Amanda Archibald, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
I always wanted to be a mom and when we started our journey in to pregnancy we unfortunately experienced recurrent miscarriages before getting pregnant with my daughter Emily. This experience was unbelievably challenging and affected my pregnancy and postpartum with my little girl. I struggled with a baby who was a "sleep fighter" and severe sleep deprivation leading to depression and anxiety. I spent all of my time obsessed with sleep and read every possible book I could. The information was there but what I really needed was support, someone to help guide me and who cared about my baby as much as I did.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I wanted to be a Mom when I grew up to be honest and I figuired in the meantime maybe I could help others become new moms. I went in to Nursing school when I was 18 and graduated with my BScN at 21. I went straight in to labour and delivery/postpartum care and finished my Perinatal certificate during my first year of work. I worked in Vancouver and then in Calgary before having my daughter.
Thank you Amanda for your incredible support the last few weeks. The moment I met you, I felt like I was welcoming a friend into my home who was here to listen, relate and solve our sleeping needs (judgment free)! Our baby was feeding several times in the night and only napping during the day if I was holding him in my arms while bouncing on an exercise ball or feeding him to sleep on me. Within two days, he was sleeping through the night in his own crib! Soon to follow were naps an hour+ long in his crib and on the go in the stroller. Thank you for making me feel like I have control again. I have so much more confidence as a mom because of you. Our baby is so much happier now that he's getting lots of rest and we are feeling great too! I wish all new parents could experience working with you. You are honestly meant to be doing this. We will miss you lots!
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
I know that all Mamas just want the best for the babies and sometimes we just need a little guidance and support in finding what is going to work for them and their families!
Sleep deprivation effects all the aspects of our lives, our physical health, our mental health, our relationships and our ability to show up for your babies and our families the way we want to. Sleep and rest is a huge determinant of health.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Self-care is so important for your physical and mental health. Advocate for yourselves and ask for time and space that you need.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I try and get out for a run every day and currently love listening to podcasts!
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