A Theory for Post Partum Moms

Betty Neuman’s theory will work well with visiting post-partum moms in their homes after they have had their babies.  One of the things that I have seen while working in labor and delivery, is that the mothers come in with preconceived ideas on what breastfeeding is or is not, based on what their mothers and grandmothers know.  The family will say that back in the day, there was not any teaching on breastfeeding, you just did it. This can cause stress with the newly delivered mother and the family.    However, I most recently read an article and it spoke about a 17-year-old girl that came in with a complicated pregnancy and she delivered early sending her baby to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  She was from Mexico but spoke a language called Mixtec.  This would make explaining about breastfeeding difficult and frustrating to the family and the nurse (Peterson-Iyer, 2008).

However through Betty Neuman’s model, if the nurse takes out a book that talks about breastfeeding, even if it is not in her language, she can point to the pictures and demonstrate what she needs to do.  Initially, this mother will be pumping her milk, since the baby may be too sick to drink at the breast, however, once the discharge is planned, she will need assistance breastfeeding and bonding with the baby.  It is through home visiting nurses, that these cases of mothers that are learning and have language barriers can have support for proper breastfeeding.

Betty Neuman believes that nursing should be approached from a holistic standpoint; physical, psychological, mental, social, cultural, developmental, and spiritual well-being.  As a person, Neuman’s theory considers the patient as an individual family member, community or society. The environment that the patient lives in can be external or internal.  Stressors that Jean Watson speaks of in her theory, produces tension in a person’s life (Alligood, 2013).



Alligood, M. (2013). Systems model. In Nursing theorists and their work (8th ed., pp. 281-301). [Vital Source Bookshelf]. Retrieved from https://campus.capella.edu/web/library/home

Peterson-Iyer, K. (2008). A difficult birth: Language and cultural differences. Retrieved from http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/focusareas/medical/culturally-competent-care/difficult-birth.html

Source: Rosie’s Nurse Corner

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss as we Celebrate Read Across America

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss as we Celebrate Read Across America

Today schools across America celebrate Read Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss’ 115th Birthday. It is a day where children all over the country celebrate their love of reading and learning. Rosie Moore, Mrs. Michigan International had the opportunity to visit with 4 classes and share 2 of her favorite stories, A Day in a Puppy’s Life and The Magic Snowflake

Sunset Park students in Ms. Johnson’s K5, Mrs. Pagan’s 2nd grade, Mrs. Hooker’s Class, and Mrs. Carnavoli’s K5 class enjoyed their stories and had the opportunity to ask questions about who the illustrators were for the books, is there a job for someone to read the books first before they are published, how did Mrs.Michigan get to be a reigning queen, and many more fun-filled questions.

Sunset Park’s Principal Jay Gangwisch and Vice Principal Mr. Andrew Connell were very involved in making sure that their students all had a great time with their guest readers today.

Mayor Gary Bruhn of Windermere was also a guest reader at Sunset Park Elementary today!

But of course, the day would not have been complete and possible without the coordination of Mrs. Robin Krause.

From the words of Dr. Seuss himself:

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”


Rosie Moore


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Use of a Nursing Theory

In the neonatology world, there are a lot of different cultures that come through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  It is also a longer time span to work with families, than on a regular medical-surgical floor.   Florida is a  transient state with many people coming on vacation and moving from out of state; this impacts nursing with a diverse culture.  Today we will explore cultural diversity as it pertains to religious beliefs.  In neonatology, three theories come to mind King’s views, Roy’s views, and Neumann’s views.  The theorist that many Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) use is the Roy Adaptation Model (DeNisco & Barker, 2013).

The Roy Adaptation Model is known to focus on spiritual matters and promoting health amongst a family-centered type of care.  In the NICU, this especially holds true, because of the critical illness faced daily by the families.  The Roy Adaptation Model helps families adapt to a changing environment and deal with the quality of life or in some instances death.   In the NICU, Roy’s model works well as the nurses acclimate the parents, to the NICU and what is happening with their baby. The nurse may find a challenge when some of the babies need blood transfusions and the parents refuse for cultural or religious reasons (Alligood, 2013).

One particular faith, Jehovah’s Witness, does not allow for blood transfusions.  This is something that is very important when you have a baby in the NICU that is in need of a blood transfusion and the parent will not consent.  In some cases, the treating neonatologist will get a court order to do the transfusions.  In an extreme emergency, if two doctors sign off that it is an emergency, then the baby will receive the transfusions while they await the court order.  As a parent of a premature baby myself, I could not imagine not doing everything I could to save my child.  But in this case, Roy’s Adaptation Model may not be the best model to use, trying to involve the parent in a delicate situation.  The parent refusing to allow treatment of transfusions to their baby would be a hindrance to use Roy’s theory which is to promote a family-centered type of care involving the caregivers in the decision making and treatment (Meadow, Feudtner, Matheny Antommaria, Sommer, & Lantos, 2010).

