Cindy Hickey, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
Over the past 10 years, I have had many opportunities to be a part of wonderful parenting journeys and to welcome many little angels to this world. These moments have been full of laughter, smiles, tears, and pure joy. I feel privileged for the opportunities to share my knowledge and expertise about each parenting journey. Even though I am a mom of a wonderful soon-to-be teenage boy, I realize that each family has their own unique way to deal with their challenges. I remember the obstacles that I had to overcome the first 9 months after my son was born. Pain, fear, anxiety, lack of sleep, and the need for self-care were normal experiences of my motherhood journey. But with the tremendous physical and emotional support from many medical professionals and my family, I overcame these struggles. With my extensive nursing experience and personal motherhood experience, I know how worrisome and nervous a new parent can be. I enjoy being a nurse who can ease concerns, offer comfort, and calm parents during their parenthood transition. Working with the family and watching them comfortably care for their babies, is for me so rewarding.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
Nursing was not my first career choice when I decided to make a career change 14 years ago. Instead, I enrolled in the dental hygienist school. During that time, I was hospitalized multiple times due to health issues and a complication with my own pregnancy during my school year. Throughout those difficult times, I received lots of support from many disciplinaries during the hospital stay. I was cared for with compassion by many nurses. They calmed and comforted me during that stressful and scary time. After I left the hospital, I decided to switch from dental hygienist school and immediately applied for nursing school. As soon as I graduated from nursing school, I started working as a post-partum nurse. I loved every moment of being a postpartum nurse. After 3 years of serving on the post-partum unit, I looked for another challenge and something that would get me more involved in the parenting journey. I decided to join the NICU team in 2014. I enjoy establishing a long relationship with my patients and their family and be a part of healing journey of the tiniest patients. I truly discovered my real passion and I know that taking care of the tiniest patients and their family is something I know I am good at and so proud of.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
Each baby and each family are unique. Each baby has different needs. Not all parents will learn and understand at the same pace and depth when it comes to parenting, but each family needs to be listened to and offered the best care possible.
Becoming a parent is a challenging time. It may feel difficult at first, but it will get easier. You will eventually find a balance between the needs of both parenthood and baby.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
There will be a time when you may feel overwhelmed and full of doubt in your ability to care for your baby. It is perfectly normal, but do not worry. You will learn over time how to become the loving and effective parent you hope to be. It is because you love your baby and you want to offer the best care for your child. It is also perfectly fine to ask for or look for help. Nurses like me are here to help.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I believe in the power of positive thinking! In my journey, staying focused and positive give me energy and courage to deal with the challenge and obstacles in life. Also, enjoying healthy food, staying active, and getting plenty of rest and relaxation time are my main sources of positive energy and outlook.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
The moment I knew that I was accepted as a part of the Mama Coach Team, I was so excited and happy to have opportunity to pursue the same passions with other nurses. I am currently holding a Neonatal Intensive Care Certification and a certified breastfeeding specialist. I’m so excited to share my knowledge and expertise with new parents and be a part of their wonderful journey.
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