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 you work with them.Read More →

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 the website.  I have anticipated this for a while; after all, I do have four years of nursing classes worth of knowledge to integrate.  So here I am, updating the website–not even to the nursing school parts yet–and I have so much I want to add. I know more complementaryRead More →

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 a week, and that a trip to Tanzania will take at least two weeks, you might have decided I’m crazy.  I admit, it is possible I have made a terrible decision. It is also possible this will be the most fabulous opportunity I have had yet. At present I haveRead More →

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 to move, but that head was stuck. When I spoke to the midwife at the hospital after the surgery she described the oddly swollen head and confirmed what my instinct and exams had told me, that head was stuck in a very bad position. So here is the weird thing,Read More →

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 the information is still fresh, or take the test in the fall before I graduate so the review is good for taking boards. Add into the mix that I left for the semester with only 34 births, meaning I still need to be the main midwife at 6 births toRead More →

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 gets epidurals because I need to understand how to keep mom and baby safe when mom chooses these options.  Because epidurals can tend to slow labor, I need to be able to tell if mom has made change. That being said, what midwife doesn’t want to perfect all her handsRead More →

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 novice midwives who want to build their skills slowly at home.  Why not use an online study module?  Here is a Labour and Delivery Care Module you can study from at your own pace, or use to supplement whatever course you are using. I’m spending time in study session twoRead More →

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 the material and figured I could handle it.  The good news is I did make it through alive and sane.  But to do that I had to let so many things go. My last class was today, but the semester will not end for me yet.  Just like last semester,Read More →

Sometimes I think I must be really smart.  I understand so much, I have learned so much. Then, I have to prescribe a medication and I realize I’m not quite as brilliant as I would like to be. I wish I knew why medications were so hard for me, but I don’t.  There are just so many names, and they are so similar, and there is so much to remember about each medication.  It feels like I’ll never have a good grasp of this knowledge, so how could I ever provide good care to my clients. Then I wonder why I ever thought I couldRead More →

I think sometimes I must be a glutton for punishment.  There can be no other explanation.  This summer, while assisting a friend at a doula training in Nairobi, we talked about the things we have done, and the things we plan to do.  As we talked I realized how important some things look on a resume–especially the right trainings when you are trying to work overseas. I had let my childbirth education certification lapse a long time ago.  Suddenly I see value in getting certified again. Why?  Because this summer I’ll be working in hospitals in Honduras. Being an RN from the USA helps get my footRead More →