My students took their pathology final exam yesterday, which means I finally have a few moments to reflect on what I learned about concepts which are easily confused. When I studied as a nurse, I already had a degree in physiology.  This means I came into the program having already learned the basic biology, chemistry, and physics of normal human function.  Many of our students (and many direct entry midwifery students), don’t have a strong background in these sciences. I don’t know that I would call it a deficit…they certainly do not need the level of understanding I have to be successful.  But it does make understandingRead More →

Part of any PhD program is the requirement to teach. This seems normal when you consider in many disciplines a PhD is what qualifies you to teach at the college level.  It also seems normal when you consider that many PhD trained individuals will do research at academic centers and so have the dual role of adding to the common knowledge (research) and passing on that knowledge (teaching).  At my university they refer to this as scholarship, and include training in education as part of the PhD curriculum. I’ve completed all my coursework and moved into candidacy, which means I’ve completed my education training and canRead More →

Have you seen the new Pregnancy to Parenting app from Lamaze International? Designed as an educational tool for expectant families, the app is also allowing families to interact with Lamaze educators. Interesting concept.  If you are a Lamaze educator you can participate in training to learn how to use the app to interact with families.  I’ve been toying with the idea of teaching a few classes over the next few months while I work on my dissertation, so this new product might it easier to do that.Read More →

I want to share a wonderful line I heard recently. “I am going to remind her of the goals she set for herself.  As her coach, that is my job.” This resonates so well with my philosophy of care.  As a midwife, it is not my job to set the goals.  It is my job to give  information and education, to lay out the options and the most likely outcomes.  It is the woman’s job to decide the goal. Why? Because she will never be committed to a goal she doesn’t set. But if I can get her to share her goal, to tell me whatRead More →