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Oct 4th, 2010 Paths

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 some point today, share something with someone about what midwives do. Or share positive messages about birth or breastfeeding. I know this will be easy for many, and difficult for some. That is ok. But you do know valuable things, and there are families who would love to hear what you know.

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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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