Hi all! My name is Emma Crowder and I am a first time expectant mother, due on 3rd March.
I met my English husband whilst we were both living in London, and fortunately for me he was willing to move to Australia when we got engaged. I only had a few concerns he would have trouble adapting, but once we bought a home close to the beach, found a beautiful puppy dog and he realised he could play tennis nearly every day of the year outdoors, the transition was complete. All we were looking for was a baby to complete our family unit.
Now we are just days away from that happening and the excitement and nerves are on equal footing.
Prior to taking maternity leave, I have been a contract IT Project Manager for many years – or in other words, a professional bossy boots. My focus has been on Infrastructure, Security and Risk projects throughout the Asia Pacific region, and within Financial Services. It’s fast paced, challenging, difficult, confusing and time consuming. But it is most definitely rewarding, and I know that some of the skills I’ve learnt on the professional job will translate to being a mum.
“I’m not upset that you didn’t complete your technical specifications, just disappointed”
“I’m not upset that you didn’t complete your homework, just disappointed”
But I’ll also be learning new skills and breastfeeding is most definitely one I want to have every chance of mastering. I have two sisters with children, one successfully breastfed, the other could not. My mother also was unable to successfully breastfeed, so I have limited knowledgeable resources within my family.
Being able to take part in this trial means a lot to me. I know how important breastfeeding is to my baby, and I want to give him/her the best start I possibly can. The slightly selfish reason for taking part is my passion for new technology and seeing how it can be used in innovative ways.
I’m very fortunate that I have my maternal health care nurse located only a couple of blocks away, but not everybody is as lucky as me. If Glass can be used to support new mums in remote or rural areas in the future, then I’ll be honoured to have been included in the early stage of the trial.