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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 HIV care entailed.  But three months later, I have to admit I love it.  I love the complexity of the patient’s issues.  I love that visits are scheduled for half an hour to really allow time to deal with real problems.  I just don’t love how much I still feel I have to learn.

But learn I will.  An HIV specialist midwife has a great ring to it.

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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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