Jennifer's Personal Notes

It’s OK to be a student

I’m exhausted, but wanted to get this written before the feeling subsides.

Being on-call for births can be stressful. I need to be able to balance my time between births and studying, and I never feel ready to do births – at least not yet – especially at the birth center where it’s just me and a nurse.  And honestly, sometimes I hope there are no labors so I can get some sleep or study.

But tonight I had a labor – and of course there were things that happened that I was not ready to handle on my own. But that is to be expected because I am a student.  It is only by being there and doing these things over and over that they will become second nature (instead of the slow thinking I have to do through things).

My point is this – you are not alone.  You do not have to be perfect. Don’t be stressed out because you don’t know everything. You are a student, your job is to learn. Your preceptors know this. So relax and enjoy the on-call experiences.

Jennifer Vanderlaan (Author)