So you’re having a baby!!!

Congratulations! Having a baby is such an exciting time! My goal as a doula is to help you prepare for the birth of your baby and support you in your goals for that birth. I bring no preconceived expectations or goals, I truly just want to support you!

My name is JoAnn Barnhart and I am a DONA International certified birth doula. I care deeply about women and babies and I want to see everyone have a positive birth experience which is why I chose to be a doula. Furthermore, I chose DONA International because I agree with their code of ethic and standards of practice  which you can read by clicking on the link. You can learn more about me and the services I offer by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page.

I look forward to possibly meeting you. My initial consultation is always free!  This provides a good opportunity to ask questions about my services. I believe that every woman who desires the support of a doula should have one! Please call or text to set up your free consultation to see if I can provide the support you and your family need!

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I have given birth four times with JoAnn Barnhart as my doula.  Each time, I was able to go without pain medicine or an epidural.  I credit JoAnn’s steady, sure presence for helping make that possible.  I literally and figuratively leaned on her strength to get me through my labors.  She gave me the assurance and support I needed every step of the way.   She is adept at making suggestions and offering things without being intrusive in the least.  She seems to intuitively know exactly what I might need (and not think to ask for in the moment).  For example, I remember with my first, as I went through transition, she began very quietly cueing each breath in and out.  It kept me calm and focused when my mind and body were beginning to panic.  I’ve been blessed to have her with me each step of the way with each of my births.  With my last, I didn’t go into labor until I knew she was back in town.  I don’t think that was a coincidence.  She has been my rock and having a doula has been the very best investment I could have made to help each birth go well.

 

Stephanie

JoAnn is a wonderful doula. She is a warm and caring person and was a delight to work with as we prepared for the birth of our daughter. JoAnn met with us several times at our home throughout the second and third trimesters to get to know me and my husband and what our goals were for the birth of our first child. She offered a number of resources (books, websites, articles and personal anecdotes) on preparing for birth, the birth process, nursing, baby care basics, car seat safety and more. JoAnn is respectful and supportive of the parents’ choice for pain relief, c-section, or completely unmedicated birth in a hospital setting. My goal was an unmedicated birth and JoAnn’s support made that possible with a happy, healthy mom and baby in the delivery room. Her strong and calm presence by my side was reassuring and my husband found it incredibly helpful to have someone to “model” different types of support and encouragement during labor and birth. After our daughter arrived, she stayed with us to get us settled into our hospital room and then paid us a visit after we came home to follow up on our transition with our little one. I highly recommend JoAnn Barnhart to anyone looking for a doula. She is a gem!

 

Shawna

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Tabitha

JoAnn is a pro. She made me feel comfortable and capable of doing the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life! Birthing a baby! I had her with me for both of my births. She is very knowledgable in birthing and has given birth herself to 10 children! This lady knows her stuff. It … Continue reading Tabitha

Heidi

JoAnn was my postpartum doula. She cleaned, cooked, helped with the baby, and most importantly, refilled my water before I even realized it was empty, all day!! It was like having a full time waiter who does everything. JoAnn is sweet, smart, and hard working. It was a joy to have her in my home … Continue reading Heidi

Kate

Working with JoAnn was so comforting. Even though this wasn’t my first pregnancy and delivery she worked with me on ways to be more comfortable . She was professional yet caring and personable at the same time. JoAnn let me know she was there to help however I needed her, and helped me read what … Continue reading Kate

Stephanie

I have given birth four times with JoAnn Barnhart as my doula.  Each time, I was able to go without pain medicine or an epidural.  I credit JoAnn’s steady, sure presense for helping make that possible.  I literally and figuratively leaned on her strength to get me through my labors.  She gave me the assurance … Continue reading Stephanie

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