Anyone who knows me knows that I’m very interested in become a labor and delivery or NICU nurse. I love babies and I love the idea of bringing them into the world. So much so that I am thinking of becoming a certified nurse midwife. So why didn’t I get a job as a L & D nurse you ask? I graduated at the most inconvenient time ever. Most nursing schools graduate students in June or December. MSU had to be different and graduate us at the end of August. So I couldn’t get into a new grad program anywhere in L&D or NICU. I would have had to wait until January to start like many of my friends and frankly, I needed the money too badly to wait.
But… I decided that a good way to get some experience would be to become a volunteer doula. A doula is a nonmedical person who exists soley to support the mother. There is a doula program at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. You commit to helping a woman 2 shifts a month. I can do that:) I get my good volunteer vibes in and I help a woman hopefully have a better birth experience. What is very cool about UCSD is that they have a whole floor staffed by CNM. They oversee a woman’s prenatal care, birth, and postpartum care w/in their scope of practice. Something that I would love to do as a profession. Until I get out of tele nursing, this will be quite fulfilling. The next steps are orientation and training. I’ve heard about the infamous parking situation down in Hillcrest. I’m going to have to ask my friends that live/work right next to the hospital if I can park at their place and walk.
Has anyone ever used a doula or midwife during birth??? What was your experience? I would love to know.
On the knitting front, I’m still stitching along on my Clapotis. Vanilla turned into stockinette torture. I’m on the home stretch about to start the decrease rows. Yeah!!!!
Here is the finished Airy Lacy Wrap from Fitted Knits. It’s not my most becoming FO ever. But at least it’s finished. I did the seaming this morning. Now that it’s done, I don’t know if I’ll ever wear it. The front ties are way too long. Here are some pics. I did try it on w/ a dress that unfortunately has ruffles. That made the sweater not fit as well.
Here’s another fun pic of my doggie Waldo.
If you look carefully, he’s guarding his ball w/ his life. No way is anyone getting to it.