Hi there! I’m Sky and I’m a midwifery student. I am enrolled at Birthwise Midwifery School, and am currently apprenticing with North Star Midwifery. You are probably wondering “why am I here?” or “what is the point of this blog, anyway?”. Well, I can’t really help you with the first question (Google has some ideas though http://tinyurl.com/7wjdecx, although I have to say many of these answers are disturbingly one-sided, but you know…), but I can certainly help with the second.
There are several reasons I started this blog. One, I’d like to make myself more visible in the midwifery community and the global community at large. I know that it will be a while before I’m as awesome and popular as my friend K. Heron of Bloody Show but I hope that I at least have something to contribute. That is my over arching goal.
More specifically, I created this blog to document my thoughts and ideas around my upcoming trip to the Philippines. I am going to Shiphrah Birthing Home in Manila, Philippines in October 2012 to study and volunteer. This trip is one of the final pieces of the puzzle that has become my midwifery education. The goal is to get a lot of experience in a short amount of time, as well as lend a hand to some folks who may need it. I have a lot of feelings about this trip, and why I’m doing it—specifically, looking at the ramifications of what it means to be a white middle-class woman going to the Philippines to “practice” on poor Filipinas. This will be explored in more depth in other posts (we’re still getting to know each other here, let’s not jump the gun). In the mean time, check out my indiegogo page to help me fund raise for the trip (banner on the right)!
The third reason I created this blog is to simply share. I really love the idea of learning more about myself by looking in the mirrors others hold up for me. I welcome replies that are thoughtful, respectful, and well-intentioned—most especially those that may provide a new or different perspective. In this way, we can start a dialogue that helps us all grow.
So, thanks for visiting! And I hope to see you again! If you just can’t wait for the next post, you can follow me on Twitter @ManaMidwifery.
Lots of love to you all!