The principle of autonomy allows the individual to make their own decision and select what is in their best interest.  Now in this instance when the baby needs a blood transfusion, there cannot be an autonomy decision, because what the parent feels is in the child’s best interest, may not be.    We may not agree with the family, but as nurses, we need to respect the other person’s customs and beliefs while at the same time being ethically correct in saving a baby’s life.  Now, as long as the baby is being taken care of and there is not a medical threat to the baby’s life some recommendations can be reviewed to try and find an alternative form of treatment.



Alligood, M. (2013). Nursing Theorists and their Work (8th ed.). Retrieved from http://online.vitalsource.com/books/9780323091947

DeNisco, S. M., & Barker, A. M. (Eds.). (2013). Theory-Based Advanced Nursing Practice

2nd ed., pp. 6-17). [Vital Source Bookshelf].

Meadow, W., Feudtner, C., Matheny Antommaria, A. H., Sommer, D., & Lantos, J. (2010, April 13). A Premature Infant with Necrotizing Enterocolitis Whose Parents are Jehovah’s Witness. Pediatrics, 126(1), 151-155. http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2010-0079

Source: Rosie’s Nurse Corner

When You Love Unconditionally

Do you ever wonder why people help a total stranger?  Do you ask yourself why is it that some people have babies and some who want them cannot? It is sad when these circumstances of infertility happen and a couple feels that they do not have anywhere to turn.  Rosie Moore founder of The Gift of Life a nonprofit that supports premature babies and nurse consultant for Windermere Baby and Family knows all too well the struggles that parents who cannot conceive face.  Sometimes when the parents are able to conceive, the baby may be born prematurely or the baby is miscarried, these are the heart-wrenching stories that led Rosie to start helping intended parents find a surrogate to carry a baby for them. Miracles do indeed happen, all it takes is unconditional love.

A few weeks ago Becky Kammes, a doula in Wisconsin, shared her moving story about how she gave a couple the gift of a lifetime, the gift of birth!

Read Becky’s touching story as she shares her journey

“I have two children of my own and have been a gestational surrogate twice (working on a third journey currently). Surrogacy is my heart and soul, truly.  My intended parents( IP’s) resided on the West Coast and I live in  SW Wisconsin. My IPs were quite active during my prenatal appointments through FaceTime.  When I turned 20 weeks, they traveled to WI for my 20-week appointment and ultrasound.  When it was time for the baby to be delivered, they flew back for the glorious day, the birth of their baby.   We had a doula present at the birth to support all of us during the birth process. My IP’s were elated with the idea, so my Doula and Hubby were a sensational birth duo for both of my IPs and myself. The experience went so well, that I am currently working on a sibling journey with them. They have since become our extended family and that makes my heart soar!

This was their first baby and they entrusted me with the entire pregnancy and birth; they continuously told me that I was “the birth baby professional” and they wanted me to be most at ease and comfortable. I reminded them that although I had birthed three babies prior, one of which is a surrogate delivery, THIS moment was THEIRS. This special time was THEIRS. I’m just along for the ride! Everything we discussed, every idea mentioned every suggestion made, was crucial to the process because we all had to agree on it.  The five of us were a wonderful team! There was an insatiable cohesive bond that was built without really even trying-it was innate, as silly as that sounds.

Part of the doula’s job is to learn your client’s ‘love language’ as I call it and that was done, to a T! But also, our doula managed to learn my IPs love language in such a short amount of time and didn’t overstep any support boundary in the least bit. There was a strong, energetic bond and everyone, including our nurses and OB, respected that and we ALL conquered the birth as a rockstar unit!

I would love to one day Doula for a surrogate and her IPs. It’s such a profoundly intimate moment-in every aspect of the word and to offer my own experiences and insight to help a fellow surrogate and her family have an exceptional birth experience would be a CHERRY ON MY BIRTH SUNDAE!”


Thank you, Becky, for sharing such a special and personal experience with Windermere Baby and Family

Visit Windermere Baby and Family to learn more about becoming a surrogate and what it entails.  We can walk you through the entire process of being someone’s miracle.





Source: Rosie’s Nurse Corner

The Pain of a Child and Jean Watson’s Theory

What a difficult job it is for nurses that take care of kids that are in pain; these nurses make a difference in each child’s life that they touch.   Jean Watson’s theory of human caring is a good example of our human caring for others.  Jean Watson’s theory of human caring focuses on giving as an extension of self.  It is about instilling faith and hope in a person (Alligood, 2013).   When a person is sensitive to another person’s feelings, it helps to build a trusting relationship.  It is important to acknowledge the positive and negative feelings that a person puts out to another person.

Jean Watson believes in her theory that we experience personal growth through teaching and learning as well as spiritual and socio-cultural well-being.  Jean Watson’s theory emphasizes spiritual and nursing practice, which in turn will promote caring and love to the patient.  This will then develop into a caring relationship.    The theory allows the nurse to understand the other person’s perspectives on things and form a mutual bond.  It also promotes growth when a caring environment is formed allowing the patient to be who they are and be accepted for it.  In the case of caring for a child, it creates a  natural caring environment that will help the child and the parent cope during a difficult time.


Alligood, M. (2013). Nursing Theorists and their Work (8th ed.). Retrieved from http://online.vitalsource.com/books/9780323091947

Dr. Rosie Moore https://rosiemoore27.com/

Source: Rosie’s Nurse Corner