Amanda Ibanez, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
I have a fun-loving two-year-old who loves to explore and learn and a loving husband who supports my passion for my family and my career. When I was pregnant with my daughter I made the decision to exclusively pump and antepartum pump, a decision I learned was challenging but well worth the efforts. I was successful at exclusively pumping and did so for 15 months. I was able to donate breastmilk to local moms and also to a milk bank that provided fortified milk to premature babies across the united states. This experience and the trials with learning how to pump effectively, I want to share with the world. I think my nursing experience is an integral part of how I am going to support mothers and fathers on their parenting journey. The assessment piece, the education I have learned, the communication aspect that has learned are all huge things for supporting mothers.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I started out as a float nurse in a large hospital setting. I enjoyed this path for 6 years which lead me to find my next passion which was in leadership. I became and am currently a night shift patient care supervisor over the float pool. I love the challenges that management has and I have learned a lot about communication styles, educating staff, and being there for what they need. I am now ready to explore my next passion which is helping pregnant moms and supporting new patients on their journey to parenthood.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
Patience is vital, baby will feel when mom is anxious. And families need to have open and honest communication with each other; help each other and pay attention to what your significant other needs as well.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Be prepared with things that the baby could need: infant Motrin, humidifier, thermometer, diaper cream, nose Frida, prunes. The last thing you want to do when you baby has come down with a fever is take the baby to the store to get these items. Also, they are only little for such a short period of time; enjoy each moment.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I make time for myself. You have to because no one else will. I have one day off a week and that is my "me time". I make sure that I get outside as often as I can and when my daughter was a baby I would sleep when she slept at least some of her naps.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
I have a passion and strong desire to help moms with pumping. I am so thankful that I had my breast friend to set me up for success and want to set every other mama up for success who desires to learn about pumping or even that transition back to work.