We boast of professionally trained/experienced baby nurses and night nannies who provide unique and special skills in all aspects of newborn care and parental education and support.

Margaret Sefah

President, Our Joy Infant Care
Margaret is an energetic, extremely caring, personable and knowledgeable woman who is highly equipped to aid you and your family with your overnight infant care needs. She grew up in Ghana in a well behaved and nurturing family and was well cultured by parents who attached great value to childcare. She attended High School in one of the best science schools in Ghana, and then to Graduate School of Management for her diploma in Computer Science and Graphic Designing. She discovered her special interest in and strong desire to work with children and the youth when she was teaching at St. Savior International Preparatory School in Ghana and when she became one of the youth leaders at Word of Life Christian Center. She served in that leadership role for 12 years, a very challenging position that gave her a lot of experience at a young age. In 2005, Margaret joined her husband in the USA. They are blessed with 3 children. Margaret continued her education at Harry S. Truman College, and obtained her associate degree. As she believes that the sky is her limit, she is continuing her education to obtain her bachelor’s degree in UIC. As a company owner and working mother, Margaret has started speaking on night nurses at various workshops and multiples club. She worked as a daytime nanny for 7 years and started working as a night nanny when she entered the Truman nursing program. Full of energy, Margaret has been able to amass vast knowledge and experience within a few years of night nursing. She is now a newborn specialist who has worked with more than 250 families (night time) and 8 families (daytime). She frequently trains daytime nannies, night nannies, and registered nurses on how to take care of babies at night. Always good at choosing the right schedule for your unique family if you tell her about your situation and specific needs, she will determine if you need a licensed nurse or night nanny, and can help your daytime nanny to put your baby on a good schedule.

Cynthia Brechum

Meeting Margaret to work with has been a great experience for me. I have worked as a day time nanny for 10 years whiles going to school to become a nurse. In May 2007 I graduated from one of the City College of Chicago with Associate Degree in Nursing, and I have been working with new born and in other areas in two different hospitals. I joined Our Joy Infant Care team, and we have been working with new born to provide excellent quality care for families. As a mother myself, I respect family values and views. I am very responsible and hardworking, and very accommodating. I am an excellent night nurse who is highly qualified and trained, with knowledge and training in the nursing profession, obtained from a reputable institution, and I am always ready to learn more. Good professional skills are a must for a nurse, throw in some hands-on experience and you'll have night nurses with experience and a profile that few employers can turn down! I have been working as a register nurse for 7 years and now a student of Purdue Calumet University to obtain my BSN.

Shirley Kissiedu

My passion has always been to care for infants and kids. I started off working with kids in 2008 at a Daycare Center in Waukegan IL. I worked with kids from Infants to school age for about 1yr and decided to go back to school and complete my education. I enrolled in Harry S. Truman College's Nursing Program in 2009 and graduated May 11, 2011 with an Associate’s Degree in Registered Nursing, and my interest is Pediatrics. I will be done with my BSN in next year at UIC. During my years of studies, I was train as a night nurse by Margaret who was then a nursing student as well, and started working with her as a night nurse and now work with her company "Our Joy Infant Care". My nursing studies helped me incorporate what I learned from school into my job. I've been a night nanny for about 2 years now, and have worked with different kinds of families and different kinds of babies as well. I've worked with single babies, twins, triplets, premature babies, babies with Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease also known as GERD etc. I am organized, resourceful, reliable, and flexible. I have good communication skills, interpersonal skills and very passionate about my job.

Gyamfuah Ofori-Kuragu

I am a registered nurse and a graduate from Loyola University Nursing School. I have a passion for kids and it is my desire to be a pediatric nurse in the near future. I love taking care of children and being around them. I was a grade school teacher for 3 years in Ghana, a Sunday school teacher at church as well. Whiles in nursing school I worked as a nanny with Grace Child Services and College Nannies. I loved every bit of it. Joining Our joy Infant’s Care is another opportunity to take care of these adorable gift from God. I am glad to be part of this great institution. Have the assurance that you and your baby are in excellent hands.

