"However much we know about birth in general, we know nothing about a particular birth. We must let it unfold with its own uniqueness." --Elizabeth Noble
Now located in Jacksonville, NC!
Hello and welcome to Natural Birthing Joy Birth services! Congratulations on your journey of a new beginning.
I am honored to have you here. I have such a passion for birth! I specialize in natural, unmedicated births. However, birth is unique and important to me and each birth is so different and empowering! I help my clients to stay healthy and low risk during pregnancy in order to achieve the birth they desire and strive for.
I am an Affiliated Bradley Method Birth Instructor and teach classes in the Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune and surrounding areas. I have had five births, each a different journey that have been medicated, unmedicated/natural, and all utilizing the Lamaze and Bradley Methods, respectively. I have breastfed for a combined eleven years (and counting!) and have been an active lactivist for over 17 years. I have led and co-led breastfeeding and pregnancy support groups over the years. A not-so-new practice, and added benefit, for mamas, is placenta encapsulation. Over 20% of mamas giving birth are now encapsulating! These services are available from me as well!
My own journey began listening to my mother talk about pregnancy and birth; how beautiful, natural, and empowering that women can carry and birth babies! A love for it sprouted and has continued to grow. Now, I have four daughters and a son (my oldest was present for the birth of her sisters and brother), a supportive and educated birth coach (my husband!) and a passion for continuing my education in the pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum field!
Another role I have taken on for the past 6 years is Doula. A doula doesn't replace anyone, but in fact, a doula supports everyone involved. She helps to educate about pregnancy, support during labor and birth, and to provide additional support for mom and baby after birth to make sure sensitive times and breastfeeding are well established. The new family is to be comfortable and confident to continue on their new journey, and I am happy to help you make these life blessing transitions.