Another Day in the Life of a Midwifery Student
Hope you all don't mind me journaling my midwifery studies here...it helps me sort through my day and get a bit of it recorded anyways.
Today was another day of prenatals. I think only one client was new to me but I may have met her last month. The ladies still all blend together a bit for me and I am trying to keep them straight, remember names, etc.
My midwife required me to take blood pressure on all of the ladies today because I admitted last week at a birth I was still doing horribly, when she asked how I was doing. I could not hear anything at home on the children but she did say children would be more difficult than adults. Plus I did misunderstand one component, which she cleared up. All that to say I actually did better taking blood pressure today. Now to just get my ears, eyes and hand coordinated and I will be all set with more practice.
I am getting the hang of taking pulses. Yay!
I also practiced measuring fundal height, as well as palpitating to see where baby was, which was a little more difficult on the first time moms about midway through their pregnancies since baby is smaller than the later term moms. I am still quite timid about finding mom's pubic bone to measure and in pressing my fingers and hands while palpitating and finding fundal height. Hopefully that will go away as I become more comfortable doing it.
I also took one fetal heart tone, including counting baby's heart rate and variables. I think I am improving in that as well.
What's that saying, "Practice makes perfect"? Well, practice definitely makes me better with these skills but I wouldn't say I do any of them perfectly! My midwife did say today went well and how my fellow student and I rotating doing different things seemed to work well too.
Have you learned anything new lately? Or have you been practicing a new skill? If so, what is it and how are you doing?
What do you think is your favorite part so far?