I have made it past the 3 month mark…it’s hard to believe it’s only been three months. Almost four now, but still…
Here are some highlights and lowlights from my world these days…
1. Looking forward to the Socialism Conference.
It’s this weekend — an extended conference this year, it started today. But I can’t take any days off work until my six month work anniversary, so I’ll only be attending Saturday and Sunday. Here are some talks and featured events this year that I’m looking forward to:
Special Education & Disability Rights
Marxism and indigenous feminism
Women, race, and class: A history of Black feminism
Who needs gender? A Marxist analysis
Capital’s missing book: Social reproduction theory and the global working class today
Who cares: Work, gender, and the reproduction of labor power
From criminalization to “rape culture”: Rethinking the politics of sexual violence
From restrictions to criminalization: The fight for reproductive rights today
Capitalism, socialism, and mental illness
What should socialists say about privilege checking?
Microbes and Marxism: Capitalism and public health
“Obamacare” as neoliberal health care reform
…OMG there is so much! Obviously won’t be able to make it to all of those sessions, but those are some of the ones I thought might be of particular interest to readers, and which speak to some topics I’ve been thinking about/excited about lately.
2. I’m sick of the judging.
I feel like everyone I work with is burnt out and cynical. I’m sick of victim blaming, slut shaming, poverty-ignoring, moralizing attitudes coming from people I work with. Especially the OB I work with. It’s poisonous, and trying to figure out how to respond with fierce compassion. Patients and staff deserve to feel human.
3. Getting into the hospital…
This will of course bring new challenges. Now, I kinda have it good. Getting used to being in clinic full time, getting to know my patients, learning what basic and expanded skills I need to have for clinic. But it will be nice, come September (fingers crossed!), to have hospital privileges so I can actually start to be present with my patients in the hospital. I still have to have a bunch of deliveries supervised by the aforementioned physician, and hopefully by some midwives I’ll be working with, but it’s good to know it’s on the horizon.
4. Got a rad shout-out by the fabulous Feminist Midwife!
My friend, mentor, and trail-blazing hero over at Feminist Midwife gave me and a fellow red midwife a lovely mention in her recent post here, honoring the work of sharing the journey via the blogosphere. Thanks, FM!
5. Feeling appreciated
Though every day is emotionally and clinically challenging, it is also rewarding. I am feeling every day that I make a difference when I provide good care, and I can see it in my patients’ faces and in their continuing to come in for care and opening up to me. Another perk is outside of clinic — being known among friends, fellow activists, and family, as someone who knows some things about reproductive health — and who can be trusted to ask about it. Maybe it’ll get old one day, but I doubt it. I love those calls/texts/FB messages about family planning, pregnancy, and sexual health. So, thank you to those folks who have come to me with those questions, and I hope I have been helpful.