Welcome to Due Rewards Midwifery Blog, a blog of all things midwifery, from education for midwives and midwifery students, to personal musings of a midwife in the middle of a busy practice. I welcome you to this blog.
I am a midwife currently practicing in the DFW area. Having begun my journey to midwifery at the age of seventeen, I have seen the world through the eyes of midwifery for my adult life. From the thrill of a woman’s first positive pregnancy test, to the special moment of hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, to the first movement felt both from the inside and from the outside of the womb, pregnancy is unlike any other season of life. Then the seemingly interminable waiting for labor to occur, the excitement of the first contraction, the relief of the last contraction, and all that comes in between. And then it happens. It is a sound, the sound that makes the sweetest of music fade in comparison, a sound that melts some of the toughest of men and causes hearts to sing, it is the sound of life’s first cry. The nearly involuntary smile that spreads across the room is proof of this sound’s heavenly origin. These are the moments that shape my own little view of this world. They are not the only moments, but they are moments that I am honored to witness.
Being involved in training student midwives for years now, I have also been honored to witness another frame of life’s special moments. The thrill of a new student as she attends her first birth, to the joy as she catches the rhythm, the light of understanding that spreads over her face as she gains understanding of the concepts involved, the excitement as she realizes she is the first to touch a life fresh from the womb, and the sense of achievement as she passes from student to midwife. These are also moments that serve to shape my view of the world.
I love learning and I love watching others learn. The joy of learning has led me in many directions. These include things such as teaching in a classroom setting with CEU workshops and conferences, to impromptu student teaching “sessions”, generally occurring between the hours of 11 pm and 2 am. I also frequently focus on one topic of midwifery that becomes the current ‘vent’ that permeates teaching conversations and dinner conversations, and hopefully doesn’t spill over to the poor cashier checking out my groceries. Perhaps a blog will help catch some of those topics before they spill over on the unwitting person who dares cross my path. Welcome!