Friday, February 6, 2009

I GOT IN! :)

So, to all those who don't yet know:


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,

Jen Staniforth

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