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Still Not Nervous

A few people have asked me if I’m nervous, scared or excited about the trip. I haven’t been nervous about it at all, and have also never been scared. I’m not a fan of avoiding the things that scare me anyway. I think fear should make me careful, smarter and better prepared. But fear should never control me or keep me from doing things I want.

When I stop to think about it, I’m usually excited. The “problem” is that I have been so busy I don’t really get a chance to think about it. Between the family events of this trip to Michigan and studying for microbiology I’ve been so preoccupied that I haven’t had much time to even realize how soon the trip is. I leave in two days, but my focus is on enjoying my last day with family, picking up the last few items and studying.

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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, 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 learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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