New job, new midwife

I am a working girl at last!  Finally, after weeks of overcoming bureaucratic hurdle after hurdle, I am finally working!  Today was my first day at my new job as a new midwife at a busy Brooklyn hospital.  I can’t even begin to describe to you how exciting it was to get an employee ID with my name and the credential of CNM on it, or my CNM “stamp” that I’ll be using to write prescriptions.  All incredibly official.  A little bit surreal.  I was issued sets of scrubs, two long, white lab coats, spent a portion of the morning talking to the benefits coordinator about my benefits, and then, in the afternoon, was plunked down in the middle of a busy prenatal clinic, in true dyed-in-the-wool sink-or-swim midwifery style.

And how fantastic it as to be back in the midst of pregnant women again!  Listening to fetal heart tones, doing  Leopold’s maneuvers, estimating fetal weights, listening to women complain about their swollen ankles and over-active bladders and sore backs (normal, normal, all totally normal).  The computer system is cumbersome, I’m really, really slow, I have absolutely no idea what paperwork is needed to be filled out for referrals or ultrasounds or triple screens, but I suppose I’ll get there eventually.  The slow, painful, very steep learning curve has begun.  I can’t wait to look back in 6 months and see all of the incredible progress I’ve made—that is the light at the end of the tunnel.  In the meantime, I’ll be exhausted, overwhelmed, and making a lot of mistakes.  Oh joy.  But yes, oh joy!  I’m actually an employed midwife now.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted October 11, 2007 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! How exciting.

  2. hannah banana
    Posted October 11, 2007 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Woohoo and yippee! Can’t wait to follow along via the wonders of technology!

  3. Posted October 14, 2007 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! Of course, I birthed at a Brooklyn midwife clinic…wonder if it’s the same one? If so, I salute them on their good sense in hiring you!

  4. HSP
    Posted October 17, 2007 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! It all sounds wonderful. :)

  5. Guinever
    Posted October 23, 2007 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy that you have found a job! Congratulations. I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

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