March 25, 2017

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Multi award-winning parenting expert for pregnancy and the first two years of life, maternal and infant mental health issues with a specialism in supporting pregnant women who have had assisted conception or pregnancy loss

Author of Tune In To Your Baby: Because Babies Don’t Come with An Instruction Manual

Creator of Tune In To Your BabyTM parenting programme

Queen’s Nurse and Fellow of The Institute of Health Visiting

Ruth Oshikanlu is a nationally recognised expert nurse, midwife and health visitor with over 22 years track record in delivering secondary and primary health care services in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.

Ruth trained as a nurse in the early nineties at King’s College London and was one of the first cohorts to undertake Project 2000 nurse training.  She later went on to study midwifery where she obtained a first class honours degree.  Upon qualification, Ruth felt that childbirth was very medicalised and wanted to support women to birth naturally.  This resulted in her move to the community where she supported many women to deliver their babies at home for many years.

Ruth is passionate about parenting believing that good enough parenting is the best gift a parent can give to a child.  Employing a two-tongued approach, she demonstrates professional expertise and disseminates her insights, directly to clients and to colleagues in order for more children and families to benefit.

She is drawn to working with marginalised communities and has been involved with delivering numerous projects to meet the needs of vulnerable and socially excluded groups.  For many years she supported HIV positive pregnant women and new mums.  She also worked in one of the first pilot sites of The Family Nurse Partnership programme – a nurse-led intensive home visiting programme commissioned by the UK Department of Health as part of the social exclusion plan to improve the life chances of first-time pregnant teenagers and their babies.  She supported vulnerable and hard to reach families using a strengths-based approach to build therapeutic relationships and address complex family issues.

Following a successful career in the NHS, Ruth founded Goal Mind Limited – a coaching consultancy that helps individuals improve their performance at work through employee engagement.  However, she soon realised that her true passion was in supporting pregnant women and new mothers to grow and raise happy and healthy babies.

Being a single parent and part of a marginalised group in society, Ruth wants to be a role model for other single parents.  She believes that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.  She is willing to put her ahead above the parapet, challenging the status quo to improve client experience and the quality of care provided.  Her desire for narrowing the inequality gap led her to form a charity, Nu Social Health Organisation (NuSHO) with a group of like-minded individuals that empowers people from socially excluded communities to develop their own sustainable time banks within schools, GP practices and their local communities.  She was a trustee of NuSHO between 2010 and 2016 and delivered several award winning projects supporting homeless people, children and young people and the elderly.

Ruth is the author of Tune In To Your Baby: Because Babies Don’t Come with An Instruction Manual and creator of Tune In To Your BabyTM – a holistic parenting programme that enables pregnant women and new mothers develop secure attachments with their babies from the womb.  To date, she has supported thousands of women and babies in pregnancy, labour and childbirth, the postnatal period through to toddlerhood.  Her mission is to enable as many women as she can to enjoy parenting without sacrificing their own personal needs.

Ruth is The Pregnancy Mindset Expert and recently launched a private practice in London’s Harley Street.  She equips pregnant women who have had assisted conception or experienced previous pregnancy loss with the tools to manage anxiety, fear and stress so that they can remain pregnant, bond with their baby before birth, promoting maternal and infant mental health.  She is a regular columnist and has published several feature articles in numerous national nursing and healthcare journals.  She is a regular guest lecturer at numerous universities on the subject of parental-foetal attachment, the subject of the PhD she is currently undertaking.

Ruth was a member of the Department of Health/Public Health England Task and Finish Group that worked to develop the recent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) summary and key themes pathway.  She co-wrote an article providing guidance for health visitors and school nurses on FGM and has delivered numerous workshops at national professional conferences on the subject.

Ruth has recorded several videos for NHS Choices Parents, Babies and Toddler series that provide advice and information to support prospective and new parents to give their children the best start in life.  She is the expert blogger for The Nursing in Practice Baby Care Resource Centre which shares the latest news and clinical developments in paediatric nursing, health promotion and public health with the aim of supporting new parents and young children.

Ruth is a member of the Chief Nursing Officer Black and Minority Ethnic (CNO BME) Strategic Advisory Group and uses this role to advise and provide guidance on the issues facing patients and staff from minority ethnic groups.  She is tenacious and has developed resilience through her experiences and encourages others to do the same.  In her spare time, she mentors and coaches young girls with local self esteem.

Ruth is a Queen’s Nurse, Fellow of The Institute of Health Visiting, and recipient of several national clinical and business awards.

 

Awards and Achievements:

  • Queen’s Nurse and Fellow of The Institute of Health Visiting
  • Baby Care Expert Blogger for The Nursing in Practice Baby Care Resource Centre
  • The Institute of Health Visiting Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champion
  • Winner of The Nigerian Achievers Award Institute – Outstanding Entrepreneur Award 2016
  • Finalist – Precious Awards 2016, Professional services category
  • Finalist – Black British Business Awards 2016, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) category
  • Named in The Nursing Times Inspirational Leaders 2015 List
  • Named in The Health Service Journal BME Pioneer 2014 List
  • Awarded The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service in 2014
  • Winner of Community Practitioner and Health Visitor Association – Community Practitioner of the Year Award 2014
  • Finalist – Women Inspiring Women Awards – Coach/Mentor category
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