Lisa Gelinas, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
My husband and I met during our first years in university, we got married in 2018 and now we have one beautiful little girl - Charlie. She has turned our world around in the most wonderful way. Even though I’m an RN and have worked in labour and delivery/postpartum, going through the experience myself has really changed my perspective. We left the hospital late at night, and came home with an overwhelming plan of how to manage feedings, which left little time to even try and sleep. We were able to get help once we were home, and to this day I still remember the nurse that encouraged me to trust myself as a mama, trust my daughter and found a plan that worked for our family. We were able to settle in, had the tools and support to learn from the challenging times and really enjoy the early days. This is what I strive for with each family that I work with. The journey of motherhood is not easy, let alone with all the changes that have happened in our world recently. I am so passionate about providing education and support to bridge the gaps between pregnancy and new mamahood that is accessible, relatable and evidence based.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I have been a Registered Nurse for 9 years. My career started in Women’s Health, working in both postpartum and labour and delivery at two busy hospitals here in Calgary and I have spent the past several years working in the Operating Room.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
Every baby, mama and family are unique. I love getting to know the families that I work with, so that I can understand their goals and find the best approach that works for them, to help them meet those goals!
It is easy to start comparing yourself and your baby to others.. there is a lot of information out there and a lot of “shoulds”. What works for you and your family, may not work for someone else and that is okay.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Time during parenthood doesn't seem to make sense. Some days feel like they last forever, and other days you blink and your baby is a few months older. Learn from the challenging days, enjoy the sweet moments and squeeze them tight. They are so lucky to have you as their parent.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I have learned that self care doesn’t always have to be a big event. A hot shower and listening to a podcast or going for a walk with my dog are two of my favorites, and I will never say no to a cup of good coffee.
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