Get to know : Maïka Dufour

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Tell us a little about yourself. What is your background? What led you to become a perinatal nurse?

To begin with, I decided to do my DEC in nursing not being too sure if it was really what I was going to do or not. During my studies, I was an orderly which allowed me to see in what kind of environment I would work. When I finished my DEC, I got a job as a nurse on the flying squad, which meant that I could do ALL the departments in the hospital. I worked on all the departments, which allowed me to build a great experience (except for psychiatry, which is a department I don't feel comfortable in, I don't feel I have the skills to help people with mental health problems). After that, I had a position as an assistant head nurse in cardiology and I loved it !!!! There was only one department I hadn't worked in yet, because in the old days, if you didn't start directly in the birthing unit it was impossible to get a position there. Then, about two and a half years ago, a position opened up without the requirement of having worked there before and I got the job! 

I started directly in the delivery room and I got the bug automatically. It's a department that is so stimulating, every birth is different, so you never know what to expect. You care very much about your patients, whether it's the mother or the baby, so you're always a little on the adrenaline because even if things are going well in general, there are moments/births that are harder than others. We have the chance to live (in my opinion) the most beautiful moment of a life with the parents in the delivery room, we accompany them in what will be the most beautiful meeting of their life. We are the only ones who can be in the room with them! I consider myself very lucky to be able to experience this on a daily basis.


What inspires the way you live your life day after day?

Since I have been with Ced, he has helped me so much to live day to day. I was a very anxious/stressed person before I was with him and he is THE least stressed person in the world, he has taught me to let go of things that I had no power to change. I would really like to instill this beautiful way of living to my daughters later on, so that they are not afraid to go for it and do what they want.

Maïka is wearing our Jess Dress.

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You are the mother of the beautiful Marine and now of little Estelle, how is life with two children?

So far, everything is going so well, as Marine was a baby who did NOT sleep. Estelle is super quiet, it's amazing how different each child is. Marine is taking such good care of her sister, it's been a lot of adaptation for us as well as for her, but we're all getting better together day after day.

The little Marine is wearing our Ruffle Baby Dress.

When you shop for clothes, what do you base your choices on?

Honestly, for me the quality of a garment is quite important. Well ok, when it comes to daycare clothes, I let go! But otherwise, one of the things that is important to me is that it's easy to care for and that it looks like it used to after washing! It's a big plus if it's a local company, I always try to encourage our companies. I know how hard it is and how hard you have to work to make a simple piece. Even if it's a little more expensive, I know it's related to everything around the design.

What do you like about Essentials Co? What are your 3 favorite pieces from the spring/summer collection?

My 3 favorite are the twinning ruffle mom & baby dress and the Jess dress I wore for our photo shoot in the apple trees in the spring when I was still pregnant, I loved that it looked as pregnant as it did when I was about to have a baby!!! 

Maïka and Marine are wearing the Ruffle Dress matching set.