Birth Fee: $1500
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 176 births attended
Clients per Month: 3 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English, German
Joy is unbelievably skilled, compassionate and so so supportive. I can say without hesitation that she is THE reason we were able to have a natural, unmedicated childbirth. Without her, we surely would not have had the technique, the coaching, or the confidence to experience our ideal birth. Can not recommend highly enough!
My husband and I hired Joy and her partner Dara as our Doulas several months before our daughter was born. I was nervous to bring someone new into our very special birth preparations, but hiring them was one of the best decisions we made leading up to the birth. If you are able to hire a doula, having Joy and Dara by your side no matter what comes up during pregnancy, the birth itself, or postpartum, is an invaluable resource.
A few specifics where Joy saved the day: several weeks before birth, our baby girl flipped breach. Joy was present in our home showing us all the moves to try to flip our baby naturally. When we were unable to flip our baby naturally, and had to go in for a version and then an unplanned c-section, Joy came to the hospital with very little notice, and made it in time to support us for the birth! To this day I don't know how she made it to the hospital so fast! During birth, every moment counts, and responsiveness and timeliness goes a long way. After the birth she rubbed my feet and took care of encapsulating my placenta. The placenta encapsulation was handled so professionally and clearly.
Before I had a baby, I always thought of doulas as people who supported you during your birth, but Joy and Dara provide so much more than that. They have the capacity and knowledge to support you before, during and after birth, depending on your needs and desires. Birth is so much more than one moment. It's a whole experience. I feel so lucky to have had their support in my birth experience, and I hope to have them by my side again in the future.
We used Joy’s placenta encapsulation services and couldn’t have been happier. We are first time parents and didn’t know what to expect, and Joy made the entire process so simple - we didn’t really have to do anything which is exactly what you need so you can focus on your new baby!
Joy picked up my placenta from the hospital, processed it and returned the capsules to us before we were even discharged. She was so kind and easy to communicate with and we definitely plan to use her again in the future!
Dara and Joy are a wonderful team and having them as our doulas is something husband and I are incredibly grateful for. Dara was the person on call during my birth, but Joy helped us tremendously over text and email prenatally whenever I had questions. I also used her placenta encapsulation services. She delivered all of the goods to our home just 48 hours after delivery! If you have any doubts, you will not be disappointed using Joyful Roots Doula services!! We hope they are around here for a while because we will have them again in a heartbeat for any future children!!
There’s so much to say about Joy, It’s difficult to contain into 1 paragraph. First of all, her energy is contagious. She is compassionate, encouraging…and funny! She’s genuinely fun to be around. Feeling comfortable with my Doula in every capacity was very important to me for the day of, and she exceeded every expectation I had. I absolutely recommend Joy. I can’t say enough good things about my experience with her. Joy came to my house before my birth and worked on some exercises with me and my husband to practice for the day of. When the time finally came to deliver my baby boy, Joy was by my side. She was the perfect coach in my time of need. I would absolutely have her by my side again the next time I go into labor. I couldn’t imagine the birth of my son without her. Not only will I call her again, but I plan to gift my sister with her expertise and love when she is going into labor. After labor, Joy encapsulated my placenta for me. My placenta pills helped with my energy levels and postpartum depression (or lack of..!). She was able to answer all of my questions and help me make the decisions that worked best for me. I loved that. Joy comes so recommended by both my husband and I. She’ll make you fall in love with her and your entire experience.
I was initially hesitant about hiring a doula for my birth, but I am so happy that I did. Joy and Dara are so great at what they do and I felt comforted from the minute I met them. They both have a wealth of knowledge and a calm, compassionate way about them that put my anxious mind at ease. In the weeks leading up to the birth of my son, Dara and Joy were always happy to answer any questions, or just ease my mind about things. Joy was on call when I went into labor and she was amazing. I can’t thank her enough for the incredible support that she provided to my husband and I during my labor and after. My labor and birth experience would have been scary and overwhelming without the strength and encouragement of these wonderful women. Thank you so much Joy and Dara!
We could not be more pleased with the placenta encapsulation education and service that we received from Joy! From providing explanations and answering questions pre-delivery to pick-up of the cooler at the hospital all the way to delivery of the package to our home, Joy’s service was swift and her personality always so sweet. Her accompanying eBook was an excellent tool that I was able to refer to time and again while navigating the dosage post-partum and understanding how the accompanying sitz bath and arnica massage oil (heaven!) all worked together to bring my body to a healed and balanced state after the delivery of my child. I would highly recommend this service from Joy!
When we met Joy we instantly could sense her calmness and confidence. We knew having her in our presence during childbirth would bring peace and serenity to a potentially chaotic situation. We decided on the spot she was the doula for us.
When my labor finally started, Joy was immediately responsive and there for us when my husband reached out to her. She provided amazing support over the phone before she came to our home.
