I hope this reaches you in good spirits and health. I presume most of you know that I'm studying to become a homebirth midwife and I've been working on the accreditation process of becoming a Le Leche Leader and starting a group in Delaware. Currently there isn't an active LLL group in Delaware.
Well I started attending Delaware Tech Community College this past semester and I am enrolled in the nursing program. The only reason I'm enrolled in the nursing program is because my GI Bill isn't approved for DEM (direct-entry midwife) distance learning programs. Since September 2007 I've been trying to figure out a way to get the DEM programs approved with no luck.<lj-cut>
I am having great difficulty with the nursing program. It is so difficult for me to do well in something I have NO interest in and that I feel isn't going to help me at all with being a midwife. I secured a preceptor, a seasoned midwife who trains new midwives, over a year ago but obviously the timing isn't right with having two young boys.
Nevertheless I've been trying to figure out a way to use my GI Bill in such a way that it will give me skills that will me as a midwife. A couple weeks ago I learned of an on-line program in human lactation taught through Wichita State University(WSU). My GI Bill is approved for WSU. The program normally consists of nurses and those that are working on their masters or doctorate. All others are approved by a case-by-case basis. I've written one of the instructors and heard back from them. I told them about my clinical experience with breastfeeding and the great IBCLC's (international board certified lactation consultant) that I worked with. Great news I was approved for the program and was told I would be well suited for it!!! I am thrilled beyond words.
I have also figured out which pathway I can take to become an IBCLC. I have over 500hrs+ breastfeeding counseling. A year as an LLL Leader accounts for 500 more hours. I'm hoping to become a leader by the end of summer. I already have a meeting room reserved at a nursing home. I'm on it like white on rice! Just want to clarify I'm not becoming a LLL Leader to become an IBCLC. I want to be both! In fall I will be taking the Human Lactation course at WSU and a sociology course at the local community college.
A couple weeks ago I was thinking I might attend a massage therapy school until I FINALLY figured out a way to use my GI Bill for midwifery education. Let me explain this as simply as possibly. In august a new brand of GI Bill will become effective, it's called the Post 9/11 bill. It pays for ALL of your education of an approved program, a yearly $1,000 stipend for books & supplies and a monthly BAH (housing allowance). From my understanding regardless of how many credits I'm taking I still get the BAH. So I will stay enrolled at Delaware Tech and come fall apply for the new GI Bill, take one class per semester and then use my BAH to pay for midwifery school! Wahla! I'm looking into Ancient Art Midwifery Institute(AAMI), the reviews are great by current students and the whole program is around $3500. I will enroll in AAMI in Januaray. I am still planning to learn prenatal and infant massage eventually.
So while I'm taking one course per semester at the local community college I will simultaneously attend AAMI. I'm still going to take Clinical Math because I think that will be helpful as a midwife. I'm also going to take Sociology and Infant & Child Development because those courses are recommended (not required) to sit for the IBCLC exam. I already I have taken nutrition and psychology, currently I'm in anatomy & physiology courses.
Then I will use the rest of my GI Bill up by taking courses in Spanish :O)
Until I'm a midwife I've decided I'm going to be a free doula(labor support), I will attend my first birth in July as a doula! I'm very excited about this!
Lastly in May I will be going to Copenhagen, Denmark for a week to attend an international midwifery conference.
These are the classes I will be taking:
Breech Workshop: Research, skills and waterbirth with by Michel Odent, Cornelia Enning and Ina May Gaskin
First and Second Stage Difficulties with by Gail Hart and Ina May Gaskin
Prolonged Labor with Gail Hart
Placenta Medicine with Cornelia Enning
Shoulder Dystocia with Gail Hart
Hemorrhage and Third Stage Difficulties with Gail Hart
Midwifery Education with Suzanne Colson
Pursuing the Birth Machine Internationally with Marsden Wagner
Birthing Women, Sacred Ground with Jan Tritten & Eneyda Spradin-Ramos
Postpartum Care with Eneyda Spradin-Ramos
Posterior Babies with Jan Tritten
What is BRA(Breastfeeding and Reflex Assessment) with Suzane Colson
Update on Graves.
On the 20th of January I sought a 2nd opinion from another Endo. She too recommended RAI, I refused and said I wanted to try a low-dose of PTU for a variety of reasons. One of them is I'm still nursing my almost 1yr old.
I had a follow-up yesterday. My T3 total before treatment was over 800, it should be between 97-219. It was down to 260!!!! All of my levels were down. Anti-thyroid drugs have a rare but serious side effect of lowering your WBC, which puts you at risk for a slew of health problems and affecting your liver. My WBC and liver were fine!
I will go back in June and do some more blood-work. Meanwhile I will remain on 300mg of PTU and 100mg of Atenolol daily. Come June I may slowly wean off of the PTU and see if I can achieve remission! I'm so hopeful and so glad I didn't just go with what the endos recommended.
Radioschmadio activesmchactive iodine, ha!
GOD IS SO GOOD TO ME!!!!