Who am I?
My name is Joelsy, and I’m a Caribbean Spanish speaker from the Dominican Republic. I am the mother of two beautiful boys living in the Bronx. I did my doula mentorship with Manhattan Birth for birth and postpartum. I have a degree in Dietetics and nutrition, and I’m in the process of becoming a Registered Nurse.
Birth work and reproductive justice are very personal to me. Back in 2016, I had a traumatic birth experience with my first child. After the birth, I started looking for information on how to advocate for myself. With that, I became very passionate about advocating for others so that my experience was not repeated. In search of my inner healing, I came across the word “doula.” On the day of my son’s birth, in that frightening hospital room, a doula was exactly what I needed. The support of a dedicated, knowledgeable person who was just there for us instead of serving a broken health care system.
Respecting your rights and birth wishes is detrimental to your birth experience being positive. Everyone deserves to make an informed decision and give birth however they feel more comfortable. I want to help you to accomplish that; I want to empower you to birth your way.
What's my training?
Dietetics and Nutrition A.S
Manhattan Birth, Birth and Postpartum Doula training & Mentorship, Year 1- mentored by Tanya Wills, Sarah Anne Lovell, Jenny Langbehn, Guramrit LeBron, April Cabanete, and Sophia O’Shaughnessym.
Comprehensive Childbirth Prep, April Cabanete, Sophia O'shaughnessym
Postpartum Recovery & Physiology
Lactation for doulas, Tanya Wills
Neonatal Resuscitation, Karen Strange
Cultural Appropriation of Rebozo Work, Montse Olmos