Angela Centofranchi, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
When I first became a nurse, I had no interest in the maternity side of things. 3 years into being a nurse and working with adults I had my first baby. I loved the experience; it was hard, but I cherish the memories of giving birth, breast feeding, cuddling, protecting, and just generally being the main person my son looked to for survival. Two years later, I had my second child, my daughter, and again, I loved everything about being a mom, and naturally started helping moms with breastfeeding, with soothing babies, with learning how to survive the first couple of years with a baby. That is when I realized where my passion in being a nurse was; I love helping new moms.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I have been a nurse for 8 years now. I have worked a little in Oncology, in a Trauma Step Down Unit, and the bulk of the years in Cardiac Step Down and Telemetry. I have experienced working in beautiful San Diego, and now work in a hospital much closer to home so I can be closer to my babies.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
The two most important lessons I have learned working with moms, babies, and families, is that everyone is different and not one thing works on everyone, and being a new parent is hard, no matter what your situation is.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Don't be too hard on yourself; accept help when offered. There is a reason they say, "It takes a village."
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I have learned that when I make myself presentable in the morning, I feel better, more confident, and more energetic all day. Before me and the kids go downstairs in the morning, we are all changed out of our pajamas, we have brushed our hair, and I have put a touch of makeup on. I also have made physical fitness a priority. I got a spin bike and do a ride while the kids are sleeping or playing, even if it's just 15-20 minutes, it's a little time working on myself.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
It truly brings me joy when I am able to help a new parent with their little ones, no matter how big or small the need was.
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