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We're watching 'the business of being born' today in class. This class is being taught by 5 awesome nurse midwives. I am excited, yo.

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rockstarbob.livejournal.com
Ooh ooh ooh! How did it go? Any good discussions after? And had you seen it before?

Date: 2010-01-15 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glasspumpkin.livejournal.com
I had seen it before, and love it.

It's a pretty small division of the class (we're divided in half (developing families vs maturing families -- then divided in half again (maternity vs pediatrics)), about 25 people, and these are definitely for the most part the people who want to be in maternity A LOT because we had to apply to do this rotation next. Several people had seen it before, which didn't surprise me, but a lot of people hadn't seen it.

We talked afterwards about what people thought. One girl was shocked at all the naked women, and my professor was like well, nudity isn't really a big deal in the big scheme of a baby being born, ya know? Made me laugh. There were a few people who felt the movie was unfairly biased, which also didn't surprise me (as much as I love Emory, they are obviously a medically based institution). We had a long talk about midwifery in GA (which I still don't understand), why Emory hospitals no longer employ midwives (which our professor summed up with the words "money and politics"), and the importance of women being educated before decide what they want (and then supporting whatever choices they make).

I could really go on and on, and it was only the first day of class. We discussed the way labor and birth are portrayed in society/the media. The guilt that some doctors use (whether based in truth or not) to obtain consent to interventions. Finally we talked about the importance of knowing (as nurses) that there are other ways to give birth than the births we will see in the hospital. I love that my teachers were so up front about that to all of us.

I mean I really could keep going -- we also had to watch some ROCKIN' videos from the 1980s (and by videos I mean VHS tapes) on caring for the postpartum woman and doing neonate assessments, which cracked me up. Sure the techniques are probably the same, but our equipment has changed in the last 25 years for sure. Mercury thermometers, yo....not used in hospitals anymore!

I left so freaking excited - I cannot CANNOT cannot wait to be in the hospital and start learning my skills. I want to be there for someone's birth - I can't believe I've been questioning what I want to do with my nursing - just talking about it with my professors today confirmed this is what I want to do (though I do still have a strong interest in pediatrics, but that's a story for another day). I want to learn everything I can. I need more pregnant friends, for serious.

Date: 2010-01-15 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rockstarbob.livejournal.com
I am so so so so so excited for you! Its clear from your reaction here that you are on the right path. Are you still waffling about becoming an LM/CNM/etc.?

Date: 2010-01-15 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glasspumpkin.livejournal.com
No, I don't think so. I am applying to summer externships at the moment - 2 maternity/mother and baby/L&D and one pediatric - and would definitely be torn if I end up with a choice. While I think I will definitely end up getting my masters in midwifery, it won't be right away (because Jim has to go to grad school next).

I know we'll be moving from GA eventually, which will be a good thing. I have a hard time conceptualizing my career path from this perspective living here, because I don't have a lot of options. I think doing some research about working in a different place would help me envision myself on this career path. I feel really trapped when I think about working in L&D at a hospital for a significant amount of time.

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