Portland Oregon Midwife Joy Jech was born at home in Oakland, California in 1978. At the age of twenty she gave birth naturally to her first son, Mountain in a converted school bus attended by a caring and wise midwife. Inspired, she realized her life calling was to support other mothers to have an empowering, transformative, and loving birth experience and so she started her journey to become a midwife.
Joy is also a natural born artist and has been painting elaborate paintings on pregnant women to adorn their glowing bodies for the past decade. She exposes the depth of vulnerable percolation that is intrinsic in each one of us. This collision of pregnancy and art gives birth to our most raw fundamental human creativity.
In 2002 she spearheaded a non-profit labor support program for pregnant incarcerated women in Gig Harbor Washington called The Birth Attendants. The Birth Attendants is still thriving and providing compassionate labor support to incarcerated women today.
In 2004, she had the opportunity to learn from a traditional Mexican midwife and healer in the mountains near Mexico City.
Joy graduated from Birthingway College of Midwifery with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, and has worked with many midwives at two Birth Centers in Portland Oregon.
Specializing in ecstatic birth, health, nutrition, herbs and intention, Joy delights in counseling you about your unique pregnancy and breastfeeding nutritional and herbal needs. When Joy is not podcasting or at a birth, she is surrounded by her family, nature, and submerged in bike riding, cooking delicious organic foods, creating art and dancing.
After ten years of attending births, Joy gave birth to her second Son, Culain, in water at home. She had a blissful ecstatic birth experience which invigorated her passion to support you to discover what’s possible in the child bearing year. Joy is committed to providing safe, choice-based information through stories and free flowing rhapsodies for families just like you who want to know more about their option to welcome their baby into this world in a loving, safe, gentle and blissful way.