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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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Superwoman? Not Quite

Yesterday I was introduced as superwoman to a fellow student.  The speaker, an undergraduate student nurse, had remembered me from a scholarship meet and greet I attended in the spring and had been impressed with my line of study.  But superwoman?  I have to disagree. I’m not doing anything different than any of the other […]

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Evolving View of Vaginal Exams

As I told you, I have been taking advantage of the week before classes begin to update some information on the website.  Some pages are really easy, others are mentally and emotionally taxing. Why? Because my knowledge base has changed since the pages were written, but my basic beliefs about birth have not. At the […]

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Another International Training Opportunity

After a little digging I found Midwife International, another international training program for midwives. This one is open to would-be midwives and midwife preceptors from all faith backgrounds, however the time commitment is a bit longer.  I don’t have any experience with this organization, so be sure to let me know how it goes if […]

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Growing…Changing

One thing that has always amazed me about working in the birth world, and life in general, is how much more I learn every year.  I have had the unique privilege of watching my knowledge expand through my website; as I understood more, I put more information up for others. I’m doing another set of updates to […]

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Aug 17th, 2012 Training

Heading to Tanzania

This semester I have the privilege to do my clinical hours in a public hospital in Tanzania. What a fabulous way to end this part of my journey! Knowing that I have not yet been in the country for two weeks, you might be wondering what I’m thinking.  Knowing that I actually do have classes three days […]

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