What does it mean to you to be an Asian American midwifery student?
Personally I have never met an Asian American midwife or student midwife, so to me, to be an Asian American means to bring diversity to midwifery in America. As important as it is to have midwives of color & Latino midwives, it’s important to have Asian midwives as well. America is such a diverse place filled with culture so I believe that it is especially important to have midwives of all different ethnic and religious backgrounds as well. If we want to see more women of minorities giving birth with midwives there needs to be more midwives of minorities.
How did you decide to become a midwife?
There’s no specific event that put me on the path I am to becoming a midwife. I had always had an interest in babies and pregnant women and thought that birth was fascinating. But, if you would have asked me two years ago how I would give birth I would have said “Give me a c-section, I don’t even want to deal with the pain.” After graduating high school and not really having a clue what I wanted to do with my life I decided to go to nursing school. Shortly after I looked into being a labor and delivery nurse and found out about CNM’s and it was definitely something that sparked my interest.
A family friend then told me about doulas and that I should look into becoming a doula to see if that’s really the path I wanted to pursue. She was a doula herself and talked about delivering babies in bathtubs and it all sounded completely insane to me at the time. A few months later I completed my doula training and it has changed my life ever since. After attending multiple births I decided that becoming a CNM wasn’t the path that I wanted to be on and I will now be attending Maternidad La Luz to become a CPM. I am extremely grateful that I have found my passion in life at such a young age, it truly is an amazing feeling and I think about it every single day.
What advice or encouragement would you offer to aspiring midwives, especially midwives of color?
I would say we need you. The women need you. The families need you. The midwives need you. The world needs you. Midwives are so important and necessary especially now. There needs to be options and there needs to be changes. Every single midwife counts and will make such a big difference. If you feel passionate about becoming a midwife, then do it! Becoming a midwife is unlike any other career. I truly believe that it is a calling and it is a lifestyle. Do what you are passionate about in life, it might not always be easy, but it is certainly worth it.
Be the change you want to see.