YES readers, I am still in Midwifery School! I have no excuse as to why it’s June 2nd of 2017 and my last post was April 2016. I am truly just so busy that my blog fell to the last of my things to do. I happened to be on my Instagram page and clicked the link to my blog and read it. I knew I had been abandoning the page but as I read my last update, I realized how much I had grown in my pursuit of becoming a midwife. I also remembered the few people who follow my journey & knew I owed them an update.
For starters I am managing now. No more just assisting. Managing means I am conducting prenatal appointments, making plans for their pregnancy (this includes all labs) managing births, newborn exams, and postpartum visits- I’m just under supervision. I still have much to learn and I am SO grateful I still do, I’m just glad to see where I am now and all I’ve learned. A typical prenatal appointment includes reviewing supplements, treating any pregnancy related symptoms, checking in on diet & hydration, emotional status, exercise as well as all vitals- blood pressure, pulse, weight, and checking baby’s heart rate and growth. However Midwifery related appointments differ from other appointments because we also check in on mama. We ask about any fears and also just about what’s going on in life. We want to know if there’s anything that could affect their birth process and also just because want to know. 🙂 So that’s the jixst of it.. Skill wise one of the most important things I’ve learned since my last update is how to perform cervical exams.
My current class schedule is:
- Midwifery Practicum
- Public Health
- Traditional Healing Modalities III
Part of the reason I haven’t been able to write as much is because I have SO much going on… I drive to school 4hrs away every other week, I’m in clinic 3 days a week (more when there’s births), I’m the maid of honor in my best friend’s wedding & of course there’s family and trying to maintain self care with some sort of social life. However, I know being this busy is only temporary. When we’re in school it seems like we’re struggling to stay afloat and time is passing slowly but the fact that I am in my last semester of year two, clearly says time does fly.
I’m at the point now where I just want to suck up all there is to know Midwifery related so that I can be the absolute best provider to all my mamas and families. Seriously. Some of being a student midwife means missing events/holidays and responding late to text and phone calls but in the end it’ll be worth it!
It’s glad to be back.
Managing a Newborn Exam a couple months ago: