Katie Roebuck, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
I grew up in the GTA, and then moved to Calgary in 2007 for work with my husband. We planned on staying for only a year or two, but 8 years, two children, and a mortgage later, we moved back to Ontario and settled in Niagara. My journey into motherhood wasn't easy. We battled fertility issues for a year before conceiving, and my first pregnancy and both of my births had their complications. This experience, along with the issues we had with my son's reflux and sleep issues, and my daughters growth issues, gave me a greater respect and understanding for motherhood and what we women go through for our children.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
Ever since I was a teen, I knew in my heart I wanted to help people and didn't want to work in a cubicle. My experiences at a life guard lead me to a career in nursing. I graduated in 2005 and began working in Acute Medical units, but I knew that working with moms and babies was my passion. After a couple of years working in the real world, I made the move to Labour and Delivery, haven't looked back in the past 11 years.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
First - that every baby is different. There are so many things involved when helping a baby and their family that there isn't one cookie-cutter answer that will fix everything.
Second - The impact that I can have when working with a mom and her baby. Whether it's at home or during her birth, giving mom the knowledge and confidence she needs to navigate motherhood can be life changing for some women.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Find your village of support. This was something I was missing with my children, and I so needed it. Whether it's friends, family, neighbours, or even an online community, finding your village who can help you get through those hard times in motherhood can be such an essential thing.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
Quiet time to myself, a hot shower, or just reading a book beside my husband. Getting outside with my kids and my dog, or even just finishing a cup of coffee while it's still hot!
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