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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

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Choosing a Training, pt. 3

You should have two lists in front of you.  One list is the investment it will take to train with each program you are interested in.  The other list is the return you will get for each investment you make. How you

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Choosing a Training, Pt. 2

I realize yesterday’s assignment may have been a bit more than you could complete in one day.  That is OK.  Continue to work on it as long as it takes, and when you are ready, begin this second part. You now have

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Choosing a Training, pt. 1

So you know you have been called to work with expectant families, you know the role you want to perform.  The next step is deciding on a training for that role. Very few of the women I have spoken to thoroughly researched their training

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Doula or Childbirth Educator?

A common question among those interested in working with expectant families is whether they should start as a birth doula or a childbirth educator. There are a few ways to approach this question, and they will basically depend on your goals and the circumstances