Wow. I think that I am in a completely different apprenticing posistion. I am apprenticing with a local homebirth midwife, and I have attended four births so far with two more left this year. Next year one of her other apprentices is stepping back for awhile (she has three) and the other homeschools, so I am sure that I will be busier, but I always have the option to say "no" (which of course I probably wouldn't!). She lives 15-20 minutes away, less in no traffic and longer in heavy. All of our prenatals are on Mondays, unless it is the homevisit, which is usually on a Tuesday. She works around my schedule and I work around hers. The PP visits are of course all over the weekdays/ends but that is different.
I guess I am used to being on call. I have been a doula for five and a half years now, so I am completely adjusted to it. I make sure to give myself breaks though!! You have to take a month off every now and again, or you will get burnt out. I haven't had a birth in a month and a half and it has been wonderful. I have three coming up in September, one as a doula and two apprenticing births, and then two doula births in Oct and one in Nov (homebirth), so it has been great.
I study on my own, and my midwife has told me to follow where my heart takes me, as far as book learning goes. She has said over and over that hands on will teach me so much, and then if I don't completely understand something, that is what a book is for.
I am incredibly grateful. She is a true traditional midwife. God has put this in my heart though, so I trust in Him to tell me when to ebb, and when to flow.
|It took a little bit, but I did ease up on that aspect. I realized that my life couldn't just stop on the off-chance that THIS would be the night I got called to a laboring mama. Now I just go about normal life, still go out, make plans, go on date-nights with my hubby, etc. (obviously I don't go out of town around due dates) and when things get interrupted... I just go with the flow.
ALWAYS put your family first. That is one of the biggest things that I have learned about birth. It is OUR passion, and while they can support us, we have to be there for them. It can be so hard sometimes. I make sure that my husband knows to tell me if I need to back down from something. Otherwise I can get caught up.