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Competencies, Certification and Midwifery Basics

I have just over 24 hours to my midwife certification exam.  In my midwifery path, certification by exam is a requirement for licensing.  But when I get that certification, I will be able to be licensed to practice in any state and it will make my international work a little easier. Certification and licensing are […]

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More than a uterus

I was talking with another nurse practitioner (yes, I am actually a nurse practitioner now!!!) about what I would do with my midwifery training.  I’ve decided to pursue a PhD, which means I am pretty sure I’ll never work as a baby catcher.  I knew this, and accepted the possibility when I applied for the […]

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May 27th, 2013 Paths

Taking the serious seriously

I am studying my least favorite subject tonight – TORCH infections.  I have to admit to not learning much about these in class, not because we didn’t cover the information, but because I was not yet thinking about infections like a midwife. As a childbirth educator, my training in pregnancy infections went something like this. […]

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May 26th, 2013 Training

Why Understanding Statistics Matters

People like to say that statistics lie.  Actually, the statistics tell the truth, people just are not always educated to understand what they mean. This happens alot in the birth world with the cesarean rate. The CDC releases statistics about birth in the United States each year.  In 2010, the CDC reported that 32.8% of […]

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May 23rd, 2013 Research

Us and Them; We or They

I heard it again today, “They won’t let me….” Whenever I hear someone talking about “they” or “them,” my ears begin to perk up because I know there is more to the story than I am being told.  Here are the things that go through my mind. 1. Does this woman understand what she was told […]

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The Value of Humility

This week I have been sharing some of the harder lessons I had to learn to become a midwife.  The value of humility is perhaps the hardest one I faced. I thought I did approach birth with humility.  I believed I understood the process and knew that the best course of action was to let […]

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Abstracts are nice, but…

If you don’t have a way to access full research articles, you need to get one.  Check with your local libraries and state college system to find out what programs they offer for the local community. Why is this so important when you can read the abstract free on Pub Med?  Because an abstract is […]

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May 15th, 2013 Research

What is “Normal?”

Yesterday I shared how my training has caused me to relearn how I think about the term “intervention.” Today I want to share another word that needed to be reframed in my mind – “normal.” When I first began in the natural childbirth movement, when I heard the word normal I always interpreted it to […]

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May 14th, 2013 Training

What is an “Intervention”?

Intervention is a tricky little word that seems to divide midwives.  Most midwives agree that midwives in general use less “intervention” then physicians. But that seems to be where the agreement ends.  What makes some midwives feel a woman can be successful at an intervention free birth in a hospital, while others believe even women […]

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May 13th, 2013 Paths

Wishing Safe Motherhood on Mother’s Day

Safe Motherhood.  It seems like such a simple request.  Around the world women and babies still die during pregnancy and childbirth – despite medical advances that could save many of them. Five years ago, when I began my journey to fight maternal and neonatal mortality, I thought the problem was simple. Today, I see that […]

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