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Oct 21st, 2012 Training

I spent the day at a waterbirth workshop. I’ve been present for and attended waterbirth as a midwife, but there was still things to learn.

What struck me today? In addition to the research questions that alwys swim in my brain, I realized the newborn reflexes have a purpose in birth. How this never clicked for me before is beyond me. It makes the fetal movements make so much more sense. 

See? You never stop learning.

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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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