Kayla Shea, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
When becoming a new mom to my little boy I had already worked years as a labour and delivery nurse, I was equipped with plenty of knowledge and experience. I was confident in caring for my baby but going through motherhood firsthand ended up being an unexpected emotional roller coaster of love and challenges. I looked at my baby with overwhelming love and joy, but came to understand that with the joy of a new baby comes many struggles. My personal experience with postpartum depression and anxiety fueled my need to help other new mothers through their own experiences. My hope is to create a network for mothers in Newfoundland to inspire and support each other in the most beautiful and challenging time of their lives.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I have always been a gentle soul with an empathetic heart and a helping hand, nursing was a good fit for me. I completed my Bachelor of Nursing at Memorial University of Newfoundland and immediately found my calling working with new mothers and babies. Right after school, I began my career working at a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Thompson General Hospital in Northern Manitoba. With this experience, I pushed my learning further by taking Neonatal Specialty at British Columbia Institute of Technology. Upon returning home to Newfoundland I worked labour and delivery at Carbonear General Hospital and Health Science Centre in St. John's. I have truly found my niche caring for families in the most special and memorable times of their lives and supporting them through the transition to parenthood. Every parent and experience is unique, I find myself learning everyday and wish to pass on this knowledge to new parents.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
New mothers, babies and families are all unique and multifaceted. They need a large array of support and guidance. There is always more than meets the eye and one approach does not work for everyone.
New families are often overwhelmed with information coming from so many sources and professionals, that is often not consistent. It can be hard for new families to decide what will work for them, all while feeling so much pressure. Not only do new families have pressure from extended family, friends and nosy strangers, but they are often swarmed by parenting crazes and peer pressure. Receiving the most up to date, evidence based information and incorporating it into how your individual family functions is going to be your own biggest game changer.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
No need to be perfect. It's okay to grieve for he person you once were. It's okay to struggle. It's okay not to have the perfect clean house. It's okay not to have the perfect body. It's okay to accept help. Take the pressure off, you're doing great!
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I have always pressured myself to do more and stretch myself thin. Learning to ignore the to do list sometimes and go out and enjoy. Learning that sometimes self care has to come first. Taking my baby for a walk. Meeting other mamas. Letting the grandparents care for the baby. A healthy baby needs a healthy mama.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
I'm a yoga teacher! I love teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. I love incorporating yoga in teaching prenatal mamas labour coping and relaxation techniques. In postnatal yoga, I love teaching how to rebuild core and pelvic floor.
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