For the past few years, Phil (my husband) would periodically ask me, “So, when are you gonna become a midwife?” I would respond as I always had, saying, “I love being a doula. It’s an amazing job, and I don’t have to keep anyone alive.” When this question popped back up in September, I was surprised to hear my answer differ slightly. I responded to him with a question of my own. “Why do you think I should become a midwife?”
He told me that I have never been one to stay in one spot for too long before wanting more influence, knowledge or to have a greater impact in my vocation, and that’s one thing he has always loved about me. He experienced me to always be reaching for the next goal, growing and learning, and wanting to be a blessing to as many people as possible. He said that by becoming a midwife, I could reach more people, help in more ways, and bring all that I have learned from my work as a doula into work in the medical field. I responded with my “but I love being a doula” and we went about our days.
Over the following weeks, it stuck with me. I have worked with so many medical providers, and have seen how good medical providers think and operate, as well as the impact of care that is lacking. Some doctors and midwives are incredible helpers, while others lack good bedside manner. Some make it a high priority to stay up to date on the latest research, while others stick with protocols and practices that they know and are comfortable with.
One of my biggest passions in my work as a doula has been bringing awareness and understanding to evidence based care and patient rights, especially in the area of informed consent. I gradually have realized that in becoming a medical professional I could bring the best parts of myself as a doula, as well as shore up and ensure those other areas I have a passion for.
Once this dream embedded itself in my heart and I realized that midwifery would be my path forward, things happened so quickly. Within a week I found myself sitting in my first day of class for my first prerequisite for nursing school. I had originally planned to gradually transition out of Full Spectrum Doula Care and private doula work over the next year while I finished my prerequisites and applied to nursing school. The goal being to be officially done with private doula work just before entering into a 16 month Accelerated Bachelors of Nursing program, hopefully at Concordia University starting in August of 2020.
The year transition did not seem like the best path forward for my business partner and she decided that my time with Full Spectrum Doula Care needed to end as soon as possible. So it is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I am no longer associated with Full Spectrum Doula Care in any way and she will continue on with the practice on her own. This was not entirely a mutual decision and I’m sad that it had to end this way. I will, however, continue on with doula work through Clover Care at least through the start of the summer and I have a great network of incredible and experienced doulas that I can call on should I need any backup or support throughout this process.
I am continuing to work with clients on my own for the next few months while doing my prerequisites. I am also currently working part time with the Providence Women’s Clinic as a staff doula and teaching the weeknight childbirth classes at Providence Portland. I’m excited to partner with Jesse Remer at Mother Tree Birth for this year’s Doula Internship. Once I graduate with my BSN, at the end of 2021, I hope to get a Labor & Delivery RN job and gain experience as a nurse while working on my Masters in Nursing to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. If all goes as planned, I could be practicing as a midwife in as soon as 2023.
I am excited to share this journey with all of you. It’s gonna be a wild ride and I’m so down for it.