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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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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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