Leslie Royce, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
I have spent most of my nursing career working with women in hospital maternity floor setting. So often When working with women during their postpartum stay I wished that I had more time to help them with the steep learning curve into motherhood or I could give them my phone number to come alongside them in the first few weeks after going home.
As a mom myself, I often needed a little extra support in the early months of having a new little one. Not just with the first child, but with each child because each baby is a new transition to motherhood. I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a support for new parents that I wish I had had!
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I have been a nurse since 2004. I spent the first part of my career as a float nurse and moved into women’s health in 2008 and haven’t looked back! I have served as both a labor and delivery nurse and postpartum nurse during that time. I have also worked as a special care nursery nurse, caring for sick infants.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
New parents put far too much pressure on themselves to do everything "right" when good enough is good enough. Also, babies have to learn new skills too!
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Patience is key for all parties involved. As a new parent you have to give yourself some grace. There is a steep learning curve for all members of the family (babies and siblings included), so give it some time. Don't be afraid to do things your own way! There isn't a "right" or "wrong" as long as you are a loving parent.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I exercise almost everyday (love those endorphins!), pray and make Connecting with friends and family a priority. Those are the things that fill my tank!
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
In addition to being a nurse, I am momma to 8 kiddos!
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