it. Which made me believe it, too. Through all of this my almost 10 yr old was very intrigued and into learning about the birthing process. Joli encouraged her and help normalize it for her too. Thank you, Joli, for being an anchor in my successful VBAC, I will be forever grateful for you and the love you’ve shown me, Aria, and Kamerin. We love you! 

naty escam

1/22/2019

 This is my story of how I gave birth after 20 years with a c-section  with my first child. My vbac gone 100% natural with current birth thanks to my doula Joli Ammons  and  my midwife Elyse Cho and Dr. Deayala. After 20 years of finally getting pregnant I didn't believe I could have a natural birth. When I would say I wanted a natural birth everybody thought I was nuts they were like you had a C-section that's what you're going to have again and I was determined not to have a C-section I was determined to have a natural birth since when I had my daughter I was 16 and wasn't given an option to try for a natural birth. My journey took me to Rebel birth where I learned a lot and through Joli's guidance I was able to achieve a  successful vbac without any intervention not even an IV fluid. Joli  was there helping me and guiding me to get through Labor without excessive pain and was so attentive even the hours before having to go to the hospital. I  like that she treated me as family not just a client. If I would have have any more children would I want Joli again absolutely. Even after I gave birth to my son she was still there somebody I could lean on for guidance and any questions I had always concerned. I like that she always had a solution for something if she didn't she always turn to her resources and always gave me a response.  We  have become friends and the friendship has started that will last for a long time.??

 AGAIN THANK YOU!!?? 

Couldn't  done it without your guidance.

Dr zach Behnke

1/17/2019

as a first time father I didn’t know what to Expect and really didn’t know what a doula did ... Joli made me feel comfortable as the father which was awesome .. I highly recommend her 

Hannah Secrist

1/17/2019

I can’t say enough about Joli. My husband and I were expecting our first child and I had an idea of the experience I wanted and our midwife recommended Rebel Birth. We were comfortable with her from the second we met her. So down to earth, listened to us and truly got to know us. Her knowledge and experience quickly became invaluable. She was always available throughout our entire pregnancy. We put together a birth plan and she always made sure we knew exactly what decisions we were making. Her support for my husband was also amazing which as very important to us. My birth didn’t go perfectly to plan of course but Joli was there when we needed her and guided us through the hardest parts with patience and a calm presense we didn’t know we needed. She’s become a friend and I’m so happy to have met her. I would recommend her to anyone expecting no matter what birth you have in mind!! 

 

Hannah and Nick Secrist 

Cortney Brown

12/15/2018

When we hired Joli, it was my second pregnancy, and I wanted to have a completely different birth experience than my first. I was having twins and knew that there was a high possibility I would have a C-section, but wouldn't know until the time came. With Joli, we met several times before our birth to get to know each other and bond as a team and write out our birth plan. Joli's expereince is so invaluable and the questions she arose prior to our birth were things that we never thought of...even after already having one child. She focused on our wants for our birth and explained her role so thoroughly, however our birth ended up unfolding. Joli's qualifications and skills are things that we knew were missing from other doula candidates we interviewed, but didn't realize until we met her. One thing I appreicated the most about Joli was being the perfect link between patient and hospital staff. She is so respectful of the hospital staff and doctors, but also advocates for her clients. Our birth was a C-section and it was so amazing, I was in tears. I solidly believe she was crucial in making what is normally seen as a "case" or procedure, our beautiful birth. Both my husband and I are so grateful for Joli and cannot sing her praises enough, for her contributions in bringing our twin girls into the world!

Diana Metz Estrella

8/4/2018

I hired Joli for the birth of my second son. She was everything we needed! Throughout my pregnancy she listened to all our needs, tried to find solutions to any issue happening and was always willing to hear me out and help me as much as possible. When it was time to go to the hospital and my husband could find someone to take care of our older son, she was even willing to take me to the hospital. Fortunately, my husband was able to take me in and shortly after we arrived, she was there, willing to help with anything. During contractions, her hands were magical warm compression pads on my lower back. Her massages, touch, advice and encouraging words were key for me to find the strength to give birth to our son without using the epidural. I am forever thankful of Joli for helping me have the birth that I envisioned for my son.

Ava Hau-Smith

8/4/2018

With my second child, I really wanted to have an unmedicated birth. with my first, my labor was very long and I ended up needing an epidural. My husband did great the first time round but I really wanted someone who won’t get anxious with me going through labor pains etc. We felt really comfortable with her from our very first meeting and shes been a great support throughout my uncomplicated pregnancy. My birth experience with her, I can honestly say, was the best I could’ve hoped for. She knew exactly what to do, did exactly what I needed her to do. Handled my husband, helping him stay calm through my labor. I was able to concentrate on myself and not worry about anything else. Thanks Joli! ??

Katelin Williams

7/31/2018

When planning the birth of my second child I knew I wanted to have a very different experience than I had with my first, which ended in a csection after the typical cascade of interventions. My husband and I were not informed or comfortable enough to navigate the  many unpredictable situations that present in a hospital birth.

We hired Joli to help reach our goal of an unmedicated hospital birth. She was critical in allowing me to labor at home for most of my labor, as well as deciding when was the right time to go to the hospital. She is incredibly knowledgeable in positioning. She was proactive and responded to each issue labor presented with ideas and used her training and experience to find solutions or move things in the right direction.  With her help, I was able to have a very active, unmedicated labor. She also worked well with the hospital staff (nurses, residents, and OBs).

Most importantly, Joli has a calming and soothing presence that my high-anxiety, over-thinking self really needed. I felt calm and in control the entire time, which is not something I can say about my first birth experience. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone hoping to have an empowering birth experience. 

Krissy Behnke

7/31/2018

I worked with Joli as a first time mom. And I am so glad that I did. I am a health care professional and I work closely with expecting moms but it’s a whole new experience when you go from provider to patient. Joli was such an important part of my labor and delivery. She has such a calming and caring presence which was exactly what I needed. She was able to clearly communicate with my husband to make it easy for him to help me. (Which made him more comfortabl)

my birth plan included a homebirth and my biggest concern was baby having a difficult time passing through the pelvic inlet due to a weird shaped pelvis. Joli has so much knowledge and experience with moms birthing in different positions and ability to help trouble shoot a situation and move into a more favorable position. because of that my fears were calmed and I knew she was the perefct match to help my midwife and assure I had The best chance for the birth I hopped for. 

I cant recommend her enough. And I am so greatful that she was part of my birth team. 

Jessica Bodin

7/26/2018

This is my second time having Joli as my doula. This time around, we really wanted to have a home birth surrounded by people who loved and supported us. It meant so much to have Joli's support throughout my pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

During an emotionally charged few days of on and off labor, Joli helped to ask the questions that allowed me to dig into my fears and take a look at how I was feeling to move the birth forward. She knew exactly what to say when I couldn't make sense of how I was feeling or what I should be doing.

When active labor actually began, it went quickly! I was already very much so inside of my body and wasn't registering much. Joli was encouraging, helping me put counter-pressure on my back (yay, back labor!), and helping hold that safe space I needed to birth naturally. 

After the birth, she stayed by my side while my midwives stitched me up. She brought me something to drink and eat and even helped me wash up in an herbal bath. I felt loved and taken care of which every Mom should experience.

Joli also encapsulated the placenta and created a beautiful work of placenta art to hang in my daughter's nursery. 

Having Joli by your side during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a gift and definitely helped me have the birth experience I not only wanted but needed. Thank you, Joli, for being there for us. <3 We love you!

