In this special column named ‘The Babies Cue x Parenthood Series’ we will be showcasing the incredible stories of parents within our community. Get an exclusive glimpse into their parenting philosophies and daily routines.
Believe in the strength of the community. During those challenging moments when you feel overwhelmed or unsure, you can always rely on your fellow parents. You can seek motivation from their experiences and share your own inspiring tales to uplift others within the community.
Meet Joanna Goy (A Mother of 3 Children)
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am Joanna, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a cancer survivor.
I am the visionary founder of Singapore Lactation Bakes, an innovative company dedicated to supporting breastfeeding mothers through nutritious and delicious baked goods.
My journey is not just one of professional success but also incredible personal triumph. Bravely battled and triumphed over stage 4 lung and brain cancer, my testament has shown extraordinary strength and determination.
As a devoted mother of three, I understand the challenges and joys of motherhood intimately. My experience as a mother deeply informs my work, inspiring me to create solutions that help other mothers during their breastfeeding journey.
My commitment to maternal health and my personal journey through cancer and motherhood make me a beacon of inspiration and a leader in my field.
How many children do you have? What are his/her/their names?
I have 3 children. Jolinda ( 11 ) Jophia (9) and Jorissa (7).
Why did you decide to have your child/children? How did you think having children would affect your life?
I decided to have children because I wanted to experience the deep, unconditional love and connection that comes with being a parent. I knew it would be a significant change, bringing both challenges and immense joy. I anticipated that it would shift my priorities and focus, but also enrich my life in ways I couldn’t imagine.
Describe your knowledge and/or experiences with children prior to becoming a parent. Did you prepare for parenting? If so, how did you prepare?
Before becoming a parent, my experience with children was limited. I prepared by reading books and seeking advice from other mothers. However, I quickly realized that real-life parenting is very different from what you can learn in books.
How and where did you learn about pregnancy and childbirth? Were your expectations and knowledge of the prenatal and birth period accurate?
I learned about pregnancy and childbirth mostly through reading and my family my kumpong my support. My expectations were somewhat accurate, but nothing could have prepared me for the emotional and physical journey. The prenatal period was a mix of excitement and anxiety, and childbirth was both challenging and incredibly empowering.
What has been the most meaningful part of parenting for you?
The most meaningful part of parenting for me has been watching my children grow and develop their own personalities. Being a part of their journey and guiding them through life’s challenges is incredibly rewarding.
What had been the most difficult part of parenting for you?
Balancing the demands of parenting, especially as a cancer survivor and entrepreneur, has been the most challenging aspect. It’s a constant juggling act, trying to be present for my children while managing my health and professional responsibilities.
Who inspires you to become a better parent?
My own mother inspires me to be a better parent. Her unconditional love, patience, and strength have always been a guiding light for me.
What is your personal motto?
Embrace every challenge as an opportunity to grow.” This motto has guided me through my battle with cancer and the challenges of motherhood.
Do you have any word of advice for other parents who are starting their own families?
Trust your instincts and don’t be too hard on yourself. Parenting is a journey with no one right way to do things. Embrace each moment, even the challenging ones. take one step at a time.
What do you do in your free time as self care? How do you unwind?
I enjoy doing facial and spend some quality times with my loved ones.
What is one thing you are grateful for?
I am most grateful for my family’s health and the unwavering support they’ve given me through all of life’s ups and downs. Their love and strength have been my greatest sources of courage and motivation.
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