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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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Nurse Midwifery

As we talk about midwifery education, I wanted to spend some time exploring different ways of categorizing midwives. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with midwives from around the world, and I am always amazed at how these categories do not always mean what I had been trained to think they mean. […]

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Midwifery Regulation

Last week we looked at the International Confederation of Midwives Core Competencies for Midwives and the Educational Standards as documents to help you evaluate your midwifery training options.  Today we will look at the ICM Core Documents on Midwifery Regulation as the final triad to helping us understand the unique challenges of midwifery in your […]

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ICM Educational Standards

Earlier this week I introduced you to the ICM Core Competencies for Midwifery. Today I want to introduce you the the ICM Education Standards for Midwifery. The educational standards document is a bit different from the core competencies document because it deals with a different aspect of the process of becoming a midwife. Specifically, it deals […]

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What does a midwife need to know?

Have you ever wondered who decides what you need to know to be a midwife? This is an important question, because the answer to this question helps define who is (and is not) a midwife. The answer to this question defines the difference between a nurse and a midwife, a doula and a midwife, or a […]

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Introduction to Midwifery Education

In the United States, fall is the time families begin the transition to a new school year. I thought this would be a perfect time to begin a series on the ins and outs of midwifery education. Why talk about education? You Have Options The process of training to be a midwife varies around the world. This […]

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Breastfeeding Month is Ending

Breastfeeding month is coming to a close.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the multitude of resources I’ve shared over the past few weeks. To wrap up the series, today I will share links to resources of a different sort.  These links are just to make you feel good. For example, The Breastfeeding Project keeps a gallery […]

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Breastfeeding and Medication Use

Sometimes a woman would really benefit from using a pharmaceutical — but she worries because she is breastfeeding. What is her friendly, neighborhood midwife to do?  Today’s breastfeeding list is a collection of tools to help you provide the best information to women who will use medications while breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding Journals

Today’s list of breastfeeding links will take you to peer-reviewed journals.  If you want to stay up to date on the latest breastfeeding research, subscribe to the RSS Feed or email list for new publications.

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