Each month, a volunteer at SFBFS is featured for their dedication of time and talent. This month’s volunteer spotlight is:
Theresa Defazio-Darosa - May 2013
With 24 years of experience as a postpartum nurse, Theresa had a wealth of knowledge she was eager to share with both new and expectant mothers. Learning more about the organization's volunteer opportunities, she found SFBFS' Parent Education program to be a perfect fit.
Using skills from her background, Theresa found her niche teaching the Parent Education program's During Your Pregnancy course. She covered a variety of topics with soon-to-be mothers, including emotional and physical changes to expect during pregnancy, budgeting for newborns, giving birth, postpartum depression and infant safety.
"I was nervous at first teaching the classes," Theresa admitted. "Although I've worked for a long time as a nurse, I don't have any background in teaching, but it's so important for the mothers to learn about their babies in the beginning. So I overcame my anxiety."
Becoming more comfortable with teaching, Theresa began leading a workshop detailing the how-to's and benefits of using cloth diapers.
Noticing that Theresa was an outstanding instructor, SFBFS' Parent Education Program Manager, Lorena Carranza, recruited her to revamp the curriculum used for the During Your Pregnancy course.
"It is a blessing to have Theresa volunteering in our Parent Education program," said Lorena. "She brings a lot of great ideas to make the educational component of the program more meaningful. She is a mom, has a full-time job and many other things to do, so I feel extra grateful to have her."
Although Theresa juggles a hectic schedule, she also makes time to help out at the Parent Education program's Community Baby Showers, where she plans activities for children attending the event with their parents.
"I've known women who have a baby, and they have five baby showers," Theresa offered. "They get all kinds of stuff, enough for quintuplets. Almost too much. And some mothers never get anything at all besides a dirty look in a grocery store because they have more than 2.3 children. SFBFS community baby showers are great events and the moms are always so happy."
Gaining a sense of fulfillment from mentoring and educating expectant mothers, Theresa hopes to keep making a difference in the lives of parents in the future.
"The moms need nurturing too, which unfortunately, some of them didn't have the opportunity to receive as children themselves," said Theresa. "So it's important to provide them with that and teach them so they can nurture their children."
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