Each week, we get to know one of the members of Work It, Mom! a little bit better. This week, we talk with Nicu101, a mom of three who lives in Colorado. She likes the great outdoors (SCUBA and snowboarding) and indoors (reading, knitting) as well.
1.) What do you do?
I’m the stay-at-home mom of three kids (5, 2 and 6 months), and in all of my infinite “free time” I am the owner of NICU101.com, a website that provides support and information for parents of premature babies and women struggling with high risk pregnancies. I also do more mainstream medical blogging on women’s health, pregnancy, fertility and pediatrics at KristieMcNealy.com.
2.) How did you end up in your current career?
NICU101 and my writing career were both an unexpected side effect of my middle daughter’s premature birth. Before she arrived, I was well on my way to becoming a pediatrician. I managed to finish my MD after Camden’s 7 week stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, but instead of residency, I found a new passion for advocacy for preemies and their families.
3.) What's your dream job?
Ideally, I’d love to be able to make a real living furthering public awareness about the longterm impacts of prematurity, as well as educating healthcare workers about ways to improve family-centered NICU care through speaking engagements and writing projects.
4.) Tell us a few things on your Life To-Do List.
One of my biggest to-do’s is writing a book about my experiences as the mother of a preemie. On a lighter note, I’d really like to travel to Egypt and SCUBA dive in the Galapagos.
5.) What's for you the toughest challenge when it comes to juggling work and family?
In my house, the toughest thing about juggling work and family is figuring out a way to add structure to our day. Since both my husband and I run our own businesses, and none of our kids are in school yet, we tend to go with the flow all until a major deadline hits, and then things around the house fall apart a little. Keeping to a routine and making sure that all of our kids and all of our business ventures get the attention they need is a tall order most weeks!