Woman recalls mother’s powerful influence

Photo Provided Sara Young, right, is sitting with her mother Jean Young, who was her inspiration and cheerleader throughout her nursing career.

PARKERSBURG — Mothers are often an important role model in their children’s lives.

“I was fortunate to have a mother who was such a strong and inspiring role model,” is among the comments Sara Young was able to say about her mother’s influence in her life.

Young is a nurse who has spent years working in many different roles on the staffs of different hospitals. Her mother Jean Young was also a nurse before passing away at age 87.

“My mother had been the head nurse in maternity and she eventually became an instructor,” Young said.

She took after her mother, becoming head nurse in labor and delivery.

Young later acquired the role of OB/GYN Clinical Nurse Specialist and continued to chase after her dreams, and aspire to bring about improved practices in the medical world. Young went on after that to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Young said her mother had been a single mother who worked her whole life.

“I have acquired many accomplishments in life, none that were easily handed to me,” Young said.

Young said her mother was always demonstrating hard work and determination.

“Things were tough and required hard work, especially when I became somewhat of a trailblazer for baby friendly hospitals, but my mother was always there cheering me on,” she said.

Young helped to establish an inpatient and outpatient lactation center and a breastfeeding peer-counseling program “Heritage and Pride” at Hartford Hospital, helping to create the baby friendly hospital environment so women leaving the hospital would feel more comfortable and knowledgeable on breast feeding, and offering counseling after they had left, if the women were still in need of help. Young coordinated the efforts of the department of women’s health at Hartford Hospital to become the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in the state of Connecticut and the 28th in the U.S.

“I was published in multiple journals on effectiveness of breastfeeding,” she said.

Young attributed much of her inspiration in writing and informing others about medical knowledge to her mother, who wrote and published the book “The Legacy of Care.”

“My mother was always doing good things, in an effort to improve nursing practices,” Young said.

Young said she is saddened that her mother passed on before she received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, because she knew her mother would have been elated.

“I am glad though that she talked me into retiring in 2011, so that when she fell ill I was able to be her primary caretaker,” Young said.

“We were always talking on the phone or together, and I am glad that we were able to be so close and spend that time together,” she said.