Jessica Holbrook, MSN, RN, CCRN

Jessica is a current ICU nurse and nurse writer with specialized certifications in pediatrics, life flight, and cardiac surgery. She has spent most of her healthcare career caring for medically complex and chronically ill pediatric patients. Her writing focuses on education of patients and families to help them make informed healthcare decisions.


Jessica graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing from Weber State University, where she focused on hospital quality improvement and expanding access to healthcare for at-risk populations. Her masters thesis focused on health and wellness education for adolescents.


Before starting her career in healthcare, Jessica worked for years as a nanny and a high school sports coach. She spends her spare time trail running with her husband and baking with her daughter.

Jessica Holbrook
Woman grabbing the loose skin on stomach after giving birth by caserean section.


The C-Section Shelf: Does It Ever Go Away?

A C-section shelf is excess skin and fat that hangs over a C-section scar. You can make it smaller with diet and exercise or eliminate it with a tummy tuck.

Woman pointing to C section scar.


C-Section Scar Healing Stages and Care

A C-section is a major surgery that will leave a scar. You can minimize scarring by caring for your incision in the first weeks after delivery.

Baby has rashes on her face because she get herpes infection.

Health & Nutrition

Baby Acne vs Herpes: How to Tell the Difference

Baby acne is a condition that resolves on its own. Neonatal herpes is dangerous and requires treatment. If you think your baby has herpes, seek medical care.

Mom writing near toddler kid with down syndrome and preschooler girl.

Special Needs

Developing Verbal Comprehension in Special Needs Children

Developing verbal comprehension in special needs children can be particularly challenging. Here are some ways to improve verbal comprehension.

Autistic boy playing with colorful dice being watched by a psychotherapist sitting in the background.


Managing Repetitive Behavior in Children With Autism

Managing repetitive behavior in children with autism is possible, and it's an essential step in avoiding self-harm and improving social skills.

Busy mother breastfeeding her newborn baby while using an manual.


Sudden Drop in Milk Supply: 4 Causes and Solutions

A sudden drop in milk supply is stressful for both mom and baby. A healthy diet and stress management can help you make enough milk for your growing baby.

Young family with two small children indoors in kitchen.


Reciprocal Conversation Skills and Your Child’s Development

Reciprocal conversation is communication between two people. Problems with these skills can have an effect on every area of a child’s life

Happy kids with disabilities in preschool.

Special Needs

Building Adaptive Skills in Children with Disabilities

Adaptive skills are the skills your child needs to care for themselves and gain independence. Children with disabilities may need more help learning these skills.

C section operation recovery concept.


6 Must-Haves for Your C-Section Recovery Kit

Whether planned or a surprise, a c-section recovery kit can help you heal more quickly. You want to make sure you care for yourself after a c-section.

Breast milk frozen in storage bag and baby.


How to Tell if Breast Milk Is Bad

Breast milk can have different tastes, smells, and colors. Knowing how to tell if breast milk is bad will keep your baby safe and keep you from throwing away good...

Pain and problems in a woman while breastfeeding a baby.


Mastitis vs Thrush: How to Spot the Difference

Knowing the difference between mastitis and thrush will help you choose the best treatment plan. With proper treatment, you should be able to continue breastfeeding.

Asian pretty mother pumping breast milk on the bed in bedroom.


When and How to Stop Pumping Your Breast Milk

When you and your baby are ready to wean from pumping breast milk, it's important to do it slowly. Weaning too fast can cause mastitis and painful engorgement.