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Countdown Continues

This weekend is a bit of a rush for me.  I am on call at the birth center and trying to finish my projects for school.  I have just over a week before we leave for Nairobi – two weeks of classes and I will need to take all my finals early. All my papers …

Coincidence?

Sent my passport out for my visa yesterday, and today was travel health day.  I ducked out of class early to ensure my shots were up to date and grab a prescription for malaria prevention. Struck me as funny that I received a Hepatitis A vaccine just a few hours before our lecture on hepatitis …

Road Trips

I’m preparing to drive to the birth center for some clinical days.  It is a four hour drive and I hate to lose the time.  During the semester, I read my text books into my phone or ipod voice recorder and listen to the chapters several times.  But four straight hours of re-reading chapters can …

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 it demonstrates what I was explaining yesterday – to manage all my work I skimp …

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 prescription medications wanting her to tell them if they are safe in pregnancy. …

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 time, and I don’t yet feel prepared for tomorrow’s exam. I’ve almost completed …

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 risk, and risk is based in fear.  Fear based practice is bad for …

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 to the stereotype that nurses were just there to do what the doctors told them. …

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 might be wondering why a male exam is part of midwifery school. My …

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 let her down. Today I give you the task of being mentor. At …