Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Principles Of Pharmacodynamics

Found in my Pharmacology for Nursing Care text, " is neither appropriate nor desirable to hunt squirrels with a cannon."

Quite so, you may respond, but what on earth have either squirrels or cannon to do with pharmacology?

In short, nothing and everything, grasshopper.
This is very typical of my particular journey on the path to becoming a midwife.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Some Like It Hot

I Love Natural labor. 
I love how unpredicably predictable it is. 
I love that women go through (almost!) the same pattern for labor and birth.
I love the cheerleading.
I love the nervousness of a first-time Dad. 
I love showing them what to do to help the laboring Mum.
I love the adrenaline of catching.
I love that it's  normal.
I love that it's a connection to all the women who've gone before me,
and all the ones to follow.
I LOVE Natural labor. 


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hands To Thyself

The mamas that don't need mothering disconcert me.
I'm unsure of my footing with them.

They are quiet, and hard to draw out.
And not in the "laboring quietly" sort of strong way; it's more of a disdainful sort of laboring.
I can almost always forge a connection with the women I labor.
The times that I cannot, though, are the awkward times.
I slip into the old feelings of being too young for midwifery. Too naive.

Even though, I know myself well enough to know that I will be one of those mothers.
The ones that don't really want your coddling.