Originally Posted by CNM2B
Sarah--I have a 1 year old daughter and am starting a CNM program in March. I'm a bit nervous about how we'll coordinate her care, since we have no family in town. How did you manage with the clinical portion? What were the clinicals like as far as hours per week, etc.? What is the "integration" quarter? I'm anxious to learn more and haven't really met anyone that is almost graduated! Very excited for you!!
I have to say it hasn't been easy. DH's mother came and lived with us for 6 months, which helped, but then she moved again. We now have a great nanny share situation, but it has been expensive. Our priority was great, one-on-one-or-two care, and it has cost us! But worth it, of course. Also, my DH works from home so he has been able to do the morning routine with our daughter and is always here when the nanny leaves. He's fairly flexible, usually. I usually had 1/2 or 1 full day per week that I could be with her, as well, so the nanny was 3-4 days per week.
My clinicals started the second quarter (I'm talking about the actual midwifery portion, not my nursing school year). In the first (Fall) quarter, classes were 3 days a week, I think, and I needed an extra full day per week just for homework. We had 8 hours antepartum/postpartum clinic per week the second quarter plus all the classes. In the Spring, it was 1/2 day per week of ante/postpartum clinic, plus a 24-hour call shift at the same hospital. Summer off, but I took a few call days. This last Fall it was 8 hours a week of gyn clinic plus the 24-hour shift plus classes. This quarter it's 32 hours total of primary care clinic and the 24-hour shift, plus classes. Spring, the integration quarter, is when we are assigned to a practice, usually one or two midwives precept each student, and we just work as a student midwife full-time and don't have any didactic classes. We have one or two papers, but that's it. I'm also doing a graduate research project to get my MS, so that's a chunk of time, too. It's a lot of work overall.
I have to say it's hard being away from my daughter so much. I stayed at home with her until 14 months, which was a gift. Also, we breastfed until she was 3, so that was a special time each day when we could reconnect. I try to be available to her as much as possible when I'm "on". That is, I try to separate my homework time and time with her so I can be present.
We also have a fixer house that DH is trying to work on in the tiny little bits of spare time he has. He has been a trooper through it all; I could not have done it without his whole-hearted and unlimited support.