I feel and understand your pain. I have been a home birth midwife for going on 18 years and a CPM since 1999. Mother of four, homeschooling kids.
Three of those four kids are adults now (27, 23, 21) ... and the youngest, 16, will complete home high school in two years. They all grew up with a
midwife mom, who looked to them to help as they could to make the household function even when she wasn't there. They all learned how to cook
and prepare meals, clean up after themselves, do the laundry, and complete their school assignments.
and his household chores. What I have done this year to really make a difference for me is that I hired my 21 year old daughter to clean my house and
my office. I have joined a local gym and regularly schedule "take care of me" activities so that my own personal management is now a priority rather
than bringing up the rear or on the back burner. I do my own hair color (going RED when I divorced my EX), but I pay someone to cut it! I have my nails
done every 2-3 weeks and have a massage once/quarter. Weight management is ALWAYS a challenge, especially as one approaches 50 years old,
like me... but I have DECIDED that my physical and mental GOOD health are KEY to having a balanced life, and thus essential to care for rather than
neglect. When I was younger I did neglect and not think about myself enough. That has changed! It is MY TURN to take care of ME!
I am the consummate "DIVA" midwife. I love shoes and great clothes. I take the time EVERYDAY to look good, because it DOES help me FEEL GOOD
about myself! I do my hair & makeup and I dress up... EVERYDAY!
Those of you younger, greener midwives have learned much from your mentors... learn this lesson as well. Do not WAIT... TAKE TIME for you NOW.
FIND the time... MAKE the time... PRIORITIZE YOURSELF as you care for your families and your clients.