Spotlight on a Newborn Specialist

Hi!  My name is Angie, and I have been blessed with the wonderful opportunity to care for newborn babies through my affiliation with TLC for Kids.  I was a part of their team from 1997 to 2005, and then returned in December 2010.
Over the years, I have cared for, nurtured and loved children of all ages, but my greatest joy comes from being able to assist moms and dads when their new little bundle of love finally arrives.  And, as we all know, life as they knew it will never be the same again!
I had worked in the corporate world for 25 years, but my heart always longed to care for children. I finally left my corporate job in 1997, trusting that I could do what I loved and that my financial needs would be met.  I have never looked back, and I have been blessed with so much more than I could have imagined.
My experience includes being a Mom, having 2 granddaughters and 7 step-grandchildren!  I have  “worked” as a full and part-time nanny for premature babies born with special needs, including twins, and those precious little ones who chose to stay put until they were due to arrive!
I have also volunteered in a residential facility for babies born addicted to alcohol and drugs, some of whom were also HIV positive.  Other wonderful experiences include being a “Big Sister” in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, a licensed foster parent, and a respite care provider.  I am currently employed full-time as a paraprofessional by the Special School District of St. Louis County.  My duties include assisting children with special needs in a regular elementary school environment, which is extremely challenging and rewarding!
Most importantly as a TLC temporary nanny – I love and respect each little life I come in contact with.  What an incredible privilege it is to help meet the needs of helpless, totally dependent blessings from above!
My advice to new and “experienced” parents – Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.  Having a new life to care for can be extremely overwhelming, especially with all of the hormonal changes a new Mom is experiencing and Dads wondering what on earth they can do to help!  Getting a good night’s sleep (which can be rare for parents of a newborn) can make a huge difference in having quality bonding time with your precious baby, while getting through all the busyness of the day.   TLC for Kids is always there with wonderful, experienced caregivers just waiting to help you!

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