About Me

Hi, I’m Joy, a birth doula in Cedar Rapids Iowa, and ​I am so glad that you are here! If you are reading this because you are anticipating the arrival of your baby, congratulations! There is no earthly joy quite like the joy of giving birth. I know this full well, because not only have I attended over 20 births in hospital rooms homes around the Cedar Rapids area, I have also given birth to my own three beautiful babies. My heart still jumps up to my throat when I watch a mother look into the eyes of their baby for the first time. There is so much pride in that moment, because it requires a carefully planned, meticulously thought-out, and lovingly pondered journey.

As a DONA-certified Birth Doula, I walk alongside women who are making that journey, ensuring that they are empowered, encouraged, and enlightened every step of the way. Every mother’s journey is different, and I have the experience and knowledge to assist no matter where your road may lead. In the past five years as a doula, I have been a part of medication-free natural births, VBACs, C-Sections and inductions. The births I have attended have varied in length from 30 minutes to 30 hours. I have walked this journey with friends who have become clients, and clients who have become friends, and every single time I learn something new that I am able to bring on the next journey I am invited to embark upon. Please consider bestowing upon me the joy of journeying with you!

Joy Leaven

DONA-Certified Birth Doula


During the time before the labor, Joy was so great at helping us prepare. And even though the labor and delivery went completely different than expected, she was so encouraging and supportive. By the time everything was finished, she had become more than a doula and even a friend, and we don’t know what we would have done without her!


The most helpful part of Joy’s services as a doula were] being there to support and give different ideas during labor. She provided lots of good info to make us aware of different options and possibilities. [I was] very satisfied with prenatal and labor support


Wonderful, caring, understanding, great techniques, supportive, willing to help in any way possible to make the labor experience the best it could be


Joy was extremely supportive to both of us throughout our entire birthing process (30 hours!). She offered us her knowledge as well as a caring hand. We couldn’t have done it without her.


Joy is amazing and very well educated. She has so much knowledge about birth and is so sweet and caring. I would recommend her to anyone looking to have a great birth experience.


Joy is very helpful and prepared for assisting in the labor process. She helps the mother with preparing for labor with positions and pain management planning, and [is] very respectful of client preferences. She was readily available before, during and after the process to answer questions and provide support.


I couldn’t have done it without her!


I had questions about some of my doctor visits that Joy had helpful information [for]--such as membrane sweeping, inducing, going overdue. Joy helped me get through labor pains and had helpful suggestions on positioning and trying different things--bath tub, tennis ball, back massage.

Kelli C.A.


It is my passion to serve birthing women and their families throughout the childbearing year.​ You can learn more about my services here.

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