I've had a year off of midwifery school bc I had dd, but am going back in 6 weeks.
Here's the situation:
Dp will work a regular 9-5 job and I'll be at home w/ dd except for 1-3 days a week (am think we'll start w/ 1 and build up) when she'll be with a very trusted friend (actually my preceptors sister) while I do pre/post-natals. I'll be on call for births all evenings & weekends for births as well. I'm planning on no more than 4 births a month and probably more like 2.
I also have some all-day workshops for school - about once a month for 3-4 days. Hopefully Dp or another friend will be able to come with me and hang out nearby with dd for those times.
Dd will be 9 mos when I begin, and as of now is almost exclusively b-fed. I'm thinking I'll pump and freeze milk - but I can't do that until 1 week before I start because we have to travel to New Zealand (where I go to school) first!
Dd has only ever been at home with me up until now (except a few times a couple hours alone w/ daddy or grandma).
Anyway, I'm kind of freaking out because prior to dd I just get super immersed in midwifery when I'm in training and I don't see how I can fit it all in and work out the logistics and not go crazy!
I do know I've picked the lightest load possible school-wise, which helps.
Any advice from those who have BTDT??
And also - I read posts awhile ago about leaving midwifery until after kids, and. . . well. . . dd was not planned and I have only 18 months of training left which I have to do now (can't be deferred any longer). I've just accepted that this is my path and I certainly have no ambition to be very high volume or cram in a lot. This is as slow and spaced out as I can go and I'm ok with that. I love midwifery and would rather be doing this than other WOH which my family needs me to do, and frankly I need to do for myself. I'll bec practicing in Canada or NZ so the financial reality is also somewhat different than the US struggle.
yikes, I'm getting defensive! - anyway practical thoughts and support appreciated