Becoming a Midwife is a “calling”, similar to how one is called to a religious order. I can look back on my life and know that God has placed me exactly where I am supposed to be. Who I have become has been shaped by very loving parents, the teaching of the Benedictine Sisters, and my own children.
When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first child, I was working as an RN on a pediatric oncology unit. Many of the nurses on my unit had chosen Nurse -Midwives for their own pregnancies and they suggested that I do the same. It was through my pregnancies and the care of the Certified Nurse- Midwives at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio that I felt compelled to give back to women the great gifts that I had been given.
Little did I know that my Caitlin, my first-born; would still be spurring me on, pushing me to do things in my career that I never imagined. Just as she led me to midwifery in the beginning, she is leading me to unfamiliar territory, to sharing my story and my knowledge of midwifery, to writing this blog. This year has been very eventful for me and my practice. My partners and I moved our practice to The Christ Hospital in May of 2013 and opened our new offices in Crestview Hills, Ky. in July, 2013. Caitlin, who is now 22 and recently graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, wrote a beautiful article on the opening of our new practice. See it here.
I am always amazed at how much my children have changed me, taught me, left their indelible print. Looking at Caitlin and the woman she is becoming is like looking back and looking forward at the same time. I admire her hard work, her courage, her ability to get things done. Watching her twenty-something energy reminds me what it was like to feel I could accomplish anything, never considering an alternative notion. I am so proud of her! Therefore; I resolve to recapture the fearlessness of my youth and to stretch my boundaries. No more sitting back with the comfortable knowledge that I have and feeling like it is enough. I am moving on to writing, sharing, pushing the boundaries. I hope that you enjoy the ride along with me!!
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