Next week I will be presenting a workshop on menopause. This is to be my very time-consuming project at the end of my midwifery training. Except it isn’t the end, I still have a ways to go (combining degrees and all).
It is interesting to think about how I got to this point. Ten years ago I would never have guessed I would want to present on menopause, I was still very birth focused. But as I learned more about women’s health, my interests widened. I never would have thought I’d like working with women to treat and prevent STIs, but I do. Dealing with menstrual irregularities, love it. Birth, it is still there. But it is only a piece of the whole woman, and I’ve always been about the whole woman.
I share this because as you consider your path to midwifery, I think it is important to think about all the aspects of working with women and families that appeal to you. If I had chosen a path into midwifery with a more narrow scope, I know I would have longed for more and burnt out quickly. For other women, having such a broad range of practice would only make them wish they could spend more time at births. Who are you, and in what ways do you want to work with women?