This is Gabriella’s birth story. She hired Joyce twice; she accompanied Gabriella to the hospital for the birth of her second child, which was premature.
I have used Joyce as my midwife for both of my children and I don’t think I could have made a better decision. Though I intended to home birth both of my children, I started labor prematurely with my second and so decided to deliver in the hospital (Hadassah Ein Kerem) with Joyce as my birthing assistant. Having experienced both birthing at home and in the hospital I can now highly recommend Joyce in both situations.
At Hadassah Ein Kerem she was very well respected and so she and I were given a lot of control over my birth. We spent a lot of time at home laboring so that I did not have to be on the hospital’s clock when it came to giving birth. When my labor progressed and I had dilated further we went to the hospital and she stayed with me through the entire delivery. She helped my unusually slow labor progress using natural noninvasive methods, always asking if I approved. She helped me communicate to the medical staff throughout the labor, helped me find comfortable positions to birth and guided me through my labor. With Joyce’s support and encouragement I was able to have a completely natural birth even while in the hospital. I even caught my own baby, which I never thought would be possible in the hospital and was able to enjoy a bit of skin to skin and breastfeeding before my son was transported to the NICU (for his small size and preterm delivery).
I found that one of the best things about using Joyce was her prenatal care. Not only did she help me have healthy, stress free pregnancies, she knew exactly what was going on with both my pregnancy and my babies when I went into delivery. Joyce was a trustworthy source of information from prenatal care through the entire delivery. This was something I especially needed when most of the standard maternal care is filled with interventions and unnecessary medical procedures which can harm rather than help the mother and infant dyad.