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Welcome to Birthing Naturally’s Midwife Mentor Blog.

This blog is about change, basically the change that happens when a person begins the journey to midwifery.

First you accept the call

  • But with a baby in arms or children underfoot, how can you pick up and join a midwifery school or be on call for labor support?
  • But at this stage of life, how can you afford the books and materials to train as a midwife?
  • How can you be sure you are called to dedicate your whole life to birth?

Then you begin learning

  • How do you accept the first time you send a woman for a cesarean?
  • How do you balance autonomy with safe and responsible care?
  • What do you do when the evidence points to care that doesn’t feel “midwifey?”

Then your eyes are opened

  • How can we approach the complex social problems that cause disparities in maternal and child health?
  • How do we create a sustainable maternity care system that serves the needs of expectant families?
  • How will we create systems of care that meet the intense medical needs of the sickest, while providing room for their social needs.

Within the pages of this blog I share with you the information I have slowly learned to understand, and the challenges I am slowly learning how to face.  The links, resources and posts are all created to help you as you follow your path to serving within the world of birth.

No two people will be called the same way, each will be called to play a unique part.  While one is called to provide home birth for the Amish, another is called to serve as a nurse in a clinic that serves the urban poor.  While one is called to train as a skilled birth attendant in a developing country, another is called to train as a surgeon in a tertiary medical center. Some are called to research, educate, or lead. We all have a part to play in ensuring safe birth for all families in this world we share.

I thank you for sharing your amazing journey with me.

Blog Author

My name is Jennifer Vanderlaan.  I have been serving expectant families since 1999.

My path winds through:

  • Childbirth Education
  • Doula Work
  • Authoring a Website and Several Books
  • Nurse-Midwifery
  • Seven Developing Countries
  • Master’s in Public Health
  • Presentations of My Research

And leads to today, where I am a student in a PhD program learning to find answers to the right questions.