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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

Deciding to be a nurse

I didn’t want to be a nurse. Even as I enrolled in nursing school I did it grudgingly. I could see the value of some nurses to the birth process, I certainly had my favorites at our local hospitals, but overall I subscribed to the stereotype that nurses were just there to do what the doctors told them. […]

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Oct 8th, 2010 Paths

That’s Midwifery?

Today I completed my male genital exam check off in lab.  Yes, it is true.  In midwifery school I have been trained to assess the male reproductive anatomy.  Don’t worry, I checked off on female exams a few weeks ago.  But you might be wondering why a male exam is part of midwifery school. My […]

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Oct 7th, 2010 Paths

Big day

So sorry to disappoint, but today is about being the student, not the mentor. Today is my first day at my birth center clinical site. Yes I am nervous. I secured this placement because of a friend and I don’t want to let her down. Today I give you the task of being mentor. At […]

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Oct 4th, 2010 Paths

Doula or Childbirth Educator?

A common question among those interested in working with expectant families is whether they should start as a birth doula or a childbirth educator. There are a few ways to approach this question, and they will basically depend on your goals and the circumstances of your life at this moment. Both childbirth educator and doula trainings will […]

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Sep 13th, 2010 Paths

What is a Midwife? Part Three

We have looked at the accepted definition of a midwife, and we have looked at the philosophy that rejects that definition.  I want to finish this series by introducing you to the way I will be using the term midwife on this blog.  The concept has been born in me through conversations with many women I […]

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Aug 27th, 2010 Paths

What is a Midwife? Part Two

If you did your homework yesterday, you now know what laws regulate midwifery where you live or where you hope to practice as a midwife. You may have discovered it is not as difficult as you anticipated, or you may have discovered becoming a midwife will take you more years than you wish to devote […]

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Aug 26th, 2010 Paths

What is a Midwife?

The first topic to explore is the meaning of the word “midwife.”  What does it mean to be called to midwifery? We could take the internationally accepted definition from the International Confederation of Midwives: A midwife is a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational programme, duly recognised in the country in […]

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Aug 25th, 2010 Paths

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