Hi! My name is Aidee and I am a Board Certified Occupational Therapist licensed in the state of Texas. I have a Bachelors in Psychology, Master of Public Health and Master of Occupational Therapy. I have worked with people across the lifespan in the last 6 years in a variety of settings: acute care rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient. I have primarily worked with children and adults who have neurological disorders and hematology/oncology disorders. So why the shift to maternal/child health? I saw the gap in care once I became a mother. I had an unplanned c-section and at no point was I asked about my environment and my daily occupations (activities). I never got an evaluation for occupational therapy. I was honestly surprised because if anyone has an abdominal surgery, occupational therapy is often asked to evaluate patients ability to continue to care for themselves, be able to safely enter their home, and continue their daily activities like caring for others, grocery shopping, household management. All I got were handouts. Who has time to read handouts when you are trying to figure out how to breastfeed, survive without sleep and are inundated with feelings of “What am I doing?!” Needless to say, as soon as I got home, I have no idea where those handouts went. Between pain for the incision, pain from breastfeeding, and the lack of sleep I was in a daze. The first thing that made me feel like myself was when I slept 6 hours straight which really meant that my baby ALSO sleeping 6 hours of sleep at night. It has since motivated me to work with moms and babies helping them achieve good sleep hygiene, improve routines and habits, and improve overall maternal mental health so both mommy and baby can thrive.