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By and For the Millenial Housewife

Finding Fire

I have mentioned here before that I am a Midwife. I help women have their babies safely at home, or in a birth center.

For the last 7 months, I have been working mostly from home. I took on a part time position at the local library through the late summer and fall, but generally have been doing the #housewifing thing since June.

In May of last year, the state of Maine passed a new bill requiring Midwives to be licensed as of January 1, 2020, and requiring that they not attend women who are determined to be high risk by obstetricians. I had several issues with this.

The First, was that these high risk assessments would be coming from people who’s personal income could be personally affected by not assessing some women as “high risk”. Women who statistically had low risk factors, but made up a larger portion of the OB/GYN’s practice- for instance, women who are overweight and obese.

The Second, is that here in Maine, the Cesarean rates are through the roof and all but three hospitals in the state don’t offer Vaginal Birth After Cesarean because of insurance assessment- not because of actual risk statistics. Which means that a good THIRD of maine women are being forced into unnecessary surgery when their only choice is a hospital.

 

The Third reason is that this legislation creates a monopoly. The Certified Professional Midwife credential is the ONLY credential that the state licensing board is prepared to recognize. there are 23 CPMS in the entire state- an additional 70+ more midwives are Certified Nurse Midwives, and another dozen, myself included, hold different certifications. CNMs are being relegated to the hospital only, despite having more training in birth than the CPMS, and those of use who are outside those boundaries, are not eligible for practice at all. In reality, this means that 12 of maine’s 16 counties will be without midwifery care at all if nothing is done.

 

 

I had a discussion with M, last friday and then with my former Midwifery Preceptor (teacher/trainer) and realized not only was I personally not willing to give up a calling given to me by God, and abandon more than 70,000 women who, without me, would live in a place where licensed midwives would not travel.

I refuse to bow to a government that does not have my client’s best interests in mind. I refuse to spend more than twenty thousand dollars pursuing a credential that is less intensive than the one I already hold. I refuse to give up my clients to major surgery with major complications because a malpractice insurance company refuses to cover the local hospital for a safer procedure.

After a lot of research, my former Preceptor and I have decided to create a private membership association, requiring clients to join prior to recieving care. The membership fee will be deducted from their service fees (which are also, by the way, less than 1/3 of the cost of a normal-med-free-hospital birth) thus creating a private relationship between members. If I am charged with practicing midwifery without a license, I will pay my $5,000 fine and go right on practicing.

 

Exodus 1:15-17

15And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: 16And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. 17But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

 

I am commanded by God not to follow unjust commands.

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Computer Woes

Just an update for you all-

My BRAND NEW Hewlett Packard computer died 13 days after purchase– the battery went dead and it refused to boot again. I have just recently been able to get my previous model set up like a desktop in the den, so that I will be able to post again. I will be spending a few days getting things situated after the crazy month we’ve had (will update you all on that later) but after that, the regular posting schedule should resume.

Much Love-

Bex

Thankful 12/11/16

  1. I am thankful for the era I was born into- that without much effort beyond the writing, I can share my ideas, thoughts and designs with others.
  2. I am thankful for the small town I live in- It may not have much to do on a friday or saturday night, but I don’t have to worry very much about much else.
  3. I am thankful for Crazy, for blessing me with 3 beautiful godchildren.

 

Thankful 12/10/16

  1. I am thankful that I was able to get caught up on my sleep last night.
  2. I am thankful that I have weekends to spend with as amazing of a person as M.
  3. I am thankful for Toots, getting my butt out the door and on a walk.

Finding Fulfillment in Housekeeping

I have totally read the Feminine Mystique. I really do consider myself a third wave feminist… here’s the thing- The housewives of the 50’s and 60’s were legitimately onto something when they asserted that housework wasn’t necessarily fulfilling them all. I mean, I know at least one of you out there is also an overqualified housewife, and when you’re in the house most of the day, sometimes in full-on agoraphobia mode for days at a time, feeling ‘fulfilled’ can seem like a bit of a joke.

In the old days of housewifery, we’ll say the 1890’s (especially in my neck of the woods… literally… the woods) a woman’s jobs were never done. The household might have only had light beyond a fireplace with time enough for essential tasks to be finished. Women were the keepers of their hearths- they were often the thing standing between their families and starvation, because they knew how to do the long job of preparing food, serving it and preserving it. They kept their families warm with handicrafts, like sewing, knitting, darning, and crocheting and tending that same fire. Families absolutely depended on their mothers & wives for warmth, shelter and sustenance.

Now, not so much. We could easily go to the corner store every night and get dinner. hire a housekeeping service for all the things we didn’t want to do, install an oil furnace to keep us warm, and just throw out everything we don’t feel like repairing and buy new at the local Wal-Mart… and we could all work outside the home.

Instead, We cook for ourselves, clean our own homes, for M & I, we keep our woodstove going 24 hours a day, and for the most part, I do darn and repair our clothing as needed. I also babysit my godchildren, take care of our dog, write this blog, and find time for all sorts of little tasks in and around our home.

I save us money, for certain, I enable my best friend to work her way out of the poverty cycle by providing childcare, and I keep our companion, our toots, a happy healthy dog. Hopefully, as well, I entertain you all.

It doesn’t always feel fulfilling. I’ll be the first to admit that. But I know that with some time adjustments to my schedule, I can find room in my every day for more things that I can use to fulfill myself.

