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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 novice midwives who want to build their skills slowly at home.  Why not use an online study module?  Here is a Labour and Delivery Care Module you can study from at your own pace, or use to supplement whatever course you are using. I’m spending time in study session two – assessment in labor and improving my skills with flashcards, my model pelvis, clay cervices, an almost newborn sized doll and pillow.

Enjoy!

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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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