Being on call means being available. 100% available. It means being willing, and able, to drop everything, no matter how important and valuable, to go and sit and just be at someone’s birth.“ excerpt from http://truemidwifery.com/being-on-call/
I just read this blog after working all day Monday in the office and then driving directly to the hospital on Monday night. I admitted our client and explained induction, slept 4 hours and was up all day in the hospital delivering 2 babies overnight at 3am and 5am. I tucked them both in by 7 and I slept from 7-11. Then, just after arriving home to a husband who has been holding down the fort for more than 2 days and is now going out of town, to an excited teen anxious to tell me about her past 2 days of sleepovers and grueling crosscountry practices, I have to jump in the shower and drive back to the hospital. I have a homebirth client in the wings that I am hoping waits until I get a few more hours of sleep and a real meal.
The realities of being “on-call” can be tough, but I wouldn’t have it be any other way.