I like being creative- I like spending time on arts and crafts, writing, and the like. I also like to use some awesome internet resources to enrich my mind and spirit (I will do a post another day on what these things are)

For me, the balance lies in not allowing myself to feel overwhelmed by those housewife tasks I must do by limiting the time I have in which to complete them, and taking breaks often in order to do the things I need to do to become a better human being and feel like a person with something to contribute outside of our home.

  1. Volunteer Work….

Confused or at a loss about where you might volunteer to get out of the home? Try the local library, a local charity thrift store (not Goodwill or Salvation army), a community center, the local elementary school, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, a hospice organization, the animal shelter, or simply put out an ad on facebook and craigslist offering to help the elderly with household tasks.

2. Duolingo.com

In Just 10 minutes per day, you can be well on your way to learning a new language. M and I have discussed raising bilingual children, and as we live so close to Quebec, I have been refreshing myself on 6 years of elementary school french. Duolingo is completely free and in my experience, very useful.

3. Youtube.com

If you ever feel at a loss, check out youtube for the things you might be able to learn in just a few short minutes. a youtube tutorial is how I FINALLY learned how to parallel park while taking my driving test, and my cousin Critter learned how to escape zip-ties and duct-tape around her wrists in only 15 minutes. last I heard, she was learning to escape handcuffs. There are THOUSANDS of paint-along painting tutorials (I like Angela Anderson), and other creative crafts you can familiarize yourself with, not to mention thousands of videos of lectures from top universities.

4. Coursera.org

Speaking of top universities, you can get certificates in hundreds of courses from places like Duke, Northwestern, John Hopkins and many more. Courses range from mathematics, to computer science, to psychology to medicine.

 

 

 

 

Thankful Catch-Up Post

As part of the rut I have been stuck in, I havem’t been making my promised thankful posts. SO, in order to stay on track, here are 15 things I am thankful for this week.

  1. I am thankful for My godchildren, who keep me on my toes
  2. I am thankful for my netflix subscription, for helping me cry uncle when I need to.
  3. I am thankful that Goomba still requires a nap.
  4. I am thankful for my medication, for helping me stay healthy and realize when I’m not pulling my cart in the right direction.
  5. I am thankful for M, for holding me tight and communicating with me.
  6. I am thankful for Crazy, for letting me cry uncle for the day and finding alternate childcare at the last minute when I just can’t today.
  7. I am thankful for Toots, and her patience with her silly mama when we suck at going on walks.
  8. I am thankful for my parents, and that they live so near.
  9. I am thankful for Gandalf, my other best friend, for the sanity checks & Validation.
  10. I am thankful for my own ability to recognize when someone is ‘throwing shade’ and toss the shade right back as necessary.
  11. I am thankful for the snow that has been falling a little bit each day all week long.
  12. I am thankful for my internal struggles, for making me a stronger person.
  13. I am thankful for this season to count our blessings
  14. I am thankful that my mother always has a diet coke in the house for me to commandeer
  15. I am thankful for my followers, for taking this awesome journey with me, and helping me along the way with comments and suggestions about things we are struggling with.

Stuck in a rut

So I’m sure some of you have noticed that I’ve been slacking off in general this week… Mostly because I’ve found myself stuck in a bit of a rut. Crazy drops off the kid(s) around 7:15 every morning, and this week, I’ve had a lot of trouble getting to sleep, and staying that way.

I’ve been taking naps with Goomba, her two-year-old. As a result, my lists haven’t been getting completed, and to a point, this blog has been a bit neglected. I’ve been stuck in a rut.

I’m writing this post immediately after waking up, because the plan today is to shake the rut OFF, and do my entire lists today- because the weekly stuff hasn’t been done this week at all. If M goes to his game tournament in New Hampshire tomorrow, I am going to buckle down and do more housekeeping tomorrow, despite the fact that I usually take weekends off.

Fridays, lately, have been my only day off from having kids all week- and I tell you, I wonder to a point how some of you manage to keep a clean house with children small and large going behind you and keeping it chaotic. I admire you guys, truly.

I’m sure the difference for some of you is early training- play with a toy, put it away before you move on to the next one… Crazy’s kids are used to having their own chaotic play area that adults aren’t terribly bothered by… while I have this area in my house (we call it the ‘den’, and it’s a glorified storage room) it’s not particularly kid friendly at the moment… and I’ve been keeping their toys in the corner of the living room.

It’s typical for everyone to feel like their caught in a rut from time to time. The ability to recognize it though is important. We can all break free of our ruts, but it takes time, effort and conscious thought in order to make it happen.

My Love Affair with Paparazzi Jewelry

Usually I tend to avoid Multi-level Marketing companies like the plague. I’ve had negative experiences with a few from the consultant side- namely Pure Romance and Scentsy… though I do personally know some people who had had success with both, they weren’t right for me. BUT- I tell you now, I am in love with Paparazzi Jewelry.

My cousin Critter is a Paparazzi Consultant, and this MONTH alone has sold $500 worth of jewelry, mostly to fuel her own jewelry habit.

I am considering becoming a paparazzi consultant myself, if only for the same reasons. I have very picky tastes when it comes to clothing a jewelry lately, so having SOOO many choices, that come and go so quickly, is an amazing draw. Not to mention the fact that Paparazzi pieces are only $5 each, ALL THE TIME.

Consultants without a down-line earn a 45% commission on each item they sell, which is much better than I was doing on average for the shop M and I owned until earlier this year, and because you don’t need a brick and mortar outlet, you don’t have much in the way of overhead.

Here are some paparazzi beauties for you to consider:

What do you think? Cheap or chic? Worth it or not? Let me know in the comments below!

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