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possible new position but freaking out! - January 9th 2018, 12:19 AM

Hey people,

So my name got passed around in the community I started making for myself and reaching out to, and basically I might get a job as a mother's helper in March for a first time mother with history of mental illness and her newborn baby.

It is like a mixture of peer support and childcare. Two of my top interests!

Here is the thing though, I am a nervous wreck about caring for a newborn. My recovery specialist keeps telling me that this new mother is also new and doesnt know much either and I can tell her upfront that I dont know much about newborns but I have experience with toddlers. She believes I will learn quickly and that a lot of it is going to be based on what the mother learns from the hospital staff, from accompanying her in doctor appointments and googling things online.

My recovery specialist told me that the key thing to remember is that a newborn baby has to be supported by the neck. Also the baby cant be outside for the first two weeks and until it weights more than double the weight when it was born.

I am still super worried though and I havent even been guaranteed the job! I was only recommended but I still have to call up the mother. Also I hate how I am stressing over this potential job and god forbid something bad happens to her or her child, I would feel like it was my fault for putting so much stress. I have this weird superstition about evil eyes and I wouldnt want to unintentionally hurt her.

Any tips would be valued. Also if you have any resources to look into such as web articles or books.
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Re: possible new position but freaking out! - January 9th 2018, 08:11 AM

I don't really have any helpful tips regarding caring for newborns, but I do want to throw my two cents in about the position as a whole. If your name has been passed around within the job community you're currently in, that's a great sign that people think you're qualified for the position. I know you said you haven't been guaranteed the job and that there is a lot to stress about, but try not to let anxieties about uncharted job territory stop you from taking on a new opportunity if it's something that you really want to pursue. As your recovery specialist said, you can always mention to the mother from the beginning that you have a lot to learn with newborns, but that you're willing to put in the work to ensure that you can provide the best support and care possible for her and her baby. Every job has a learning curve and I'm sure you'll get the hang of it all in no time. Good luck!

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Re: possible new position but freaking out! - January 9th 2018, 02:17 PM

I have never had a child but I do have plenty of nieces and nephews. Dealing with a newborn can be kind of nerve wracking at first but it gets a bit easier as you do it. I think that the more you get to know the mother and newborn the more you'd adjust. I think explaining to the mother that you don't have a lot of experience with newborns could help as well.

I also think that, more likely than not, this mother will just appreciate someone helping out and being around while she tries to cope with motherhood.

In regards to tips, do you have any specific questions or concerns? I might not be able to answer them all but I could definitely try.

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