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Childbirth Fear is “normal”

Don’t read too much into the provocative title, it is simply the first philosophy about fear we will discuss. Today we will explore what it means to believe fear in childbirth is “normal.” What assumptions do we make when we believe this. How does this belief affect the way we react to women?

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Introduction to Fear of Childbirth

With all the haunting and spooking of Halloween, October seems like the perfect time to explore the topic of childbirth fear. This month-long exploration will look at some of the more common philosophies about fear of childbirth, as well as the ways women are taught to deal with that fear.  We will look at some […]

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Midwifery Education Wrap Up

I hope this has been an interesting, and educational, month for you. We talked about what you need to know to be a midwife, and how your life goals will dictate what type of midwifery education you should pursue. We explored the role of midwifery regulation in determining the educational options you have. We examined […]

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Midwifery Certification by Test

After making all the other considerations and decisions necessary to define your midwifery path, you will probably be faced with a test for midwifery certification. The idea of competency testing has never bothered me personally, quite possibly because I am a good test taker.  While I know standardized tests result in skewed passing rates (with […]

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Credentialing vs. Licensing

I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about credentialing and licensing – the reason for all the letters at the end of a name.  It isn’t always easy to understand how the whole process works, especially when you are just looking into midwifery as an option. So, my full title (right now) is:  Jennifer Vanderlaan, […]

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Working with Preceptors

No matter what type of midwifery training you pursue, you will work with preceptors.  Some programs require you to find your own preceptor — which can be nearly impossible in some regions. Other programs assign students to preceptors — which means you may have additional travel costs and spend more time away from family. Regardless […]

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Distance Learning for Midwives

Last time we talked about questions you need to ask to determine if international training is right for your midwifery path.  Today I want to give you some questions to ask as you consider the possibility of distance learning programs. 

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Midwifery Training Outside the US

When we talk about midwifery training outside the US, we could focus the discussion in one of two ways.  One way would be to talk about the training available outside the US for those who will work outside the US.  The second is to talk about training outside the US for those who intend to […]

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Choosing your program

Is choosing a midwifery training program confusing?  It can be. This is because when you select your training program you are really selecting up to three things: and educational degree, a competency certification, and a government issued license or registration. The educational degree You can find midwifery training programs around the world that will provide […]

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Direct Entry Midwifery

Last time we talked about the basics of nurse-midwifery.  Today we will talk about what it means to be a  direct entry midwife. Just like nurse-midwifery, direct entry midwifery is a term that holds many types of training and practice. The term direct entry midwifery is a bit awkward, and probably only exists in the […]

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