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Snow Day Number Two

I slept, amazingly, for nearly ten hours straight last night.  I also had the unusual experience of having a dream.  I don’t dream much anymore – I blame it on the short sleep hours I keep.  But I tell you this because

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Hardest part of Nurse-Midwifery

I remember a conversation with a nurse-midwife many months ago when I was deciding how to proceed with midwifery training. Her advice? Work for at least a year before beginning midwifery school. She explained that women will show up with bottles of

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Finals Week

I’ve been meaning to get on here and do some posts on the interesting topics I’ve been learning this semester.  I thought it would be a great way to review for my exam.  But the reality is I just don’t have the

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Assessing Risk

I’ve been mulling over a few things in my head, most namely how a midwife can and should handle “risks” with her clients. This topic always brings out the advocate in me.  I was well-trained to believe doctors handle care based on

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Deciding to be a nurse

I didn’t want to be a nurse. Even as I enrolled in nursing school I did it grudgingly. I could see the value of some nurses to the birth process, I certainly had my favorites at our local hospitals, but overall I subscribed

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That’s Midwifery?

Today I completed my male genital exam check off in lab.  Yes, it is true.  In midwifery school I have been trained to assess the male reproductive anatomy.  Don’t worry, I checked off on female exams a few weeks ago.  But you

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Big day

So sorry to disappoint, but today is about being the student, not the mentor. Today is my first day at my birth center clinical site. Yes I am nervous. I secured this placement because of a friend and I don’t want to

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Birth Grading Rubric

If you’ve ever been in school you probably have seen a grading rubric.  It is the list of things that must be included in your paper and how many points are possible to receive for each item. I’ve become quite fond of them, because

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Learning Something New

I read an idea that seemed too good not to share.  The blogger decided to learn something new each month, you can read a about her experiment here: http://www.incourage.me/2010/08/12-things.html I have a bit of a fondness for this type of life-education.  In fact, I

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Choosing a Training, pt. 4

When my husband and I made the decision that I would train as a childbirth educator in 1999, it was a gut decision.  I loved birth and I knew I wanted to work with expectant families. We figured it would be a