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Midwifery Students as Volunteer Doulas

The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health published an article about a program utilizing student nurse-midwives as volunteer doulas.  I’ve seen programs similar to this, using nursing students or midwifery students.  The program in the article combined the use of community doulas and midwifery students. Having run a volunteer doula service myself I’m usually skeptical […]

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Balancing Family and Training

My semester has ended, which is good because so many things on the website have been neglected during this round of classes.  For those who are new to the blog, I’ve just completed my second year in a PhD Program in Nursing.  The second year is a bit more intense.  In addition to classes I […]

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Birth – hobby or work?

I am in the process of trying to decide what role the website will have in my future life (let’s face it, 15 years is a long time to keep it going). As part of the process I’ve starting thinking about what it takes to make birth a job rather than a hobby. To start […]

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Feb 23rd, 2015 Paths

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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Midwifery Evidence

I’ve been trying to be diligent at getting the website updates completed.  They must be completed before I begin classes again in the fall, or their importance will drop to the “don’t have time” category.  Ugh. It’s been an interesting journey to update the website. Some days I surprise myself with how thorough I had […]

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Jul 8th, 2013 Paths

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