August, 2015, I became a full-time student enrolled at Midwives College of Utah. My life and the life of my family has been turned into a life of college with a mom of eight children (3 adults, 3 teens, 1 pre-teen, and a 7 year old) and wife who does school work 6-8 hours a day, six days a week.
I’ll tell the story of a Midwife in Progress for several reasons. It will be a way to document and show me how far I’ve come from the moment I decided to follow this path. You, the audience, will see the progress it takes to become a certified professional midwife (CPM). You’ll see the difficulties, tears, joys, setbacks, accomplishments, disappointments, and anything else that comes in the path of a student-midwife. There will be plenty of opportunities to feature other student-midwives and midwives, giving them a platform to tell their own stories in their own words. Finally, I’ll also upload my school work papers, client-handouts, and write about anything I find pertinent.
Once licensing and certification is accomplished in approximately 3-4 years, a midwife continues to learn and grow through continued education, research, and with every birth she witnesses. A midwife never ceases to progress. Thus, she is forever a Midwife in Progress.
Some posts will be long and meaningful, and some will be short and quick, depending on how busy I am with school and family life. So, follow along in this long journey towards midwifery certification and eventually the full midwifery role.