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Part 1: Who am I? A CCCN Intern Personal Reflection by Morgan Jamati

Written by Morgan Jamati

Hi everyone! My name is Morgan Jamati and I am a 4th year California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Honors student studying Child Development and Psychology. I am beyond blessed to be an intern for the Central Coast Childbirth Network, INC this fall. I started volunteering for the CCCN this past summer and I officially began work with this organization this past September. Within the past month, I have learned so much about prenatal and maternity care, as well as the different options that new families and parents have for pregnancy and postpartum support. Additionally, I have been able to attend multiple CCCN events and work on various projects within the organization already and I am excited to keep learning.

I am originally from the Easy Bay Area. In the years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was given several opportunities to shadow at hospitals in the East Bay in their NICU and L&D units. These experiences were eye-opening for me and I quickly became committed to learning more. Coming to Cal Poly, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the health field one day. As a result, I started my journey within the Pre-health program. Within my major, I have received a lot of hands-on experience working with people of all ages and I quickly became fascinated with childbirth education and women's health. When I was a sophomore, I started volunteering at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center each week to gain more experience in a hospital setting. Here, I was awarded the title of "Cuddler" in the NICU and was given the chance to hold and nurture newborn babies which was an incredible experience. I continue to volunteer at this hospital at the front desk, but unfortunately I am no longer allowed to help in the NICU due the pandemic and safety concerns. Moving forward as a current senior, I knew I wanted to find a healthcare internship that would help educate me further within this field of study. The Central Coast Childbirth Network, INC provided just that and more.

Today, I am in the process of applying to graduate programs in the hopes of receiving my Master’s in Nursing post-graduation. My current dream is to become a Labor and Delivery nurse or NICU nurse, helping mothers and families before, during, and after the birthing process. As a nurse, I hope to emulate and uphold core nursing values within my work including altruism, social justice, human integrity, autonomy, and honesty. I have observed this type of care through my shadowing and volunteer experiences. I am so grateful to Zabrina and Susannah from the CCCN for supporting me in my goals and career aspirations. This internship has given me the opportunity to shadow different healthcare professionals in the community to receive more education and experience.

As a CCCN intern, I am excited to share my experiences at these different health professions in the San Luis Obispo community and what I have learned as a result. From midwifery practice to chiropractic care, I was able to dive deep into the healthcare field from all different angles. I invite you to keep an eye out for "Part 2: My Personal Shadowing Experiences" which will be coming out in a few days! Thank you so much to those that read a little bit about me and my journey, and I hope you are able to learn something new in these upcoming blog posts!

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