6 years and 86 births attended
Type of practice: On-call doula service
Clients per month: 1
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am happy to support hospital births at VCU Health and St. Mary's
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Families attended by Embrace Midwifery enjoy special pricing.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I support home birth that are also attended by care provider who is specially trained to attend out of hospital births. Please ask about special pricing for home births.
Urban Baby Beginnings volunteer doula, Richmond doulas member, Improving Birth Richmond Co-coordinator.
Congratulations on your growing family! Doula support includes comprehensive childbirth education, professional photography immediately after baby arrives and as possible during your birth, 2 prenatal meetings to plan how I will work with your family to support your birth, your entire birth from the time you request support to 1-2 hours after baby arrives and 2 postpartum meetings to process your birth and provide postpartum referrals and strategies. I carefully plan and limit the number of births that I support so that I can give your family and birth the attention that it deserves. In addition to careful planning I also have solid back-up relationships with other experienced doulas in the area should unexpected circumstances prevent my attendance at your birth. Please check out my website for additional services to support your transition and a better description of my qualifications. I am often open to barter arrangements, especially for local food and seamstress work.
Mechanicsville, VA Service range 25 miles
Adding Joy to our care team was by far the best decision we made for this pregnancy. Knowing that I wanted a different birth experience for my second pregnancy, we started our pregnancy journey by carefully interviewing and selecting care-providers; however, insurance and health-related issues forced us to change care providers several times before birth. We reached out to Joy who provided consistency and stability along with a fantastic network of other supportive birth workers who made the experience as gentle and enjoyable as possible. Her positivity and calm-spirit during the birth helped us have the best possible experience. We are truly grateful!
Having Joy as my Doula and part of my support team was one of the best decisions i have ever made. I needed a women's support who could help keep my calm during my birthing and teach me ways to keep myself calm and make it a positive experience. This was my 2nd child and i wasnted a different experience than that of my first. I was not dissapointed. Joy made it a very personal experience tailoring it to my needs while also making my husband a part of the plan as well. I was supported in all ways that i needed. I was taught ways leading up to my birth that helped me prepare and feel like i was ready. I felt empowered this second time and became an advocate for myself during this process. Joy helped give me a voice, making sure i was the one who made the decisions about how I wanted this to go. She was there through out and at the end. Should we have another child I would have Joy as my Doula again.
My Experience with Joy is one I will never forget! She was amazing ..she provided a lot of support and guidance And just made me feel comfortable!! She is awesome and anyone having a baby would be lucky to have her by her side!
I'm so blessed that I stumbled upon Joy's website while looking for a doula who was trained in childbirth hypnosis. She gave such great counsel when I found myself in need of a new medical practicioner, and I ended up having an amazing homebirth. During my childbirth time, Joy was supportive and helpful, yet peaceful and calm. Even my midwife mentioned how she was a great extra pair of hands. I ended up having an amazing birth in large part due to Joy's knowledge and helpfulness.
Joy is an amazing doula and true artist when it comes to photographer. I am a single mom of now two. Joy took me in and guided me exactly where I needed to be. I was able to have a successful VBAC with my 2nd daughter and I honestly know I couldn't have done it without her. From her calm, soothing, understanding, and informative nature. I believe her and the doctor that I was introduced to from the hospital that was recommended to me by her an others gave me the dream birth that I had hoped for. As Joy as your doula she isn't just an instructor but like a close friend. I learned how to breath away the pain in her hypnobirthing classes. She then also took beautiful maternity, newborn, and breastfeeding pictures of us. So in reality you get it all with Joy. The guidance, comfort, information, tools for relaxation, calm soothing voice, and talented woman who when you are around feels like ya'll have been friends for years. I recommended her everyone I find out is pregnant. She is beyond amazing and will help you reach the goals you want for your own personalized birthing experience.
If you are considering a doula or a natural birth, I highly recommend Joy! Prior to meeting Joy, I had no experience with doulas and the natural birthing process...I had no experience with birth at all as this was our first child! Once I made the decision to go natural, my husband and I knew we needed someone to help us achieve our goal. I found Joy through her hypnobirthing class (which I also highly recommend). I asked her to be our doula after our first class, as I felt very comfortable with her and her personality. She is very calm, easy going, helpful, and patient. She made my husband feel very comfortable and answered his questions. Joy's training in hypnobirthing is a huge plus as the techniques are extremely helpful during a natural birth. She also taught my husband many vital techniques to use on me during prelabor. She gave me books to read on my own. She is trained in acupressure (after she did acupressure technique during my early labor...my water broke!) She was always available when we had questions. Never did I feel rushed or pushed...she made us feel totally relaxed and at ease. Her encouragement during the birthing process helped me keep going when I felt like I couldn't. My husband was hesitant at first to have a doula; after the birth, he stated he could not have done it without her! Joy was absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend you meet with her if you are considering a natural birth! All things are possible when you are prepared and have support. Ask about hypnobirthing! Joy is a great instructor, and this class was vital to achieving my natural birth. I also learned relaxation techniques I can use for life.
Our experience with joy was amazing! I thought I was getting just a doula, but little did I know about all of the services she offers and provided for us. She show me amazing support from the time I found her even up to weeks after giving birth. Some of the acupressure techniques really helped me be more comfortable in the last few weeks of my pregnancy.
I am happy to recommend her to anyone!
I don't even know where to begin! Joy was recommended to us by friends that had used her as their doula, and even though she told us when we interviewed her that we should interview several more doulas, we didn't, rebels that we are! We both just knew immediately because we felt so incredibly at ease in her presence. Our prenatal visits helped both of us feel prepared for the wild adventure to come, and by the time she showed up at our home for our birth, she felt like a member of the family! We planned a hospital birth with midwives, and it was so important to me to be able to manage my labor pain naturally. Joy's amazing coping techniques and comfort measures made this possible. One of the most amazing things she did during the birth was put my partner at ease and coach him in what to do for me. It made my labor and birth the best night of my life. She helped maintain a calm, pleasant atmosphere throughout the night, and the support and encouragement I got as things got intense were such a gift to me. Somehow, she always knew exactly what to say and do. Our birth was perfect, and it wouldn't have been the same without Joy on our team. I can’t say enough good things about our experience with Joy Kraynak. If we have another child I will call her again without hesitation. I would recommend her to anyone.
Zach and Katelyn's Experience:
Working with Joy was, well to not be funny, a Joy. We began classes with her for hypnobirthing a few months before our due date and we lucked into finding out that she was a Doula as well. When she offered us the opportunity to use her as one we weren't really sure what to expect, but after meeting with her she helped calm any concerns that we may have had and made it obvious to us that she would only be there to help and be condusive the birthing experience we wanted. Joy was coridal and answered all questions that we had prior to labor and then on the day of birth she showed up promptly after calling her at 2:00 AM. And luckily, cause we were at the hospital by 4:00. She was with us throughout the whole process and this technique she worked on my hips was amazing! At the same time she was taking pictures when the midwife was helping with me, which came out great and are the only labor and delivery room pictures we got. Not only was she an incredible doula but her hypnobirthing class allowed me to have the natural and positive birth experience I was hoping for.
Joy made herself available to us at any time, offering to come over several times when I was just feeling sick and kept us informed of her schedule whenever she was leaving for a few hours. I would definitely reccommend her to anyone in the Richmond/Virginia area and furthermore would say take the Hypnobirthing class because the breathing techniques and other information really helped me a lot. I enjoyed working with Joy and like I said I can't recommend her highly enough because she was truly great and made my first child birth an endearing experience. Thanks again!
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