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Episode 29 - Wisdom on what it takes to birth something great from adversity with Ruth Oshikanlu

From a difficult start in motherhood resulting in 5 months confined to a hospital bed to a series of life-challenges, Ruth shares her experience and wisdom of what has helped her not only come through tough times, but turn them into something incredible.  Awarded with an MBE for what she has achieved through her passion for caring for other mothers and leaders within the caring profession, Ruth shares her story of how she has repeatedly used tough times as an opportunity for birthing something great.

What we cover

  • Overcoming the feeling of isolation whilst pregnant in hospital for 159 days and knowing what was going on but not being able to do anything
  • In 2016 Ruth was diagnosed with a bad case of the flu, however after fighting to be referred, this turned out to be a lump in Ruth's throat
  • 2020 saw Ruth going back on the front line in nursing, however 2 weeks later Ruth was infected with Covid which in turn infected her son. Ruth felt an enormous guilt when her son was infected and had to find the strength to get better and to rebuild her life
  • Turning these tough times into something incredible
  • Remembering that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness 

Mentioned in the episode

Introducing Carers’ Café | Tune In To Your Baby

Introducing Virtual Mamahood™ | Tune In To Your Baby

(3) Nurses & Midwives Talk – Posts | Facebook

More about Ruth

Ruth Oshikanlu is The Pregnancy Mindset Expert and enables women (and their partners) who are have had pregnancy loss or assisted conception, enjoy their pregnancy without fear. A multi award-winning expert nurse, midwife, health visitor and parenting coach, she has supported thousands of women from preconception, pregnancy, labour and childbirth, the postnatal period and beyond. Ruth previously roles include: working as a HIV specialist midwife and Family Nurse on The Department of Health’s Family Nurse Partnership programme. She is passionate about supporting marginalised groups supporting parenting before conception. Ruth is the author of Tune In To Your Baby: Because Babies don’t come with An Instruction Manual. She is a speaker, mentor, has presented at numerous national and international conferences and guest lectures at several universities on the subject of parental-foetal attachment. Ruth is a Queen’s Nurse, Fellow of The Institute of Health Visiting, Fellow of The Royal College of Nursing and Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts. She is the recipient of several national healthcare and business awards. Ruth is a regular columnist and has published several feature articles in numerous national nursing and healthcare journals. She also judges on numerous healthcare and business awards. Ruth was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2019 Honours List for being an Ambassador for the Health Visiting Profession and for services to Community Nursing, Children and Families. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. Ruth is a solo and soulful mama with an infectious smile.

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