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Saturday, May 11, 2013

sometimes you have to break to be reborn

it's been over a month since i last wrote. i've lost track of time. 

it happens.

this week alone has been four births, two clinic days (left part way through one for a buttery home birth) and a half day at the MAWS conference (pulled out of the afternoon to run off to another birth).

this has pretty much been par for the course this last month.

i don't think that i have ever grown as much as i have through this student midwifery journey as i have this last month or so..

the births in the last few weeks have stretched me beyond belief. and i'm stronger for it. 

i had my last day of clinic as a student midwife on thursday. 

i'm done. 

i have some exams. but i'm done.

i'm on call this weekend and will do a few final postpartum exams on tuesday when i go in to finish all my last paperwork to be signed. but that is because i want to, not that i have to.

i'm done. 

how does it feel?

that's the question on everyones mind. to be honest it's anticlimactic. i need a break, but i love what i do. i love the women i work with. i love my community. i don't want to leave. if i had to leave i want to go back to phoenix. i love my community there.

the thought of having to start over in canada is exhausting to be honest and there is a possibility that i won't be in practice until next may, maybe sooner, maybe not even then. 

so how does it feel? uncertain. 

i have some options out there. but the amount of paperwork and applications i need to complete in the next few weeks is daunting. i at least have pretty much all my documentation signed off on. need to get some signatures on skills. need to have some letters written by people (and i've left this way to late, but have faith in those who support me). i have to pack up and move. say good bye. write finals. 

but first. in an act of pure selfishness i've booked me and my man a 10 day holiday. seven nights camping in the san juan islands and two nights at a lodge in the cascades. we need this. i need this. with the complete uncertainty of this next year i needed to be selfish and take this break now. probably the worst timing. it'll be a working holiday, but it'll be a break. 

right now after one of the most challenging and powerful births or week of births i'm broken. battered. and bruised. but i'm strong. i'm being reborn. i'm transcending the security of being a student midwife and ready to spread my proverbial wings. 

sometimes you have to break to be reborn. 

celebrating my last day of clinic
as a student midwife with my love.