Raven Mansaray, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
Going into Nursing school I knew I wanted to work maternity because I have a passion for helping families especially women and infants. I did work as an employed student nurse in maternity while in school and i really enjoyed it so i applied after i graduated from Nursing School. I have been working in maternity since 2018 and i specialized in labor and delivery in 2019 and started working in both units since then. I really enjoy what I do and i notice most people especially first time moms struggle with newborn care and breastfeeding. This results in postpartum blues/depression in most people. I, therefore, decided to learn more about how I can start my own practice to teach prenatal education, offer breastfeeding help and newborn/postpartum care to families since this is what I am passionate about and I do see a lack in this area and a lack in knowledge working with families that are expecting or just gave birth.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I graduated from Douglas College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I also did a Perinatal specialty program offered by my place of work at BCIT which enables me to work in Labor and Delivery.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
I notice everyone's experience with pregnancy and birth is very different and whatever works for someone may not work for the other. I also noticed that most women that don't have the knowledge about what to expect are more anxious so I do recommend that women be encouraged to take prenatal classes to at least have an idea of what to expect.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Seek out help and resources to help her with newborn care if she is not familiar so she doesn't get overwhelmed and go into postpartum depression.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
Self-care is important and so I usually make time to do things I like. For example, I work out on a regular basis to keep fit, i hangout with friends, and also spend time reading. I am a Christian so i do read the bible and pray for my spiritual well-being. I also like to travel with friends or family .
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