As my anatomy and physiology midterm approaches rapidly (it's on Wednesday evening) I'm finding myself dreaming about ligaments and pelvic floor muscles and chorionic villi. It's really helpful that we made chorionic villi out of red clay at our last class. We created a veritable forest of the little broccoli shaped wonders, onto to which our instructor stuck clay blood vessels and placental septums and a plastic plate that was supposed to be the myometrium. It was actually incredibly hilarious, because the villi started drooping and squishing together as she was talking, and it was the end of the day, so we were all feeling a little loopy.
I'm amazed at myself for actually being able to learn all of this stuff. I actually know where my superior anterior iliac spines are. In fact, I'm rubbing them right now.
I'm doing a presentation for my class to a group of my friends on breast anatomy in the next few weeks, and although it didn't seem to me to be as interesting a topic as, say, PMS, or maybe menstrual cycle physiology, or positions in labour, or the placenta, or any number of other topics, I'm starting to warm up to the idea. I'm sure it will be exciting to teach a group of women some things they didn't know about their bodies.
I am getting frustrated, however, with how long it takes to get anywhere in the birthing community in Vancouver. I mean, I'm sure that if I wasn't in 6 classes and doing volunteer work, I'd have more time to seek out a mentor and doula volunteer experience, but so far, I've just run into brick walls. One of the women from my doula training has recently found herself a job working as a doula for a pregnancy program in the city, and I'm kicking myself for not being aggressive enough to inquire about whether or not they needed doulas. I assumed that my lack of experience and their lack of visible job postings meant that I probably would be better off focusing my energy elsewhere. I was wrong, and that bothers me.
I think I'm going to start cold calling all the registered doulas in my area, to see if I can find someone to mentor me. The thought terrifies me (I'm just not very good at cold calling) but I'm itching to get started on this path, and there doesn't seem to be any other way, other than extensive networking, which I don't have time for right now. I will have time in a few months, but a few months isn't now.