Christine Hedge is a self-employed maternity nurse with over 30 years experience working with newborns. Taking a special interest in multiple & pre-term births, Christine says her overarching objective is to work with families to establish routines that result in happy, thriving children, with a focus on nutrition and sleep routines.
We are delighted to welcome Christine to Babyem as a Guest Speaker on our OCN Care of Multiples and Premature Babies course. Christine will join paediatric osteopath Zoe Mundell to lead the course, which is ideal for Maternity Nurses, Nannies and Professionals who work with preterm and multiple babies. Christine will be providing practical guidance on how to move preterm babies forward and how to care for multiples.
00:00 What made you become a maternity nurse?
How many sets of twins have you worked with?
Wow! What’s the best part of your job?
What’s been the most amazing experience you have had when caring for multiples?
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Where is your favourite place to be?
How do you unwind?
3 bits of equipment every maternity nurse caring for multiples should have?
1. The Snot Sucker [nasal aspirator]
2. Terry towelling old fashion nappies
3. A good camera – I always use this right from the start!
One thing you wished you knew as a newly qualified maternity nurse?
I wish I had known how little postnatal support mothers / parents of multiples receive!
What is the best baby book you have read?
I have several favourite books:
- ‘Birth Without Violence’ and ‘Loving Hands’ – both by Frederick Leboyer, a french obstetrician
- ‘Caring for your Baby in the Neonatal Unit’ – Inga Warren & Cherry Bond
- ‘Preemies’ – Dana Wechsler Linden & Emma Trenti Parolli
- ‘The Sensational Baby Sleep Plan’ – Alison Scott-Wright
- ‘The Great Ormond Street New Baby & Child Care Book: The Essential Guide for Parents of Children Aged 0-5