Catching Balls & Babies

Back to Netball

I’ve been dipping in and out of netball since I was about 10 years old, starting as an energetic centre court player and now just managing to play goal defence.  I’m so pleased to have signed-up to Swan Netball, an established, friendly and well known team with great coaches and players.  I train on a Tuesday evening, but am struggling to attend each week due to Jez’s hours and my general lack of commitment/tiredness.  It’s a bipolar thing to avoid commitment, so I hope I can motivate myself to attend more frequently as when I’m there I love it.  if you are interested in returning to netball there are worthwhile sessions available, check out this site.

Remember these netball kits at school?

How things have changed!

Making netball sexy (netball players do it in 7 positions!)

Midwifery Diploma

I realised that my desire and fascination of wanting another child, and experiencing childbirth, could actually be fulfilled by becoming a midwife.  A part of me wanted another child, but in all honesty it was the ‘experience’ of childbirth that fascinated me most of all.  I’ve such an interest in pregnancy, childbirth and those early days of motherhood that I thought I wanted to experience it for myself, again……when, in all honesty it wasn’t the child that I wanted, but the experience.  

As a midwife I could actually support women in many different ways.  It’s not something I’ve always wanted to do, it’s only come about after having my children and whether I’ll actually become a midwife or not…..time will tell. In the meantime, I am keen to learn all I can about the subject.  I need to study an access course to higher education before I can apply to do the degree and I can study the access course from home, it takes about 1 year.  My aim is to complete the course by September 2013 and then spend a year doing voluntary work in a relevant setting and then starting my degree in 2014 (depending on finances) once William starts school.  Well, that’s the plan… could be a bipolar thing and/or I may lose interest and/or find it too difficult and/or run out of money, but I’m gonna give it a go and see what happens.

So far I’ve passed my English, Maths and IT and obtained 2 distinctions for Communications, I’m now on Human Biological Science, which very different to the other subjects I’ve studied.  I hope to complete this module before the end of January to stay on track.  I encourage anyone wanting to do the same to go for it, whether that be midwifery, law or teaching, the Distance Learning Centre is a good way of studying if you have kids and as long as you can motivate yourself you should enjoy it.  

50’s midwives pedalling fast to home birth

Modern facilities in the 90’s

Back to home births once again

If it’s midwifery you’re interested in, then I recommend the following 6 books: 1. Twelve Babies on a Bike: Diary of a Pupil Midwife by: Dot May Dunn. 2. Catching Babies by Sheena Byrom. 3. Tales of a Midwife by Maria Anderson. 4. One Born Every Minute: Real Stories from the Delivery Room by Maria Dore and Ros Bradbury 5. Myles’ Textbook for Midwives by Diane Fraser and Margaret Cooper.

Here are 3 bible verses I couldn’t resist:

To the woman He said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children” Genesis 3:16 ESV (Thanks then Eve for eating the apple!)

When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. John 16:21 ESV

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 ESV


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