Tatiana Daughtrey Coffman, MSW, IBCLC
My journey into the field of women's health and wellness began over 16 years ago when, as a new mother, I was fortunate to begin attending La Leche League meetings and experienced first-hand how important and powerful it can be to have the support of other women while adjusting to the role of motherhood.
Those early experiences informed my desire to help other mothers as I had been helped, and in 2006 I became an accredited La Leche League Leader and volunteer mother-to-mother peer supporter.
In 2009, I completed the requirements to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and have had the privilege of providing breastfeeding support in diverse settings including an outpatient hospital facility, a community health center, and private practice.
My work with postpartum women inspired me to earn a graduate degree in social work and become a therapist so that I could better meet the needs of my clients. I am currently providing counseling services under the supervision Julia Spain, PLLC, as I pursue independent licensing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). My training in both social work and lactation provides me with a unique skill set and opportunity to provide an expanded level of support to clients.
I have many areas of professional interest and work with clients on a wide range of topics, from problem-solving sore nipples or slow infant weight gain to addressing relationship strain, coping with chronic illness, and any number of other challenges that many mothers and families experience, particularly during pregnancy, postpartum, and the early parenting years.
North Star Wellness
The North Star has long been relied upon as a source of guidance and navigation. It is a constant fixture in an ever-changing sky and, even when there are storms or clouds that obscure its view, eventually, the North Star becomes visible again.
The mission of North Star Wellness is to provide support to clients using a compassionate, strengths-based approach that assists individuals and families as they work through challenges and find their own version of a "North Star."
In addition to being a symbol of support, "North Star Wellness" pays tribute to my dear sister Astrid, who passed away in 2015 from complications of Type 1 Diabetes. Her name means “divine beauty and strength” and some sources state it is Old Norse for “star.” While she is no longer physically with her loved ones, Astrid will forever be my personal North Star: a never-ending source of light, guidance, beauty, and strength. -Tatiana