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Where are you drawn?

I meet a lot of wannabe midwives, and a lot of midwives.  The wannabe midwife I meet most frequently is the one who is angry with the “birth system” and plans to become a midwife to fight that system.  Usually, the plan is to become a homebirth midwife to provide for births, “the way they […]

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May 9th, 2013 Paths

HIV Specialist Midwife

I wanted to share something I learned about myself recently.  I love caring for HIV+ patients.  Actually, the patients I have been seeing have AIDS.  What is the difference?  A person is HIV+ when they are infected with the virus; a person is said to have AIDS when the virus has done enough damage to […]

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May 4th, 2012 Paths

Apprenticeship

I wanted to take a minute to share a frustration I have.  When my direct entry sisters criticize nurse midwifery because it does not follow the apprenticeship model, I’m not sure they understand how nurse-midwives are trained. Nursing education is not like medical education.  There is classroom content, and there is clinical content, but these […]

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Oct 11th, 2011 Paths

Menopause and several things like it

Next week I will be presenting a workshop on menopause. This is to be my very time-consuming project at the end of my midwifery training. Except it isn’t the end, I still have a ways to go (combining degrees and all). It is interesting to think about how I got to this point.  Ten years […]

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Oct 10th, 2011 Paths

Accepting the Unexpected

I just received an email update from a woman I almost know–a social networking friend also involved in birth activities in Sub-Saharan Africa.  I had to laugh at the end of her email.  She never thought she would pursue a midwifery registration in her home country, but that is exactly what she is doing. Why […]

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Sep 11th, 2011 Paths

The Delicate Doctor-Nurse Relationship

I read an article today that said CNMs can be great, but they have been trained as nurses first so are indoctrinated to the Doctor-Nurse hierarchy, and I had to scratch my head. Hierarchy? As in the doctor is the boss and the nurse follows orders?  This is a very common misunderstanding of the doctor-nurse relationship, […]

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Mar 11th, 2011 Paths

The Well-Rounded Midwife

One of the arguments my teachers gave for the superiority of the BSN over a two year program was the way a liberal arts education gives you a well-rounded perspective of health and life. She explained the exposure to many ideas would allow us to better communicate with the wide variety of individuals who would […]

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Feb 27th, 2011 Paths

Midwives at War

I took advantage of a wonderful opportunity to dine with three midwifery leaders in my community. The conversation was to be about leadership, and was intended to inspire those of us earlier in the journey. As a doula I was aware of the problems that occur throughout the birth world.  I did know about enmity between CPMs […]

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Feb 25th, 2011 Paths

Why being a doula rocks!

Today we had our class on the management of the normal labor. We talked about the cardinal movements, the natural progression and stages of labor, how to know when to do cervical checks and how to determine if a woman was actually in labor. We even talked about how to “catch” a baby. In our […]

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Jan 25th, 2011 Paths

Planning your year

With only a few days left in 2010, your birth attention should be set to 2011.  More specifically, your attention should be set on planning what you will do to move closer to your midwifery goals in the new year. Don’t worry, it is not nearly as hard or overwhelming as you imagine. The first […]

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Dec 23rd, 2010 Paths

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