Super Mum: Emma Saunders
To celebrate Mother’s Day and International Nurses Day, we’re delighted to introduce you to Super Mum, Emma Saunders.
Emma became a mum for the first time on 19 October 2018, welcoming son Charlie. Before embarking on motherhood, Emma worked as a Clinical Nurse at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for 10 years in the Michael Rice Centre’s Haematology and Oncology Unit.
“After working at the Hospital, I always knew I wanted to be a mum,” Emma said.
“I absolutely love working in the oncology unit and caring for the children and adolescents receiving treatment for blood disorders or cancer. You get to know the children, their parents and their extended families, and help them through their journey.
“I would hear parents speak to the intense love they have for their children and when Charlie was born, I instantly felt that love and emotion myself.
“I get to much enjoyment from watching Charlie grow and witnessing his milestones.”
Emma said the biggest challenge she’s faced as a mother was Charlie’s premature birth.
“Little Charlie was born nine weeks early, so he was in the neonatal intensive care unit at Flinders Hospital for the first month of his life.
“The hardest part was becoming a mum for the first time and having to be away from Charlie every night, but this also made me stronger.”
Emma said a career as a nurse has instilled many qualities needed for motherhood.
“The night shifts have prepared me for the many sleepless night my husband Jared and I continue to encounter! I have also learned great patience.”
To celebrate her first Mother’s Day, Emma plans to enjoy a picnic in the park with her Mum and Mother-in-Law.
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