Joy of Life Doulas is committed to helping women and families in their most vulnerable moments while empowering them to make educated decisions about the birthing process.
After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Family Studies from Miami University, I had a hard time choosing a career path. I am interested in and have a passion for many, many things and people. I felt like there were so many people in the world who needed help. I felt overwhelmed. I went back to my pharmacy job and felt unfulfilled.
I remembered a conversation I had with my mom about what a birth doula was and what they did. I learned a little bit more about it and with the support of my amazing husband and awesome family, I completed a DONA International training to be a birth doula, am working towards certification, and I started my own company. Being a birth doula encompasses many of my passions and interests. I am looking forward to the future!
A doula is...
"a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. (DONA, 2018).
Continouos support leads to...
decrease in the risk of cesarean (with a doula, specifically)
decrease in the baby's risk of a low five minute Apgar score
decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief