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Hi there! I'm Joy 

Feeling a bit adrift in the sea of pregnancy info?

I totally get it!

When I was pregnant, I found myself buried under a heap of conflicting advice about childbirth. I wasn't just looking for a lecture on labour; I wanted real, empowering guidance that would help me feel informed and ready for both birth and those new parent milestones. I decided to enter the 'birth world' so I could share with you what I wished someone could have shared with me.

I hold a University Diploma in Antenatal Education and an Independent Hypnobirthing certification. For nearly 20 years, I've supported thousands of couples in preparing for birth and confident newborn parenting, enriching my classes with evidence-based knowledge and local maternity care insights.

Alongside my private work with Birth Prep with Joy, I teach for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), the UK's leading parenting charity, and support parents globally through the Blossom Antenatal online platform. I'm also dedicated to mentoring future antenatal educators and offer feeding support as a qualified breastfeeding counsellor.

Mum and baby

About Me

Birth, Babies and 'Uncool' Music

Community and Passion

I've had the joy of chatting about the wonders of babies with super enthusiastic primary school kids in West Lothian and supporting awesome dads-to-be on the Dads2B courses at St. Johns Hospital. I'm incredibly passionate about what I do and feel lucky to voice the experiences of parents in the Lothians as part of the NHS Lothian Maternity Voices Partnership.

 

Continuous Learning

Keeping my knowledge fresh is a big deal for me, so I'm always diving into the latest in obstetric and maternity care by attending various CPD events throughout the year

 

Your Journey with Me

No matter where you are, right here in The Lothians or halfway across the world, I'm here to offer support, share knowledge, and celebrate the amazing adventure of pregnancy and parenthood with you.

Woman with her dog and friend

And now ... I've stepped into my new chapter as an "empty nester" and a lover of all things home. My mornings kick off with a burst of fresh air and happy tail wags, as I meander through the nearby fields with my dog—now my substitute 'fur-baby.' There's something truly wonderful about being surrounded by nature with my group of dog-walking friends, even if the Scottish weather likes to keep us guessing!

You'll also catch me in my kitchen at least once a week, baking up some delicious treats while dancing to my favorite, albeit 'uncool,' Spotify tunes. And when it's time to wind down, I'm either getting lost in an engrossing audiobook or getting hooked on a thrilling murder-mystery show.

A Foundation of Trust

DipHE Antenatal Education 

Independent Hypnobirthing Practitioner

Breastfeeding Counsellor (NCT)

Cert. Counselling Skills

Certified Aromatherapy for Childbirth

Doula Training Nurturing Birth

Level 2 Babywearing Peer Supporter

BD (Hons) University of Glasgow

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