An article from Nicole Ovens, Operations Manager at CPR Kids
"Caring for babies, children and families is what I had grown into my adult life doing. It was second nature to me. An intrinsic part of me that seemed as natural as breathing. You would think then, at the age of 40 and pregnant, I would know it all, but, I have a confession to make, I didn't, and the closer it came to birthing the more I realised that. "
Nobody needs to be reminded what an enormous responsibility becoming a parent is. I remember so well what it was like for me when I was having my first baby. My thoughts were occupied totally with the growing life within me...those thoughts were the very same that many of you have experienced or are feeling now as you move towards parenthood. The imagination can run rampant especially when coupled with pregnancy hormones.
t seems like yesterday when I was the Divisional Manager of Obstetrics at a large metropolitan area health service. I had been in the nursing profession since I was 17 years old. I had extensive experience as a midwife, and as well, was an experienced paediatric and neonatal intensive care nurse. Caring for babies, children and families is what I had grown into my adult life doing. It was second nature to me. An intrinsic part of me that seemed as natural as breathing. You would think then, at the age of 40 and pregnant, I would know it all, but, I have a confession to make, I didn't, and the closer it came to birthing the more I realised that. What also became evident was that the people around me who would potentially be caring for my baby in my absence didn't know either.
Choking, head injury, broken bones, oh my!
I remember one of the things that used to worry me enormously was the introduction of solids to my little one and the possibility of her choking. You might be feeling that way too. I was also seriously concerned about my toddler climbing and as time passed and her mobility increased I became even more anxious as she negotiated the play equipment soaring to heights that defied her age. The risk of head injury and broken bones was certainly on the radar and I wondered how I would respond if faced with these emergencies. Another worrying thought was the contradictory information about fever and the dilemma that caused me. When should I worry and should I be taking my child to the doctor because of that.
The more things change, the more they stay the same
On a professional level, when I speak to parents and carers today, I realise that not much has changed over the years regarding the fears that haunt them. There is an exception though today and that is the opportunity for parents and carers to gain education, knowledge and empowerment. There is no reason for anyone to feel insecure and fearful anymore. Learn how to respond calmly and confidently in an emergency. At CPR Kids, we understand those insecurities and we would love to support you in gaining the skills and knowledge that will save a child's life.
To find the class that is right for you, please visit: https://www.cprkids.com.au/classes/