Doula Services/Prime Pregnancy

Services Offered:

Doula Labor Support, Post Partum Doula Support Pre-Conception, Pre-Natal and Post Partum Yoga Nutritional Counseling and Support Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (spiritual work so you may receive your own answers from within) Massage and Body Work 

Doula is a greek word meaning a woman who helps another woman in childbirth.  A person providing this support is called a Labor Support Doula.  There is also Post-Partum Doula Support.  Joni is trained in both categories, as well as Childbirth Education, Pre-Natal Yoga, Massage, Nutrition and Therapy.  She began her formal birthing training in Seattle, one of the leading centers for midwifery, natural childbirth, breastfeeding education and childbirth reform.  She is now available in the NY/NJ area.  Please inquire about rates and availability.  She is also seeking to network with other birthing practitioners to provide referrals for full services for expecting families. 

See What is a Doula?  for details, statistical benefits of having a doula attend you during labor and birth, and more.

Pre-Natal Yoga contact Joni for Class Schedule

Joni offers natural nutritional, household and cosmetic products especially for women (and their families) who want to have a healthy pregnancy, labor, birth and post-partum.


Studies have shown that natural (peaceful, uninterrupted, non-intervention) births lead to greater health of the mother and child, greater bonding and love (even chemically), lower costs - short and long term.  Studies have shown that violent beginnings (birth), including interference, interventions and drug use, have violent reverberant repercussions, including more war and higher drug use among those born on drugs (mothers used medications during labor and birth).  Evidence proves that having doula support throughout labor and childbirth leads to shorter labors, less drug use, less intervention, less C-sections, better bonding with baby, better communication between partners, more satisfaction with birth experience and care given.  This is one of the best investments you can make! - joni


"If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life. For that is where our deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation ~ or love and trust." ~ Suzanne Arms


Must Read Resources


Key Questions About Your Care

The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative



Other Recommended Resources:  Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) - 10 step/Questions every expectant mother/family should be informed of   Metropolictan Doula Group  NY/NJ/Conn  metroplitan area - Joni is a member

Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS)

Doulas of North America (DONA)

Reproductive Network

Article on the scientific (physical/chemicial/biological/physiological) aspects of love and physical contact:

Mothering Magazine online:  LOTS of supportive info - check their archives, too or receive their online newsletter.  info to help you make informed decisions about maternity care - Natural Childbirth Directory  article: the pros about using Doulas during Labor and Childbirth

Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities) - What Obstetricians THINK They Know Can Hurt You -  new article (Sept 2004) How Your Belief Shapes Your Reality (just like we teach in Yoga)!   article: What works for low C-Section rates? Patience!!

Newsday article Jan 2006 about Acupuncture during labor in Brooklyn hospital - less pain meds, lower C section rates

See "books" menu button for recommended books about Childbirth, Pregnancy, Nutrition and Yoga.

Why breastfeeding in the first hour of life is important - article - Co-founder Sue Grijalva was a yoga student of mine in Washington. What a great thing she has done! Parents and schools check this out!

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