Winfred Mwende

I am very excited to join this wonderful team as a baby nurse. I have worked as a nurse going 3 years now for infants, toddlers and school age children at the hospital,private homes,and school settings.I attended Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids Iowa and graduated in Dec 2010 as an LPN then RN in Dec 2011 and currently going for a BSN-MSN degree. While working as a nurse I have also had the opportunity to work with children with complex childhood diseases(including but not limited to children with tracheotomy with ventilators, and G tubes) besides children without and have watched them grow through it. Our Joy infant care gives me the opportunity to work with the newborns who I mostly enjoy and my nursing background prepares me in dealing with unexpected medical needs if they arise while doing hands on care to stabilize them in their homes with their feeding and sleeping schedules among other cares that come with a newborn while watching them grow!! I believe that every baby and family is unique and therefore have unique needs.Providing direct care to these babies at their homes gives me the opportunity to tailor the care to meet both the baby and families' need and ensure that the transition and adjustment goes smoothly. Working with Our Joy Infant Care and Margaret being the Director is a great experience. I graduated from a City College in with my Associate Degree in Nursing, Whiles in school was still working as a daytime nanny. Currently working in a pediatric unit in the hospital. Joining Our Joy Infant Care team especially taking care of twins and premature babies has been a plus. I highly respect the values and views of our clients and also flexible, reliable and passionate about my job.

Gertrude

I am day time nanny for 3 years and have been trained as a new born nurse to take care of new borns at night. I have experience taking care of singles, and multiples. Working with Our Joy Infant Care team have helped me gain more knowledge. We are a great team that uphold great values and clearly understands ourselves and our role in this fine profession. A great night nurse is compassionate. A great night nurse is empathetic. A great night nurse is selfless. A great night nurse is self-aware. A great nurse is technically strong with a thirst for knowledge.

Joyce Adjirackor

Work in collaboration with members of interdisciplinary team to provide excellent quality care to patients with various conditions, from acute to chronic. Supervise Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in a daily basis, while following up with Doctors for proper patient care, relaying lab results, abnormal findings, carrying out orders, in a promptly manner. Maintained communications and collaboration with all professional staff in assessing patients. Prepared patients to specific procedures such as open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, angiography, pacemaker implantation, and also monitored patients post procedural in collaboration with members of interdisciplinary team to provide excellent patient care.

Jennifer Sarku

16930 Briargate Dr., Country Club Hills. IL.60478.
Email: jagsjennyusa@yahoo.com
Licensure: License Practical Nurse (LPN), State of Illinois
First Aid and CPR Certification: Certified Nurse Assistant, State of Illinois Certification

Professional Preparation
1. Saint Bernard Hospital Pediatric Center March 2011
* Provide preventative and acute care in all settings to babies, children and adolescents.
* Neonatal nursing and care for premature babies.
* Measuring the height, weight, and other preliminary measures that mark a child’s growth and development.
* Routine tests and screenings such as checking a child’s temperature, heart rate, blood pressure levels, and respiratory rates.

2. Brightview Health Care Center Chicago, IL
* Work in collaboration with members of interdisciplinary team to provide excellent quality care to patients with various conditions, from acute to chronic.
* Supervise Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in a daily basis, while following up with Doctors for proper patient care, relaying lab results, abnormal findings, carrying out orders, in a promptly manner.
* Prepared patients to specific procedures such as open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, angiography, pacemaker implantation, and also monitored patients post procedural in collaboration with members of interdisciplinary team to provide excellent patient care.
* Maintained communications and collaboration with all professional staff in assessing patient.

07/2011-05/2013 - Private Duty
Working one on one with a patient to provide medical care.

Key Accomplishments
Department of children and family services mandated reporter certificate.

Education
08/2009 - 03/2011
04/2004 - South Suburban College

Additional information
Known as a patient advocate and team player; believe in empowering patients
By delivering health education and nursing care that enhances wellness and quality of life.