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Joyce Dykema, MS, CD(DONA), HCHD and Evidence Based Birth® Instructor

Joyce Dykema, MS, CD(DONA), HCHD and Evidence Based Birth® Instructor

A Message from your Evidence Based Birth® Instructor:

When I was expecting my third baby, I had been working as a birth doula for five years, and I'd had two empowering birth experiences already, so I anticipated a similar experience for this baby. My husband and I, along with our midwives, made our plans and preparations for a similar birth to our first two children.

However, those plans crumbled when the hospital decided to withdraw support for my birth plan, just weeks before my due date. I knew the evidence supported my plans, but my provider's hands were tied. Now, my husband and I needed to speak up and advocate for ourselves, ultimately choosing to transfer our care to a different facility that truly supported us. Our new providers and birth setting supported my birth plan, and I had the empowering and comfortable birth experience I had prepared for!

Now, through the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class, I am proud to skillfully mentor you and your partner in evidence based care, comfort measures, and advocacy, so that you can embrace your birth and parenting experiences with courage and confidence.


Listen to what some of the first students of the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class have had to say:

“This class is a total gamechanger for us. I’d heard negative stories…I was scared and very on edge. Then once we started taking the class, and when we learned about interventions that I was apprehensive about… It brought us together in that [my partner] understood birth more, and I understood it more. And as soon as I went into labor, we were on. We were a team.”

“I really appreciated how informative it was. I knew a lot about the biology of birth and babies, but what we learned was just very impressive. It was a really good experience—fairly chill, fairly laid-back, and not nearly as stressful and awkward as I thought it might be. All the information—I never would’ve thought there was that much information out there!”

Take the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class!

  • Get mentored by your own Evidence Based Birth® Instructor!

  • Learn about evidence based care, comfort measures, and advocacy

  • Get prepared, get answers, get empowered!


Your Childbirth Class includes:

  • Mentorship from Joyce, experienced EBB Instructor

  • Two in-person classes to practice your labor skills

  • Five weeks of online videos for you and your partner to watch together

  • BONUS: Breastfeeding and newborn care videos

  • BONUS: Four video chats with your Instructor!

  • BONUS: Earn points throughout the class to redeem for prizes at the end!

  • BONUS: Private Facebook group just for Doula Joyce EBB® Childbirth Class students!

Ready to Get Empowered? Register for Your Class Now!


Don’t pass up on this opportunity!

  • Your birth experience is too valuable for you to avoid educating yourself beforehand.

  • Sadly, I’ve spoken with many parents who have major regrets about how they went into birth without preparation—and the health consequences they suffered as a result

  • Take action, get educated, and find the answers and mentorship you need today!

Listen to what this couple had to say:

“This class is a wonderful tool in preparing for childbirth!”

”Definitely worth it and a lot of great information!”
— Emily and Michael

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Can’t I just educate myself online using Google and YouTube?

A lot of that info you find online about pregnancy and birth? It’s inaccurate! The benefit of the Evidence Based Birth® class is that we curate all of the best, evidence-based information for you. What’s more, you can ask your experienced Evidence Based Birth® Instructor questions any time– meaning you’ll have someone to mentor you through the process!

Shouldn’t I just let the doctors and nurses tell me what to do?

Routine practices in some hospitals are still about 15 to 20 years behind the research, and there is a lot of pressure to conform to traditions that might not be in your best interests. We will teach you and your partner how to be your own advocate—how to respectfully speak up for yourself, your partner, and your child. This is a skill you can use for the rest of your life!

My friends told me that taking a childbirth class is a waste of time.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of poor-quality classes out there, which have given childbirth education a bad reputation. The founder of Evidence Based Birth®, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, knows how to make classes exciting for young adults. The end result is a class that is motivating and SO much fun to participate in. You will learn more than you could ever imagine!

What will I learn in this class that could be of use to me?

Our students are most excited to learn about the entire toolkit of comfort measures for labor. We cover pain management techniques like massage, water immersion, upright birthing positions, acupressure, music therapy, and deep breathing, just to name a few. Then you get hands-on practice in our Comfort Measures Rehearsal. When labor starts, you and your partner will be ready!