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November 15, 2010

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Erica Rose

I'm still here! Congrats on the upcoming arrival, that is wonderful news ;-)

Erin

I don't think I've ever commented before, but I love your blog and am so happy for you and your family!

Birth Without Fear

Congrats! That's so great you are expecting again! :)

Kat

Thanks!!! Funny, if you had said I would have four kids five years ago, I would have said you are out of your mind. Just goes to show, you never know where life will take you :)!

sara r.

Congratulations! I just found this blog, but I wanted to say that :) I have a 10- month old and am wanting to pursue midwifery very badly, but having a hard time figuring out how to do it with a secular job and a baby. Do you have any suggestions?

Kat

Hi Sara! My advice would be to be patient (easier said then done :)) and if it is meant to be, you will find a way. I have been on this journey since my second was born, five years ago, and it wasn't until last year that things, rather unexpectedly, started to fall into place. Maybe start thinking about how you might be able to switch to a part-time secular job and then do doula work or teach childbirth classes as a way to get into birth work but still make money. I think being on-call is the toughest part of being a midwife (and what turns many away) which is why I suggest going the doula route. It is a way to earn money and decide how you feel about living life on-call. When you are ready to take the next step, you might take a midwifery apprentice workshop (there is a great one at The Farm in Tennessee) and then market yourself as a birth assistant to local midwives while still doing doula work on the side for an income. Also, as a doula, you will meet many pregnant moms and might hook some of them up with your local midwives, and those midwives will appreciate the clients and be more willing to take you on as an apprentice.
It definitely takes many sacrifices. Our family essentially lives on one income so that I can be a midwifery student, which means I can't afford much childcare for the kids and am constantly bartering with friends (and owe many friends many favors!) and of course we don't go on vacations or go out to restaurants, only buy clothes at thrift stores, etc. etc., but it is worth it to be following my dream and my husband is completely supportive which makes it all possible.
Just my two cents. Good luck! Hope some of this is helpful.
warmly,
Kat

leona

lol..i'm sure your fourth and unexpected one will be the one who will bring you most joys, just to prove you, as yourself well have said, that you can plan everything, and often strange yet amazing things happen when you least expect. :)

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