First of all, I need to apologize for the spottiness of this blog over the past year. I should have kept up with it better, but I have to admit, most of the past year I’ve felt like I wasn’t making much progress towards my goals. It was difficult for me to motivate myself to write when I felt like I was treading water. Luckily, that time is now over. I am elated to announce that I have not only found a midwife to apprentice with who is talented and awesome, but I have also officially begun my apprenticeship! I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere, learning and doing what I need to to realize my dreams. It’s all very exciting!
I’ve been trying to find a midwife who I would like to apprentice to for months now. It’s very important when committing to a preceptor that you find someone who you get along with very well, since you will be shadowing them and learning from them for years. I have been picky. I was actually ready to move to Los Angeles and try to find someone there because of how disenchanted I was with the midwives in Tucson. Then, fate stepped in and I, by random chance, got in touch with Diane Gregg, the “goddess of Bisbee”, who has been attending births for 35 years! She began her career in a very different way than I am, as a Labor & Delivery nurse in a hospital. There, she was involves in around 2000 births, but realized that she would be happier as a midwife in her own practice, So, she became certified as a midwife in Arizona in 1987, and has since been the primary midwife at about 600 births. She’s also into homeopathy, which I find to be fascinating, and uses it with her clients every day.
After I found Diane, I commuted between Tucson and Bisbee a lot. It’s a 2 hour drive, though, and so i began searching for a place to rent down here. A week and a half ago, I moved into a house in the Warren neighborhood of Bisbee, and adjusting has been difficult. I love the birth center, and actually got to attend a home birth on the 15th (I’ll be dedicating a post to that later), but it’s kind of lonely here. I don’t really know anyone, and while I’ve met a bunch of people, it’s weird being away from my parents and my close friends. I accidentally locked myself out of my house a couple nights ago, and I had a moment of panic when I realized there was no one I could call for help. Luckily, I had left the window in the kitchen open, and with some maneuvering was able to get back inside. I hid my spare key right after that.
Not having someone to turn to that night was really scary, but it made me feel so independent to be able to solve the problem on my own. While the new found feeling of self-sufficiency is great, it doesn’t help with the lonely factor, however. So I’ve been working hard at making new friends and settling into the Bisbee lifestyle. There’s this great live music venue here, the Bisbee Royale, and I’ve been able to attend three concerts there already. There, I met the Bisbee belly dance tribe, which led to me joining them. I’ve also been turning to dating sites to help me meet people in the area who I can hang out with – who knew dating sites were also a great place to find friends?
I’m so excited to finally be on my path to midwifery, and can’t wait to share more of my experiences here in Bisbee with you all. Keep an eye out for the post I’ll be doing tomorrow or Tuesday about Lynise’s home birth! It was perfect and amazing. Here’s to a new chapter in the story of my life!