Jocelyn Sheets, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
Being a mother is such a special gift, and I am thankful to call two wonderful boys my sons. I have had ups and downs along my journey, including difficult pregnancies and mental health struggles. I always felt better after sharing my thoughts and feelings with other mothers, and that’s what I love about being a Mama Coach. I can combine what I have learned on my own motherhood journey and as a health care provider into a valuable educational experience for others.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I have worked in pediatric health care for over 7 years as a nurse and nurse practitioner. I have always been inspired by the resiliency of babies and children, and the joy they bring to the world is unparalleled. I have also found it rewarding to provide education to parents and empower them within the health care system.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
A mom is best able to take care of her babies when she has taken care of herself. It is in our nature as moms to put others needs before our own, but to provide the best care to our children we need to make our own health and wellness a priority as well. We need to ask for help when we need it from our partner, family member, or friend. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
It is helpful to share, but not compare. It can be so uplifting to talk with other moms about your joys and frustrations, but try not to evaluate your little one’s progress based on what another little one is doing. All babies develop differently, eat differently, sleep differently, play differently, cry differently… and that’s okay! How ‘well’ your baby does all these things is not a reflection of your capabilities as a parent. By learning and growing and caring for your baby (and for yourself!) with love, you are doing a wonderful job. Be kind to yourself – being a mama is a difficult but worthwhile journey.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I maintain positive energy by giving myself grace, by remembering that being imperfect is part of being human and that no one can be a better mother to my children than myself. I try to remember that even in the hard times that are filled with tears or frustrations, there are so many more moments of smiles, hugs, giggles, and exciting firsts that make it all worth it.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
I became a Mama Coach because I want to help other moms find fulfillment and enjoyment in the challenging but rewarding journey of motherhood. I am so thankful for the help I have had, and I would love to use my personal experience and nursing knowledge and skills to empower you as well.
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