Kari Kress, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
I remember when I had my first daughter in 2016 I was researching what stroller I should buy and there were so many blogs and opinions out there. It was overwhelming, and I quickly found out that its the same about every subject when it comes to kids. I learned that you need to find the people you trust and ask their opinion and then do whatever works best for you. I want to offer practical knowledge to moms to help them with their pregnancy and babies. As a labor and delivery nurse I found that I would be talking to family friends who just delivered and be offering that they could contact me anytime and I would answer their questions in those first few days postpartum. I just love to share my knowledge and help ease that intense transition into parenthood.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I've been a nurse for 10 years now. I started working on a post-op surgical unit, but quickly switched to our maternity floor and have been there ever since! I love being a labor and delivery nurse and coming alongside women to help them with one of their biggest, most life changing transitions.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
One of the most important lessons I learned working with families is that there is not one right way to do anything. What works well for one family might not work well for another family and that's ok-- do what works best for your family. Another thing I have learned is don't be afraid to ask for help.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Try not to worry about the small things. On those first few days you look around and realize your house is a mess and you didn't get any "chores" or anything done while your partner was at work, just remember you kept a small human alive, and that is the most important job!
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I try to do something for myself everyday, whether its getting in a workout, or just sitting on couch and enjoying a cup of coffee. Self-care doesn't have to be a big event, it can be just sitting in a bath tub and reading a good book.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
I'm a mom to 2 girls and we love to spend time our time exploring the local lakes, rivers and hikes around the Fraser Valley.
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