While I am in Honduras I will have the opportunity to work as a doula in some hospitals.  This will force me to improve my Spanish (which slowly forms in my head but rarely makes it out my mouth). I was searching for important terms to study when I came across this blog that gives you a month of midwife Spanish terms to learn.  How fun.  Enjoy!    Read More →

For those of you who think you might want to get into international work, remember to be flexible.  Case in point, I had a conference call with the leader of the organization I am volunteering with in Honduras today.  There is a slight change of plans in the work she wants me to do – nothing drastic but a change.  Seems she has forgotten about the bonding part and is hoping I can teach neonatal resuscitation in the hospitals and to all the midwife groups in every area.  Hmmm…I don’t think I communicated right about what the program was. But I am flexible and the equipment withRead More →

My last “midwifery” task is midwifery comps – the competency test required by my school for graduation from the midwifery program.  It is a good practice, giving students a chance to show all they have learned and review before taking boards.  So here is my dilemma, take the test before I leave for the summer when the information is still fresh, or take the test in the fall before I graduate so the review is good for taking boards. Add into the mix that I left for the semester with only 34 births, meaning I still need to be the main midwife at 6 births toRead More →

The Honduras trip is coming up soon.  I’ve been quietly preparing for it as I finished the semester, completed my clinical hours and returned to Michigan for a much needed rest with family.  In fact, as I write this I have been in the midst of studying Spanish phrases relevant to maternal health. When people find out what I do, they often comment about how they want to work in international midwifery.  I wonder if they are thinking they would like to tour the world with a focus on maternity systems, or if they truly understand what international/global midwifery is all about. For example, IRead More →