Being a Parent Support Navigator
Our son was born extremely premature in 2012. He
was discharged from the hospital after what felt like a
never ending roller-coaster ride in the NICU. I remember
bringing him home and thinking, “now what?” Being a new
mom is overwhelming enough, and when you add in monitors,
medications, respiratory and feeding concerns in addition to
a lengthy list of follow up appointments with specialists, it
was absolutely terrifying.
We live in rural Minnesota and we had no idea how to
go about finding resources and accessing the care that our
child required. I spent hours searching for information and
joined several support groups on social media, but was never
really able to find information specific to our area.
I started working with Family Voices of Minnesota
last year, and I can honestly say that I really love my job. I
enjoy working with other parents as they face the
challenges of accessing services and navigating healthcare
systems in rural Minnesota.
This position has allowed me the
chance to decrease the stress
and fear of other parents by
sharing my personal knowledge
and experience I have gained
throughout our journey.