This week, we talk with Tiffany Townsend, CLC, a doula who provides lactation support and birth education. With 5 kids of her own, ages 2- 12, she understands the practical realities of motherhood and the power of mom intuition. She encourages moms to be themselves and be kind to themselves.
What are you most proud of in your life?
Pursuing my goals.
If you could compare yourself to an animal, what would it be and why?
I would be a cheetah... I can relate to the why they get things done.
What is your passion in life?
To help reduce infant mortality in the ethnic community.
What motivates you? And, why?
My kids because they are watching me pursue my dreams.
Do you have any words of inspiration to live by to share?
There is no other person in the world like you. You do a grand disservice to the world by assimilating to norms.
If you could compare your mom journey to another experience, what would it be, and why?
Being a mother is like being a life coach. You get to help your little people become (hopefully) amazing contributors of society.
What’s the best thing about being a mom?
It gives you an opportunity to see the ways that you need to grow. When you see your kids doing things, it shows you exactly where to start.
What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
Finding time to NOT be a mom.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were starting your mom journey?
Be kind to yourself, allow yourself to learn and have a circle of people who support you.
Can you describe a time when you really felt your mom power?
I feel my power when I see my kids take a stand on things like bullying or racism. It shows me that I am doing a great job.
What have been the keys to unlocking your mom power?
Trusting my intuition.
What advice do you have for other moms for unlocking their mom power?
Listen to your kids and your gut.
How have your own experiences as a mom impacted your work supporting moms with birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding?
I understand how difficult it can be to breastfeed. I know the disappointment of things not going exactly how I planned. I can give empathy and support so that these events aren't a cause for trauma.
What do you love about your work?
Being a part of such a personal moment! Seeing the strength we have as women.
How have you grown in your work over time?
I have learned so much! That’s what I am most grateful for, knowledge.
Can you describe an experience with a patient/client who you felt like you really made a difference in their life?
I had a client struggling with postpartum depression. She was hellbent on pretending she was okay. I sat her down and gave her space to be honest, and she broke down. She felt like someone would call Child Protective Services and take her baby. Instead, I connected her to community organizations that could help her cope. And, she is fine now.