Another Someday Mama NICU RN here. I have been a RN for 4 years now, all of which has been spent in a wonderful 20 bed, level three NICU in S.F. I am also 6 months from finishing my MSN to be a NNP. It seems like 6 years right now!!
So, like many of you, I thought about doing L&D and becoming a CNM. I don't know how I would have handled the interventions and insanity of L&D. Certainly, there is plenty of western medicine and technology in the NICU, but it is a little easier to swallow then its for a sick, tiny preemie rather than a normal, healthy mama.
It is definitely hard being "crunchy" in the NICU: tons of plastic, antibiotics for all, immunizations, disposable diapers, johnson's baby wash, etc. I definitely try to focus myself and my babies' families on the breastmilk, breastfeeding and kangaroo care, whenever possible.
I try to be smart when I talk to coworkers about my desires for a homebirth, selective vacc'ing, etc. It's not always easy to have faith in nature when I see things going wrong every day. I manage to read/talk/think enough to keep my convictions strong, but I don't really need a bunch of half-educated naysayers pooping on my parade either!
If they do, I have no problem letting them know that one of our very well respected neonatologists researched the topic of homebirth himself. His family had asked him to convince his sister-in-law to go to the hospital to deliver. After reviewing the literature, he determined that since she was healthy with no risk factors, it was safe for her to homebirth and that he had no business telling her otherwise......so there!
Anyway, it's good to know we're not alone. As natural, holistic health becomes more of the norm, our patients will need us more and more. Those with similar values can tell who we are and I think they benefit greatly from our caring!