 

Thiago Vinhas

3/2/2018

There’s so much to say and to thankful for, having Joli as our Doula for the entire pregnancy and delivery process made completely re-think all my misconception about a Doula to the point that I can’t even imagine not having her there in the first place!

All her guidance throughout my wifes pregnancy was fundamental, she was there for us to help even with understanding our options and choosing how the delivery, sunch an important moment for the first time parents, would be to the smallest details. Not that it can always be as you want it, but at least there is a good plan to be followed.

I do recommend to any and everyone to have Joli as a Doula, no mather if it is your first or fifth child, it is worth it! Thanks Joli!

 

Polina Tsyolta

9/20/2017

Joli was covering for my doula who was at another birth at the time I went into labour. She did a great job helping me to get through a very tough night. Her pain managment suggesitons were particularly amazing, as i totally forgot everyting what we were learning at the birth class. I ended up not using any medications at the hospital despite an 18hr long labour. I have only positive memories from my birth thanks to Joli and would absolutely encourage everyone to seek her help and guidance for your birth.

Amanda Kanitz

8/22/2017

We had the privilege of hiring Joli as our Doula late into our pregnancy this year. Even though this was our third child, we knew we wanted someone with confidence in the natural birth experience to advocate for us in the hospital. From the moment we met her, we were sure she’d be the perfect Doula for us. We asked her a million questions on each prenatal visit for which she was completely knowledgeable and answered effortlessly. She helped us to envision the type of birth we wanted. When labor began she was there helping with different labor positions and became the calming gentle presence that we needed. Labor progressed faster than we expected and Joli’s awareness was key in getting us to the hospital in time. We firmly believe our birth experience was perfect because of Joli! We are forever grateful for her!

Lauren Boyles

8/20/2017

Hiring Joli as our doula was one of the best decisions we made for our pregnancy and labor. We are first time parents and the journey of pregnancy is very exciting but can also be extremely overwhelming. We attended a childbirth class at the beginning of our 3rd trimester, and the more I learned the more I became interested in attempting a drug free childbirth. My husband and I felt it was necessary to find a doula to achieve this goal- and I could not have done it without her. From the moment we interviewed Joli, she educated us on so many things related to pregnancy and labor. She was able to refer us to a midwife in our hospital after we had a bad experience with our OBGYN. This was a huge blessing and great to have everyone on the same page and with the same end goal. Joli always made us feel comfortable and she always let us know that no matter what decisions we decided to make, she would support us.

I ended up being overdue (which Joli told me would most likely happen haha) and she was always a phone call away when I had questions or just needed to vent. She referred me to a great chiropractor who I still see and also an acupuncturist who I saw the last few weeks which was also very helpful.

When I went into labor, Joli was able to guide me on stretches to make my contractions more consistent and she came to the house when the pain started to get a bit intense. She instructed me on how to handle each contraction and used counter pressure, massage, and essential oils throughout my labor at home as well as when we got to the hospital. Because of her guidance, I was able to manage the pain of a drug free birth that I don't think I would have been able to do without her. You cannot put a price tag on that. We plan on using Joli again in the future and are telling all of our friends about the positive impact she had on our labor experience!

Chris Boyles

7/5/2017

I want to start with saying that there is no way we could of had an all natural birth without Joli.  When my wife told me she wanted to have an all natural birth and to pay attention in the birthing classes because I needed to know all this stuff, I had a small freak out session.  Meeting Joli for the first time just felt right, she connected with us right off the bat and I knew that she had our best interest.  

 

She worked with our schedules to make it easy on us on all the appointments, gave us great advice on different things to work on at home, and really went out of her way to make us feel like we were her only clients.  Once we went into labor, she was there to take control of the situation and guide us through this awesome but very stressful/painful event.  She helped my wife every step of the way with all natural pain remedies that I think really made it possible for us to have a natural birth.  Being our first child and not knowing what to expect was hard enough but the comfort she brought us during the birth is hard to put in words.  The nurse, midwife, and Doctor that checked in on us all said that she was the best Doula they have ever worked with!  I will be telling everyone I know about her and will be using her again when we decide to have another baby!

Jason Becerra

4/12/2017

While my wife and I are probably not the "typical" people who seek out a doula, we both felt having Joli involved in the process would be invaluable due to her kind spirit, experience, commitment, and altruism. We had our baby at a hospital in a conventional manner but really thought we would benefit from Joli's experience and advocacy for healthy, mommy-first ideals.

From the point at which we found out my wife was pregnant Joli was there to guide us through all the milestones. She met with us regularly, went over doctors' test results, gave us great insight into a variety of methods to aleviate my wife's stress and the aches and pains that come with all the changes her body was going through.


As we got closer to the due date Joli helped manage a lot of the logistics like making sure we had what we would need at the hospital. 

There was simply never a moment that either of us had a question, concern, or simple curiousity that Joli was not available to us via phone, text, messenger, or in person. 


We felt like we were her only clients even though we knew she was helping a few other couples. 

In the birthing room Joli was dialed into every need my wife (and I) had and really that I had as well. Whether that meant relaying information between us and the docs and nurses or applying massage cream to my aching back.

She helped my wife with pain management and breathing, relaxation and helped keep me at my best so I could do my part as well.

In retrospect, it really seems like everyone should be so blessed as to have someone like Joli help them through such an amazing adventure. 

Joli offers so much in terms of how she can help, guide, educate, and support that I truly encourage anyone and everyone to seek her out. She's found her calling in life and everyone is fortunate to have her be a part of their lives.

Mario Martinez

2/9/2017

We hired Joli because this would be our first child and neither my wife or I knew what to expect. My thought was to hire someone who had experienced a lot of births and was exposed to many situations we could encounter. We needed someone to guide us through the birth and answer our questions when the medical team was busy with their work. Joli went beyond what I expected at the birth. She knew exactly when and what to do at all times. There were times when I just did not know how to make the birth more bearable for my wife. Joli was able to easily do this as well as keep us up to date with what was going on. Joli was flexible with the amount of help we needed and could read us perfectly when we required assistance. We will not have another birth with her not there. 

Nora Ventura

2/9/2017

We weren’t looking for a doula because we wanted some sort of privileged or mystical birth, but we did it because we are nerdy and knew the statistics show that for optimal health and overall outcomes for baby, mother, and partners even, we really should get a doula. (I add this just in case you are undecided whether the “expense” is necessary.) She was the best investment that months after my baby’s birth we are still benefiting from (ask her about The Haven). I’m not sure how I can assure you of this in 2000 characters or less, but I can tell you that when we consider having another child, our budget plans include Joli as a top priority. From the interview we knew we just had to hire her because both my husband and I were able to open up and chat with her comfortably even though neither of us is good with strangers. Immediately I knew that if my husband could be at ease with her, then I needn’t worry about him feeling overwhelmed or alone at the birth, and I needed him to be comfortable so that I could get comforted by him. The prenatal visits with her were great and I loved hearing my baby, smelling the oils, and just bonding with my baby and husband via sounds, smells, and questions (hire her, you’ll understand what I mean). We decided to take the Rebel Birth class with her and Kathleen W. and it was just so much fun even my husband looked forward going to class. The day of the birth things got pretty crazy but I remember that as soon as a nurse told me that my husband had called Joli and she was on her way, I just felt like I got a bit of control back, because she had spent so many hours with us before, that I knew she could articulate my needs, fears, objections, and wishes if needed. A person can only advocate for you as well as they know you, and Joli will spend limitless hours (literally) giving the term “doula” its true meaning. Meet her and leave it up to your gut whether to hire her. You will.

