Happy New Year!

It’s been a big year here at Mana Midwifery.  2013 saw a lot of big changes– the biggest being the launching of Mana Midwifery!!  In January, I “hung out the shingle” and put up this website.  Several lovely families chose to have me at their births, and I have been privileged to call them Mana families.  This year also saw some big changes for me personally, as I finished up my midwifery studies.  In February, I took the NARM exam, the board exam for direct-entry midwives in the US (you can read more about the NARM here) and passed!  Then, I graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School in June, and officially became a Certified Professional Midwife.  This felt like a huge and wonderful accomplishment, as I have been working toward this goal for 4 years (6 if you count from my very first birth, when I knew I wanted to be a midwife).  It feels really good to be walking this path.  I know deep in my soul and heart that I am called to be a midwife, and it’s nice to be able to have a diploma and certification that validates that to the outside world.  I even get to put cool letters after my name now– Sky Connelly, CPM!

There have been lots of changes in my plans too.  As they say “(Wo)Man plans, G-d laughs”.  I had the opportunity to help my grandmother walk through cancer this year, and to remember that everything happens at the right time for a reason.  The more I let go to divine timing, the better things work out.  Hopefully, I can carry this lesson into the new year.

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Now, it is time to look ahead to 2014.  What will this new year bring?  One of the biggest, most exciting changes will be my move back to Maui, HI!  I have always planned to go back to Maui to serve pregnant and birthing families on the islands, and now that dream is becoming a reality.  I am really looking forward to starting my practice as a midwife, as well as a monitrice and doula.  I will be updating the midwifery page over the next couple of months to reflect the services that I will offer to families as a midwife, so keep checking back.  As always, I welcome feedback or comments!

I hope that all of you have had a lovely holiday season, whatever holiday you do or don’t celebrate, and that your New Year is full of happiness, joy and freedom.  And snuggle all those babies extra for me!

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