Holly Horvat, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
I have always wanted to be a mom. When becoming pregnant with our first I was overwhelmed with excitement, we are currently expecting our first child July of 2020. I am so excited to go through this next chapter in my life with other moms. I have found that support from other moms and finding the right help is exactly what I needed to get through all the ups and downs and ongoing questions about becoming a new mom.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I always dreamed of becoming a nurse, I went off to nursing school when I was 18 and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2015. I went straight into working in the ER at a rural hospital where I fell in love with the fast pace and constant learning opportunities.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
I have learned that all moms and families are all so unique but ultimately just want the best for their babies. Support is so important and sometimes they just need some guidance and someone to empathize with them.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Almost becoming a new parent myself, I would tell them that everyones experience is unique to them and to not compare themselves to anyone, we are all trying our best.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
Rest and stress management. I find walking and exercising are great ways to relieve stress and clear my mind. Accepting help from others is also very important. For myself, I have a hard time accepting I need help, but sometimes we all do and that's okay.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
Being a first time mom I have felt extremely overwhelmed and stressed about all the little things. I have found reaching out for support and accepting I'm going to make mistakes is all apart of becoming a new parent. There are so many different opinions and options when picking things out but choosing what will work for you in the best option and in the end babies do not need a lot when they first arrive.
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