Mark Johnson

2/5/2017

We are so grateful for Joli. She was a huge part of our pregnancy and birth team. Joli was incredibly supportive and knowledgeable and was always available to answer our questions. She knew we were expecting before anybody else and helped us throughout the whole pregnancy. Her birth class at Rebel Birth was very informative and helpful, and we liked that it was a 6 week course. 

Joli helped us so much with our birth plan and I really enjoyed our meeting with her where we got to smell all the different essential oils. She was very flexible when it came to our scheduling and even drove my wife a few times when I had to be at work.

Joli was calm and focused when my wife was in labor and stayed by her side the whole time. She even recorded funny things that were said during labor and took photographs. Joli stayed with us for a long time and was incredibly devoted to taking care of my wife. I am not sure if we could have done this without her, but I know that she made the birth of our son an amazing experience.

Friederike Graedener

2/4/2017

We had known Joli for a while before we ever got pregnant, and when we found out we were expecting, she was the first person we callled. She put us in touch with our midife and answered our millions of questions we had early on. I attended her birth education class at Rebel Birth and between the knowledge i gained there and Joli's advice, my first pregnancy was a breeze. I tru;y enjoyed all my meetings with Joli and she was always extremely flexible when it came to scheduling. She helped us write our birthplan and was always available to answer questions.

When I was not certain if I was going into labor or not, she answered my frantic phone calls and texts early in the day, and ended up driving me to my midwife's office, since I had fooishly sent my husband to work that morning. I did not feel nervous or anxious about going into labor at all, but was confident and knew that my baby and I were in great hands. Joli was the perfect coach. She worked with me with the rebozo and took me for a walk and always made sure to help me keep going. when my labor progress stalled, it was Joli who noticed a popping in my pelvis and contacted a chiropractor for us who adjusted me got our labor going again. We may have ended up with an emergency transport if it had not been for Joli's expertise.

Joli made sure i was staying hydrated, energized, and as comfortable as possible. She was by my side all day long. She stayed well after the birth of my son. Words cannot begin to describe how grateful I am for Joli. She did not leave until I was well enough to see a few visitors and getting some rest and was the first to check in with us the next morning.

She also encapsulated my placenta for me and made us a beautiful placenta print with colors we had previously chosen. She will be the first person we call the next time we are expecting. She is the most caring, dedicated, strong person I know and we are lucky to have her in our lives. 

Pam Duncan

1/6/2017

Joli is heaven sent, she is so caring, understanding and knowledgeable, she will always have a special place in our hearts not only bc she helped us prepare for this big day in our lives but bc she spent 12 out 19 hrs of our labor with us! She 100000% made our labor more relaxed,  not only she will help you while in labor but she will go to battle w staff and DRS  if she needs to, I have a large family from my husbands side and she was able to navigate thru all of them w such a positive energy, everyone loved her.

My husband did not understand fully why I wanted to have a doula and when it was all done he also agreed that hiring Joli was the best decision Joli!

 

 

Alison Balboa

11/10/2016

I found Joli on this site and she was the first doula we interviewed and we knew we couldn't go with anyone else! We felt so comfortable with her and she is a fun and smart person who is great at her job and is always available by phone or text. You can tell she absolutely loves what she does. She came to our house three times before our baby girl was born to formulate our birth plan, review the plan and go over essential oils and techniques to get baby in optimal position. My plan was a hospital birth with an epidural when I felt like I needed it and she was supportive with any decision I made. I ended up having to be induced, which wasn't my plan and was a shock to me to get 4 hours notice to be at the hospital. Joli was the second person I called.  She had been at a long birth before ours and came up to the hospital in the morning after getting very little rest and was with us all day until baby was born at 10:30 pm. It must have been such a long day for her too but you would have never known it.  She even stayed late to celebrate with champagne! It was comforting to me to have someone who had experience there with me because I ended up being on monitors because of the induction, which I didn't want, but she helped talk to the nurses about issues they were concerned about. In the pushing phase, she was right there with the nurse, doing just as much work. One of her best recommendations was to get a labor gown instead of using the awful hospital gowns. All the nurses commented on how great mine was and I was comfortable walking around without my rear exposed to cold air! She came to visit and check on me a week after the baby came and we had a long debriefing about the craziest day of my life. I feel like I have a new friend and we will always have a bond with her because she was there for a precious moment in our lives. If we were having another baby, there's no doubt who we would use again for our doula!

Heather Cash

11/10/2016

A friend described the Doula experience as "having the professor help you take the test" -perfect for us as first-time parents. After several interviews, we picked Joli. Right away she "fit" us- indeed our "Doula Match"! Her style and approach made us comfortable during our interview and the various prenatal visits. She was always available, helpful, and followed up later to make sure our needs were met. One morning, we called her. I'd been in labor several hours and was ready for help! Joli came to our house, as weren't ready for the hospital yet. When she walked in, her hug, presence and reassurance immediately calmed me. We were in capable, knowledgeable, loving hands. She massaged my back, guided me into different positions, got me a snack, and gave my husband a much needed break. When we got to the hospital, Joli was our rock- essential oils diffused to create a calming atmosphere; stories told to distract from the intensity; she helped "hold space" to make decisions when the doctors wanted us to take action; she gave info on alternatives; she checked in with us when we were about to make a deviation from the birth plan- simply to remind us that we had originally planned one thing and were now making a different decision; she fed me chocolate covered pretzels and peanut butter; she massaged my legs and back and used oils and pressure points to change the timing and intensity of my contractions. And I know she did things for my husband and me that I don't even know about or can't remember. But I'll never forget the peace she brought me, knowing we had "the professor" with us. Yes, my husband is amazing and was great during labor. Yes, my doctor was there for my entire labor and delivery; she's terrific and I trust her. Yes, the hospital was full of wonderful staff who know what they are doing and do it well. But Joli was my secret weapon. My Ace in the hole. I cannot imagine labor and delivery without her.

Ren Johnson

10/7/2016

Experiencing Joli as my doula was like being helped by an angel! In the first couple meetings we had I felt completely comfortable with her and truly felt her compassion and experience first hand. When I went into labor a month early I was an anxious and nervous wreck! However, Joli was available by phone and was at my bedside at 6am. She kept me calm and focused as we worked through the steps of my birth plan. She never once let me lose my focus and I am pretty sure she was just as active as my labor was! She even did a fantastic job of keeping my husband involved throughout the whole process. I 100% believe I would not have been able to make it through had it not been for Joli. Once the moment arrived she played iPhone photographer for me and cought some priceless first photos of our new family. 

After the birth of our son Joli followed up with us at the house to make sure everything was going well. She encapsulated my placenta and created a beautiful print which I have hanging up in the baby room. When I was having a difficult time with breastfeeding she gave me some great suggestions and referred me to an excellent lactation consultant. From start to finish Joli went above and beyond to make the birth of my son a beautiful and memorable experience. I will forver highly reccomend her services.

Jeff H

9/6/2016

My wife and I interviewed a number of doulas before making our decision.  We both liked Joli very much, and I am glad we chose her, especially when it came time to needing her support during labor.  Joli was available to both of us throughout the pregnancy, and as my wife was entering induced labor at the hospital I was able to lean on Joli for guidance in coaching my wife through the early stage.  Once labor got going, my wife dialated very rapidly, and Joli came speeding up to the hospital around 1am to be there the rest of the way.  I was impressed with how calming she was to my wife, who had anticipated an epidural and ended up giving birth naturally.  I wouldn't have had it go any other way, and I definitely recommend Joli for your birth doula! 

