Thursday, 30 July 2009

A Midwife's Story

A Midwife's Story is a fascinating read about Penny Armstrong's journey from the tenements of Glasgow to rural practice in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

From an early age, Penny had dreamed of being a midwife. Her life unfolds in a way that she had not anticipated when she goes to Lancaster County for a job interview and finds herself working with Amish families and learning about their culture. At first she is hesitant and worries about being accepted by the community, but as her story unfolds, she discovers new strengths and becomes an integral part of that community.

This is a community where pregnancy is not discussed and labour and birth are considered normal events ~ women continue their daily work until they 'hop up on the bed' just before their baby arrives.

A Midwife's Story is a window on a world that those of us in this technological age may find hard to understand: it is an honest and ultimately very moving account and I would encourage you to read it.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Day Trips

We are having a strange summer with more than our share of rainfall. We had 50 mm of rain in two days last weekend, so the opportunities to go out for pleasure are few and far between.

Two weeks ago, we managed a drive out to Cobourg, which lies east of the city on the shores of Lake Ontario. It was a bright, but chilly afternoon when we got there and I spent half the visit shivering, but we still went through the ritual of a visit to the ice cream shop!

Friday, 24 July 2009

Puffin Away!

I can hardly believe that a year has passed since I started this cross-stitch project. How time flies! As you can see, I have been working my way up to the hole, which is visible between the two puffins. I spent the week after taking my exams stitching away to keep my mind from worrying about the results. I don't think that I could have got through that week without it.

I have basted a spare piece of fabric behind the hole and trimmed the ragged edges, but now that I am working in this area, I almost afraid to touch it because the fabric is so friable. I can't imagine how anyone does fabric restoration for a living!

Monday, 20 July 2009

New Direction

There is something about a blank calendar that makes me feel uneasy. I suppose that it is because I like to know what is happening in my life: I am a planner and a list maker and I don't enjoy uncertainty or change.

About a year ago, I sat down and examined my life and the direction that it was taking and decided to ask myself some questions about the future. What do I want to happen? Where do I want to be? I thought about the work that I had done over the years and realized something significant ~ I missed being a midwife.

To cut a long story short, I applied to do a midwifery bridging programme with a view to practising as a midwife in Canada. I took the entrance examinations in June, which was nerve-wracking, as I haven't practised in many years. I thought that I had failed because I remembered all sorts of things that eluded me during the exams, but imagine my delight when I received the offer of a place! Out of more than 45 who originally applied, only 17 places were offered.

I attended the orientation/study day last Tuesday and the studying has begun. With seven distance education modules to complete between now and September, I am in for a busy summer. The first module is my midwifery portolio ~ my story of how I became a midwife and what I enjoyed about my practice.

So now, my life is set to undergo a huge change of direction over the coming months. However, I find that I don't really mind because all of a sudden, my calendar is looking very full!