I’m writing during a break in my first day of school.  So far so good.  I’ve completed the pre-readings for the nursing school and so am not starting behind, which makes a big difference. Not as good on the public health front.  Doing the dual program has challenges, and one of them is that I am not considered a student in the Public Health School until my second year.  This is an administrative designation to keep track of the money for school, it has nothing to do with what actually happens.  Because to make it through both programs in a timely manner, I will beRead More →

I had a very interesting conversation with a fellow student this past weekend about the causes of problems in maternal health around the world.  As we discussed this, I shared my concern that there was a general lack of respect for women in many parts of our world.  She stopped me there and challenged my thinking. “It isn’t really a lack of respect for women, because women do this to themselves. It is deeper than just a lack of respect.” I agreed.  We had discussed the issues of female family members in Chad hitting a laboring mother if she expressed pain because it meant sheRead More →

My first experience with midwife on midwife violence was when I was training as a childbirth educator.  The program I chose considered themselves the best and had no problem sharing that fact. I was young and nieve in the ways of birth, I believed everything they told me about how bad other programs were. I even passed on some of their wisdom to prevent others from falling prey to bad birth philosophies. Since then I have seen it at conferences, trainings and on the internet. Seems there is no shortage of birth people who are willing to tell you why the other group isn’t reallyRead More →

Saturday Morning, time to catch up on your reading.  Here are some good reads from this week: The Navelgazing Midwife shares the proper technique for obtaining the correct blood pressure for obese clients. Public Health Doula dives into a new public health campaign to combat the common problems that cause Los Dos for ethnic Mexican woman. New research concludes babies separation anxiety is caused by actual stress, read article at the Daily Mail. Peaceful parenting shares a recipe for Lactation Cookies. Birth Sense shares some wisdom for making the best of hospital birth.Read More →

We have looked at the accepted definition of a midwife, and we have looked at the philosophy that rejects that definition.  I want to finish this series by introducing you to the way I will be using the term midwife on this blog.  The concept has been born in me through conversations with many women I respect who have challenged my preconceived notions and helped me find my own voice. It is an idea that is still evolving in my mind, but formed enough to share. The root of the word midwife, According to Judith Pence Rooks in Midwifery & Childbirth in America, dates to 1303 and meansRead More →

I saw a series of articles from the NYT today. Warning, there are no photographs, but the articles deal with mass rapes. Here is the first, from earlier this week: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/world/africa/24congo.html?partner=rss&emc=rss And the second from today: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/world/africa/26congo.html?partner=rss&emc=rss War and violence have been such a part of the lives of families in this part of the world, building a strong foundation seems impossible. My heart aches for these women and their families who continue to be terrorized.Read More →

If you did your homework yesterday, you now know what laws regulate midwifery where you live or where you hope to practice as a midwife. You may have discovered it is not as difficult as you anticipated, or you may have discovered becoming a midwife will take you more years than you wish to devote to the schooling.  So today I want to look at another definition of a midwife from another perspective, a perspective shared in this article from Midwifery Today. From this perspective, the midwife is the woman who takes care of pregnant mothers.  The type of education she has is not asRead More →

The first topic to explore is the meaning of the word “midwife.”  What does it mean to be called to midwifery? We could take the internationally accepted definition from the International Confederation of Midwives: A midwife is a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational programme, duly recognised in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practise midwifery. The midwife is recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support,Read More →