Jenny Holzaepfel

9/6/2016

We had a great experience with Joli and would use her again.  She's very smart and knowlegeable about her services and birth.  I like that she was available for several meetings prior to birth and open to several after, if needed.  She was accessible via text and phone.  She gave her all and I benefited from her support during labor, offering me just what I needed.  Her experience helped me hold on and go from being adament about wanting an epidural to getting through without one.  I needed her and can't imagine that regular nursing staff would have offered the same.

Erika Slaby

8/29/2016

Having the support of Joli throughout the latter part of my pregnancy was one of the best decisions that my husband and I made for our mental and emotional health throughout the process of giving birth to our son.  She suggested her Rebel Birth birthing class that would credit with part of helping get my baby in the right position for a healthy vaginal birth.  Having her help create our birth plan helped to demystify the multitude of choices we could make for what was and wasn't right for what we wanted for our birth experience.  When at the end of the day I chose to throw out part of that plan and make a different choice she fluidly supported the new choice as much as she had supported the old choice.  She heard to the core of some of my fears during earlier conversations and ensured that those fears were assauged at during active labor and immediately after birth.  During our postpartum visit her attention to detail helped me to understand some of what happened when my body was more in control than my mind.  She made sure that our experience was positive and gave us opportunity to talk about and heal from anything that might have caused any kind of trauma.  I had the fortune to have a predominately positive birth experience and I regret none of the decisions that I made regarding it.  Joli helped us understand exactly what was available and helped me prepare mentally for if the plan needed to change one way or the other.  Her support to my husband helped him to be calm and get rest when needed.  We were a better birthing team because of her help.  I would hire Joli to help me through this birth again and intend to reach out to her whenever we decide to expand our family again.  

Mauricio Cavalcante

8/22/2016

Joli assisted my wife Carolina and I on the birth of our second child. From a Father's point of view, I'm extremely happy with Joli's work. Joli is a easy going, friendly and warm person. She is also an extremely focused, seasoned and well conected professional. I feel very confident in recommending Joli as a Doula.

Prior to the birth Joli met with us several times to get to know us. She was very focused on learning as much as possible about the birthing experience that we wanted to have. So as the due date got closer we really felt confident and confortable in working with Joli.

When labor began Joli came over at about 8AM to work with Carolina. I stayed close by and participated in a few laboring positions. For the most part Joli stayed really close to Carolina making sure that labor was progressing adequately. My wife was feeling some back labor so Joli always made sure to keep contant pressure with her hands in the area affected. Around noon we headed to the Hospital. Joli followed us in her car. Upon arrival as we were checking in, normally only the patient and one person are allowed in the room during the check in process, however due to Joli's experience and connection at St. Lukes hospital they let her come in and stay with us. Shortly after that we made our way into the birthing room. There we started changing laboring positions for the next few hours. During this time Joli again was by Carolina's side making sure the labor was progressing well. Joli always made sure we stayed focused on progression, she guided us in a very warm and soft manner. Again I'm from a Father's perspective this gave me confidence that my wife and the baby were going to be safe.

At 5:04 that evening our beautiful baby boy Thomas was born weighing a heathy 9lbs. Carolina with the help of Joli (I also helped a little :) ) did a spetacular job as she delivered Thomas completely naturally. This was the exact outcome we were looking for.

Carol & Mauricio

8/11/2016

Joli was simply amazing! She has great experience and is very resourceful. She has a contact for everything and knows lots of people in the birthing community! She was always very organized and attentive during our meetings making sure we reviewed everything and had all our doubts and fears resolved/talked through. During labor, she was fantastic! She took a very active role making sure I was moving and changing positions, encouraging me to embrace each contractions, putting pressure where I had pain, using aromatherapy, and ensuring I was hidrated and fed. I highly recommend Joli to anyone that is looking for a Doula. She made sure my son's birth experience was exactly what my husband and I wanted it to be! Thanks for be so awesome!

Natalie Nations

8/4/2016

best decision ever ... Having Joli as my doula.  You want to regret having the best experience ever for your birth, keep scrolling.  Otherwise hire Joli.  You won't be disappointe.  Promise. 

Mikki Fox

4/1/2016

Joli is not only a great person, but she is truly walking in her purpose as a doula. She was very nurturing and caring while I labored. She knew just what I needed without me asking.  She was ny advocate,  my friend and my support the whole time I labored and even after. I would never have gotten through my birth without her. Love love love herss my doula and my friend.

Monique Johnstone

2/16/2016


I knew from the moment I met Joli, that if I got pregnant again I would interview her to be my doula! I didn't have a doula for my first so I knew I would have one for my second birth. When I found out I was expecting again, I set up a time to meet with Joli, and that was that! She was extremely easy to talk to, and I could sense she was an incredibly authentic, passionate, kind, and loving person. I knew she would be a good fit for us. So we hired her!

What a great decision we had made!! We were planning a home birth and Joli was very supportive of everything we wanted. I looked forward to our prenatal appointments, We laughed and hung out, and talked about the birth and all its details. It was FUN!

My labor moved slower than I had anticipated and Joli was right there the whole time. I think Joli was super in tune with what I needed. When my labor had kind of stalled a bit she encouraged my husband and I to consider taking some quite, alone time. So everyone left the house for a bit and I was really able to focus on myself and my baby. It worked, and within a few hours my labor had picked up and into active labor we headed. When things were becoming difficult for me, I remember thinking in my head "relax, let your body do what it's supposed to, release control" then Joli would say out loud, exactly what I was thinking,! but her saying it made it real, it made it easier for me to actually let my body relax. I could tell myself everything I needed to do, but her calm voice is what I really responded to. I needed her. And I'm so happy that she was there for me, she made the contractions much easier to handle. 

In the weeks postpartum, Joli called and text me to check in and she visited us a few times. I feel so blessed that Joli was there for us in such a sacred time for our family. She was the perfect person to help us through it. I'm forever grateful!

Thank you Joli!

 

Shannon Speer

2/5/2016

Joli was a great partner and absolutely contributed to me having a great birth experience even though things didn't go as planned. Upon meeting here I appreciated that she had no issues with what I wanted and that was a big concern of mine when hiring a doula. She always listened and helped guide me. Joli responded to any texts or emails right away which became quite a few at the end of my pregnancy due to some medical issues. She was a great partner to my husband and I, we are so thankful to have found her. 

ANITA WADHWA

1/28/2016

Joli helped me visualize the ability to have a natural, drug free childbirth. I was very apprehensive based on having interventions with my first child, but she reassured me and provided me with the tools and resources to overcome my fears. I'm so happy I worked with her as she empowered me to be prepared for whatever could happen with my second child. I had a drug free birthing experience that was far easier to recover from than my first time, and I owe a lot of that to her teachings.

