Joy MacTavish

Certified Coach | Serving Seattle, Washington, USA


Joy MacTavish - Certified Coach

About Me

Joy MacTavish is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Certified Babywearing Consultant with a background as a doula and childbirth educator - but first and foremost she's a mama. She began using elimination communication with her son around 3 weeks - as soon as breastfeeding was going well enough to focus on something else. E.C. was not only a way to use fewer diapers, it became a fun way to connect with her baby. And as a bonus she didn't have to change poopy diapers after he was around 6 months old!

Joy enjoys meeting clients where they are - both literally and figuratively - with in-home and phone consultations and coaching on almost everything baby related. Through her business, Sound Beginnings, she offers compassionate support and education to new parents on a variety of topics including lactation, babywearing, cloth diapers, elimination communication, non-coercive potty training, pumping and return to work, starting solids, and more!

Serving Seattle and surrounding areas.

See below for Joy’s current offerings or click here for North Seattle/Snohomish County’s local Facebook Group.


My experiences with Elimination Communication

When did you first learn about EC? What did you think? What did you do about it?

What does it mean for you to teach EC?

What is your favorite piece of EC gear or clothing?

What book has inspired you the most on the path to becoming a more empowered mother?

What would you tell someone who is thinking of trying EC for the first time?