Menopause and several things like it

Next week I will be presenting a workshop on menopause. This is to be my very time-consuming project at the end of my midwifery training. Except it isn’t the end, I still have a ways to go (combining degrees and all).

It is interesting to think about how I got to this point.  Ten years ago I would never have guessed I would want to present on menopause, I was still very birth focused.  But as I learned more about women’s health, my interests widened.  I never would have thought I’d like working with women to treat and prevent STIs, but I do.  Dealing with menstrual irregularities, love it. Birth, it is still there.  But it is only a piece of the whole woman, and I’ve always been about the whole woman.

I share this because as you consider your path to midwifery, I think it is important to think about all the aspects of working with women and families that appeal to you.  If I had chosen a path into midwifery with a more narrow scope, I know I would have longed for more and burnt out quickly.  For other women, having such a broad range of practice would only make them wish they could spend more time at births.  Who are you, and in what ways do you want to work with women?