I remember the moment I left hospital with Bubba so well. Walking (or should I say waddling!) through those doors with my amazing husband carrying a car seat with our little tiny bundle of new born joy all snuggled up inside. I had visions of how our life would be when we got home. Family snuggles on the sofa, Bubba snoozing in his moses basket whilst I showered and did my hair and made myself feel human again, all of our family and friends coming over and cooing over our precious little boy whilst me and hubby looked on beaming with pride. But in the real world that is not what happened. In the real world, I had 2 weeks of hubby being home and us both trying to muddle learning how to look after our screaming, unsettled baby whilst surviving on about 3 hours sleep. In the real world, parenting is hard and those first few days and weeks can be the hardest. In fact, as many as 20% of new Mums in the UK suffer from psychological issues in the first year of parent hood which is why the care of supportive health visitors, nurses, midwives and family is so so important because in the real world we all need some help sometimes.
That is why Infacol are supporting the Real World Parenting awards! This is your chance to get someone who gave you the best support the recognition they deserve. There are two separate catogories: one for health professional, which has been developed by the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, and one for friends and family. The health professional category will recognise the dedication, compassion and hard work of the health professional who are there for us through all of the tough time such a breastfeeding, colic or developmental worries. PCSG Chair, Dr. Richard Stevens explains:
“Becoming a parent for the first time isn’t easy, and the first six months can be especially tough. That’s why families need support, and the encouragement they receive from their GP or health visitor
can make all the difference. As professionals, we sometimes forget we can provide a lot by just being there and being constant.”
The second category for family and friends will highlight the importance of listening and providing love and encouragement.
“Having a baby is a life changing experience and an incredible one, but it can be stressful,” says Dr. Hilary Jones, who will be part of the judging panel. “If you’re lucky enough to have a wonderful family around you, or great friends, it can make a huge difference.”
If you want to nominate someone in your life who helped you then all you need to do is email their name, workplace (if nominating a healthcare professional) and why you want to nominate them to:
firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of July. There will then be a presentation for the winner in September.
So what are you waiting for??? Get nominating now!!