About Expecting Joy

"We’re a small family business with a big vision for growing families."

We envision a community where every expecting mother and her family can experience a healthy, personal, and joyful birth experience. We accomplish this by inspiring, educating, and serving families on their way to a joyful, fulfilling birth and parenting experience.

Why a doula team?

We believe it takes a team of qualified support to walk with families in this journey of parenting. As doulas we know the value of having the support right when you need it. One of the ways our team can be there for you 100% is that we have a support system for our doulas and you will never have to wonder, "what happens if my doula can't make it?" We also know that needs arise in real time and sometime additional support is needed. We have trusted and experienced support for a variety of your needs right here on our team. This means you don't have to stress if new needs arise as you navigate your path.

Your Birth Squad
The Expecting Joy Team
Founder, CEO & Doula
Vanessa Garey

Vanessa has served families around the world, and being a doula is easily the most fulfilling ‘work’ she has ever done. It is such an honor to be along side of families during this transformative time.

Birth Doula
Currently accepting repeat clients ONly
Kira Hendricksen

Working with expecting families is a dream come true for me - I am very passionate about maternal healthcare, birth, and the journey of bringing a new life into the world and your family.

Birth Doula & Placenta Specialist
Leigh McBride

I consider doula work to be my most important work and feel a deep calling helping birthing people feel confident and supported in their choices surrounding labor and birth.

Birth Doula & childbirth educator
Alli Torino

Encouraging and empowering women in this life-changing and powerful season is such sweet work, and I’m honored to share these moments with moms and their growing families.

Home & Birth Center Doula
Lital Ten Ami

I came to this work fueled by my passion to help other women during this transformational time in their lives. I am thrilled to offer my caring and skilled support to women during this extraordinary journey.

Birth & Postpartum Doula
Addy Heyn

Through one of life’s most vulnerable seasons, every family deserves caring, calming and compassionate support. It’s an honor to help families transition through labor and into their new family structure through my work as a doula.

Birth Doula
Jessica Wilson

I believe childbirth is a miraculous experience and children are a blessing. It is a joy for me to walk alongside families, providing education, confidence, and support throughout this stage of life.

Birth & Postpartum Doula
Monica Croonquist

Giving birth is one of the most intimate and powerfully transforming experiences for a woman and her family. Supporting in this journey of pregnancy, the wonder of childbirth, and the beauty of integrating their new little one into their lives is truly an honor.

Birth & Postpartum Doula
Debbie Black

As a doula, it is my privilege to serve you as a knowledgeable and trusted companion, accompanying you through each and every step of the miracle of childbirth.

BIRTH & Postpartum Doula
Kendra Wilds

Childbirth and the newborn period are momentous and miraculous - especially when surrounded by a supportive community.

Birth Doula & Placenta Specialist
Ashley Castillote

I’ve come into the birth world in many different roles: as a midwife, a birth doula, birth photographer, birth assistant, lactation educator, and as a laboring client myself! I hope to use all the knowledge and lessons I’ve learned through these experiences to better serve you in your own pregnancy journey.

Birth & Postpartum Doula
Yani Molina

I believe every woman deserves the best care and support, and I am committed to advocating for them and empowering them through this beautiful journey. I feel honored to share in this amazing season with mothers and growing families.

Postpartum Doula
Brittany Maison

The postpartum experience can be an unpredictable one, full of ups and downs and many questions. My goal is to make sure families are set up for success, feel confident in the weeks after baby’s birth, and to provide a grounding presence during this big life change.

Postpartum Doula
Laura Hatch

The postpartum experience is a miraculous time filled with joy, sleepless nights and so many unknowns. My goal is to bring your family the calm and support to enjoy the time together, the grace to know you are the best parents for your baby, and that you are doing your best.

Lactation Consultant
Cheryl Capron

As an IBCLC with 30+ years of experience, Cheryl has a heart for coming alongside new families and supporting them in meeting their breastfeeding goals.

Birth Doula
Jess Hartman

Jess is compassionate, sensitive, and encouraging, ready to empower women to have the best birth outcomes possible.

BIRTH & postpartum doula
Shannon Cassaday

It would be my pleasure to be added to your birthing team. Being your birth doula and supporting your needs after birth as a postpartum doula would be my honor. My main goal is to make this transition amazing for you and your family.

Postpartum Doula
Brie Torres

My goal is to provide evidence-based support and education during the postpartum period in order to make this transition an easy one.

Childbirth Educator
Arlene Hamilton

I am honored to be of service to families at such a tender and momentous time in their lives. I love educating and supporting families to feel empowered and find their way.

Childbirth Educator
Christian Fillingame

I work alongside families, witnessing how powerful compassion, empathy, patience, and listening are to helping couples achieve their desired pregnancy and birth experience.