Mentor Spotlight: Emily
How long have you been a Nurture® Program mentor?
Nearly a year!
What makes the Nurture® Program so special?
It’s such a great way to connect and support new moms. As a mentor, we’ve all been in their shoes at one point. Validation is so incredibly important, especially in those first few months because of how isolating it can be as a new mom. I think that using text messaging as a method of support allows new moms to reach out easily when they need guidance or even just little camaraderie. Despite being the mentor, I learn new things from the moms I support all the time.
What is your favorite part about being a Nurture® Program mentor?
I love supporting moms and providing resources when they are in a time of need but my favorite part is getting to know these moms on a personal level – their interests, careers, what they like to do in their spare time, and even their different parenting styles. It’s so interesting to see how different each of their backgrounds and cultures really are.
Tell us about a time when you feel like you made a positive impact on the life of a mom and her new baby.
I currently mentor a mom who does not speak English. The language barrier can be a bit of a struggle sometimes, but she was able to communicate her need for essential baby supplies. I was able to connect her to some local resources and one of the organizations was able to deliver the supplies that she needed to her house the same day. She was so grateful, and it felt so rewarding to be able to assist her in her time of need.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have a BS in Biology from Purdue University. I was a stay-at-home mom for over 6 years before deciding to get back into the work game and I’m now working for a company that improves patient access and adherence to specialty medications. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and watching documentaries. My three kids (ages 7, 5, and 3), husband, and our 8-year-old pug, Beaker, keep me very busy!