Doula Services

Doula Services

Joyful Start services Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbsI am proud to support all types of birth for all types of families. Everyone deserves understanding, committed support.

Packages are available to meet a variety of needs. Don’t see what you need here? Contact me to find a package just right for you!

Joyful Birth Package

Continuous labor support, whether you plan for unmedicated birth, epidural or other medical pain management, cesarean birth, VBAC, hospital birth, birth center, or home birth. I will support you and your partner or support person through:

  • Complimentary introductory visit/interview
  • Up to two prenatal visits
  • Birth preference planning
  • On-call from 38 weeks until birth
  • Continuous physical, emotional, and informational labor support (no set time limit)
  • Back-up doula for emergency coverage
  • In-home postpartum visit, generally 1-2 hours, supporting the family as you get settled, supporting breastfeeding/chestfeeding if applicable, answering questions, and processing the birth
  • Phone/text/email support
  • Online doula registry page available

This package is best for those who do not plan on any additional support postpartum.

The Full Start

  • Everything included in the Joyful Birth Package PLUS
  • 20 hours of postpartum doula support*
  • 30 minutes of in-office prenatal massage from Berri Healthy**

This package is a great fit for first-time parents or those bringing a new baby into an established family.


  • Everything included in the Joyful Birth Package PLUS
  • 60 hours of postpartum doula support*
  • 30 minutes of in-office prenatal massage from Berri Healthy**

This package is a great fit for families who need extra support after baby’s arrival. Great for twins, parents with additional medical needs, one partner returning to work soon after birth, and more.

Additional services:

  • Private, in-home class: newborn and breastfeeding/chestfeeding basics. Get off to a joyful start with personal classes to meet your needs. I will come to your home to work with you and your partner on newborn care skills from breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and/or bottle feeding to newborn sleep, bathing, soothing techniques, and more.
  • Private, in-home childbirth education classes customized to your needs and interests
  • Postpartum doula support by the hour or in postpartum-only packages
  • Additional prenatal consultations
  • Baby registry help
  • Hospital tours
  • Attending childbirth class or appointment with you
  • Antenatal support for those on bedrest during their pregnancy

Joyful Start Family Support provides caring, professional, non-judgmental doula support for families of all kinds and birth of all kinds in Southeastern Pennsylvania including: Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Berwyn, Blue Bell, Bryn Athyn, Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill, Conshohocken, Devon, Elkins Park, Flourtown, Fort Washington, Germantown, Glenside, Havertown, Horsham, Huntingdon Valley, Jenkintown, King of Prussia, Lansdale, the Main Line, Manayunk, Mount Airy, Norristown, North Wales, Oreland, Philadelphia, Phoenixville, Plymouth Meeting, Radnor, Roxborough, Valley Forge, Warminster, Wayne, Willow Grove, Wyndmoor, and the surrounding area. See the service area map  above for details.

 * minimum 3 hours per visit, to be used within three months of baby’s birth

** May be applied to a longer session. Please present certificate at time of service. Visit to schedule.