Mica Blackwell

1/26/2016

I got pregnant in Jan of 2014 and did the traditional doctors office and all that jazz, untill my doctors started to hyjack my pregnancy.  Telling me what I was going to be doing and this and that.  Being this was my second baby, I was not having that.  So at 28 weeks, I began the search for something different.  Boy howdy, did I find it!!! I went to a birthing center, naturally my next step was a doula! SCARY! I met with two women and talked with one on the phone.  Not one, compared to Joli. NOT ONE! She was real, down to earth, funny, included my other child and listened to my husband dorky jokes.  I loved how comfortable she made me feel about my delivery and that we would be doing it together.  She asked questions that I had never even thought of.  When my little guy decided to be difficult and turn BREECH right at 37 weeks, she was right there to guide me on how to help him turn and came to show us what to do, walked my husband through it all, so he could do it when she was gone. Then the day after I said I would be pregnant FOREVER (we all have been there), my water broke! My husband was over an hour away, he was still breech, my mother was sick and making a doctor appt, my grandmother was going to social security office, my aunt was dropping kids and wouldn't be available for a couple hours.  And then Joli, when I called her, was calm and reassuring, she said she was there for me and was ready to come directly to me. She followed me to the birthing center then to the hospital for our c-section.  She assisted me for 9 hours while I labored, rubbing my forehead and my back.  Talking with my like an old friend, telling me how good I was doing.  Now all this, while dealing with a huge personal crisis.  But NEVER let my side!! She was by my side even into the OR with her peppermint in hand, in case, I got sick my stomach!!!

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Emily Hollister-Branton

1/26/2016

From the moment my husband and I first met Joli, we knew that she was the doula for us. We loved her friendly, easy going, nonjudgmental style and appreciated her willingness to share resources and information (even before we'd committed to hiring her!). She's well connected in the birth community and is an absolute wealth of information! Joli helped us craft a thorough birth plan, challenging us to think about scenarios and issues that we'd not considered previously. We even received compliments about the plan and its contents from our labor and delivery nurses! Joli was readily available by phone, text, and email from the time we hired her to well beyond delivery. Joli was by my side as I recovered from emergency abdominal surgery and 24 hours of preterm labor at 33 weeks (while my husband was out of the country!), and she supported us again when delivery day arrived 7 weeks later. Joli assisted us through several hours of unmedicated labor, and she was with us in the recovery room, helping us get started with breastfeeding, after a placental abruption created the need for an emergency C-section. I highly recommend hiring a doula to anyone who is on the fence about doing so, and I wholeheartedly recommend Joli to fill that role for you. She's an absolute gem!

Marline Duncan

1/26/2016

Joli is amazing. I had a great experience. Before I gave birth to my daughter, I fell and was checked into the hospital. The staff was trying to induce me and deliver me early since I was 38 weeks. I continued to say no but they weren't listening. Joli continued to support me and listen to me. She assured me that I should follow my instincts. I did and I left. The following week I gave birth to a very healthy baby on my terms. Joli is fun and she tells you what you need to hear not just what you want to hear. My husband and I are excited for our next one and for Joli to be by our side.

Jessica Bane

1/26/2016

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JOLI AS A DOULA FOR ANY WOMAN GOING THROUGH THE PREGNANCY / BIRTHING PROCESS.  I recently gave birth to an amazing healthy baby boy on Jan 12, 2016 and was lucky enough to have Joli by my side throughout the process.  She exceeded every expectation I had of what a doula is and does.  I was told my baby would be around 10 pounds at birth.  I am a first time mother and this scared me to death!  However, after meeting and working with Joli she helped comfort my fears and anxiety finally allowing me to relax and enjoy pregnancy without the fears.  Joli is extremely resourceful providing me with the care and support I needed for any questions or issues I had.  If she couldn't help herself, she provided me with someone that could, for example, she introduced me to an incredible maternity chiropractor and an herbalist to help with my pregnancy issues when medicines were not allowed.  Joli really made my pregnancy and birth experience the smoothest, easiest and most comfortable as possible.  She was always on call ready to help via text, phone call and/or in person...whatever i needed.  I don't think I could have done it without her.

T Adesina

1/25/2016

I first met Joli through my midwife. I was looking for somebody who could offer support throughout my pregnancy and also to help me with ways of dealing with pain through the birthing process. When I first met Joli she was lovely, kind, and just really easy to get along with. My husband and I felt very comfortable with her. She was there and available for any questions I had and even though I worked in the medical field she didn't make me feel incompetent with questions that I asked about anything related to the pregnancy. When I went into labor, Joli was there as quickly as she could and she helped me throughout the entire process. I had to have the baby at the hospital though I start at the birthing center. I had some complications and Joil was there as I was being transported to the hospital. One of things I really loved about her was that she acted as my advocate telling the doctor on call that I did not want to have a C-section despite the fact they wanted to do it. Many times you may be too tired or feeling the effects of the anesthesia and having somebody there to be able to serve as an advacate for you is so crucial. Had she not been there I may have had a C-section which would have totally crushed me- she was able to point out to the nurses that the baby monitor was not on properly, which led to a false reading of frequenct decelerations. Even my mother who sometimes is very difficult to please loved Joil, so in my book she is a WINNER!! I will definitely use Joli again if I am blessed to have another pregnancy.

Elizabeth Salathe

11/13/2015

I first heard about Joli through my midwife. She came highly recommended as a doula not afraid to stand firm to make sure my birth was all I wanted it to be. I was 39 weeks and 4 days when we first met at the birth fair and she came over the next day to meet with my husband and I - we loved her and hired her on the spot. It's a good thing we did because I went in to labor 12 hours later! Joli talked me through realizing it was real labor over the phone while she was on the way over and even gave the correct suggestion to help Olivia roll in to a better position. She's such a great doula she could tell what problem I was having and how to solve it by just listening to me through the phone! Skills, she has nothing but skills! If there's one thing I wish I would have done differently it's finding Joli sooner. My labor was only 6 hours and I absolutely believe she was worth it. Even though we only had a short time to get to know each other ahead of time I felt completely comfortable with her. I have a very distinct memory of her consoling me and me locking on to her and feeling this peace. She's wonderful, hire her! You won't be disappointed. :) 

Laura Johnson

11/13/2015

Joli was our doula in September 2014. At first, we weren't sure that having a doula was the right choice for us. My husband and I are pretty independent and we thought that we could trudge through the birthing process on our own. After hearing about many other positive experiences our friends have had with doulas, we decided to give it a go. Joli came to us through the recommendation of a colleague. We interviewed her in the 11th hour (at 38 weeks) which made me a little bit anxious to be so late in the game with such a major decision up in the air. Joli was completely confident and incredibly accommodating -- we had to schedule all of our consults within a relatviely short amount of time but we did so with ease. Joli is a great communicator and facilitator. She was fully supportive of our birth plan and helped educate us about several issues that we had not previously considered or made decisions about. When it came to the birth itself, Joli was there when we needed her but also allowed me and my husband to experience the moment together as a couple. She was really good at hearing what we wanted out of the experience and then adjusting accordingly. I would highly recommend Joli to anyone who is considering a doula and I would also recommend her to anyone who is on the fence about a doula like we were -- I'm so glad we had her to support us throughout the birth!

