Accepting the Unexpected

Accepting the Unexpected

I just received an email update from a woman I almost know–a social networking friend also involved in birth activities in Sub-Saharan Africa.  I had to laugh at the end of her email.  She never thought she would pursue a midwifery registration in her home country, but that is exactly what she is doing. Why laugh?  Because her story mirrors mine. My goal was never to be a midwife by vocation, but to improve the health of women in resource poor areas.  Yet here I am with a BSN and enrolled in a major university midwifery program.

At the same time, I have friends who would love to be midwives.  Women who feel called to be midwives and want to have jobs in their communities as baby-catchers. And these women are not quite there yet.  They continue to hang out, pursuing other avenues until the time is right.

Life is funny like that.


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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the 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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