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Knowing your limits

I had every intention of writing something educational for you before I leave for the birth center, but the truth is I’m feeling very overwhelmed at the moment. I need to catch up on reading because I know I’m the type of learner that does best when I read the textbooks.  So the blog cannot be my priority right now.

Which really brings up a good point – you need to know your priorities.  Birth work, any kind, can take as much of your time as you let it.  I know there have been seasons in my life where it was a joy to spend hours helping other families prepare for and experience birth. But along with that are times like now, when I need to refer families to other birth professionals.

There is nothing wrong with stepping back for a time when your circumstances change. Perhaps you have a new baby, just moved to a new area, or like me, maybe you are in school. This does not mean you will never work in birth again, it simply means that for the time being, your role has changed. You will probably come back to birth stronger, and with more to offer.

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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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