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Starting a New Season

One thing I love about the new year is the built in pause to reflect on your life before moving into the next season.  This past new year brought many changes for me – the end of my first semester in the midwifery program, my first trip home to see family in a year… and I am looking forward to many changes this next semester.  Carrying 20 credits means I will have little time for anything outside school, clinical requirements increase so I will be participating in pediatric office visits as well as midwifery office visits and on call for births. This new year has been a welcome pause.

So here I sit today, on the edge of the next season feeling both eager and anxious.  And that reminds me of waiting for labor to start.  Wishing it would begin, but being nervous about what labor held for me.  Wanting to hold my baby, but not yet knowing who this baby really was. Hoping for relief from sleepless nights, realizing my nights would remain sleepless after the baby is born.  So really, as unique as having a baby may be, it takes the same patience and understanding any other change of season may require.

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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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