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The Challenges of Dual Degrees

There are two other students who started the dual degree program with me last year.  One is also an FNM student, but she is starting her clinical courses this semester (1 year behind me). The other is women’s health, so she completed her clinical courses over the summer. Honestly, balancing the two programs is starting […]

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Aug 30th, 2011 Training

Another Semester

School starts tomorrow.  I’m really looking forward to this semester.  Not only do I get to take a lactation course and an issues in women’s health, I am also taking some fabulous classes over at the school of public health.  I start my epidemiology training this semester, am taking a course on access to healthcare and […]

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Aug 23rd, 2011 Training

It’s OK to be a student

I’m exhausted, but wanted to get this written before the feeling subsides. Being on-call for births can be stressful. I need to be able to balance my time between births and studying, and I never feel ready to do births – at least not yet – especially at the birth center where it’s just me […]

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Jul 15th, 2011 Training

Taking Charge of my Learning

I’ve made a decision that I need to have a real working knowledge of treating women with HIV. How I could pretend it doesn’t matter to my learning for so long amazes me. Perhaps I should have done more thinking about the experiences I really need to work in developing countries, in areas where the health status […]

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Jul 13th, 2011 Training

Learning to Suture

Midwives are protectors of the perineum, even as students.  I have to admit, the few times I’ve found tearing I’ve cringed. It means I didn’t keep a mother intact, and my goal is to keep the mother intact. Which means I don’t have much experience with suturing – but I still need to learn the […]

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Jul 12th, 2011 Training

Service Learning

My midwifery program has a strong social justice bent. Because of this, service-learning is built into the curriculum in many ways.  This summer I am working with migrant farm workers through a farm worker health clinic. We do general well-child checks with the children at a summer school program during the day an in the […]

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Jun 18th, 2011 Training

The rites of passage

I am not the first wife and mother to struggle through the demands of midwifery training. I am not the first wife and mother to spend a few days each week hours from my family hoping someone goes into labor.  I am not the first wife and mother to groan when a labor finally begins […]

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Apr 10th, 2011 Training

The power of discernment

I am proud to be a supporter of natural childbirth.  I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to assist families as they made decisions about birth and parenting as both a childbirth educator and a doula.  But I’m starting to realize something that bothers me. The advice that I used to give as a doula […]

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Pharmacology, or something like it

I am in the semester of my program in which pharmacology is a main focus. Let me rephrase that, my main focus is pharmacology.  For many of my classmates it’s just another class with take-home exams. But I want to really understand why I would prescribe what I prescribe. I keep remembering the words of […]

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Counting “Catches”

If you are planning to license or certify as a midwife, you will need to have “caught” a certain number of babies to qualify. I’ve seen this be a frustration to many of my friends, and now it is a frustration I have the privilege to share. In my program, I will need to catch 40 babies […]

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Feb 12th, 2011 Training

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