Busy Semester

Busy Semester

This is my first semester in residence at the school of public health.  All that means they are receiving my tuition money, because I still have a full course-load of midwifery classes in addition to the public health stuff.  So far the semester has been manageable, but I haven’t begun my clinical hours yet. Ask me again in a few weeks.

My program director found a clinical site for me in an urban hospital with a large under served population. My family practice clinical site will be in a more rural area.  And if all goes as planned, I will do a few hours each week in an HIV clinic as well.  Very exciting stuff, but a lot to juggle with 20 credits. I’m trying to get all large projects out of the way now so once the clinical hours begin I won’t feel too stressed.

I was also able to secure a spot for my practicum for the public health school — in Honduras.  So in all things are falling into place.  I’m just ridiculously busy, but I’ve grown accustomed to that.

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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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