Every year, we do the March of Dimes March for Babies. My youngest niece, Brianna, was born 6 weeks early. She is a happy healthy NICU graduate, which we are extremely thankful for. However, every year we meet families who were not able to take their babies home.
It is an emotional day that allows us to pay tribute to that scary time in our lives & be thankful once again that Bri is a feisty, smart 4th grader….
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse.
I had an aunt who was a nurse, and she would share the most amazing, cooky stories with me. She was such an interesting person, and I loved being around her. I knew I wanted to grow up and be a nurse just like her.
I muddled my way through college, eventually making it into a nursing school program. Nursing School was probably the most stressful time in my life. Between exams, clinicals, care plans, and so on I felt like I barely had time to breathe, let alone eat or sleep.
I remember leaving the campus for one last time after my final exam, and just crying all the way to my car. The relief was immeasurable. I couldn’t believe I’d finished nursing school.
I thought the hardest part of my nursing career was behind me. And, boy was I wrong.
In honor of Nurses Week, and to all the many wonderful nurses I’ve had the privilege to work alongside, I’m sure you will agree with me that being a nurse is a calling. It is a work of heart, that is not to be taken lightly.
Here are 5 Things I Wish I Would’ve Known Before Becoming A Nurse….
The “New Mommy Series” is a series of blog posts that are jam packed full of useful information that you need to know when you have your baby.
The first in this series covers something all new mommies need to know about…breastfeeding. This post covers several challenges that may arise during your baby’s first few days of life that may affect breastfeeding. Being prepared for these scenarios before your baby arrives, will hopefully create less anxiety and stress over your baby’s nutrition.
Many of the topics I cover in this series, are things that, as a Mother Baby Nurse, I would love to scream from the rooftops so all new “parents-to-be” could hear them. I know that after most parents have gone through the delivery of a new baby, they are not in the best state of mind to be hearing or learning all of these important things about their baby’s first few days of life. It can be overwhelming.
I hope you find this first post about breastfeeding helpful. Feel free to leave comments and questions as well, and I will do my best to respond and get answers for you! Enjoy…