My journey as a Mama Coach
“Whether you are a first time parent, or welcoming your 3rd bundle of joy, each pregnancy, birth, and child brings their own set of challenges, and as your Mama Coach I am here to be on your team. Together lets create a plan and help make motherhood how you envisioned it would be. “
My name is Marie and I am a Registered Nurse in the Edmonton area. I am also a wife, friend, sister, daughter, aunty and MAMA.
Since as far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a mom. I was that child you see out and about dragging my dolls around and playing house, hospital, and family pretty much 24/7. I hoped to someday make my mama dream a reality. I was on my way.
At an early age, I began struggling with severe childhood asthma requiring frequent hospitalizations, as well as the discovery of anaphylactic allergies to multiple different foods. These scary realizations came out of nowhere as my older brother and sister seemed to be in the clear (this coupled with my offbeat red hair sparked many jokes from my siblings that surely I was adopted). I spent numerous school recesses indoors to shelter my cold- induced asthma and many days home sick. Eventually I was able to get my asthma and allergies under control and learn the necessary strategies to deal with them but it certainly was challenging and helped shaped me into the person I am today.
As I grew up, it became clear to me that I wanted to follow the footsteps of my beloved Grandma and become a Neonatal (Baby) Nurse. After completing my nursing degree, I was fortunate enough to land my dream job in a specialized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Edmonton, allowing me to gain valuable experience working with critically ill babies. After developing a strong foundation of knowledge, I began to look outside of their individual health needs and into the framework of these precious bundles- their families. How could I comfort and encourage them and what advice could I offer? This became a key component of the job for me and truly a passion for my career and my path to become a Mama Coach.
In 2012 my wonderful husband and I welcomed our son Bennett. The world stopped in that very moment. Literally I was in complete awe of this little guy who changed our lives in an instant. But wait. I felt like I had been hit by a ton of bricks. Due to an induction, I was days behind on sleep before he was even born, swollen and in the worst pain of my life, and why wasn’t breastfeeding as easy as I’d thought? Mama Guilt. Let me tell you- the struggle was real. Once we tackled those hurdles we began the dreaded baby sleep issues (or lack thereof I should say).
In 2015 we welcomed our beautiful daughter Britain after a scarily fast delivery- much to the contrary of our first experience. Once again, we were in awe. How could she be so darn perfect!?! Although it was a little bit easier of a transition, it still posed its own new set of issues. Mama guilt quickly popped up again- am I spending too much time with my newborn and not enough with my Bennett? The sleep deprivation- enough to drive a person crazy. This time, I had a few tools under my belt to help us…but with the lack of sleep, everything seemed challenging in a different way.
I returned to my Neonatal Nursing job after both of my maternity leaves with a newfound sense of awareness and empathy for those special mamas and their families. The NICU remains dear to my heart, having worked there for over 10 years.
I could go on about the challenges I faced as a new mom. But really, the point is this- each family faces their own struggles as they enter the realm of parenthood. Babies do not come with an instruction manual and nobody is an expert on YOUR baby. There are however, tools out there to help in this bumpy journey and make it perhaps slightly a smoother one. The Mama Coach is designed to provide you with a variety of these tools, developed around experience in both the medical field as well as personal experience, to support you as you venture into this exciting journey.
I am passionate about working with babies and families and would love to offer some support. I also understand on a personal level how frightening and life- changing allergies can be and can provide strategies to hopefully make things a bit less scary.
So whether you are a first time parent, or welcoming your 3rd bundle of joy, each pregnancy, birth, and child brings their own set of challenges, and as your Mama Coach I am here to be on your team. Together lets create a plan and help make motherhood how you envisioned it would be.
Our Mama Coach services
Do you have a child who won’t sleep?
Are you exhausted and overwhelmed? We can help. As an Infant Sleep Coach we offer a gentle solution to get your child consistently napping and sleeping so much better in the night! Lactation counselling and intensive support is included in ALL of our packages.
Infant and Child Allergy Navigation
We understand the fear and anxiety around food allergies and my service helps educate and empower parents to gain control of their child’s allergies and feel more comfortable managing them.
Congratulations on your pregnancy!!
The Mama Coach prenatal education was created by Carrie Bruno (founder of The Mama Coach) based on over 12 years experience as a labour and delivery nurse and lactation consultant.
Your class will be taught by a Mama coach- and we are all Registered Nurses and Mamas!
Upcoming Classes & Workshops
October 1, 2017 from 2-4 pm: Bumps and Breastfeeding Class at the Nest in Okotoks with Kate. Space is limited!
November 4, 2017 from 2-4 pm: Bumps and Breastfeeding Class at the Nest in Okotoks with Kate. Space is limited!