The wonderful Tiffany Tice, Oliver (7), and Finn (6).
Becoming a mother has entirely changed Tiffany's life. When she was pregnant with Oliver she started taking natural birth classes and says that she couldn't stop learning from there. She was planning a hospital birth with midwives and was induced at 42 weeks. Labor went really well and she avoided pain medication as she had hoped. Unfortunately, both Tiffany and Oliver got sick right after and both had to stay in hospital for a week following his birth. NICU was really difficult for Tiffany and they struggled to breastfeed as a result. She was determined to stick things out though and when Oliver was two months old, finally got him to latch.
When Oliver was 10 months old, Tiffany got pregnant with Finn and knew she wanted something different. She found a home birth midwifery practice that really encouraged mothers to find their village and she has. At 42 weeks and 3 days, Finn was born at home without any issues. Breastfeeding went very well this time and Finn nursed just past his second birthday.
Tiffany chose to continue with birth work herself and has been a doula and childbirth educator for several years. The shift into motherhood takes a lot of internal strength and support from others, she says, and it has forever changed her. Body confidence has been a struggle for Tiffany like so many women. She tries to keep her self-talk positive and remind herself that her stretch marks are there because she grew two amazing humans. Three years ago, Tiffany donated a kidney to a local toddler and those scars have allowed her to see her strength in yet another measurable way.