I GOT IN TO THE BACHELOR OF MIDWIFERY!!!
I start in just 3 days and feel like it's my first day at big school...
I know, I know. I hear you all say, "You've seen births, you love it and it inspires you, so what's the problem??!" To which I say, "Hmmm... No problem, just pre-course jitters I guess!"
I love the fact that I am going to learn so much more about supporting women who are "with child". I feel blessed that I've had the opportunity to work with women as a doula, in a capacity that has eased me into the world of birthing and has allowed me the chance to see how birth CAN BE. I do believe there would be more opportunities for me to become cynical about the fact that BIRTH DOES WORK if I were first thrust into a medicalised environment.
Here's the deal... I want you to help me stay accountable to lovely birthing women everywhere! Therefore, I openly give you permission to slap me if I ever:
- Fail to promote birth as a normal, physiological process that is NOT an emergency waiting to happen;
- Fail to promote primary midwifery care as the best way to offer maternity care everywhere (even though an obstetrician may be present at some stage);
- Fail to promote woman-centred care; or
- Fail to promote informed choice, informed consent and informed refusal.
I do believe that there will never, ever be an opportunity to slap me. Well, not on the basis of the above anyway!!
I'll keep you informed as I travel my journey of becoming a midwife. But for now, I am so thoroughly enjoying being a doula. :)
Love and blessings,