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Since 2020, it seems everyone is simply trying to find their footing. In the years following the pandemic’s start, every industry has witnessed a shake-up, and the birthing industry is no exception. More women have decided to have home births in recent years and seek more natural methods for delivery. While there are many reasons to look at different labor methods, all your choices can be overwhelming when you first consider all the alternatives. I think you will adore Ellie Lindenmayer at Joyful Birthing & Beyond. Ellie is passionate about empowering women when it comes to birthing choices. If you’ve considered your options, let me tell you about your new best friend. 

About Joyful Birthing

Ellie Lindenmayer has always been passionate about education. She worked as a high school English teacher for ten years while earning her master’s degree. Ellie was inspired to start Joyful Birthing after having two babies of her own. She loved the idea of giving parents choices regarding their delivery and went to work earning certificates so she could help. Ellie is a certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner, Birth Doula, Sleep Consultant, and Lactation Counselor. Essentially, she’s an expert at all things baby and is here to pass on her knowledge. She wants to ensure that you have a positive birth experience and all the things you need to survive the first few years of parenthood. 

Since starting Joyful Birthing in 2014, she’s attended over 100 births and has expanded the business. She’s empowered countless couples with her courses and has added four wonderful doulas to her team. Ellie brings her own experience as a mother to her practice and is a fierce advocate. Regardless of your birth choice, you’ll want Joyful Birthing & Beyond in your corner. 


Joyful Birthing & Beyond is known first and foremost for its doulas. The doulas provide unrivaled emotional support from the first signs of pregnancy throughout the first month following delivery. The doulas at Joyful Birthing only take on one client at a time, ensuring they can give you their full attention. 

Doulas are some of the best advocates you can have throughout pregnancy and are there to provide total emotional and mental support throughout all pregnancy and delivery. As a result of their training, they know how to assist you best. Whether you need someone to talk you through your symptoms or want an experienced friend to offer natural pain relief throughout your delivery, they’ll be there. They don’t replace your partner or your healthcare provider. Instead, they act as an additional (and vital!) member of your team, empowering you through this stage regardless of your birth choices. Whether you deliver in a hospital or feel ready to have a home birth, your doula will cheer you on.

Following your delivery, you’ll have a month of unlimited consultation and breastfeeding support to ensure you have the headstart you need. The doulas at Joyful Birthing are now available to provide virtual sessions. You can get all the necessary answers and help without leaving your house! 

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Courses and Lessons

When Ellie’s not assisting with births, she’s leading classes to ensure parents feel equipped for the following months. Her birthing class discusses what to bring to the hospital, what to expect throughout labor, what procedures are required, and various forms of pain relief. You’ll have a two-hour-long one-on-one session where you can ask any questions. You’ll also receive some excellent advice for those early postpartum weeks.

If you’re nervous about nursing, you’ll love her breastfeeding course. You’ll get advice on the best nursing positions, help surrounding common breastfeeding issues, and ways to know when your baby is getting enough milk. She’ll offer a one-on-one session, documents, and resources so you can face this next stage of parenthood confidently. 

Her hypnobirthing class is one of her most popular courses. She offers both private lessons as well as group classes. Throughout these, you’ll receive a wealth of knowledge regarding this method and its benefits. Because the classes occur online, you can have a recorded session and revisit it if you need. If you’re not ready to commit to the entire course, she offers a refresher course and an introductory course. All of these classes include one-on-one sessions where you can get personalized advice.  

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We all need sleep to keep us sane, but newborns don’t necessarily know that. Thankfully, Joyful Birthing does. The center offers an online course regarding getting your baby to sleep, and Ellie offers sleep consultations. It doesn’t matter if you’re fighting sleep regressions or just need tips on how to get your baby to nap. Ellie has answers.

She allows you to call and talk for 45 minutes over any sleep emergencies, regardless of your child’s age. Her advice and calmness will make you feel ready to tackle the issue. She also offers personalized consultations. She’ll give you a questionnaire so that she can understand the problem. From there, she’ll give you a customized sleep plan and continue to provide support in the weeks following. With her advice, you’ll be able to get a good night’s rest finally, so your whole household will wake up feeling restored. 

Joyful Birthing

If the idea of pregnancy and parenthood is stressing you out, it’s time to call Joyful Birthing & Beyond. This fantastic company pairs you with an aide to walk you through this season. Furthermore, they provide all the necessary resources and classes to feel ready for any problem. 

Are you looking for a photographer who will provide stunning pictures of your newborn in those precious first few months? Then I’m your woman! I love being there for new parents and setting up calming photoshoots that give them photos they’ll cherish forever. Contact me today so we can set up your session. For more Boston area motherhood content, check out the blog links below. 

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