“I wear many hats – student, daughter, wife, registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, blogger – but the job I’m most proud of is mother… come join me on this amazing journey…”

smc_2013I am a mom of 3 and an overbearing aunt to 1, dubbed affectionately “my little zoo“, living in the outerboros of NYC.  A former marketing/PR executive who gave up the glitz to embrace my destiny — motherhood with the support and grace of my amazing husband.
Second to being a parent, I’m channeling all the attributes of a mother into my career in healthcare – a natural fit wouldn’t you think?  At the time with 2 young children at home that I wanted to be proud of me, I went back to school and graduated from Columbia University’s School of Nursing in 2011. I was expected to become a pediatric nurse practitioner but life took me down the road of post-partum nurse turned labor & delivery nurse first. I will never regret this road, being part of a child’s birth story never gets old. I went on to become a certified RN in Obstetrics, adding more lovely letters to the end of my name, RNC-OB. I count myself SUPER LUCKY in the work aspect of my life. Sadly not everyone can say they love their job, but helping a child into this world is an amazing privilege and I get to do this as my job! In addition to being a huge breastfeeding advocate and successfully exclusively breastfed 3 children over 10 years, I also am a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC),  hoping to add IBCLC to my resume someday as well.

If you think my story ends there, it doesn’t.  Because I don’t ever think it’s enough, I’m now BACK in school — finishing what I started — getting my masters in Advanced Practice Nursing and finally reaching my goal of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2018. Super mom, super nurse, super student…

20130412_Chan-41In whatever spare time I find, I blog to share my life and lessons learned on the job and to advocate.  I also blog at The Disney Files.  I have been featured in the New York Times, Parents Magazine, New York Metro Parents, Red Tricycle and countless other publications. I have been honored by Forty Weeks for my philanthropic work.  Formerly a founding mom at Trumpeting Media, alongside 3 other amazing moms, where we aimed to use the power of social media for the social good while connecting brands with social media elites.  While Trumpeting Media has closed its doors, each of us branched out into different focus areas. I have continued to work passionately with and will continue to support amazing organizations like ONE.org, R Baby Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  I was a Shot@Life Ambassador, an initiative to provide life saving vaccinations to children in developing countries using the amazing power of Social Media, as well as a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow expanding the conversation to include everything from Maternal Healthcare to providing clean stoves around the globe.  I recently joined the Board of Directors at Living with AMY, an organization building awareness and support for patients living with Amyloidosis.  How did I get here?

My story begins with the death of my daughter Emma… taking a short detour as GREENBABY-NYC and has evolved to Mom Confessional’s to expand my conversation to all aspects of being a mom, a spouse, and always a student. As always, I AM a work in progress


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