Jess Pacchione, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
My son was just born in 2019, but I became a mother in the fall of 2017, when I was pregnant for the first time. I lost that angel baby at 11 weeks, but my mama heart was forever changed. I carried the mama grief with me throughout my second pregnancy, only feeling the grief become joy at around 20 weeks when I had that healthy anatomy ultrasound and found out we were having a boy. The journey to becoming a mama looks different for each of us. I am here to walk with you along whatever stretch of the journey you are on right now.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I've been a nurse for 2 years, but have worked in and around the healthcare industry since high school! Currently, I'm a pediatric primary care nurse. I work alongside an awesome pediatrician and am part of a team of nurses that I adore. I learn so much from all of them daily. Before going to nursing school I worked in an administrative role in pediatric hematology-oncology clinics and volunteered in the hemophilia community. I've walked with families through the best and worst moments of their lives.
How do I put into words how grateful I am for Mama Coach Jess?! She was a constant source of support and encouragement in the lead up to having the baby as well as through the first few months of my pregnancy until now! I reached out to Jess specifically for breastfeeding help and couldn't be happier with her guidance. A few months ago, as I was about to make the transition back to work, I hastily realized I didn't know how to use my electric pump (I had been exclusively breastfeeding or using a haakaa pump only). Jess took the time to come over, walk me through the process, provide recommendations on extra products that might be helpful and offered a "pump plan" to ensure my supply didn't drop. She checked in after her visit and made herself available to follow-up questions. This is among the many things she's supported me on and, as a first-time mom, I'm so grateful to have her as a coach! - Nicole
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
Every baby is different! And so is every family. What works great for one isn't necessarily what is going to work for another. It's my job to listen and understand each unique family before coming up with any solutions!
I can learn something new every single day. I learn from parents, kids, babies, therapists, physicians, other nurses, the list is endless. I have to keep my eyes and ears open for learning moments all the time! I will never know everything!
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
You are who your baby needs! No one else is better for your baby than you. This is a hard journey you're embarking on but you CAN do this!
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I am my best self when I get enough sleep, spend at least 10 minutes exercising, and get outdoors for at least a few minutes! Accomplishing these as a working mom with an infant has been no joke. And honestly, a lot of days I don't get them all checked off. But I try not to beat myself up. I give myself grace and move forward to the next day. Each day is a renewal!
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
As a pediatric nurse, I am passionate about health and safety! I'm also the mama to a 2-year-old Vizsla named Barkley, and we did a TON of training with him before the baby's arrival to make sure that both the pup and the baby would be safe. If you have any questions about pup and baby safety or just baby safety in general, please ask! I'd love to dive into it with you!
Jess's Recent Articles
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