: SO EXCITED that someone started this tribe!
I hang out in the Midwives/Doulas/CBEs
room all the time, but I am thrilled to have a tribe to chat with--subscribing now!
I decided I wanted to become a midwife around age 9 and started reading and reading and reading (by 12 I had read everything that the public library system had to offer me about pregnancy and childbirth--even the nursing texts that went way over my head--and watched all the videos!). I have been sloooooooowly working towards that goal ever since.
When I was 17 I attended the Seattle Midwifery School doula training, helped out at a childbirth education series, and attended one labor . . . but then got sidetracked by college and found myself unable to be "on-call" for birth work.
After college I attended massage school with the goal of becoming a pregnancy massage therapist; I even picked my school based on their pre-natal massage elective! I certified after graduation, but didn't find much of a pregnancy clientele for a few years (I did mostly seated work in the beginning). I kept reading and reading and reading.
I moved to Canada with my husband right after we got married and found myself unable to practice massage, so I stuck it out in a data-entry job for a year. I took a childbirth educator training while I was up there, but then we moved back to the U.S. and now I would have to start all over again to get certified.
After we moved home at the beginning of last year I finally found myself in a massage practice that was GREAT for pregnancy, and started really enjoying my work!
I took an infant massage instructor training, and even started attending births again this year. I felt like I was finally back on track, making progress again towards my life-long goal.
Then I attained another life-long goal, unexpectedly and quite ahead of schedule--I discovered I was going to become a mother.
I am now 5 months pregnant, planning on quitting my job once I get too big to reach the table, and giving up my pursuits temporarily for impending motherhood. I won't be able to be on-call and away for many hours at a time to attend births, but I still hope to teach infant massage to parents, and am looking into training as a lactation consulant (hoping it will be something that is doable with a small child, if only very part-time). And of course, I am still reading, reading, reading!
Eventually I hope to train as a midwife through an apprenticeship-based program, and center my practice around homebirths . . . eventually, in the distant future, I have a misty goal of running a full-service maternity center: childbirth education, lactation help, midwifery and well-woman services, pregnancy massage, etc., etc. It MAY never happen, but it's something to daydream about . . .
I look forward to getting to know all of you, and learning as we go.