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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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Difficult Decisions

In my first semester of attending births in my program I had something devastating happen – I had to send a woman for a cesarean surgery.  It was her first baby, I labored with her at the birth center and we pushed in every position and used every trick I knew to get the baby [...]

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Jul 24th, 2012 Training

Dual Degrees and Final Finals

My last “midwifery” task is midwifery comps – the competency test required by my school for graduation from the midwifery program.  It is a good practice, giving students a chance to show all they have learned and review before taking boards.  So here is my dilemma, take the test before I leave for the summer when [...]

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Jun 14th, 2012 Training

Clay Cervix

So some of you were wondering about my clay cervices.  I made them because I have/had a skill deficit in distinguishing between 5 and 6 cm; and between 6 and 7 cm.  For most of my training these distinctions did not matter.  But I am getting some training in a very medical based practice now where everyone [...]

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Assessment Skills

A midwife is ONLY as good as her ability to assess what is really going on with the mother.  I am having fun today working on improving my assessment skills – both hands on and in multiple choice format (remember, I have my competency test coming up). I found a fabulous resource for all those [...]

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Semester Winding Down

I almost feel like I should apologize to you, dear readers.  I have been somewhat absent for the last few months.  I confess to a terrible thing  - I took 22 credits this semester.  It wasn’t even because I had some need to take a bunch of classes to graduate on time.  I was simply interested in [...]

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