Have I really not written a post since last Thursday? Oh my goodness - no, I haven't! I've been so crazy busy with being back at work plus working on finishing up my assignments for this term.
L&D: super duper busy! We have been seeing a whole lot of preterm labor and premature rupture of membranes. I recently had a pre-viable birth, where the baby was not expected to survive the birth. Little one held on and on for almost two hours after she was born. So sad.
I'm pursuing further training at work to become a grief counselor for women who have any type of infant death (IUFD, stillborn, pre-viable babes who die after birth, neonatal deaths). It's going to be two full days of education next month, and then I'll be an official grief counselor. There are several nurses on L&D with this distinction already. I am actually looking forward to learning more about the grief process, and how I can support women and families in their time of need.
School: also super duper busy! I finished up my pharmacology course. WHEW! It was a lot of reading, studying and testing for this course. I learned so, so, so much! As for my midwifery community assessment course ~~ I worked for 10 hours yesterday on writing up my final paper for that class. This paper goes in depth into the Healthy People 2010 maternal child health indicators, and all of the statistics and data analysis of the results. Plus, we had to come up with a plan of how midwifery could help with one of the MCH indicators. I chose reduction of preterm births for my topic. Eh. I have to edit the paper a bit, and fine tune the conclusion before I submit it. 29 pages, including title page and four pages of references. Talk about a big headache.
Next term starts in about 4 weeks. I'm only taking one course, but it's a biggie: Antepartum Care. YEAH!!! Just got my Varney's Midwifery book in the mail yesterday too. I am so ready to dive into the meat and potatoes of my education: the midwifery content.