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Sep 21st, 2010 Training

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 practice it myself.  I have learned everything from cooking styles across the globe to guitar chords by on focusing on one small thing at a time.  It can even be relaxing.

So how do you apply this to becoming a midwife?  Let yourself study one thing each month.  You have the time to study just one thing, right?  So get a book from your library or borrow a journal from a friend. Check the list of training opportunities in the Natural Childbirth Directory and choose one to explore.  Find a conference to attend, or sign up for a local yoga or nutrition class. Google a topic and find out the different research and opinions about it.

The point is just to pick one thing each month. You may not be at a place in your life where you can pursue the next step to being a midwife, but you are at a place where you can increase your knowledge and skills a little bit at a time.

Have fun with it, and be sure to let me know what you try.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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