Modern Midwifery (Preview)

Designing Equitable Birthing Care

An Interview with Tiffany Townsend, Certified Professional Midwife, Doula, and Certified Lactation Counselor

Image courtesy of Tiffany Townsend

Interviewed by Sara Magalio

Tiffany Townsend is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) committed to educating families about their options for childbirth and providing nurturing care well beyond American healthcare norms.

She has served her community as a birth worker, support group facilitator, and lactation counselor for over five years. Having attended over 300 births in many capacities, she feels it is important to be able to offer a more holistic approach to care. In her practice, Tiffany also highlights that pregnancy and birth cannot be facilitated with a one-size-fits-all approach, and that everyone should be cared for according to their individual needs.

As the first Black CPM in the city of Grand Rapids, Tiffany has completed numerous certification and training programs that allow her to approach each birth with awareness and respect for various cultures and belief systems. This includes learning under traditional Mexican parteras (midwives) and studying at the Midwives College of Utah. Tiffany has also successfully completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Tiffany has five children of her own, and has experienced firsthand the benefits and pitfalls of both hospital and home birth, but the thorough, hands-on, and personalized treatment that she herself experienced delivering her last child at home inspired her to continue pursuing midwifery…

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From Design Museum Magazine Issue 017