Joli

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” -Ritu Ghatourey

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My parents taught me that life is about finding happiness. They advised me to figure out what makes me the happiest, and then find a way to make a living doing it. I did just that for my first career as a hairdresser, and then when that wasn’t doing it for me anymore I made the metamorphosis from stylist to birth doula. I’m happiest when I’m learning and when things are in motion. I’m a mover and a shaker and I love to help people see themselves the way that I see them. As a doula, one of my biggest responsibilities to my client is advocacy. I have to make sure that my clients have a clear picture of their options in any given scenario, and that the decisions that they are making about their health care are educated and reflect their hopes and beliefs about birth. I believe that there are no right answers in life, especially when it comes to how we birth our babies. Everyone I meet as a doula has a unique set of ideals about their birth. Their plan may be similar to someone else, but it will always have its own nuances. With this in mind, my friend and mentor Kathleen and I decided to write a childbirth education curriculum called Rebel Birth. We did it because we wanted to be a source for EVERYONE. We didn’t want to teach people to be biased one way or another. Instead we wanted to teach people to carry ALL of the tools, but know when and how they will want to use them. We wanted to teach people to work the system and manipulate their circumstances in order to get what they want. I want to empower families, no matter what choices they are making. I want to honor your way and help you to realize your goals. I want to be a person you can count on to see how important your birth goals are to you and to do everything I can to help you to achieve them. The way that I have educated myself as a doula is key to providing you with such well rounded support. If there is a training on something birth related I can go to, I do it. Rebozo, Reiki, Labor Whispering, OFP, Spinning Babies, Sexuality in Birth, Dancing for Birth, Acupressure and so on…I don’t pick and chose which things I want to learn. I learn everything that I have access to. I believe that I have to be able to offer anything and everything if I am really doing my job. The possibilities in birth are endless and I want to have as close to all of the answers as I can.

Thats who I am professionally, privately, well I guess it is kind of the same story. I have never played by the ‘rules’ of life. I am adept at carving my own path and going with my gut. I love recklessly and I am a devoted friend. I am a wife and an aunt and animal lover. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and they are my children who I spoil rotten. I love music and movies and board games. I collect piggy banks and coffee table books. I spend as much time as I can with my parents, grandmother and my sister and her family. My nephews are the coolest and I have to say that I’m a pretty badass aunt. As much as I love being outdoors and finding new adventures, my favorite thing in the world is sitting on the couch catching up on our shows while my husband and the dogs invade all of my personal space and compete for all the scratches.

– Joli Ammons, Birth Doula

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Services

As a Doula, I provide families with information, advocacy, comfort, direction, compassion, and above all else support as they experience pregnancy and childbirth.

Prenatal Support

Minimum of 3 or more prenatal visits

Information

Thorough discussion of available choices

Preparation

Help with labor and comfort techniques

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Labor Support

Whole family emotional and physical care

Birth Support

Advocacy, information, after-birth care

Resources

Everything needed for a perfect pregnancy

Emotional Support

For you, your partner, and your family

Placenta Services

Nutrition, artistry, and other services

Postpartum Support

Home visitation and breastfeeding support

Availability

Phone, email, on-call starting at Week 37

WHAT I DON’T DO

Perform clinical tasks, such as monitor blood pressure, fetal heart rate, or give vaginal exams, or any other clinical task. I am there to provide only physical comfort measures, emotional support, and advocacy.

Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your Birth Plan.

Speak for you to medical staff regarding matters where decisions are being made. I will discuss your concerns with you and, when asked, suggest options. You or your partner will speak on your own behalf and make decisions for yourselves.

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Contact

The Painted Doula is located in Northwest Houston.

Joli will come to you anywhere within the Greater Houston area, with the understanding that there may need to be a charge for traveling if you’re more than about 25 miles away.

To set an initial free consultation, either call Joli at (281) 686-2877 or use the form below to reach out.