Breathe Easy, You've Found Me ((HUGS))

People will wonder why this blog is needed, why minority midwifery student? It's very simple actually; I was looking for this blog...but I couldn't find it...so I created it. We all have unique experiences, and every experience, every story, can help someone else. I am a black girl from the hood at an ivy league professional school. That, alone, is reason enough to write. Somebody was looking for this blog. Someone wanted proof that what I'm doing can be done - even when you come from where we come from.

To that person especially, WELCOME.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gynecology Clinical Week 11

God was good to me today.

4 patients.

All young black women.

All shocked that I was going to be their provider.

All excited. Happy. Grateful.

All reminding me of why I went into midwifery.

All taking so long to talk...to get out everything that they hadn't been saying to their health care providers (I asked). Testing me...waiting to see if I lived up to who they thought I'd be based on that initial recognition. I am who I am, so I lived up to their expectations just fine. Really, it's easy - you only have to listen, know what they're talking about, tell the truth, and help them make a decision based on whatever options are available between the two of you.

I can do that.

Over and over again, all day, I can do that.

In keeping with the purpose of this blog, I wanted to say this: If you think it matters, you're right. If you're doing it because you think it will make a difference for those in your community - however you define that - you're right. The BS of playing the grad school game, the invisibility, the isolation of being one of a few in the profession at this level...it's all worth it for this moment.

Tomorrow I'll talk about the patients as "cases" because I think they're good examples for learning. But know that I don't think of these women as cases; they are my purpose for midwifing.

3 comments:

Dark Daughta said...

tears...
happy, smiling, proud, fierce, loving, congratulatory tears...

Kristina said...

Your day may have been good for you, but it makes me smile as well. Thanks for lifting my spirits today.

Morag said...

Yay!!!
Happy days.
XxL.