Midwifery School is INTENSE | What I have learned along the way

It is official, I have completed my first trimester of midwifery school. And I did it with all A's! Now that I am in my second trimester, I have learned a few lessons that I feel will help carry me through my schooling process. And yes, they are actually called trimesters.

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CITATION, CITATION, CITATION! Teachers are not joking when they say to cite your claims. Sky is blue (citation). Homebirth is safe (citation). I feel as though my papers were 50% information, 50% where I got the information. It is a good practice, and I have learned to cite many journal articles without having to look at how or use a citation website.

I can not write in blogger brain and that's hard because I have been blogging/journaling for so long. It was a challenge to try and thing around it. But I managed to do it. Many papers started with "I don't know how to write in APA and this sucks."

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Social media is a massive time suck and a major distraction. I thought I could just delete the app on my phone while I was in school and reinstall it when I was on break. That lasted all of 2 days because I could still log in through safari or on the computer. I am trying a new approach....I deleted my Facebook. Yep! It is gone. I have several other reasons why which I may go into later but mainly if I put as much energy into my school and family as I do into scrolling social media on my phone, I would feel so much more productive.

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It is impossible to be in online birth groups or look at comments on news articles about homebirth or birth centers without cringing. There is always a flood of negative opinions about midwives that people have based on no experience or valid information whatsoever. Homebirth groups are not any better, I have seen people give advice that is downright dangerous #admin.

I have gotten to know so many cool new people. It has been a really great journey so far. I am looking forward to many more semesters to come!

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I had to write so many papers my hand cramped, and I read so many studies I had to get creative.   

Cool swag. 

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