Learn more about me, my journey into motherhood and the development of my birth preparation courses.
Welcome to my website. I'm the founder of Birth Prep with Joy and mum to a 'not so little boy' and a Border Terrier. Becoming a mum and the experience I had during labour, birth and those first few months with a newborn encouraged me to want to make a positive difference for other expectant parents.
It was whilst volunteering for my local NCT Branch that I decided to train with them and become a childbirth educator. I went back to university and obtained my Diploma in Antenatal Education and Independent Hypnobirthing qualification. Some may say I became a bit of a birth nerd!
The arrival of our son in 2003 was only the start. I had never changed a nappy before or held many babies. I started my parenthood journey feeling like I had a massive mountain to climb. If that is you too, then I get it. Birth Prep with Joy is all about sharing with you what I wish someone could have shared with me.
I teach my in-person Complete Birth Prep Package in Livingston, West Lothian which is an evidence based, realistic, and hands-on antenatal course for mum and birth-partner. I also offer shorter online birth preparation workshops with a hypnobirthing focus.
I continue to facilitate for the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) across the Scottish Central Belt and mentor new antenatal students. You can also find me running online birth support classes via Blossom Antenatal which developed as a proactive response to antenatal education during the Covid pandemic.
I have supported couples from Australia to Europe, facilitated Dads2B classes at St John's Hospital, West Lothian and I currently represent the views of parents across the Lothians as a lay member of the NHS Lothian Maternity Voices Partnership
DipHE Antenatal Education
Qualified Independent Hypnobirthing Practitioner
Cert. Counselling Skills
Doula Training Nurturing Birth
Level 2 Babywearing Peer Supporter
BD (Hons) Pastoral Care & Counselling
I'm so proud to have worked with and helped so many wonderful parents throughout their journeys, take a look at what they have had to say about their experiences!
"You made us feel really comfortable with you, encouraged questions & discussion and always had time for anything we wanted to ask. You've never made anything feel preachy. It was about letting us know the information so we can make our own choices"