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Meet Joyanna Goslovich of Capturing Joy Birth Services in North Denver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joyanna Goslovich.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Joyanna. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up I had the unique opportunity of spending most of my childhood in a remote jungle village in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then known as Zaire.) Our village was small and had no hospitals or clinics, but my parents had a colleague who was a midwife from the US and who often was called to assist the local women during labor. As a child, I was fascinated with birth, and sometimes this midwife would bring me along to assist her by holding a lantern as we sat on the floor of a mud and stick hut with a laboring mama. I remember being absolutely in awe of the strength of these mamas as they labored to bring their babies into the world in such difficult conditions. It was there I learned that birth is a natural process and that women’s bodies are capable of amazing things.

I moved to the US as a 17-year-old and after graduating from college with a degree in counseling, I got married and soon found myself pregnant with my first child. I knew I wanted to have as natural of an experience as possible and started to research and educate myself about labor and birth. By the time I had my second, I knew I wanted a career in birth work and had started the process of becoming a certified doula. I loved helping women feel empowered and educated as they prepared for birth and throughout the labor process.

I was also an amateur photographer at the time, but after offering to take photos for some of my first clients, I was hooked! I knew that I needed to keep exploring this newfound passion. At the time I didn’t even know birth photography was a real “thing”, but I began taking classes and practicing my photography skills. I now regularly shoot births and love being able to offer this opportunity to my clients!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My first challenge was figuring out how to get clients as a new doula and photographer. I started off by offering very discounted services while I gained experience, and soon realized I was developing a base of wonderful clients who were referring me to their friends. Most of my business now comes through word of mouth.

My other big challenge has been balancing a lifestyle of being on-call with this season of life of raising small children (I currently have a seven-year-old, five-year-old and four month old.) Birthwork can be difficult because you can’t predict when someone will go into labor, or how long the labor will last. I always have back up babysitters on-call and plan A, B, and C (and E, F, G!) for when I get the call that a mama is having contractions. Thankfully my husband is incredibly supportive because I absolutely would not be able to do this without his help!

Capturing Joy Birth Services – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My niche is offering both doula and birth photography services as a combined package. I started as a doula, but am so passionate about beautifully capturing the incredible moments surrounding birth that I love being able to offer both. I offer custom packages that allow my clients to decide what THEY want the focus to be on – either doula or photography. Some want mostly photography, and some want my complete focus to be on doula until the moments after birth when I step more into a photographer role. I feel I’ve developed very good intuition around how to balance the two during a birth. I’ve recently added videography services as well for clients who want their birth story made into a film.

I also offer documentary-style family sessions and am obsessed with capturing authentic life moments – I believe real and raw is the most beautiful!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success as living authentically and with integrity. My relationship with God and my family is of utmost importance to me, and if at the end of the day, I have loved well, been fully present, and given my best to those around me, I feel that is success. There is so much brokenness in the world, and to me photography is a way to highlight the beauty that we so often miss as we go about everyday life. I want a mama to be able to look back on photos taken during her birth and be in awe of how strong she was, of the little moments of love and connection between her and a spouse, and of the breathtaking moment of meeting her sweet little one. I want to document the muddy footprints and koolaid stained floors of a family in the midst of the exhausting and rewarding years of raising little ones. I want my doula clients to be able to look back on their birth and know that they were made to feel valued, supported and incredible empowered. I want to produce art through photos that families will cherish for years to come.

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Image Credit:
The personal photo was taken by Lindsey Bartell, the rest were taken by myself.

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