I am a doula and childbirth educator. I have a 2 year old, and that + being new + being halfway around the world right now means I've taken a bit of a break from actually DOING birth work. Before I came here(I'm in Pakistan right now) I kept WANTING to advertise, etc. only to keep telling myself, "no, you're leaving any month, you really SHOULDN'T be looking for clients if you don't know when you're due yet." *sigh*
ANYWAY, so I am also currently going back to school after putting it off when DS was born(and not having known WHY I was even in school back then). I've decided to go back for nursing, and I've been doing some pre-req online classes through my community college while I'm over here at the in-laws. DH is still a (pre-bachelor's) student too, and he's still back in the states, he'll be coming here a bit after his semester finishes. My final goal will be to finish my masters and become a CNM. I would work in a hospital if I had to for some reason to support our family, but I MUCH prefer to do home births. It was a struggle for me to decide which path I wanted to take (CNM, CPM, DEM?) But since I can use financial aid, can space out courses in the beginning few years, learn best in a structured environment, and wish to move to a different state that does not currently license CPMs or DEMs, I decided that becoming a CNM was the best route.
I hope to open a birth center too, and actually, it was DH's idea, so maybe he will be the one to open a birth center, LOL. Actually, right now, we have 2 awesome birth centers within an hour from our house(in opposite directions) so it's not for lack of good birth centers, but just because it's something we(DH and I) would be interested in doing. We also don't really know WHERE we will end up yet.
Did I mention that we have one kid, but no desire to stop any time soon? I'm estimating the next DC will be here around april or may of next year.
Originally Posted by hram
I have been thinking of the required imminizations for school. What do others think of it? We dont vax at all in our family, and I dont want to especially since I will be nursing a little one while in school. I was vax'd as a child and had a few boosters as an adult. Has anyone thought of getting an exemption, or getting the titer test?
We don't vax either. I am 100% comfortable with saying that it is for religious reasons(and can say it without lying), but a big reason for not vaxing for us is the side effects. The only vaxes that DS has gotten were bully vaxes. DH is probalby up to date in way more vaxes than you would need for school, lol, because he's currently going through the US immigration system. I got all of the CDC recommended vaxes when I was in grade school.
but if it came down to it, I would do just about everything I could to avoid the vax, avoid it at all costs while I am pregnant(not sure how I feel about getting one while nursing, I would have research how much it can affect the baby), and get it later if waivers/titers didn't work. I would also take all of the precautions I can think of, including using birth control for some while after getting the vax.
Our community college doesn't require vaxes for anything shy of nursing school, and the programs that I'm looking at for nursing school or midwifery school have requirements that are hard to figure out(I can't figure out on my own if they allow waivers, and for some schools, it was hard to figure out which vaxes they actually require) I'm not going to ask anyone about it until I have to be thinking about this, and I don't anticipate finishing pre-reqs to even apply to the nursing programs within the next year, so I'm waiting on this. It's even more difficult to find out what the hospitals around here require, but I'll ask around once I get to that point. A site I'm thinking about is allnurses.com to help me figure out the different requirements before I need to choose which hospital I work at.
Originally Posted by amberbirthdoula
Hi, I'm working on my B.A right now and I'm planning on becoming a midwife and I'm wondering if anyone has any advice for me in terms of taking time off between nursing school and midwifery school to work as an L&D nurse. My fear is that if I do that I might never go back to school and become a midwife once kids/life/$ become issues. Any thoughts? Thanks everyone :)
I kinda have this issue too. I mean, I HAVE family close by, but nobody that I feel comfortable really leaving my kid with for extended periods of time. For now, we're doing well with financial aid to pay for school. DH's family will probably come live with us in the next couple of years, but I'll probably be putting the kids in daycare of some sort while I go to school. (and we know of at least 2 family friends that run affordable daycares from their homes)
Although I'm not there yet, I wouldn't suggest taking time off, since it can be WAY HARD to go back. But, I do have 2 friends who are going back for their masters right now, after, what, 10 years? one will be having her fifth child later this year, and the other has 2 kids. They're both doing education, so I'm sure it's different than midwifery school, but that's my opinion on it. I might take off a couple of semesters if I have a newborn, but I want to finish as soon as I can so I don't end up putting school off for forever(and some of the reasoning for that is to get the vaxes to last their longest--I don't want get any more vaxes than I have to. BUT, I also plan on homeschooling and spending all of the energy that I can on my kids. That said, I DO think I can do it, though family and community support will probably play a big part.