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HIV and Women’s Health

I don’t feel any great passion for working with HIV.  I have a passion for pregnant women. But I have to accept that to be effective in areas where HIV rates in women are high (which even includes groups of women here in Atlanta), I need to have a good working understanding of HIV treatment and the health concequences.

I decided I’d better make sure some of my educational time is spent focusing on HIV and women.  Too met that aim, I have asked my program director about doing clinical time with an HIV specialist who treats women. As luck would have it we do have a contact through the school – she is an NP and who works with the infectious diseases program and some of the women she works with may even be pregnant.    So now I am waiting to see if she will take a student.

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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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