MicroblogMondays: Ready to See Many Baby Bumps?

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A few months ago, I was invited to participate in a project which requires me to create curriculum to teach Chinese parents ways to boost young children’s communication at home.  I have been developing the content of the workshop since then.  A couple of weeks ago, I gave a twenty-minute presentation to about 25 Chinese parents and other caregivers.  I am not much of a public speaker.  If I can, I prefer not to speak in front of a large group of people.  My throat would get dried and my hands would be shaky.  A few years ago, I probably would have said “no” to this opportunity out of the fear that I would make a fool of myself.  It is just not my thing.  This time it feels different.  I have been doing the same things in my career for the last ten years.  It was about time I challenged myself to do something that I had never done before.  I have to say I actually did quite well on presentation day.  I projected my voice and spoke confidently of something about which I am passionate.  The feedback from parents was good as well.  The project co-director is an interesting lady.  A powerful person who has many connections.  You can tell that she gets things done and gets them done her way.  She has a very strong personality and not easy to work with.  She was the one who casually asked me if I had children and jokingly told me not to get pregnant until after the workshops are done.  We chatted on the phone to debrief about the presentation as well as to discuss the direction of the project.  She disclosed a new recent development of the project, which is to develop a monthly prenatal class for first-time pregnant patients at the clinic to teach them early communication skills with babies and childcare option.  I am the guest speaker that she has in mind.  This is a brand new idea to me as initially I was asked to present to only actual parents, not expectant parents.  My emotional side was screaming, “Oh No… that means that I will have to see many women with big bumps on a monthly basis and there is nowhere to escape from them” and “Oh No!  More public speaking…”  My rational side supports the idea of working with these expectant mothers before their babies are born so they are armed with the knowledge to get a head start.  God has a sense of humor.  You are not always comfortable with seeing big baby bumps?  Here is an opportunity to get used to them by seeing lots of them on a regularly basis.  I could choose to hide and escape.  Or I could choose to take up the challenge head on and see how God would lead me.  I am happy to report that I said Yes to the co-director, but I think I will need a lot of God-given courage and strength before the kickoff presentation.  I admire Meghan and Jane who work with pregnant women on a daily basis.  I hope I can channel their professionalism and passion for these ladies.

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11 thoughts on “MicroblogMondays: Ready to See Many Baby Bumps?

  1. This is really awesome! It’s always good to challenge yourself professionally and great things can happen when you step outside your comfort zone. I often remind myself that I started working in this field before I trying to conceive and try to bring myself back to that point.

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  2. I think it’s really cool that you’re stretching you wings public-speaking wise, I just wish you didn’t have to do it in front of a ton of baby bumps. Then again, that might take your mind off your nerves. Here’s to taking on new challenges head on!

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  3. Wow! Maybe having so many will reduce the impact because there isn’t just one woman to focus on? You know, you’ll see the forest but not the individual trees? Good luck.

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  4. I”m so impressed you’re taking this on! I can’t wait to hear how it goes (the good, the bad, the ugly- however it turns out). When I first started back it was hard. Occasional tears, but mostly numbness at the time- the emotions came later (anger, sadness, the like). Now, nine months back at work with all the preggos, I still have some of the emotions- but only when triggered by people who I feel dont recognize what a privilege it is to be pregnant. Those are the hardest. I hope that these women will be different- sounds like they will, eager to learn how to parent well. I’m hoping it will be smooth sailing! If not, its only natural. The fact that you are even willing to do it, should earn you a medal!

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