The first time I met Sarah was when she was doing some emergency work for close friends, I knew then that she was who I wanted by my side when the day would come that I would have my own baby. We interviewed a few other maternity nurses, but we knew Sarah would be just the person to help us through this amazing adventure we were about to begin.

Sarah arrived at our house a few hours after coming home from hospital with our son and instantly we felt in good hands. Throughout the following five weeks my husband, myself, and Sarah became a team and together she helped us learn about our baby; what things worked and what didn’t, how to swaddle, how to sterilise, how to prepare to go out for the day with our baby, figuring out what routine worked best for our son, the list goes on and on. She taught us to listen to what our baby was telling us and how to decipher his code. My husband would sit and question Sarah every night for about an hour and she patiently sat with him and answered every single question. Never once was she disapproving, judgmental or overbearing.

When thinking of bringing someone to live in our home we were a bit anxious about living in close quarters with a virtual stranger, however are fears quickly dissipated; In fact, we found that actually we spent much of our time in Sarah’s room chatting and learning. When finding out we were pregnant with number 2 Sarah was our first phone call, as we couldn’t imagine going through this again without her by our side. Again, Sarah arrived not long after coming home from hospital. When I saw her I smiled, gave her a hug and said “I’m so happy you’re here” and turned and went to bed knowing that my brand new baby was in the best hands imaginable.

I still call Sarah for advice when I’m stuck and use what she has taught me every day as well as pass on the knowledge to friends when they are having difficulty deciphering their babies. Sarah has become a member of our family and I will be forever grateful to her for helping make our introduction into the world of babies as amazing as it has been.

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