Have you ever wondered what a typical day for a midwife looks like? I’m going to let you in on a secret. There is no typical. One of the things that I like about being a midwife is that every day is different. The day that I am going to share with you is based on what I did on May 1st.
May 1st was a Wednesday. I woke to my Wednesday morning alarm set for 6am. I rushed to get my 10 year old son, Parker and I ready and out the door by 7. As I checked to make sure that everything was packed for the day, Parker fed the pets and packed his gear. We pottied the dog and then drove the 5 blocks to my 23 year old son’s house. I dropped Parker off there, so that I could attend my final meeting for the business networking group that I had attended for the last 2 years. My membership had expired the previous week, but they were holding a visitor’s day and I had 2 visitors attending.
Once at BNI, I chatted with my visitor’s, some of the other members, and their visitors. After networking some, I had a chance to tell a little about my business. After listening to our estate lawyer talk about the importance of having a good will, I grabbed a donut that someone had brought and was out the door to pick up Parker again.
With Parker in tow, I headed to the office where I met with my student Samantha and Becky, a student midwife from Oklahoma who is occasionally shadowing me. We checked on 3 of our pregnant ladies, listened to their babies, discussed their nutritional needs, and addressed any concerns that they had. While the students went to fetch lunch for all of us, I worked on getting a placenta that I had picked up the previous day into my dehydrator. I worked on paperwork until their return.
We rushed through a lunch of burgers from Mooyah, before we all piled into my car to head to our next appointment. I still offer home visits for clients who I worked with before getting an office. This last prenatal of the day was one of those clients. After checking her out thoroughly, we piled back into my car where I dropped the students off at the office to retrieve their cars.
Parker and I headed to Kroger to pick up a few things and then to Tractor Supply to pick up pet food. As we were entering my neighborhood, we got a call from one of the clients who we had seen that day. Her contractions had picked up and she wasn’t sure if I wanted to head her way. We stopped at my house, so that we could pack the things that we needed, feed and potty the pets, and so I could change from the dress I had on to scrubs. I then drove Parker to my other son’s house, so that I could leave for the birth.
I then drove the hour to Fort Worth to attend the birth (hello, rush hour traffic). It was 6:40ish when I arrived. The client requested that I check her cervix. She was 8 centimeters dilated! We quickly set up the remainder of supplies in case she birthed quickly after. We carefully monitored mom and baby while she labored beautifully. At 10:11pm, baby Adlee was born. Over the next three hours, we allowed plenty of time for bonding while monitoring mom and baby. The client had some retained membranes from when the placenta was delivered, so bleeding was a little heavier than we like. We kept a close eye on that and treated accordingly. Mom was checked for tears and we did a full examination on baby. We cleaned up the house of all birth messes and started the dirty towels in the washing machine before packing our gear up.
The drive home went so much faster with no traffic in the middle of the night. I arrived home around 2 am, ending my day a full 20 hours after I had started it.