*watches that deleted scene 12 hundred times*

I have no shame.

anonymous said:

As a midwife, how do you deal with the odd job hours? I want to be a CNM, but the one thing I'm hesitant about is having to wake up in the middle of the night to go to a birth.

You know, I kind of dove into midwifery without even thinking about it.  Waking up at wild hours is honestly one of the hardest parts of the job.  But it’s not when I have to wake up in the middle of the night that’s the problem - it’s having to wake up at 5AM for my 12hr shift that drives me loopy.  

This is how my schedule works:  I work in a hospital practice, which means that I am one of about 10 midwives who rotate through call shifts in order to have someone at the hospital at all times.  We each take a 12 hour shift, either 7am - 7pm, or 7pm - 7am.  I do that about 2 times a week.  Then I also have 2 regular office days, when I’m seeing patients for prenatal appointments or IUD insertions or postpartum visits.  Those days are 8 hrs long.  So I never have to be on-call from home, and therefore when I’m asleep for the night I don’t have to worry that I’ll be woken up to rush off to a birth.  When I’m in the hospital for my night shift, I have the ability to go to sleep when no one needs me, but I always have to be ready to leap out of bed.  I just treat that like I’m getting to nap during work, not like I’m having my sleep interrupted.

Honestly, you get used to it.  Midwives, RNs, MDs, other night shift people - what do you think?

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