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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

Little Victories

I wish that all my readers could meet me personally, because I think sometimes you have given me more credit than I deserve.  Case in point, readers often think I exude confidence.  I don’t.  I have confidence in the data, in the facts, in the things I know that are true.  But to be confident [...]

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Jan 27th, 2011 Training

Thinking in the “semester”

As you probably know, my midwifery program is housed through a University. This means my classes follow the standard schedule of the semester. It takes me about three days to get fully organized so I feel ready to begin studying and learning.  I want to share with you what I do to organize because these [...]

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Jan 20th, 2011 Training

Showing What You Know

Today is the first day of classes for the semester, and in the process of course orientation I learned the clinical experience is intended to provide me with a specific number of a handful of tasks.  I should have figured this out last semester since the instructor keeps saying we need to think in terms [...]

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Jan 18th, 2011 Training

Heart Tones

Clinical (also called apprenticeship or mentoring) is the way a midwife learns her skills. It is where you interact with families, practicing the hands on task you have been taught to do and learning how to think like a midwife.  This is all done under the guidance of a well-experienced midwife. I love my clinical placement. [...]

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Jan 15th, 2011 Training

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