Lisa Ketchmark, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
I am married and have 3 kids. My kids are all under 5 with the youngest being 3 months old. Parenting is not easy but it is rewarding. After having kids, I have struggled with working shifts and being away from them. It is so hard to find a balance so that you can survive and pay your bills while being present for your family.
I learned quickly that once your a mother, your are instantly judged. This is tough. I have learned to be confident in my ability as a parent and to ignore any negativity around me. This has definitely made me a better mother.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I figured out that nursing was the career for me while in Teachers College. I was completing my Post-Graduate Diploma in Education while working as a personal support worker in a long term care facility. This was not an easy job but I loved it. I was teaching in a high school during the day and working on a dementia ward in the evening. This allowed me to compare the two careers and I realized that I was meant to be a Nurse. I loved providing one on one care for patients and I continue to enjoy this aspect of nursing 10 years later.
Lisa is the mama coach every pregnant women should have... she was amazing and made me feel so comfortable.. I had so many questions I wanted to ask her and she provided me with so many answers and advice and much much more. Lisa had me focus on the essential information that would be beneficial for me during birth and took a lot of stress and anxiety of the unknown. Lisa has such love and passion for what she does and you can see that she truly loves being a mama coach. I have not had my baby yet but I'm so excited too share my experience with Lisa and have her guide me in the future with many more questions and answers. .. keep rockin it Lisa your the best!
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
There is so much to learn. And every mom needs help.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Please ask for help when you are struggling. Always remember that it takes a village and make sure you tap into yours.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
With 3 kids, I try to take things day by day. I enjoy working out, going for walks and being outside with my family. I try incorporate these things into my week. I try to look at life through a positive lens and not compare myself to my neighbours. By doing this, I find that some weeks can be tough but as a family we are happy and thats all that matters.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
I love my job. I love helping mothers breastfeed, increase their sleep, learn about their childs' allergies or prepare for birth. I love increasing a mother's confidence so they can sit back and enjoy being a mom.
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