My name is Danielle. I am a mother of 4 children aged 21 to 31. Frédérick is 31, Alexandra is 29, Ariane is 24 and Béatrice is 21. I am married to Michel Thérien and we just celebrated 32 years of marriage in August.
I have always loved babies since I was about 12 years old and I knew from the age of 15 that I wanted to work around babies. I babysat a lot and then eventually got married and had my own. I love being a mom, I couldn't imagine my life without my children. The desire to work also with their moms came later on after on as I became a mom myself. Learning from my experiences, joys, struggles and sorrows is when I realized that I could help out new moms.
When the youngest of my girls started preschool, I met a new mom of newborn twin girls and had offered to babysit the girls or to help her at home if needed cause I knew that demands of twins was harder. I worked with her for a few months until she moved to BC. She told me before she moved that I should continue this kind of work cause it really helped her. She said she never felt judged and appreciated so much the support I gave her as a new mom of twins. She appreciate that I was flexible so that if something came up and it wasn't a day that she had booked me, that I would often help her out anyways. She loved the fact that I was at ease with the care of the babies, even twins as this was my first experience taking care of twins. After she moved, I have continued to help many more families of twins and loved it. I am still in contact with some of the moms and we have started a friendship.
My services are now being offered to new moms that have one baby because I have heard recently that a lot of new moms struggle also with their babies sometimes. I find that often with babies who have colics or reflux, it can be hard on moms when they go a few days without proper sleep.
My goal in working with the new family is to help them get into a routine and give them confidence to know that they can handle the demands of the babies and the siblings, while still be able to take care of the household. I usually stay with the families for a period of 4-8 months or when the babies are sleeping through the night and the parents feel that they can do it by themselves without my help. Like I said earlier, with a lot of families with relatives away, if the need be, I can stay longer or just be there occasionally if mom and dad want to get out for a few hours or a few days. I have done a weekend recently with twins so mom and dad could go away for a couple of days and it went really well:)
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