It’s the moment every new mother dreads – when maternity leave ends, and it’s time to go back to work and leave your newly arrived bundle of joy in the hands of someone else. Even if that someone is family, it can cause a lot of anxiety.
Every instinct, every fiber in the mother’s being is crying out to not be separated from the baby – and she still knows she has to do it. It may be one of the hardest things a new mom has to face in early parenthood.
Rebecca Tafaro Boyer, a nurse by trade, finished her maternity leave and went back to work at the hospital. She was so anxious with how her baby son William was doing that she asked her husband to keep her updated.
When he texted her with one such update, he included a photo of the little guy sleeping in his car seat. Rebecca took one look at it and immediately knew something was wrong.
Women often wrestle with being perceived as “nagging,” “bossy” or “overbearing.” As a result, many choose to abstain from making any remarks, especially when it comes to the men in their lives. Compound that with the fact that she had been a mom for only three months, and was still learning the ropes, and you get a clear picture of what was going through her mind at the time.
Fighting that urge to keep quiet, Rebecca texted her husband right back to let him know. Exactly fifteen minutes passed before she became eternally grateful that she had. Read on to find out how one nagging wife’s vigilance may have saved her son’s life.
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Rebecca Tafaro Boyer, a Registered Nurse at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, is one such mother. She lives in Nashville with her husband David and three-month-old son William. She too had just finished her maternity leave and went back to work at the hospital. As new moms often are, she was a little nervous about leaving her son behind with her husband, and therefore demanded he send her hourly updates on how the little guy was doing his first day away from mom.