Everyday, I try to figure out how to get from here to IBCLC. Tossing ideas around for two months and looking at every possibility has not provided me with a new path. I am still very drawn to Birthingway and Portland and was sad while looking at their website last night that I can’t go there.
Or can I? I decided to look at their midwifery program and am in the process of reading everything about it. If I pursued this instead, I would be working with women and babies, providing holistic care, and supporting breastfeeding. It would be a fulfilling career with many options and ongoing education. I like the idea of getting to know families on a longer term basis and am passionate about women having birth options.
The comprehensive program includes a lot of modalities and aspects of care that a CNM (the kind of midwife that works at a hospital) typically doesn’t have access to. I think I hadn’t really considered this option because I had only thought of the nurse midwife path and I know that wouldn’t work for me. I hadn’t pictured myself doing this kind of work but I think it could be a good fit for me.
I am looking at what prerequisites there are for the program and when the applications are due. It looks like I need to make a decision quickly in order to start with their next cohort. I have bounced the idea off of three friends and they all had positive responses.
Thoughts? Feedback? I value the input of my little blogging community.