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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Back to school

I found myself looking at schools for midwifery the other day, and I knew that it was time for me to move ahead with my education once again.  It's strange, because I was very content with the idea of being a doula.  It fits in well with my schedule and that's really the part that I like about birth anyways.  I'm perfectly content letting the doctor or nurse be in charge of the medical stuff.

But let's get real, I'm not really content.  Obviously there have been some births where what has happened and how the mom was treated really bothered me.  But is it enough to go back to school....I guess so.  It's very hard for me to deny the pull that is telling me it's time.  Now I get to decide where to go.  I am very much leaning towards the Frontier Nursing University.  Many of my favorite midwifes that I have worked with went there.  Plus, I think it'll fit into my schedule well.

Still, I know there will be times that I will want to turn around and hide.  The huge responsibility of what it means to be a midwife is kind of scary.....

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
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