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HIV Specialist Midwife

I wanted to share something I learned about myself recently.  I love caring for HIV+ patients.  Actually, the patients I have been seeing have AIDS.  What is the difference?  A person is HIV+ when they are infected with the virus; a person is said to have AIDS when the virus has done enough damage to […]

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May 4th, 2012 Paths

HIV and Pregnancy

My clinical time this semester has been at an HIV clinic.  I finished my last “official” day at the HIV clinic today.  I still have two optional days I plan to go, and I cannot believe how much I learned through this clinical.  I started thinking I just needed to get an understanding of what […]

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Clay Cervix

So some of you were wondering about my clay cervices.  I made them because I have/had a skill deficit in distinguishing between 5 and 6 cm; and between 6 and 7 cm.  For most of my training these distinctions did not matter.  But I am getting some training in a very medical based practice now where everyone […]

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Assessment Skills

A midwife is ONLY as good as her ability to assess what is really going on with the mother.  I am having fun today working on improving my assessment skills – both hands on and in multiple choice format (remember, I have my competency test coming up). I found a fabulous resource for all those […]

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Pulling Head Out of Books

It’s nearly the end of the semester, and I am just about finished with the work I need to complete.  Well, complete for school this semester any way. I am just starting work on my practicum, and now that I have the tickets booked I can announce that this summer I will be working with […]

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Semester Winding Down

I almost feel like I should apologize to you, dear readers.  I have been somewhat absent for the last few months.  I confess to a terrible thing  - I took 22 credits this semester.  It wasn’t even because I had some need to take a bunch of classes to graduate on time.  I was simply interested in […]

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