Our intention at Joy of Life is to honor the body’s innate ability to birth babies, breastfeed, and heal itself. We are committed to facilitating the health of families and individuals through kind and compassionate care. With comprehensive education and heartfelt support, families and individuals are enabled to make informed choices throughout pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum.
Joy Frazer started Joy of Life in 2007, offering home birth, lactation consulting, and pediatrics. As the practice grew and more families desired home births, Beka Blythe joined the practice in 2014, bringing a capable and strong presence. She offers home birth, lactation consulting, and placenta encapsulation.
Annie Rotondi joined the practice in 2016. She provided midwifery care through her own practice New Flower Midwifery before teaming up with Joy and Beka. She is excited to be part of a group practice and sees it as a opportunity to make a greater impact on the well being of mothers and babies in our community. In late 2016, Alyssa Maynard moved to Durango to practice midwifery. She is honored to practice midwifery with the team at Joy of Life and excited to serve the community.
Joy, Beka, Annie, and Alyssa are passionate about home birth and the empowerment of birthing women and their families. Their mission is to facilitate gentle and normal birth and to improve maternal/child health in this country. They emphasize the importance of creating a peaceful and loving environment for birth, where mothers and babies are not separated and their bond is protected.
Together, they believe in meeting every family where they are and working together to empower them toward the health they wish to achieve.