Nurse Gena, the baby advocate

My Mission: My goal is to empower you to make informed decisions for your baby. I want to share my years of specialized nursing experience with you and with parents everywhere. I will keep you current with important wellness issues, collect the top studies into an easy to browse format, and summarize medical jargon into relatable layman’s terms. I want to be your baby’s advocate, helping your family make educated choices and helping you connect with your baby as he or she grows into a healthy, happy child.

My Values: I trust motherly intuition and value common sense. I respect all parents and empower them with tools to build their confidence and the knowledge to make informed choices. I believe that the best course of action for your family is based on the personality and temperament of your family. What works for your family is what’s best for your family. Opinions on baby care fall in and out of fashion. While I draw from my experience, I strive to be professional and non-judgemental. I will present you with all of your options to help you discover the best way to connect with and care for your child.

Who Is Nurse Gena?

My Core: I have been a baby nurse for over 30 years and have been in awe of babies my entire life. I have always been able to connect with them, figure out their needs and treat them with respect.  My goal is to help you realize that everything you do and every decision you make, from the moment your baby is born matters.

My Work In Medicine: I have been a baby nurse since 1979. I have worked in several hospital settings including pediatrics, newborn nurseries, NICU mother/baby units, and also taught baby care and breastfeeding classes for hospitals.  I worked in private medicine for pediatricians, and for a pediatric home health group that took care of chronically ill children. Registered Nurse State of Texas; Doula Trained; Breastfeeding Educator; Lamaze Breastfeeding Support; Brazelton Touch Point Trained (development stages birth through three); CPR; PALS Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

I have been called the “Baby Whisperer” many time.  Unless  there is an underlying medical problem that is causing the symptoms, I can figure out what babies needs are and how they can be met.   I can then teach parents how to meet their baby’s needs.

My Work With Families: I have been self employed since 1996, working with families and babies. I smooth womens’ transition into motherhood and empower parents so they are confident in taking care of,their baby. I specialize in the logistics of bonding, creating safe and happy environments where mothers can have stress-free access to essentials and where babies can grow to learn and love. Things I do: set up nurseries; assist parents in registering at baby stores (showing them what they can and can’t live without); stay with parents after delivery in the hospital; stay with families 24/7 when they are home; travel to families for teaching visits; provide phone and home consultations to help parents figure out baby issues (not sleeping, nursing problems, crying, etc.).

I have worked for several high profile families that took comfort in having a registered nurse in their home. My celebrity clientele include Mark and Tiffany Cuban, Greg and Molly Engles (the CEO of Dean Foods), and Ellis and Eve Short.

My Life: I have always balanced love for my work with love for my family. My family is my greatest blessing. I married my high school sweetheart, Tim, in 1976. We have three wonderful children – Christa, Craig and Michael and are also blessed with six beautiful grandchildren – Andrew, Sarah, Elizabeth, Luke, Beck and Saylor.

My Story: Early in my medical career I was saddened to see how hospital professionals treated babies, like they didn’t matter, as if the babies didn’t care how we treated them. Respect was not shown to them, and they reacted accordingly.

The turning point in my medical thinking happened after the birth of my first child. I didn’t see her for her first eighteen hours. She was off in the nursery being cared for by the nurses (a typical scenario in the 70’s). My sweet baby had no medical problems, there was no pending catastrophe. At that time the medical community felt a nurse knew how to take better care of a newborn than her mother. It was such a counter intuitive approach to what I was experiencing, I knew in my heart it was wrong. I wanted, no, I needed my child and my child needed me.

In those lonely hours I started to question how we, the medical community, treat precious new life and I began to question the practices I was trained to follow. Why should a baby be taken from their mother? Why would a mother not be equipped to take care of her own baby? How can something so natural be treated so clinically? How does our behavior and attitude affect the babies? How do doctor’s and nurse’s actions affect the confidence of mothers?

Those eighteen hours of soul searching shaped the course of the rest of my life. My bond with babies transformed from a passion into a mission, into a vision of sharing my message with families and medical professionals alike.

My Wish for You: I want to give you and your baby a brighter future by helping you build your love and respect for each other from the moment of birth. My blend of personal and medical experience, combined with years of practical application (working with traditional and modern families in various environments), provides me with a unique and complete understanding of all the opportunities and obstacles that face you, your baby and your family in this day and age. I wish you happiness and love and I am here to help, whenever you need me.

Why follow

Community is an essential element of parenting. Parents, grandparents, sisters, aunts and friends used to live nearby to offer new mothers guidance. As we have evolved into a mobile society, many of us have moved away from our families and familiar surroundings. Our friends and support networks are spread out and we all live busier, less connected lives. Neighborhoods used to be close-knit communities of friends and family members, now we tend to live in our own isolated environments and closed social circles. Most parents are left alone to navigate the mysteries of parenthood. We need support. We need to learn from each other, teach each other, model for each other – not judge each other.

I built to create an online community that will support you as a parent. Turn to us when you have questions and need information to make a confident choice. My site will give you the skills to learn how to read your baby, know what he or she may be feeling, wanting or needing. I will help you explore how to meet your child’s needs in the best way that fits your family’s values.

Disclaimer: All material on this website is provided for educational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide accurate and up-to-date information. If you are concerned about your health, or that of your child, please consult your healthcare provider regarding the advisability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your individual situation.