Flower Crowns and Fetuses

Adventures of a Student Midwife

In my last post I mentioned that I would wear a flower crown, without any background information, that probably didn’t make a lot of sense. I’m sure the name of the blog got you guessing too.

So what’s with the flower crown??

Knowing my current circumstances, I knew that if I were going to be able to attend midwifery school I would have to do it in a way that didn’t involve moving. Cutting my hours at work would mean relying on Ryan’s (my husband) income significantly more for the next few years. For us, that means staying right where we are.

Enter: The Community Program.

Birthwise offers the community program for passionate students for whom relocation just isn’t an option. The community program allows for students to live in their home town, traveling to Bridgton for two, two-week intensives every semester for in class learning and skills practice. The rest of the semester would be spent on home study and preceptorship with a local midwife.

What does that have to do with flower crowns?

After learning about the community option and falling in love with the campus and mission of the school, I knew Birthwise was the school for me. I also knew that getting in could be a challenge.

One of very few CPM programs in America students from all of the country, and other parts of the world, apply at the school, specifically for the community program. Being a small school they are only able to accept 20 students per year.

A small, seemingly insignificant detail I found on their website became my mantra throughout the process of prerequisites, applications, and interviews.

Every year the instructors make beautiful flower crowns for the graduates to wear at the graduation ceremony. Somehow that flower crown became my focus, my mantra.

So anytime I started getting stressed about essays, exams, and expenses, my friends would remind me-

“You are going to wear a flower crown.”

Such a simple token of accomplishment. Such a simple goal. Such a simple phrase. And yet, it was just what I needed to hear to put it all back in perspective. Things will be hard. Harder than I can even imagine now at the very beginning.

But I will wear a flower crown.

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