How long have you been a nurse? I’ve been a nurse for 16 years.
Where do you work at The Mother Baby Center? I work in post-partum and the newborn nursery.
What drew you to the profession? I had my first son at age 19. He was breech and had to be delivered by caesarean section. I was a single parent and all alone. The nurse in the operating room held my hand until my mother was allowed in. Right after my son was born, that same nurse leaned over to congratulate me. She had tears in her eyes. I knew right at that moment that I wanted to be a nurse!
What do you enjoy most about your job? I love helping new parents get to know their new baby.
While the Center has a nursery that you work in, we encourage moms and dads to have their newborn room in with them. Why is that important? Rooming-in truly allows parents to get to know their new baby. Each baby has his or her own personality. Even if this baby is the couple’s fourth child, I still encourage them to get to know the new baby’s personality by rooming-in.
To learn more about rooming in, click on this rooming-in handout.