I was a labor and delivery nurse. I looooooooooved being a labor and delivery nurse, and my heart is still there. I think of it, and dream about it often. I wouldn't trade being at home with my boys for the world, so I won't be going back too soon. My husband and I do talk about how I should become a doula. I most love the coaching, the advocating, and the education involved, and a doula can really get involved with those things. A lot of women don't know their options, their rights, or how to tell if they really do need that c-section their doctor is pushing them towards.
One thing our society has lost sight of is that child birth is a natural event. Women used to just go out to the woods, squat down, have a baby, and go back to their duties inside the house. This was without drugs to speed labor, without planning the delivery date, without pain medications... it just worked out. It's meant to happen. I was just taken aback by how many people asked me what day I was going to deliver my youngest son. I told them "I don't know. How can I know when I'll go into labor?" They were confused by my answer. Then I realized, especially in the area I currently live, it is the norm now to schedule an induction for delivery. WHY?! The baby will come out! You don't have to tell them to come out and make them come out when there is no medical reason to do that! Plus, inductions can be long and extra painful. They don't warn you about that!
The things I have seen have given me very strong opinions on all aspects of childbirth. I have a clear understanding of what I would allow and would not allow during my own labors and deliveries. I'd love to help other women understand the ins and outs and help them navigate the journey.
So, I miss it. Once a nurse, always a nurse. Ladies, we're a tough bunch. We are much stronger than men! (No offense dudes, but you seriously could not survive childbirth. Trust us.) I would like to bring that out in women, and give them the confidence they need to get through the most awesome event of their lives. Maybe one day!