Virtual program

Barrie nurse launches virtual program for pregnant women

“Sharing my knowledge and experiences to help prepare families for the birth of their child brings me joy and I’m glad I can be there for them,” says Marsha Roett.

Prenatal and postpartum counseling is invaluable to new mums, and whether they are looking for advice or support, the local Nurse on Fire program is available to help.

The program is led by Marsha Roett, Registered Nurse and Barrie resident. She has worked primarily in labor and delivery departments and obstetrician practices since 2007, when she graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN).

For new moms struggling to navigate the emotional roller coaster during the journey of pregnancy and postpartum recovery, Roett says it’s not uncommon to face mental health issues along the way. road.

“Mental health during pregnancy is something that doesn’t get talked about often, but it’s very important,” she said.

While most moms-to-be need help gaining confidence, some are unaware of the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders associated with the prenatal and postnatal stages.

“Sharing my knowledge and experiences to help prepare families for the birth of their child brings me joy and I’m glad I can be there for them,” Roett said.

Nurse on Fire classes aim to provide pregnant mothers with a safe space to ask questions about everything from doctor’s appointments to signs of labor and pain management options, to postpartum care.

Roett says she started her entrepreneurial journey after having the opportunity to help a local doctor with online Zoom prenatal classes during the pandemic.

“Once the program was over, I decided to start my own online Zoom prenatal classes because this service is still needed,” she said.

Classes are also a way to help families know what to bring to the hospital and what the birthing process is like.

“A single mother, a couple or a support person, everyone is welcome to attend the classes. We provide great insight for anyone giving birth in hospital and what your support person can do before, during and after the baby is born,” she said.

Roett noted that family support is key to improving health outcomes for mothers and babies.

“I feel like when families know what to expect when they have a baby, postpartum care and life with a new baby at home, they are less nervous about the baby’s arrival. “, she said.

Roett says the 90-minute group session on Zoom will give moms and their support person a behind-the-scenes look at pregnancy, labor and delivery in the hospital.

She says she has launched fully virtual classes to allow people to enjoy the course from the comfort of their homes. In the future, however, she hopes to expand to offer virtual and in-person classes.

As the Canadian Collaborative for Perinatal Mental Health (CCPHMH) hosts its first national walkathon on World Maternal Mental Health Day on May 4, Roett stressed the importance of increased support to address the mental health during pregnancy.

“Donations raised will go to local non-profit organizations, registered charities, perinatal mental health training grants for health practitioners and Flora’s baby, Amber,” Roett said.

The march is named after Flora Babakhani, a Canadian mother who tragically lost her life to postpartum psychosis on January 14, 2022.

To learn more about the courses, click here.