Joy Horner


Birth Joy

My name is Joy and I am a former nurse and midwife. I specialise in supporting families with preparing for breech birth, vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) and healing after previous trauma.

The area I cover

In-person visits within a 30 mile radius of Glastonbury UK. Remote support anywhere in the world.

Getting in touch

Email, phone or enquire through my website


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More about me

My name is Joy and I am a full spectrum Doula, Birth keeper and Antenatal educator. I spent 37 years as a nurse and midwife before transitioning into non-medical support for the childbearing year. I specialise in caring for those who have suffered from previous trauma, including childhood adult, and birth trauma.

I qualified as a registered nurse in 1987 and a registered midwife in 1989. I took time out to have my own children returning t 0 midwifery in 2002. I worked in a birth centre for 3 years before becoming an independent midwife in 2005. I have had the pleasure of supporting hundreds of families through pregnancy birth and beyond, and am very grateful for all they have taught me.

I have also learnt from some of the best midwives and doctors in the birth world, including Mary Cronk MBE, Ina May gaskin, Michael Odent, Gail Tully, and Gail Hart. I have learnt many additional skills through my doula community like rebozo, and about the use of herbs and homeopathy. I have attended courses on reflexology for pregnancy, post term pregnancy, and caring for clients after previous trauma, spinning babies techniques, and natal hypnotherapy. I have certificates in counselling skills and am an accredited 3 step rewind practitioner.

I qualified with a diploma in antenatal education through the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) in 2002 and started teaching my own classes in 2005.

I ran a homebirth support group in 2005 to 2010 when I moved to Glastonbury, then ran a positive birth group. I currently run weekly pregnancy and new baby support groups. I teach antenatal classes and courses and in 2020 was prompted by the pandemic to write on-line antenatal courses. I also teach midwives, doulas and other birth workers in study days and conferences.

I am a trustee for a baby loss charity called Towards Tomorrow Together, and have considerable experience of supporting families who suffer the loss of a baby.

I did a year long shamanic womancraft course with jane Hardwicke-Collings in 2015 and am currently studying for a qualification in integrative baby therapy.

My care is fully inclusive and trauma aware. I have a gentle way of working which is very popular with my clients.

I offer professional coaching and support sessions for pregnancy and after birth, and professional birth support. I am particularly happy to support those who’s previous experience of birth has been poor. I am experienced in supporting higher risk factors such as breech or vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). Happy to provide virtual doula support or coaching for those outside my catchment area.

I am here to support your choices every step of the way.

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