Rather than use the Introductions and Greetings forum for my first post, I thought I'd post here where I "belong" and get some feedback. It's been literally a year long process for me to decide to go into nursing. I realize it's a calling and seeing I was able took some time but mostly I struggled with being a man in nursing (as culturally and almost seemingly morally wrong to me at first) and if nursing is really what I wanted to do. After that mind hurdle, I, being who i am, decided further along I'd like to become a midwife/CNM. I knew that I didn't really want to do this here but abroad. However, I also found out about SANEs and would like to pursue that, if for no other reason than education and skills. Of course, if I was a CNM (especially a international one) and knowing that BFing is one of the biggest problems PP, then I'd like to become a lactation consultant (IBCLC) as well. I know this last one will be the hardest hurdle based on what I've read so far (This really baffles me that most women have no problem with men in L&D or as a SANE but they do with a male lactation consultant).
I know some may say that's a full plate and I'm just getting started. However, I know that I can do it if it's what I really want. I like having a grand plan (goal) and it makes me excited to reach it. I've been able to find stories of men that have done each of those things (not together) so I know it is possible even though I thought at times I was crazy. Of course I know that, as with any worthwhile pursuit, there will be obstacles great and small but it will be worth it in the end or I probably wouldn't go through it. I've also done some "feeling out" by talking/emailing midwives and reading. I also went with a midwife who was a man to Mexico where he "works." I loved it and that trip helped solidify my desire. Unfortunately, I have yet to experience a live birth but I still have hope and know that it will come. That hope makes me excited and eager to be on this journey.
Please let me know what you think. I will greatly appreciate it.
CNM = Certified Nurse Midwife
SANE = Sexual Assualt Nurse Examiner
BFing = breastfeeding
PP = postpartum
IBCLC = International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
Thanks, ChadleyNC! I agree, I don't think there is a "male field" of nursing, however, there seems to be a female one which is necessary.
Yeah, I've read around on the site as well as MidwiferyToday's forum. The posts by "The Infamous" Dayray certainly were helpful and encouraging. I've already run into some resistance just "investigating" or feeling it out. I've talked/emailed several people already in the job and the majority were supportive.
Thanks, I appreciate any comments.
Last edit by futureTMA on Aug 17, '05
: Reason: to clarify