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For those who think their calling may be more on the political activism side of the spectrum, I wanted to take a minute and give you some resources you might not have considered.  Most major organizations have advocacy priorities that are set by the national board.  For example, if you read at the Royal College of Midwives, you will see a collection of research and briefings that share what the RCM thinks is most important right now.

Do you have a political leaning in your call?  Check out the national organizations that work around birth – think organizations of nurses, midwives, doctors; and think about international organizations such as Lamaze and La Leche League.  Check out the advocacy sections of their website and see if you can find a current need to help fill.

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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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