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[Oct. 9th, 2004|07:17 pm]
Birth Junkies


Hello, i joined this community because like most of you i am fasinated with pregnancy and birth. im 18 and have no kids, but i have wanted to be a midwife forever, and i want to be a CNM, but i dont know if i can do the nursing part of it, the school and the actual job, i dont know what to do. all i have ever wanted to do is deliver babies, can anyone give me any advice?

[User Picture]From: melissad143
2004-10-10 01:53 am (UTC)
Congrats on being so focused at such a young age!
I'm currently trying to find my way in this career, but I do know that it's a good idea to get in touch w/ the doula organizations in your community. These usually offer excellent advice on how to get started, certification classes, ect. You may want to try a google search w/ your town name and the word Doula and see what you come up with.
I took the DONA birth doula class, and found it very informational and a great experience.
An experienced doula told me to "read, read, read," when I spoke to her about advice..this is a great thing to do when you are starting off in this career..I would recommend to read any book you can your hands on about pregnancy/birth/newborn care. There's an excellent book called "The Red Tent," which is a sort of bibilical tale on a midwife (I'm not religious, but this book is really cool).
Also, I recommend "Mothering the Mother," and wow..there's tons more but I'm not remembering them all right now. Check at your local library and see what you can come up with. Also, on DONA.org there's a reading list which may be helpful as well.
Good luck! I would highly recommend some formal education as well, college can be a great experience and will expand your opportunites in the future. Maybe take a few medical or health oriented classes and see where it leads you. Take care -Melissa D.
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