I moved to France over 4 years ago with my husband as we decided we needed a change of scenery and it was now or never.
I have been nursing for over 10 years, and before leaving the uk, I was working in the community as a pediatric community nurse. I was privileged to work and care for many families.
After arriving in Morzine and soon realising that we couldn’t live on fresh air alone, I had the surprising revelation of actually missing my job and the self worth and satisfaction it gave me. I looked into ways to incorporate using my skills, earning money, empowering parents and giving babies the best start in life; they are our future after all!!!
At this point I started my International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) trainer program, as well as returning to the UK every two months to work in a children’s hospice. This enabled me to keep my skills, knowledge and nursing registration up to date.
A month after finishing my IAIM training in England I also became a mother for the first time, giving birth to a little girl. She surprised us all by making an appearance six weeks early and we spent three weeks in Thonon hospital, where she learnt to feed and grow with a bit of help.
Not only has this experience made me a more empathic nurse, but has given me a personal insight to the value and benefit of Infant massage. Iris loves being massaged and I love massaging her too, and I will continue to do so for many years.