Fabulous Female Friday – Jodi Tiller
As a woman who has lived through and overcome Postpartum Depression, I am thrilled that Jodi Tiller and Life With Baby have come to London. If Jodi had opened up shop during the time I was unwell, I think life would have been that much easier.
Recently I did a review on Life With Baby and was able to meet Jodi and her colleagues at LWB. After just a couple of visits with her I knew that she was undoubtably a Fabulous Female and that she deserved an entire feature on City Mom devoted just to her!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a fun-loving, passionate woman who, in recent months, took a huge leap of faith for the sake of pursuing a longstanding dream of creating a business like Life With Baby. I am so grateful for my moment of being fearless. I’m loving the adventure!!
I’ve been working as a psychotherapist in London for over a decade. The focus was always on helping families begin with a healthy and happy start. What I’m most passionate about is helping mothers recover from postpartum depression.
Tell us a little about Life With Baby.
Life With Baby is a comfortable and supportive community for mamas-to-be and new mamas to connect, share, and be well. We offer a full-range of holistic health and wellness services geared to the specific needs of pre and postnatal families. A collection of fabulous practitioners offer yoga, fitness, Pilates, naturopathic medicine, registered massage therapy, breastfeeding support, counseling and childbirth education – all under the same roof, which happens to be a beautiful century home located across from Victoria Park.
How did Life With Baby come about?
It’s been a vision of mine since studying mother-infant attachment during my undergraduate degree in honours psychology over 17 years ago. I quickly got the sense that the best way I could help children is to help their parents – their mothers in particular. And so, my work in supporting and empowering mothers began and I always knew that I wanted to create a ‘village’ of support for mothers – a bigger circle of support.
What has inspired you to work with new and ‘to-be’ moms?
The transformation that occurs when a woman becomes a mother is so profound and so fascinating. It’s such a significant moment in a woman’s life that I just love bearing witness to. That juxtaposition between being so vulnerable and yet so strong is amazing.
As a culture, we don’t always do a very good job of supporting mothers. Most countries around the world honour the proverb “it takes a village” – knowing that a family’s well-being (and ultimately, a community’s well-being) needs be a collective effort and responsibility. Mothers and families are so disconnected in our North American culture and the pressure to ‘do it all’ and do it perfectly is unbelievable. I love being able to offer mothers different messages – messages that empower, heal, allow them to let go of the ‘shoulds,’ that help them trust themselves, believe in their inner strength and wisdom.
How did you select your downtown London location for Life With Baby?
When I moved to London over 10 years ago, I was immediately drawn to the building. I knew it was the place where I would be creating a wonderful community for expectant and new families. It was just a matter of time for the opportunity to present itself.
What is your favourite thing about Life With Baby?
I love the positive and warm energy that’s immediately felt when you enter the building. You just know you’re in a good place.
I also love the sense of community and sisterhood that’s developing amongst the mamas. Women thrive in connection and I love being able to facilitate meaningful connections at a time when women need them the most. One more thing…I love giving mamas the message that their health and well-being matters.
What are you working on next?
A community garden in the backyard of Life With Baby. The mamas are excited to get going on this fantastic project. I can’t wait for families to enjoy yummy, fresh vegetables and leave Life With Baby with a beautiful bunch of flowers for their home.
If you could give a new mom only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Be loving and kind to yourself…and patient. Oh, and make use of the words ‘good enough’ as often as possible.
What is the last song you listened to on your iPod?
I’ve been doing some personal training with the fabulous Bernice Robinson, so I’ve been rockin’ out to some Jay-Z, Madonna, whatever will get me through the hour!
What is the last book you read?
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. It’s amazing!
Thanks to Jodi for devoting her time to this feature and for brining Life With Baby to us!