Larissa O’Loughlin, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
I am so passionate about maternal and newborn health, and love seeing my patients through labor and birth. However, after I had my first child, I realized the huge gap in support that exists once patients leave the hospital, especially with feeding and infant sleep. I am so excited to be able to provide support and encouragement through all phases of motherhood as a Mama Coach.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I have been a Labor & Delivery nurse for 7 years. L&D nursing was always my dream, and I went straight into an OB RN fellowship after graduating and never looked back! Due to my husband’s time in the military I have worked in 4 different states across the US. We are now settled in New York for good! I currently work in a Labor & Delivery unit at a community hospital. I love providing care to local families.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
Every baby and family is different! Everyone has unique needs, preferences and challenges. One strategy or method isn’t going to work for everyone. When I work with a family, I try to understand their situation and values, and meet them where they are. This is especially true for babies! We might have an idea about what a baby “should” be doing, but they are their own little people! We have to figure out what works for them to help them thrive.
I have also learned how strong women are, especially when it comes to their babies. I have witnessed so many mamas overcome the immense challenges of pregnancy and labor to bring their babies into the world. It’s so inspiring!
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Everything is a season! When you’re experiencing an intense time in parenting, whether it be the newborn period, transition back to work, or potty training, remember that it’s not forever! This too shall pass. When you’re in the thick of it it’s so hard to maintain perspective, but try to remind yourself that you will make it through!
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
Sleep is one of the most important self-care activities that I prioritize. I know that I am not at my best without a good night’s sleep. Focusing on my kids’ sleep and helping them to become independent sleepers allows me to be well rested and a better mama and nurse.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
I have been where you are. I have been desperate for my children to eat, sleep and be happy little humans. It’s exhausting. As mamas we all want what’s best for our kids and I can’t wait to help make your motherhood journey easier!
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