FRANCE Emilie

Emilie

Jan 15, 2020

France

What is your job title?

Neonatal nurse at the maternity unit

At which Ramsay site do you work?

Hôpital Privé Seine Saint Denis (Ile de France Nord Cluster)

For how long have you worked at Ramsay?

Since June 2016.

What is your favourite thing about being a nurse?

Taking care of others is always my motivation for my job, which means I go to work happily each morning. I take care of newborns, for sure, but also their parents. In neonatology, we deal with complicated births, illness, prematurity etc., which often tend to keep parents away from their child. Above all, my role involves taking care of the parental bond, supporting the parents, helping them by putting them at the centre of the care pathway when, too often, they feel cut off from the relationship with their baby, under close medical supervision. The thing I like most in the department is the combination of technical treatment of newborns and the importance of creating, insofar as possible, a peaceful environment, conducive to exchanges with parents. For me, this work with families, in which parents take on the role of care partners, is essential and a driving force in my job; it is key for smooth development in newborns and improved parental attachment. Every birth is a new adventure with the newborn and his/her family.

What are you passionate about?

Breastfeeding - or, rather, supporting women who want to breastfeed their child. This is not always a simple process in today’s society, where parents often tend to intellectualize everything, and where women often put a lot of pressure on themselves, even though they are in a vulnerable situation, and often alone with their concerns. New parents are themselves sometimes distant from their own families. Mothers especially need to be given back their self-confidence. They need kindness, and answers based on scientific data. They need time to learn and experience their baby. Especially as we sometimes need to wait several weeks to put an extremely preterm baby on his/her mother’s breast.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I’m looking forward to taking a “lactation consultant” course, which will allow me to develop this role, in addition to my other tasks. I also want to take this opportunity to underline the importance of regular training for the duration of a nursing career. Our profession is continually evolving. We must constantly adapt to these changes, and question our practices.

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