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Joyful Mamas

Joyfulmamas classes are currently suspended. For information about other area classes, feel free to contact Davenne.

About Davenne Essif


I am a certified Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis instructor (HCHI) and have completed childbirth instructor training with the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), H.U.G. Your Baby®, and Calm Birth®

I began to research the topic of motherhood for my Ph.D. in art history. Then, during my pregnancy and at the birth of my daughter (June 2017), I felt I could have benefited from more resources and friendly faces to help me navigate the complicated transition to motherhood.

By the time I finished my doctorate in the fall of 2018, I knew that I wanted to find ways to support women as they made the momentous and very personal journey into motherhood and beyond. In this new pursuit, my experience as an art historian is not lost or forgotten. My years of teaching experience at UNC inform my current classes and help me to strategically plan and refine birth class series to best suit students' needs and interests. The research skills I acquired during my years of dissertation work, honed my ability to stay current with the latest, evidence-based information on pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

As a teacher and avid learner, I feel everyone has the right to access and gather as much information as they would like. At the same time, it is important not to overload ourselves with details that do not serve us. My classes therefore mix important information on pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period with opportunities to explore self-care and build new friendships with fellow parents-to-be.


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