Birth Professionals

Accepting the Unexpected

I just received an email update from a woman I almost know–a social networking friend also involved in birth activities in Sub-Saharan Africa.  I had to laugh at the end of her email.  She never thought she would pursue a midwifery registration in her home country, but that is exactly what she is doing. Why laugh?  Because her story mirrors mine. My goal was never to be a midwife by vocation, but to improve the health of women in resource poor areas.  Yet here I am with a BSN and enrolled in a major university midwifery program.

At the same time, I have friends who would love to be midwives.  Women who feel called to be midwives and want to have jobs in their communities as baby-catchers. And these women are not quite there yet.  They continue to hang out, pursuing other avenues until the time is right.

Life is funny like that.


Jennifer Vanderlaan (Author)