One of the things that I always heard about private practice before opening mine is that it can be isolating work. But, I haven't found that to be true.
I've relished the opportunity to meet with other practitioners: sleep consultants, chiropractors, therapists, midwives, doulas, lactation counselors, massage therapists, acupuncturists. I've been challenged, shared ideas, and brainstormed some exciting future goals with these friends and colleagues.
The conversations that I've been a part of in the wake of the NY Times maternal mental illness articles (see my reaction to those articles here) about how to expand screening for depression and anxiety for women in pregnancy and throughout the postpartum year; how to facilitate better connections to treatment; and how to expand the innovative programs that are being developed here in MA to reach more women have been especially invigorating.
I'm in the process of developing a couple of exciting projects in collaboration with some of those other practitioners to expand what I'm able to offer women and families in the Cambridge area. I'll be sharing more information as it all gets finalized!
What are you excited about in your professional life? What partnerships and collaborations energize you?