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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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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

Competencies, Certification and Midwifery Basics

I have just over 24 hours to my midwife certification exam.  In my midwifery path, certification by exam is a requirement for licensing.  But when I get that certification, I will be able to be licensed to practice in any state and it will make my international work a little easier. Certification and licensing are […]

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More than a uterus

I was talking with another nurse practitioner (yes, I am actually a nurse practitioner now!!!) about what I would do with my midwifery training.  I’ve decided to pursue a PhD, which means I am pretty sure I’ll never work as a baby catcher.  I knew this, and accepted the possibility when I applied for the […]

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May 27th, 2013 Paths

What is an “Intervention”?

Intervention is a tricky little word that seems to divide midwives.  Most midwives agree that midwives in general use less “intervention” then physicians. But that seems to be where the agreement ends.  What makes some midwives feel a woman can be successful at an intervention free birth in a hospital, while others believe even women […]

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May 13th, 2013 Paths

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