26. Leveraging Our Strengths – with Amber Purcell

On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Amber Purcell, a postpartum maternity travel nurse, newborn care specialist to talk about leveraging our strengths and how to build a solid team. Bringing a baby into this world is hard work, and learning to take care of a new human is even harder! This episode focuses on identifying everyone’s needs, talking out what your goals are as a family and as parents, and then figuring out ways to meet those goals (no guilt allowed!).

“For me, the magical moment is watching the parents find success!” – Amber Purcell

“What do you want to see happen? What are your goals and objectives?” – Amber Purcell

“What are your primal needs? You need to eat, you need to sleep, and you need to go to the bathroom.” – Amber Purcell

“We get those basic needs covered, and then we expand out from there.” – Amber Purcell

“Leveraging strengths – leaning into what you’re good at – can be so vital in that postpartum period.” – Elle Kennedy

“My advice to prepare is to ask yourself some really tough questions. You need to get really real about how you’ve gone through moments of transition of your life before.” – Amber Purcell

“Educate yourself as much as you can on what it is to take care of a baby.” – Amber Purcell

“For those first few weeks, get really basic about what your expectations are – what your needs are. And then, go from there. Give yourself a lot of space. Allow yourself to not know what is going on, and to know that that is ok.” – Amber Purcell

“We had to take a moment and not criticize ourselves while we’re making these decisions. Just go with the flow. And cheat! Cheat as much as you can! Like, honestly! This is like the hardest thing you are probably going to do is bring a person into the world and then sustain their life outside of your body, possibly with your body, or a whole dishwasher full of dishes! So, like, give yourself some space. Give yourself ANY shortcut you can. Give yourself ANY credit you can.” – Amber Purcell

“I can tell you – no plan or piece of advice I give for a family from one to the next – is the same.” – Amber Purcell

“You are never a failure! You are in uncharted territory with a foreigner who doesn’t speak the language!” – Amber Purcell

“Learn soothing techniques. And the first part of learning that is asking yourself: How do I soothe myself? How do I cope? How do I deal?” – Amber Purcell

Listen to the episode here.

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Today’s guest: Amber Purcell

Don’t Fear Parents, the Baby Nurse is here! Amber has enjoyed assisting parents since the early two thousands. Flit and Flying into homes to relieve the weary or wound up new parents, recently initiated by labor and birth during the tender post-birth time period. You name it, Amber has seen it! If you can dream it, Amber can help you do it or at least take foundational steps towards making your parenting desires a reality. She is here to help families, every member in them. Nowadays she is waiting for international travel to be reinstated because there are babies abroad that she would love to care for. She specializes as a Post Partum Maternity Travel Nurse.

You can find her on Instagram @amberlovesbabies and on her website amberlovesbabies.com or you can email her at amberlovesbabies@gmail.com

Resources related to today’s episode:

Here are some other episodes where we discuss similar topics, like self-care, meeting needs, and developing a postpartum plan.

Ep. 11: Comfort Care and Self-Care – with Jill Magoffin

Ep. 9: Postpartum Plan – with the Tourmaline Collective

Ep. 2: Gratitude and Mindset – with Mindy Werth

Who are Elle and Taylor?

Elle Kennedy is a maternity, birth, and family photographer and doula based in Orange County, California. She’s a mother of two, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for consent and respect for personal preferences during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. She homeschools, is polyamorous, loves tea and scones, and loves using her free time to create and bake.

Dr. Taylor Garcia is a Webster Certified Chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area, with a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies. She is currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program and plans to have that completes by 2021. While not a mama yet, she is the consummate “mom friend,” and hopes to adopt with her partners in about 5 years. She is part of the LGBTQ+ community and polyamorous. She believes in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. She believes in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. She is a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.

Contact Elle:

Instagram: @elle.kennedy.photography

Website: ellekennedyphotography.com

Facebook: Elle Kennedy Photography

Contact Taylor:

Website: birthandbeyondchiro.com

Email: taylorjgarcia@att.net

Facebook: Dr. Taylor Garcia, DC

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