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Are you feeling anxious, excited & overwhelmed about birth?
That was me too!

You might be wondering if I had a 'textbook' birth,  the simple answer is no.  Not because I tried hypnobirthing and it didn't work, but because all I did was acknowledge there were skills I could learn to have a calm and positive birth but then I moved on to spending time on what I thought were the more exciting parts of planning for a baby. My partner and I certainly didn't practice anything antenatally which might have helped me during labour. 

New Mum

I really thought I was prepared for labour and birth but my 'fingers crossed and hope for the best' approach did not work.  

I became a mum in 2003 with the birth of my son.  I knew next to nothing about babies so spent my pregnancy reading birth books, chatting with others online who were first-time parents like me and watched birth shows on TV. I went from feeling excited one minute and darn scared the next but I figured it would turn out ok when the big day came. 

My labour was not what I had envisaged at all: it was long  and included things I had not mentioned on my birth plan or even considered. Everything I had hoped my birth would be became the opposite.  My husband and I had  both been passive participants in an event where we should have been the star players. 

Your birth does not have to be this way 

After my son was born, I decided because of my birth experience,  I wanted to help other mums-to-be and their birth partners (like you) prepare realistically for birth. I wanted to create a hypnobirthing antenatal course which was evidence based, interactive and provided parents-to-be with all the information they needed to approach labour and birth feeling calm and in control,  with an understanding of how labour works, how to make informed choices and how to cope if things change from their expectations. 

Primarily however, I wanted to show women just how awesome their body is when it comes to giving birth!


Birth Preparation with Joy is all about sharing with you

what I wish someone could have shared with me

Grounded in Science & Evidence Based - Delivered with Encouragement & Positivity

Pregnant Women

I trained for my University Diploma in Antenatal Education with the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) and continue to facilitate antenatal courses for them and Blossom Antenatal. I subsequently trained as an independent hypnobirthing practitioner, an aromatherapy for birth specialist, and a birth and postnatal doula.


I have helped birth partners prepare for birth facilitating Dads2B classes at the local hospital and gradually my bookshelves have begun to sag under the weight of all manner of birth books and journals. I am also a lay member of the NHS Lothian Maternity Voices Partnership representing the views of parents across the Lothians. 

Picture of family with older child

Fast forward to now and our son is at University and I am getting used to the next stage in my parenting journey as  an 'empty nester.' I reside in West Lothian with my husband and our Border Terrier.


DipHE Antenatal Education 

MamaSerene Hypnobirthing Accredited

Aromatherapy for Childbirth RCM Certified

Nurturing Birth Doula Trained

Cert. Counselling Skills

OCN Accredited Level 2 Babywearing Peer Supporter

BD (Hons) Majoring in Pastoral Care & Counselling

What Others Say 


Joy has vast amounts of knowledge about the science and practicalities of all aspects of childbirth. Joy listened to my needs very careful so that she could deliver the best outcomes for our course. 

Leah & Stefan

We feel more confident and empowered for whatever comes & look forward to employing the tools, tips and resources we gained in our session. We would highly recommend the course to anyone seeking to prepare well for birth. 

Charlotte & Simon

It was great to feel we had time to ask everything we wanted to & not to be rushed through this important information. We lost a lot of fear of labour

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