We sat down with Tanya Newlove, neonatal nurse practitioner, certified infant massage teacher, and founder of Newlove Nurtury. The Newlove Nurtury is a place new moms come to connect and build their village. Now offering educational groups and classes for new and expecting moms.
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I have one amazing daughter, she’s 5 years old.
What do you love about living in the Sarasota area?
I love living in the warm weather including the best beaches with the bluest aqua clear water. There’s always activities for kids… and every day of the year you can be outside in the sunshine!
What’s your favorite restaurant and place to shop in Sarasota?
My favorite restaurant is Paris Bistro French Bistro – in Lakewood Ranch, the Chicken Normande is my favorite dish – so yum! My favorite place to shop is Hatley in St. Armands circle – the best quality and cutest kids clothing!
Tell us about your career.
I’m a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, a Certified Infant Massage Teacher, and Founder of The Newlove Nurtury.
What do you love about your career?
I love the sigh of relief when a moms realizes she has real support. I have been in thousands of families rooms as mom is having a baby… my role as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is the health, safety, and well-being of the baby. I have been present at over 10,0000 births in the last 20 years, and when a baby takes and continues their first breaths, I cherish every first breath. But as an additional favorite part of my career, as the Founder of The Newlove Nurtury, is when I can give mom peace of mind. The first thing I hope to ever communicate to a mom is “your baby is healthy and breathing.” Oftentimes moms don’t recognize me from the delivery, but if I have the privilege to provide follow up care in the hospital or as an outpatient, I will hear an audible / palpable tension relief in my follow-up visits as I bring up feeding their new baby. Moms are inundated with guilt in our society, so my follow-up assessments are tailored to removing the initiation of this guilt. I will always discuss formula feeding as an option and sleep training as a guide. My favorite part of my career is a mom’s face as she realizes I will help her baby and in turn, her relief as she knows I’ve got her back with long term solutions beyond those first initial breaths of life.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love spending time making up fairy and princess stories and learning and watching my daughter grow every day, right before my eyes. Every day is different, so I cherish every single day. When I get a “mom-minute” I love to go horse back riding or just the peace and quiet at the barn to brush and tend to my horse Harvey, go foxhunting with South Creek Foxhounds, crafting on my cricut, and tending to my very bougie 10 chickens (believe me they all have names and personalities) ! I’m a total crazy chicken lady!!
How do you juggle work and motherhood?
Is there such a thing?!!!…. I’d love to know everyone’s secret! Mom first – always…but the
actionable secret I’ve learned is to slow down…sit down, and really get on her level. Really being in her world and present brings me the awareness to change my mindset from career-mom to mom-mom if I’m struggling in the moment.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from another mom?
You have support. Call one mom she will relate, but… first focus on building a support system that will reach OUT TO YOU when you can’t, don’t, won’t do it for yourself because mom brain (aka sleep deprivation) is real!