My journey as a Mama Coach
“As a mom, there can be so many opinions, judgement and passive aggressive shaming thrown at you. Where instead, there should be ENCOURAGEMENT, KINDNESS, and compassionate HELP and SUPPORT! We are all people, we are all figuring the same things out, some things easy and some hard.”
Hello! My name is Marina MacLeod, I’m a Registered Nurse and have been Nursing for 14 yrs. I’m a Wife, Daughter, Mother of two, Sister and Step Sister to three, Auntie to six and fortunate to be a Friend to many! Although I have several different hats, Nursing has always been near and dear to my heart. I have enjoyed working in several different areas of Nursing, primarily hospital nursing, where I gained invaluable knowledge and experience. However, as much as I have enjoyed my career, I wanted to get out of the Hospital setting and into the Community where I can work as an RN one on one with young families, mamas and babies!
In 2013 I married my wonderful husband and it wasn’t long after, in 2014, my beautiful little baby boy was born. My dream had finally come true, I was a mom! Leading up to his birth I thought I had it all figured out. I was going to have a wonderful pregnancy, my water was going to break at home and I’d have a textbook labour. I’d naturally birth my baby and when it came time to breastfeeding he would just naturally latch and everything would be perfect…right? WRONG! More like way overdue, induction, fetal complications, emergency cesarean section and extremely painful (both physically and emotionally) breast feeding! Then in 2016 another miracle happened and I became pregnant again. I was about to give birth to my daughter and I thought, “OK, I’ve got this!”. Once again, Nope! Another section and completely different breast feeding issues. I was seeing several different Lactation Consultants and Doctors and Pediatricians etc, and I just kept thinking wouldn’t it be easier if someone would just come to my house? Why am I packing around the kids (wasn’t even supposed to be lifting them), driving (on no sleep) to all these appointments in my physical and mental state?
Then, after working through the challenges of infant sleeping, feeding, and learning my new normal as a mom, that is when the second wave of difficulty hit. When I was 17, my mom passed away. I never anticipated the struggles that would come with being a Motherless Mom. There were so many times I wanted to pick up the phone and call her, ask her questions that only she could answer. I wanted her to be there to hold her grand babies and I longed for her support and understanding. I was blessed to have a caring husband, loving father and step mom and supportive sisters, aunties and friends that were, and are, my “village”. I know how lonely it can feel and I want to be available to help other mamas through this too.
I grew up in a small town in Alberta. I remember as a child always having other kids around, either going to a family friends house or those kids coming to our place. It seemed everyone helped each other out and it really was the “Village” helping to raise your children. Where did that go??? As a mom, there can be so many opinions, judgement and passive aggressive shaming thrown at you. Where instead, there should be ENCOURAGEMENT, KINDNESS, and compassionate HELP and SUPPORT! We are all people, we are all figuring the same things out, some things easy and some hard.
This is what I want to help with. I want to visit families in their home, listen, and work with them to address any concerns and/or issues. I want to create and assist in implementing a plan that works for everyone. Including assessing, coaching, counseling, educating and finding resources in their own community. But, also to be there to celebrate with them during small and big achievements. It’s been said before, having a baby is amazing and it’s life changing. Realistically though, it comes with un foreseen difficulties and challenges. I would like to offer my professional knowledge as well as that gained by personal experience to help achieve results together, and remember, You Got This Mama!
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!