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Self-Study for Vaginitis

Looking for an interesting self-study program during the holiday break?  Here is one from the CDC on vaginitis.  It is such a common issue for women, midwives need to understand the condition. Vaginitis Self-Study Enjoy.  

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Nov 26th, 2013 Training

Hearing a fetal heartbeat with a Stethoscope

At the end of a random self-talk conversation this morning I remembered how awesome I thought it was when the midwives at the birth center taught me to hear the fetal heartbeat with a stethoscope.  At the time is seemed so hard, and it took me a few tries.  But the more I traveled, the [...]

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Nov 22nd, 2013 Training

Electronic Learning Resources

I was cleaning out my inbox this morning and found some links to educational materials that can be helpful for midwives in training. Cardinal Movements How to Suture Correctly Perineal Repair Study Module Knot Tying More Knot Tying          

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Theory and Practice

The last few weeks I’ve had to do readings on nursing theory. You see, when you are going to become a professional researcher, you need to understand the framework of the discipline within which you intend to study. This gave me two thoughts to share with you. First, the reality of practice is that a [...]

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Sep 15th, 2013 Training

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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Taking the serious seriously

I am studying my least favorite subject tonight – TORCH infections.  I have to admit to not learning much about these in class, not because we didn’t cover the information, but because I was not yet thinking about infections like a midwife. As a childbirth educator, my training in pregnancy infections went something like this. [...]

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May 26th, 2013 Training

What is “Normal?”

Yesterday I shared how my training has caused me to relearn how I think about the term “intervention.” Today I want to share another word that needed to be reframed in my mind – “normal.” When I first began in the natural childbirth movement, when I heard the word normal I always interpreted it to [...]

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May 14th, 2013 Training

Always learning

I spent the day at a waterbirth workshop. I’ve been present for and attended waterbirth as a midwife, but there was still things to learn. What struck me today? In addition to the research questions that alwys swim in my brain, I realized the newborn reflexes have a purpose in birth. How this never clicked [...]

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Oct 21st, 2012 Training

Study Aids – Digital Flash Cards Two

Yesterday I talked about studying with the Mnemosyne digital flashcards.  I did like the program, but had to change for a semester due to a class flashcard making project that was being based on another program, StudyBlue. Study Blue is digital online flashcards that can be accessed from any computer, tablet or smart phone.  This was nice, because I [...]

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Study Aids – Digital Flash Cards One

I don’t have a terrible memory, but I do struggle to memorize information.  My brain works better with systems than small bits.  This is a problem for many of the types of information one needs to be familiar with to be a midwife (or other birth worker). To help me memorize, I have started to use some [...]

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