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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

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

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