Laura Dicks – Maternity Support Practitioner

Laura Dicks - Maternity Support Practitioner

Hi, I’m Laura. I am a mother to one daughter and I currently work as a Neonatal Nursery Nurse in NICU at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Over the last 8 years whilst in this role, I am enjoying caring for the babies whilst also preparing and empowering their families with the skills and confidence to care for their babies independently once at home together.

I completed the 2 day Unicef breastfeeding course when I started my role in 2012, and since returning from maternity leave 6 years ago, with the experience of breastfeeding my own daughter for 1 year, I have a particular interest and passion in supporting the mothers and babies with their feeding journeys whilst on NICU.

I am part of the NICU feeding team and a breastfeeding Keyworker, for which I undertake regular
training and updates. I am also trained to assess and refer babies for potential tongue ties.
As part of my Neonatal Nursery Nurse role I teach parents basic life support for babies and I am also trained in adult resuscitation, both of which are updated annually.

Before starting my role in NICU, I studied at college to gain a BTEC National Diploma in Early Years (level 3) and then worked in two children’s Day Nurseries for 8 years in total. More recently I have also begun a voluntary role with Home-Start Norfolk where I have received training in several aspects of early childhood to enable me to give support to families in their own homes.

I am excited to extend my professional skills into the community and be able to support families in their own homes in whichever way they may need, whether it be with practical help or just as another pair of hands and someone to listen, to help make early parenthood that little bit easier.
I feel very passionate about ensuring that parents have the help and support that they as an individual family feel that they need during such a special time of their lives