A few of my readers have encouraged me to start some sort of an “Ask Nursing Birth” section of the blog. First off I would like to say that I am FLATTERED beyond belief that some of you amazing ladies would even want me to have a section like that! Believe me, with the amount of comments I have been getting in the last few months (sometimes up to 20 a day! Good gracious!) I have considered it. But there are a few things in play here:
1) Since I am not a nurse midwife or physician, nor have I ever claimed to be, I do not feel that it is appropriate to have an “ask the expert” type section on this blog. As a labor & delivery nurse and self-proclaimed “birth junkie”, I feel that this blog’s main mission is to empower women to educate themselves on their birth choices!
2) I prefer women to post their questions as “comments” in my blog. Why? Because I really enjoy when other readers help each other out! The comment sections of this blog have blossomed into quite an awesome learning community over the last few months and readers of my blog include mothers, grandmothers, expecting moms, women who are thinking about becoming pregnant in the future, doulas, nurse midwives, professional midwives, nursing students, doctors, fellow L&D nurses, neonatal nurses, postpartum nurses, lactation consultants & educators, and fellow self-proclaimed “birth junkies”! And since this blog has such an amazing group of readers I wouldn’t want to stiffle that by creating an “Ask Nursing Birth” section since I learn just as much from you all as you learn from me!!
3) If I had a question-answer section I feel like I would spend way more time on the computer than I already do, which is too much! Haha! I wish this blog could be my main responsiblity in life but alas, it cannot! I would hate to have people posting questions and me not be able to get to them for days or weeks at a time.
As a compromise I have decided to set up an email account specifically for this blog. Therefore if you have a question or comment that is too long or involved to post as a comment on a blog post or if you have a question or situation that is off topic from any recent posts, please feel free to email me and I will try to answer your email as best as I can as soon as I can. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: I reserve the right to post all or part of any email sent to me on my blog. I pledge to change any identifying information in your email if I choose to post it on my blog. Please, consider that you are sending me something like a “Dear Abby” if you decide to email me as opposed to a private discussion between us. I am, after all, the author or a public blog and I am not a private clinician and therefore I should not be viewed as someone that you are receiving a professional consult from. I cannot stress that enough!!
Thank you all again for being such an amazing group of people!! After all, any friend of birth, is a friend of mine 🙂
All My Best,