Robyn Pittman, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
Being a nurse and then becoming a mom has given me a unique perspective into the absolute joys and pure exhaustion that parents experience. Before becoming a mom I never realized how complicated and confusing things like a baby's sleep and introducing solid foods can be. I was amazed to find out there was things we could have been doing from the beginning to help our son sleep better and we sure faced a few challenges getting his sleep where it needed to be. I know what it's like to navigate guilt and conflicting information while deciding what is best for your family, and it is my goal as a nurse to help other parents through this. I will be that non-judgemental and supportive person that every family needs, while also bringing valuable nursing experience to the table.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I became an RN in 2015 and have worked in rural nursing since I was an Undergraduate. I have always lived in rural Alberta (with the exception of my university years) and love rural nursing because of the variety of experiences I have had and the people I've worked with along the way. I work in the areas of Labour and Delivery, Post-Partum, Emergency, and Med-Surg, and I am currently working on becoming a certified lactation consultant. My passion has always been working with moms and babes. I love being a part of such a beautiful chapter of my clients' lives.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
1) Every family and every baby is different. What works for one family might not work for another, and that's okay! It is my job to come up with a plan that works for everyone, so that families can stay healthy and enjoy their little ones.
2) Every mom I come across has been simply incredible, but so often they don't know it. One of the greatest battles we face as moms (and dads) is the battle within ourselves. All that negative self-talk and doubt. It's my job to remind families what they're capable of. Some of my favourite nursing experiences are seeing a new mom succeed at breastfeeding, or seeing a dad calm a crying baby for the first time. What would parenting be like if we were encouraged at every turn instead of being judged or put down? You can do this. Look at what you have already done, and how far you've come!
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Ask for help if you need it, and don't let guilt take hold. Forgive yourself and enjoy the moment in front of you. Chances are you have no real reason to feel guilty anyway! Happy and healthy parents are the only way to have a happy and healthy family.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
It's always challenging to make time for self care, but I love to get outside whenever possible. Biking, walking, hiking and camping all help me recharge. I've also found that reflecting on what's important in life is helpful, as well as reaching out to new people and friends in the same stage of life.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
Remember that whatever you're going through, you aren't alone!
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