Second day of prenatal care as a student midwife
Today was my second day of prenatal care as a student midwife. I was kind of taken aback when my preceptor had be start palpatating tummies today and feeling for fundal height! She was just showing me and having me do the same after her, as well as measuring tummies. I don't have a feel for it yet to be honest and I still have to get over the feelings of invading these moms space. Even though my preceptor asks the women if they mind having me do these things, I can't help but think what else are they going to say, you know?
I also took one pulse and she had me practice taking blood pressure. Both of which she wants me to practice, practice, practice. I have to buy myself a blood pressure cup because the standard among midwives is to use a cup with the stethoscope, not a digital one, which is what I have packed away somewhere. As a side note, she took my blood pressure and it was a little high, which concerns me because high blood pressure runs in my family on both sides and so far I have avoided it. It might just be the nudge I need to get back to exercising and taking better care of myself. So feel free to keep me accountable!
I got to see two of the ladies who were there four weeks ago, which was nice because I will probably attend their births! I also met a lady due in August whose birth I will probably be attending too.
I couldn't help but think on the way home that I love this, love being at the prenatals, talking and listening to the ladies. Yet I also felt myself wondering, "Can I do this? Can I learn the art of palpatating, feeling for the pelvic bone and fundal height?" There are so many skills to learn and I am just beginning! One day at a time though, right?
" why did I ever second guess myself" ! You will be a pro. Props to you I always wanted to be a midwife after having delivered all my children with one who is absolutely wonderful ! But I don't think I could take all of the aspects! Good luck on your journey and believe in yourself!