A nurse who knits…

May 16, 2007

Doulas…(edited: And a finished airy wrap)

Filed under: Nursing — yarnnut @ 5:01 pm

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.

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Here’s another fun pic of my doggie Waldo.

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If you look carefully, he’s guarding his ball w/ his life. No way is anyone getting to it.



  1. My Sister used a mid-wife for all three boys. She must not have had any regrets, ’cause she would have changed the program after the first or second, I surmise. I think it’s fabulous.

    Comment by Susan Davis — May 16, 2007 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  2. it’s a pretty top. can you wrap it around twice and tie it goddess-style?

    Comment by Sara — May 16, 2007 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

  3. It’s so great when you get that nice volunteer-y feeling from doing something you would have done anyway. Congrats on taking a step towards your goal and/or doing a good thing!

    Unfortunately (on second thought, take that back, fortunately at this point!) the only birth I’ve experienced was my own, so I don’t have any input on your question. I am looking forward to reading entries about your new experiences.

    Comment by ellipsisknits — May 16, 2007 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  4. whoops! I completely forgot. I love the way the fabric wraps around your waist in the sweater. Very flattering. perhaps tie it on the side?

    Comment by ellipsisknits — May 16, 2007 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks for the pics of the Airy Wrap – I am in the process of knitting this (and those goofy front ties are a process, as you know) and am thinking of shortening them. I have about 36″ knitted on the first side and I think the pattern says 45″, then like 20 more rows. I am short so I’m worried about the ties being too long too. Are they long enough to wrap around again? I was thinking maybe that would work, but it seems like a lot of fabric to wrap around if both are wrapped twice. I’d hate to frog all that mohair, but am considering it….

    Comment by Robin — May 16, 2007 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

  6. Hello! I found you via Fitted Knits KAL and wanted to see more about the Airy Wrap. Then I read your post about midwive and doulas, so I have two good reasons to be here!

    First of all, with the Airy Wrap, I wonder if you should have chosen a smaller size to begin with… the raglan lines seem to be hitting you right above the boob instead of at the underarm-to-shoulder line. Yeah… those ties look like they’re going to eat you alive! 🙂 Would the whole thing look better if you just ripped the ties back a few feet? (You look so petite!)

    I had my first baby almost a year ago. All of my prenatal care, my labor, and delivery were with CNMs. They were fantastic. I loved them! They always had time to listen and were so caring. I also had a doula with me during labor and delivery. I wanted to have a non-medicated and low-intervention experience as much as I possibly could. I labored 14 hours, including 4 hours of pushing!!, and could not have done it without the support of my doula. My mom, my husband, and the labor nurses were all wonderful, but my doula stayed by my side and focused on me and my wishes/needs the entire time. I will definitely do it the same way all over again if we decide to have a second baby. Good luck with the next career path!

    Comment by Karma — May 18, 2007 @ 4:19 am | Reply

  7. Waldo is adorable!
    I like your wrap – are the ties long enough that you could wrap them around an extra time?

    Comment by Nichole — May 18, 2007 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  8. Love the airy wrap! Looks just like the one in the picture you posted awhile ago when you planned on making it, great job! Hope work is great!

    Comment by Elise (RN) — May 30, 2007 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

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