Once it was time to go to the hospital Joy was right there with us. She helped me get into the car in a position that was comfortable- I was dreading the car ride to the hospital and having to experience contractions tethered in a seatbelt. Once at the hospital she walked me in so my husband could park the car.Once in the delivery room it was soon time to push. Joy supported my husband as he supported me. She offered great suggestions on how to push, where to push, different positions to push in. She kept encouraging me and helped give me the confidence to trust my body and that I could do what needed to be done to deliver this baby. She had suggestions that provided me with additional comfort. While there were other nurses in the room and eventually the doctor for the delivery, my husband and Joy were the two people I communicated with and I knew they were answering all the hospital’s questions in line with my wishes.
Having Joy meant that we had a three-person team in the room who were all committed to a single plan and my husband and I were able to bring our son into the world in a way that was completely in line with our birth plan. We were able to have a natural unmedicated birth which lead to a very quick recovery and we felt so proud of ourselves and in control from the very beginning of being parents! She is an unforgettable part of our birth story and we cannot recommend her enough!
I had an excellent experience working with Joy as one of my birthing doulas. Although Joy didn’t join me in the hospital since I didn’t require a doula during the evening/night hours, she was easily accessible and we kept her updated on my labor progress. Joy promptly responded to our middle of the night text messages and was available to join us at the hospital at any time.
Prior to labor, Joy met my husband and I at our home to go over comfort measures and labor techniques, which was very useful. I would highly recommend Joy and her partner, Dara, as your doulas. They are an amazing team and helped to make a challenging life transition a little bit easier.
My partner and I had the fortune of working with Joy and her doula partner, Dara during our first pregnancy. I felt so much warmth and support when meeting Joy for the first time and this continued throughout my pregnancy and after the birth of my son. Joy is very knowledgeable about so many things including pregnancy discomforts and labor pain coping mechanisms (she even has a TENS machine to use). Anytime we had concerns or questions, she was super quick to respond with helpful advice.
Although Joy didn't join us for the birth of our baby, she kindly visited us at the hospital the next day, having stepped away from her daughter who was also at the hospital that day. Her visit confirmed what I felt since meeting her - we are so lucky to have her on our team during this experience and grateful for her doula services that provided the foundation for a beautiful birth.
Joy is an amazing Doula! She has this way about her that makes you feel comforted from the moment you meet her. She had many different suggestions and tips in regards to any question I asked (and I asked many ??), and always had a positive story to share when I was anxious about my upcoming birthing time. If she didn’t have an answer to something, she would find one.
When the actual day to give birth arrived, she went above and beyond. Joy seemed to know just what I needed when the going got tough. She pulled out every comfort measure (from essential oils to pressure points) and made sure I was staying fed and hydrated throughout her time with me. She listened with a non-judgmental ear, that made you feel confident and comfortable with any decision you made for the safety and well-being of you and your baby. I can say with 100% confidence, that I would have been lost without her support during my birth.
The days following my labor, she stopped by to make sure my son and I were doing well. Her genuine, down-to-earth personality makes you feel like you’ve gained a new friend and not just hired an expert to help you during one moment in your life.
My hope is that Joy will be a part of my next birthing experience, if I should be so lucky to have another. I have reffered her to many friends and will continue to do so. Joy is just the person you want to have with you during such a special time in your life.
Joy has been absolutely amazing throughout my wife’s pregnancy. We hired her (and her awesome co-doula/business partner, Dara) to be our doula for the birth of our first child, due this November. She has lead us through our childbirth education classes and has truly gone above and beyond our expectations. Joy’s warm, grounded demeanor combined with her many years of wisdom and experience make her an exceptional doula and educator.
Working with Joy has allowed us to feel more prepared throughout the pregnancy, and has also given us some fantastic tools to help prepare for labor and delivery. From positional exercise to birth plans and everything in between, she has helped to make this experience a truly joyful one (yes, she really does live up to the name!).
I am a reproductive health specialist myself and have referred many of my patients to Joy and Dara with nothing but positive feedback. It’s been such a treat to finally be able to experience it first hand - we couldn’t have chosen better doulas if we tried! My wife and I are truly grateful.
Vast in her knowledge, intuitive in her wisdom, healing with her touch, fiercely protective of a mother’s birth space, pure love and compassion in her heart, Joy embodies all of these and more. I will be forever grateful for her support on our birthing journey.
My birth experience was healing, full of love, and I have so much gratitude to Joy for guiding me along the way.
Joy is an amazing person, so warm and grounded and easy to talk to. I first found her on Yelp, and after seeing reviews from other holistic practitioners, I went to her website where I saw she has a ton of useful resources.
After being in touch with her, I was sold. We hired her for a couple of private birth prep sessions, and found her to be a great listener with a depth of evidence based knowledge. She had a thoughtful response for all of my worries and put me right at ease.
I also hired her to encapsulate my placenta and I was amazed at the quick turn around, not to mention how much the pills helped me feel balanced and more energetic.
I can't say enough about this lovely woman !!
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