Alicia Chappell

10/19/2015

For the birth of my first child, Quinn, I was in a hospital and I did not have a doula. However, Joli Ammons was still present for the entire birth. As my sister, before she became a doula, Joli provided me with the love and support that I needed in the delivery room. I was able to deliver vaginally but the hospital rushed into induction because my water had been broken for three hours, wouldn't let me get out of the bed or eat or drink, pushed a small dose of pain killer on me when things got serious, among other things which may or may not have contributed to my son ending up in the NICU for 7 days. Joli's presence even then helped. But I have the experience of the birth of my second son, Simon, to compare. This time I delivered at Nativiti with my sister, Joli, and Kathleen Wilson as my doulas.  I cannot even put into words how much better things were the second time.  Joli provided the same kind of calm, loving, soothing, support that she did for Quinn's birth, only this time she had doula training and was able to do physical things that helped too. Simon was positioned slightly wrong, and Joli was able to help get him in the right place with these amazing exersizes that also made the labor pains easier. I felt like I was wrapped up in a cocoon of warm light and energy. Joli made me feel safe and calm at all times. Because of her, I knew I could do it. It's hard to explain, but Joli just has this quality about her that makes anyone feel comfortable, strong, and happy. She will help you do exactly what you want for YOUR birth, even when you forget what that was, and she does it with out judgement. I remember a moment where, mid-contraction, I was thinking about how proud I was of my sister for finding her passion and being so darn good at it. She will treat anyone like her own sister. No doubt that her wonderful energy helped Simon arrive with no compliciations and he was able to go home with us a few hours after birth. Happy Days!

 

Ashley Denton

10/11/2015

Joli was and is amazing.  She kept me comfortable and helped keep my anxieties and worries at a minimal.  She let me make my own decisions and had very a lot of great information to help me with my birth plan.  I loved her and would definitely suggest her to others as well she's amazing! 

Andrea Rafiei

10/7/2015

Joli was my back-up doula and was an awesome support person when my primary doula, Kathleen, was unavailable. Most critically, when Kathleen became sick, Joli took her place at the hospital in the middle of the night right when we were about to start pushing. Without Joli's support, we might have been forced into having a c-section. I'm so thankful that she was there to encourage me and back us up so that we could achieve our goal of a vaginal birth!

Kira Ramdas

10/2/2015

We were so lucky to have Joli help us out on Dday with our twin delivery when our Doula was on vacation. I had a terrible pregnancy rash that was seriously painful, and Joli came prepared with everything she needed to distract me. She massaged me with coconut oil and helped move the swelling out of my red legs and made labor much more bearable. She was a huge support for my husband, and we enjoyed talking with and connecting with her the whole time. She advocated for me when medical students and residents came into our room to make sure they only did what I wanted. It was a long labor and she supported me even when my husband slept. We are so grateful for her and I highly recommend her to anybody looking for labor support

Emily Feinstein

7/29/2015

I am so incredibly happy that I hired Joli to be my doula. I was planning for a VBAC with baby #2 and no matter how much I believed I could do it on my own, I was not as confident as I would have liked to be given my particular circumstances. As my mom put it, "I was covering my grounds" by hiring her. The moment Joli walked into my home for an initial consultation, I knew I liked her. Over the course of just a few months and a handful of meetings, she became my friend. Joli was so thorough, patient, informative, helpful and open to all of my thoughts and ideas. She tought my husband and I lots about natural forms of pain and pressure relief with the Rebozo (I renamed it the Garbanzo, haha). We played with aromatherapy scents and went over my birth plan several times to feel completely prepared for everything a VBAC entails and what sorts of things to anticipate at the hospital. When it came to the actual day, Joli was the one who figured out my water had broken (it was very subtle and I thought it was something else). I wasn't in labor so she came over to help try to get things going. We tried several things but ultimately baby just wasn't ready to make the descent. After a low-dose pitocin induction, things got underway and Joli worked her magic as I was attempting a natural labor. She labored along with me for a grueling 15 hours and in the end, I had to get an emergency C-section due to severe complications. We had a traumatic birth that no one could have anticipated and it took a long time to get over how it all went down. Thankfully, both my baby and I survived when it could have easily been a different story. Although Joli couldn't be present for the actual birth of my daughter, she was so supportive the entire time leading up to it and stayed long past the time she needed to in order to make sure we were all OK. Looking back, my husband and I agreed that we could have never attempted a VBAC or at least get as fas as we did without Joli. We love her!!

John Busa

6/3/2015

When my wife and I learned about her pregnancy we were thrilled. We had been trying for a while and finally we were having our first child. Like most new parents we started doing research… LOTS of research. One thing we found out pretty quickly was that we didn’t know very much about having a baby. Between the medical jargon and the overwhelming amount of information, it was clear we needed help. My wife originally posed the idea of hiring a doula early on in her pregnancy, but to be honest the idea of a stranger coming to be a part of our first birth was a little overwhelming to me. All I knew for sure was I wanted my wife to be as comfortable as possible and if a doula could help with that I was completely supportive.

My wife and I searched for a doula; someone that could translate and guide us through all the decisions that we needed to be make, who was easy to talk to, and had my wife’s best interest in mind.

Joli was the perfect fit for us. Not only was a connection built from the first meeting Joli, she did an outstanding job of making both of us feel relaxed and confident in our decision making process.

Joli was able, willing, and ready to answer all of our questions and in my opinion went above and beyond all of my expectations. I couldn’t be happier with our choice of including Joli in our birth. She was great with relaxing my wife during labor and overall a joy to be around.

I cannot recommend or thank Joli enough for her support for my wife, myself and of course my son pre-birth and during labor.

Jaclyn Busa

6/3/2015

When I first considered using a doula to help me with my childbirth experience, I wasn’t sure that my reasons for wanting one were on point with the service they provide. I really wanted someone to advocate for and help educate my husband and me about our childbirth options. I knew I wanted to give birth in a hospital and get an epidural. I was a little self conscious that I might get judgment for not wanting a completely natural birth. but Joli never once made me feel judged. Joli made me feel confident in my decisions by helping and discussing my options to determine what was best for us.

The most important thing to me when narrowing down our doula options was to pick someone I knew my husband felt comfortable around. We felt right at home with Joli from the very first meet and greet. We talked about her doula services and then just sat and chatted to get to know each other. She really came to mean so much more to us than just a labor support professional – she is a good friend we are so grateful to have involved in our child’s birth. I can honestly say that our birth went almost completely to plan and we were so happy with our experience. Joli played a critical role to help educate us, relax me during labor and push for my needs. In the hospital, Joli was great about reminding me of what I wanted, but also reminded me it was ok if our plans needed to change. She really helped to ensure nurses were following our birth plan as closely as possible, without being pushy.

All in all, I would recommend Joli to anyone wanting a down to earth, highly knowledgeable and overall loveable friend to include in their birthing experience.

Thanks so much Joli!

Robin Paige

5/9/2015

Along with my loving partner and a great doctor, Joli made it possible to have the birth that I had hoped for. This was my first pregnancy and due to land-standing health problems it was suggested to me early on in my pregnancy that I consider having an elective cesarean section. My partner and I were seriously considering this option when we started looking for a doula. We were shocked at how many doulas refused to work with us just because we were considering the cesarean section. I felt judged and misunderstood. Joli however made it clear from the beginning that she was there to support us through a pregnancy and birth that would be the healthiest and best for me and the baby – physically and emotionally. As my pregnancy progressed my doctors said that my pregnancy was going so well that they would support a vaginal birth. After weighing my options and talking it over with my partner and Joli, I decided to have a vaginal birth. On the day of my baby’s birth, my water broke at 5am and I was admitted to the hospital at 9am and I had my baby in my arms at 3:10pm. Joli provided amazing support to me and my partner during the labor and birth – understanding my personality and knowing what to say, do, and suggest at critical points during the labor. For example, when the administration of Pitocin resulted in contractions with no breaks in between she talked to the nurses about turning it down to the smallest amount possible and that helped me continue to labor without pain medication. After the birth I was so proud of myself for remaining strong and being about to really experience childbirth the way I wanted to. Joli was instrumental in making that possible. Her understanding and lack of judgment made it possible for me to feel empowered to make an informed decision about my baby’s birth and in the end have the birth I wanted. She is a great Doula and a wonderful person!

