Emily has 10 years’ experience working with children and their families, as a Qualified Paediatric Nurse and Health Visitor. She has also undergone further training in Behaviour Change, Coaching, Baby Massage and Attachment.
Prior to qualifying as a Paediatric Nurse, Emily worked as a House Parent, in a respite home for children with complex needs and life limiting conditions. Emily still practices in this area, providing nursing at home care for children with complex and special needs.
After finishing her nurse training, Emily practiced as a Paediatric Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Children’s Hospital. She rotated around the hospital and worked in a number of different specialities. She continues to maintain her skills in this area and actively works as a paediatric nurse. She recognises the benefit to families, continuously maintaining her knowledge and skills.
Following on from Guy’s and St Thomas’ she trained as a Health Visitor and gained a 1st in Public Health BSc. Health Visitors are specialised nurses or midwives trained to meet the needs of families with a baby/child aged 0-5 years old. Their goal is to reduce inequality in health by supporting families to make positive choices in the early stages. They are trained and experienced in many things such as; behavioural training, infant feeding, monitoring growth, assessing development, weaning and diet, postnatal depression, sleep training, behavioural training, accident prevention, adapting to life with a new baby and Dad support.
Due to caseloads being frequently over 500 families for one Health Visitor, it’s difficult for them to provide many of the things they are trained in. It’s common that many families rarely see the Health Visitor or even know what one is.
Emily aims to deliver specialised support which allows her to utilise all her skills. For over 3 years she delivered an intense home visiting programme called the Family Nurse Partnership. This was a parenting programme for vulnerable young parents. Evidence shows that improved parental attachment enhances child brain development in a strength based way, by using motivational interviewing.
Emily gained a considerable amount of expertise from this job, learning that parents want to do the best for their infant, but are frequently overwhelmed.
Baby Confidence was born as a result, giving every parent the opportunity to tap into their inner expert.