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Certified Educator, Again?

Oct 12th, 2011 Training

I think sometimes I must be a glutton for punishment.  There can be no other explanation.  This summer, while assisting a friend at a doula training in Nairobi, we talked about the things we have done, and the things we plan to do.  As we talked I realized how important some things look on a resume–especially the right trainings when you are trying to work overseas. I had let my childbirth education certification lapse a long time ago.  Suddenly I see value in getting certified again.

Why?  Because this summer I’ll be working in hospitals in Honduras. Being an RN from the USA helps get my foot in the door, but if I want to make a difference I need to have credentials they can trust.  Honestly, to be successful at most things people are going to need to trust you. I can create a class for the hospital very easily. But I need to be someone they want to help them create a class, or it will just be something I make and they don’t do.

So next week, I’ll be skipping class to take a certification exam with a well-respected international childbirth education organization. I see it as a small investment in big changes.

Funny, I am now trying to be certified with an organization that was seen as the major competition for the organization I first trained with.  Shows you just how much you can learn and change in 12 years–and how much you can appreciate those changes.

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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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