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.