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Student Role

I begin a new chapter of my life tomorrow. It will be my first day as a student midwife at a birth center. I am nervous. I am excited.
But most of all I am wondering how I will handle the student role.

It is different to be expected to be learning, to know some and to have more to learn. To practice being responsible, while someone else is truly responsible. To watch your skills and knowledge grow.

But in reality, tomorrow is no different for me. God has been training me for midwifery for at least ten years. And so life continues for us all, with each experience preparing us for the next, each skill and each piece of knowledge adding to who we are.

Whatever step on the journey tomorrow is for you, may God bless the work of your hands and the training of your mind.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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