Jessica Bodin

5/6/2015

Joli was and still is an absolute blessing to my Husband and I. She was attentive, available and informative throughout the entire experience. She visited with us many times before our Son's arrival and was always warm and welcoming. I looked forward to our meetings! During the labor and delivery experience, I like to think that she was our doula-warrior. She helped us keep a clear head and realize that we had choices, not just blindly following all of the augmentations they wanted to do with my labor. She defintely gave us confidence just even by being present! Also, I had intense back labor, and Joli has a pressure technique that saved me for hours! We had her encapsulate my placenta and that too has been amazing! No baby blues. I would recommend Joli to any woman/family looking for support during their pregnancy, L&D and postpartum. She's the best money ever spent!!!

Pamela Nguyen

3/3/2015

Joli was amazing!  She helped me through the vaginal birth of my girl twins, my firsts, in January 2014.  I decided on a doula only weeks before my expected due date, so I did not have the full experience.  However, we did a rush job on things I would want during the labor and creating the birth plan.  Just being prepared made me more relaxed.  Joli helped with the labor pains with counterpressure and relaxed me with aromatherapy and massage.  She also helped when I was pushing!  I only wanted my husband and Joli there in the room, and I definitely used all three persons (including the nurse) during the pushing. You don't realize how exhausting pushing can be.  She was unable to be present during the delivery since I needed to be in the surgical room just in case a complication would happen. 

Then after the birth of my twins, my husband was so engrossed in our new babies, that I was neglected.  Joli got me food and drinks since I was parched and starving.  She helped me while I threw up and helped me to the restroom.  She was willing to be in the restroom with me also (thank goodness I was strong enough!).  She only left when she thought we were comfortable to take care of ourselves. 

I had a great birthing experience, a fantastic beginning to being a new mother. 

I strongly recommend Joli!  She's an agreeable, kind and peaceful person.  Do not be deceived that she is not a parent herself (at the time anyway...) because she's a natural at being a doula! 

Rebecca Ray

2/11/2015

Joli walked right in calm and ready to be my rock. She was patient, offered deep pressure on my lower back and stayed close to me throughout my labor. Joli is kind, personable and professional. I would highly recommend her.

Ashley Newman Photography

2/1/2015

Joli has been a part of our family since our second child was born. She assisted our birth mom in her delivery and it was an incredible experience. Shortly before our daughter was born we found out that we were pregnant even though we had been told that it was not possible. We immediately hired Joli to help us with our pregnancy. My wife wanted a VBAC since our first child was born via an unplanned and forced c-section. Joli was there every step of the way and helped educate us on our options. My wife wanted an unmedicated birth, but I wasn't so sure how that would go and we had trouble finding an OB who would help us. Joli got us in contact with the right hospitals and doctors! When the day finally arrived, I was actually out of town. Joli played a HUGE roll in making sure my wife got to the hospital safely. Once I arrived, she was already in full on doula mode- essential oils, massage, walking...she really helped me feel at ease with the process. When my wife got stressed or upset, Joli was there to step in. I worked hard to be my wife's birth coach, but Joli helped to direct me which took a lot of pressure off. In the end, my wife attained the birth she wanted and we couldn't be happier to have had Joli by our side. To this day, we are still in contact with her. 

Stella F

1/27/2015

Joli partnered with my other doula, Kathleen, for my prenatal visits and during the final prenatal period at the hospital. I always looked forward to their visits. My husband and I really clicked with Joli from the start. One of the most useful conversations at our house that we had was around my Birth Plan. The template provided had just the right amount of detail to be very helpful, and thinking it through with Joli's help made the hospital experience go much smoother. She would drive for well over an hour to come to our house for the visits, which I really appreciated. My husband was in touch with her when I was induced in the hospital, and when she arrived she immediately helped me relax by giving deep massages of my shoulders and back, and she was just a very calm presence who was also a great resource for my husband and me to talk to. Especially in the period when I was just about to ask for an epidural, Joli's massages were extremely calming, and she helped me remember to relax and take deep breaths. She is part of the wonderful TLC Doula Group, which definitely adds to her experience because she is partnered with other very talented doulas and other pre and postnatal professionals. Through FB she has also been very open with her own special path, and she is an all-around great person with a dazzling fun personality. I would definitely recommend her to anybody!

Theresa Cole

12/31/2014

First, this testimonial is long overdue.

I have known Joli for many, many years.   She had been working as a doula and I knew that I wanted one for the home birth of our first (and only) baby.   I spoke with a few doulas, but my mind kept drifting back to Joli.  I was hesitant to hire someone I had known in such a social setting and who shared many friends.   However, after I talked to her I felt extremely confident in her doula abilites and her privacy protection.

D-Day:   I knew I wasn't going to be one of those moms who relished labor and felt it a spiritual and special time.  I knew it was going to hurt like hell and I would want to quit.   I was right.   My husband, mid-wife and Joli were the exact support system I needed to remind me of why I wanted a home birth without any unnecessary interventions. 

She was there with me, trying to get me to eat (a LARGE TASK), keeping me hydrated since my water had been broken for quite a while, and helping me remain as calm and determined as I could.  She used her knowledge of essential oils and was able to help rub my lower back when my husband was sent off to do another task.

She also helped coordinate food for the three of them since I never prepared anything in anticpation that I would go over my due date and not have the baby a day before it.

She was softly firm when I needed her to be and incredibly compassionate the whole time.

She took some photos that I cherish because my husband and I were a bit distracted.

If I go crazy again and decide to have another baby there is not a single doubt in my mind that I would have her by my side.  Her patience, knowledge, passion and truly joyful personality make her a perfect fit for any type of birth and any type of mother.  I am confident that no person would regret having her with them during the birth of their child(ren).

Nicole S.

12/8/2014

My experience with Joli was amazing. She helped my husband and I through the birth of our daughter (first time parents). She was such an amazing resource prior to the birth and I can't imagine getting through my natural birth without her. She was a great coach and seemed to know exactly what I needed during the process. She also worked really well with my husband and by Joli taking the role of applying counter pressure, it enabled my husband to be right there in front of me supporting me throughout the process. As this was our first birth, I'm so grateful that Joli was there and I would absolutely want her there when it comes time to have our second!

Jenn Skinner

8/7/2014

I had a home water birth with my third child. Joli never left my side. She supported me with strong words of encouragement, reminders to breathe, and wonderful relaxation techniques. She would pour water down my back through each contraction, backed off when I got super cranky through transition, and used essential oils to help my environment feel more relaxed. After the birth she continued her amazing support by helping me with my herbal bath, and two days later brought me my placenta pills! Because of her amazing support, my recovery time has been expeditious. My body feels amazing because I was able to effectively relax through each contraction and between. This birth has been an amazing experience in my life and I am so happy that Joli was a part of it. 

Alexis J.

8/6/2014

Joli was a fantastic resource for our birthing experience. During the birth plan development, she provided excellent research for us to use in educating ourselves as we formulated our preferences and acted as a sounding board for us as we evaluated tradeoffs of options.

We chose Joli in large part because of her easy, approachable manner. She is someone I knew that I would feel comfortable discussing the most intimate of matters without judgment. At the end of the day, you want to select a doula who you can develop a trusting relationship with, and who can help you be an advocate for yourself, bringing a stronger voice to preferences that might be otherwise drowned out in a hospital setting. 

