About Doula Joyce
DONA International Birth Doula Training Workshop 8/2009
DONA International Birth Doula Certification (CD(DONA)) since 5/2012
Trained Hypnobabies® Hypno-Doula (HCHD) since 5/2015
Evidence Based Birth® Instructor since 3/2017
Spinning Babies workshop 2014
Certified Rebozo Apprentice with Gena Kirby 2016.
B.A. Psychology, Knox College, 2003.
M.S. Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008.
As of June 2019, I have attended 103 births as a doula. I have experience supporting spontaneous, induced, and augmented labors, spontaneous and assisted births, Cesarean births, VBAC births, and twins. I attend births at all hospitals in Lincoln and surrounding communities, and Lincoln’s freestanding birth center, Good Life Birth Place.
I have instructional experience in a variety of formal and informal educational settings since 2001, and have instructed individuals and small and large groups from elementary age children through adults.
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 or desired
Attending and supporting families through birth is normal and beneficial
Attending and supporting families 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 birthing person begin to process their 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. However, as your doula, I do guarantee that I will do my best to help you prepare for your ideal birth and help you navigate the birth that you receive with dignity and strength so that your birth is a positive experience you will remember fondly.