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It’s OK to be a student

I’m exhausted, but wanted to get this written before the feeling subsides. Being on-call for births can be stressful. I need to be able to balance my time between births and studying, and I never feel ready to do births – at least not yet – especially at the birth center where it’s just me […]

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Jul 15th, 2011 Training

Women, Violence and War

I just found the webcast from a 2005 conference on war and gender.  I share it because there is discussion about rape as a weapon of war. This still happens today in the DR Congo, and I’m sure it still exists in other parts of the world as well. Does the idea of rape as an act of war surprise you? Rape is […]

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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 […]

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Taking Charge of my Learning

I’ve made a decision that I need to have a real working knowledge of treating women with HIV. How I could pretend it doesn’t matter to my learning for so long amazes me. Perhaps I should have done more thinking about the experiences I really need to work in developing countries, in areas where the health status […]

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Jul 13th, 2011 Training

Coincidence?

Sent my passport out for my visa yesterday, and today was travel health day.  I ducked out of class early to ensure my shots were up to date and grab a prescription for malaria prevention. Struck me as funny that I received a Hepatitis A vaccine just a few hours before our lecture on hepatitis […]

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Learning to Suture

Midwives are protectors of the perineum, even as students.  I have to admit, the few times I’ve found tearing I’ve cringed. It means I didn’t keep a mother intact, and my goal is to keep the mother intact. Which means I don’t have much experience with suturing – but I still need to learn the […]

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Jul 12th, 2011 Training

Culturally Competent Health Care

Title:  Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care Author: LarryD. Purnell Quoting the author: Culture is defined as the totality of socially transmitted behavioral patterns, beliefs, values, customs, lifeways, arts, and all other products of human work and through characteristics of a population of people that guide their worldview and decision-making. I bought this book because I am […]

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Summer Schedule

As I was updating all my emails, calendars and blogs I thought it might be interesting to some readers to hear about the crazy schedule my family has had to keep this summer. Part of my summer semester of midwifery school was attendance at the ACNM conference in San Antonio Texas.  I also signed up […]

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Improving Maternal Health

I know I have been busy, and believe me when I say I have a long list of information I would love to be sharing on this blog.  I have been spending this summer away from home – literally.  I started by attending the ACNM conference in San Antonio, TX.  I had a week or […]

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Nairobi Adventure

I’ve hesitated to share about an upcoming trip because it was only speculation.  But last week the final decisions were made and I am happy to announce that I will be traveling with Tammy to Nairobi to assist her in a doula training. Tammy is a doula trainer for the organization DONA – Doulas of […]

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