Unfortunately, as my water broke nearly 4 wks before my due date and my son was still in breech position, I ended up with a very quick emergency c-section, and was not able to put to use the birth plan we developed.

Still, the discussions we had about the birth helped prepare me mentally for what was ahead and be more confident and knowledgeable about my various scenarios going into the birth. We would highly recommend Joli as an incredibly value member of any birth team.

Ashley Newman

4/1/2014

Joli was our doula for our adopted daughter born in the summer of 2013. A week before she was born, we found out we were miraculously pregnant on our own. Joli was amazing to watch with our daughter's birth mother- we knew instantly that we wanted her for our birth. I had already had a c section back in 2012 with our IVF pregnancy. I was determined not to repeat the same situation. Joli began working with us right away to develop a plan. She was 100% supportive of all our ideas and even helped us with options we didn't know we had. She encouraged me to fight for my VBAC even when my OB was not supportive. Eventually, I realized my OB wasn't going to support the birth I wanted, so Joli out together recommendations for doctors that would support me. With her help, we found a new OB and began to wait for our sons arrival. Her prenatal care was above and beyond the call of duty- offering rebozo, emotional support, massage and essential oils support. She gave us VBAC facts and supported us when one of my doctors suggested our son was too big for a VBAC delivery. When I went into labor, my husband was out of town. Joli checked on me throughout the night while I labored and then helped me get to the hospital. She was by my side the entire labor, intinctively caring for all my needs (even ones I didn't know I had!). From encouragement, to massage, to helping keep my labor progressing or relaxing me during painful contractions, she was amazing. At one point I thought I wouldn't be able to have my unmedicated VBAC birth, but Joli encouraged me so much and I did what I thought was impossible! My son was born just 7 months after my daughter via unmedicated VBAC. Joli is more than our doula, she is our dear friend and forever a part of our family's story. 

Tina Bullard

2/10/2014

Joli was an amazing asset to my birth experience! This was my first birth, so I had little experience with what to expect. Joli was an excellent source of reassurance and calmness. She listened and anticipated my needs throughout my birth. She was also a great support to my husband. She was a fantastic advocate for my birth plan during a time that I could not be. She also helped to encapsulate my placenta which has been very helpful during my recovery. I would highly recommend Joli to anyone looking for an experienced doula to provide them with amazing care and support. 

Kila Savoy

12/16/2013

Joii attended the birth of my last daughter. She was a wonderful asset to my birthing team. Even though it spanned over 2 days she was there for every minute to guide and support me through my birth. She stepped in to do whatever was needed at exactly the right time. We loved having her be apart of our birth!

Kim Raben

11/25/2013

From the moment I met Joli, I knew she was going to be AWESOME and that's exactly what she was!  She is extremenly easy to talk to and has a wealth of knowledge ranging from the birth process to various pain management and relaxation methods using essential oils. She answered every question I had and addressed my every concern.  She was very thorough and really took the time to learn what my ideal birth plan would look like.  Unfortunately, my birth didn't go as expected (they seldom do) due to high blood pressure, so I was admitted into the hospital a week early for what turned out to be several induction methods.  I was there for eight days, what felt like an eternity, and she was with me every step of the way.  She even held my hand during the most difficult procedures.  She also served as my photographer/filmer during the precious moments right after the birth of my son.  She took awesome footage that I will cherish for a lifetime and captured the expression on my dad's face when he met his grandson.  My husband feels indebted to Joli as well for all the ways she helped him too.  Joli was not only my doula, she also became my friend.   I went to her after my birth to get a new "do" and she does fabulous hair too!  And she even did my belly cast which was really cool! She's funny, smart, creative, caring, dedicated, and a whole lot of fun!  I would highly recommend hiring Joli as your doula! 

Ashley Newman

8/14/2013

With my first pregnancy I had wanted a midwife and doula but when we found out that our son would be coming to us with DS we were told that was not an option by our OB. Our son ultmately came via c-section because he was breech and we were afraid of "complications". I was frustrated by that experience and knew I wanted something different the next time. Our second child came to us via adoption. We partnered with a birth mom and Joli to support the pregnancy and birth plan. Joli was excellent- I immediately felt connected and conformtable with her. She had a plan, but was relaxed and flexible at the same time. She helped the birth mom to make good nutritional choices and informed her of all her birthing options. She was involved with the whole pregnancy. Joli was instrumental in forming the adoptive parent birth plan too- allowing us the opportunity to do some amazing things we never thought possile. When it came time for our daughter to be born, she was on call/readily available to us. She came to the hospital when we called- she offered amazing support. Always asking if the procedures being performed were something that the birth mom wanted. She sat diligently by her side, tending to everything she needed. It was such a relief to have her in the room with us. When labor had come to a stand still, the doctors began to talk about a c-section. Joli set to work immediately, repositioning the birth mom and encouraging her. She worked with the nurses, asking how they felt about different positions and always listening to what the birth mom was feeling. Within 30 minutes, she had gone from 5cm to complete! She was ready to push! Joli helped coach her through the entire process, and in 15 minutes we had our daughter! Using Joli's plan, we were able to catch our daughter when she was delivered, cut the cord and have bonding time. It was incredible! Joli prevented unnecessary surgery and made our experience unforgettable. Thank you, Joli!

Brittany Newman

8/7/2013

My experience with Joli has been completely amazing. She has been very helpful through my pregnancy. She has given me extremely helpful tips during my pregnancy to ensure the baby came out healthy (and the baby did come out healthy). She has been there when I needed her and she still is (which is awesome). I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a doula. 

Amanda Felton

4/21/2013

Joli Ammons was there for me and my hubby at the birth of our son, March 2013. I chose to have a doula with us because all of my family and friends lived out of state. The birth of my son was something I have been dreaming of for years! It was the most important day of my life. If Joli had not been by my side that day would not have been as wonderful as it was. I was in labor for a very very long time and stayed natural for the majority of it. Joli was there every minute. She did a wonderful job of doing everything I needed her too. We had only met twice before I went in labor, but she was so intune to mine and my hubby's needs. She is very knowledgeable with essential oils, something I knew nothing about but turned out to be something very helpful for me. I cannot imagine what that day would have been like had Joli not been there. On top of the actual birth of my son, Joli was there for me beforehand. If I was feeling anxious or worried, or just had a question I could call her or text her anytime. And she has been there for us after the birth. She also encapsulation my placenta for me, and of course did a great job! I got to know a lot about Joli, she is a very caring person; she has the ability to look into people and feel what they are feeling and give them what they need. Joli has a natural talent for helping, supporting and loving people. I consider myself so blessed to have had Joli as my doula. To any moms to be, Joli would be a wonderful person to have with you at your birth. Joli may be a new doula but she certainly is NOT inexperienced! Oh and she’s also a hair stylist, so if you can count on good looking hair or having your hair out of the way!

From Hubby: My wife probably would not be speaking to me had Joli not been there to help me and her.

 

 

Lanie Massey

1/29/2013

Joli attended the birth of our daughter on December 17, 2012. It was a day full of excitement and wonder, and naturally some apprehension and fear on my part. Joli was such a wonderful and calming influence in the delivery room throughout the day. After finding out that I would have to be induced I was worried that my plans for a natural child birth might be unrealistic, but with Joli's help, I was able to to deliver Margaret without the help of any pain medication! I wouldn't have had our daughter's birth happen any differently and I would recommend Joli to anyone!

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