About Doula Joyce
I am so excited that you are considering doula support for your upcoming birth! Doula care was essential to me while I was giving birth to our three children and I am honored to be able to provide that level of care to other expectant families.
Please be aware that I am only able to support Lincoln, NE area residents at this time. Please contact me if you have any questions.
DONA International Birth Doula Training Workshop August 2009
DONA International Birth Doula Certification (CD(DONA)) since May 2012
Trained Hypnobabies® Hypno-Doula (HCHD) since May 2015
Evidence Based Birth® Instructor since March 2017
Spinning Babies workshop 2014
Certified Rebozo Apprentice with Gena Kirby 2016.
As of April 2019, I have attended 100 births as a doula. I have experience supporting women having Cesareans, VBAC, laboring with an epidural, and laboring drug-free. I also have experience supporting women who have gone into labor naturally and those who have been induced. I attend births at all hospitals in Lincoln and surrounding communities, and Lincoln’s birth center.
DONA International 2009-Present
International Cesarean Awareness Network 2014-Present
Evidence Based Birth® Instructor and Professional Member* 2017-Present
*Disclaimer: This is a referral link.
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” –Barbara Katz Rothman
Birth is a natural biological and physiological process
Outside factors can have a profound influence on childbirth
There are circumstances where medical intervention is necessary
Women attending and supporting women through birth is normal and beneficial
Women attending and supporting women can have a profound positive influence on both medical and emotional aspects of birth. This positive influence can help reduce the likelihood that medical intervention will be needed, and when intervention is necessary, can help the laboring mother begin to process her experience in a positive manner.
As a doula, I am primarily focused on the person giving birth. While I am passionate about physiologic childbirth, my goal is for my clients to have empowering and positive births, as they define it. I cannot guarantee that you will have your ideal birth, nor can I guarantee that you will not face the unexpected during your birth. However, as your doula, I do guarantee that no matter your medical circumstances, no matter your wishes and desires that make up your ideal birth, I will do my best to help you meet the challenges with dignity and strength so that your birth is a positive experience you will remember fondly.
More about me
I am the oldest of 4 children, and my birth experiences began when I watched my 2 younger brothers being born, med-free in hospital settings, when I was 4 and 8. When my husband and I discovered we were expecting our first child, I began researching everything I could about natural childbirth. That is when I first learned about doulas. Labor support is my calling, and I am overjoyed at the opportunity to serve women in this way. In addition to being a doula, I am wife to my high school sweetheart and mother of three amazing children! In addition to my doula credentials, I hold a BA in psychology and a MS in biological sciences.
I breastfed all three of our children to at least one year of age, used cloth diapers, baby sign language, babywearing, use natural remedies in conjunction with Western medicine, homeschooled, and public schooled our children. I don't think of myself as an "attachment parent," a "green parent," or any other parent label, we just do what makes sense for our family, and I will encourage you to explore what makes sense for yours.