So far we have explored the idea that fear of childbirth is normal, and that fear of childbirth is taught. Today, we will explore the idea that fear of childbirth is driven by fear of pain. What do we assume if we hold this belief, and what might we be missing?
My original training as a childbirth educator (wow, 15 years ago!) was centered around the teachings of Grantley Dick-Read and the Fear-Tension-Pain cycle. we can talk about this theory later in the series if you like, but I want to focus today on how I mis-interpreted this theory. You read that correctly, I mis-interpreted this theory. Continue reading
Last week we looked at the philosophy that fear of childbirth is normal. Today we have an equally interesting exploration… what does it mean to believe fear in childbirth is “taught.” What assumptions do we make when we believe this. How does this belief affect the way we react to women?
If we believe fear of childbirth is “taught,” we probably make the assumption that feelings about childbirth are culturally derived, and result from the experiences of other women rather than the experiences of the expectant mother. We can dig a little deeper into this idea. What other things about childbirth are taught to the woman by her community? It is not only attitudes about the process, but also specific behaviors and her changing role within the community. Just like the fear, these behaviors and roles my be beneficial or harmful. Continue reading
Today we will explore what it means to believe fear in childbirth is “normal.” What assumptions do we make when we believe this. How does this belief affect the way we react to women?
With all the haunting and spooking of Halloween, October seems like the perfect time to explore the topic of childbirth fear. This month-long exploration will look at some of the more common philosophies about fear of childbirth, as well as the ways women are taught to deal with that fear. We will look at some statistics, some research, and some tools you can use as you work with women. Continue reading
I hope this has been an interesting, and educational, month for you.
We talked about what you need to know to be a midwife, and how your life goals will dictate what type of midwifery education you should pursue.
We explored the role of midwifery regulation in determining the educational options you have.
We shared tricks for getting the most out of a preceptorship.
We discussed the reasons for certification by competency exam, and why this is the minimum standard.
As you move forward, I would love to hear the decisions you make for your midwifery education.
After making all the other considerations and decisions necessary to define your midwifery path, you will probably be faced with a test for midwifery certification. The idea of competency testing has never bothered me personally, quite possibly because I am a good test taker. While I know standardized tests result in skewed passing rates (with minorities faring worse), this isn’t really the complaint I ever hear about midwifery certification tests. Instead, would-be midwives complain the test is meaningless and doesn’t prove you are a good midwife. I hope such concerns won’t keep any potential midwife from seeking certification, so here are a few other ways to think about the process — and a few hints to help you make good certification decisions. Continue reading
I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about credentialing and licensing – the reason for all the letters at the end of a name. It isn’t always easy to understand how the whole process works, especially when you are just looking into midwifery as an option.
So, my full title (right now) is: Jennifer Vanderlaan, MSN MPH RN CNM FNP
What does all that mean? Continue reading
No matter what type of midwifery training you pursue, you will work with preceptors. Some programs require you to find your own preceptor — which can be nearly impossible in some regions. Other programs assign students to preceptors — which means you may have additional travel costs and spend more time away from family. Regardless of how your preceptor is assigned, how do you use this relationship to become the best midwife you can be? Here are some ideas. Continue reading
Last time we talked about questions you need to ask to determine if international training is right for your midwifery path. Today I want to give you some questions to ask as you consider the possibility of distance learning programs. Continue reading
When we talk about midwifery training outside the US, we could focus the discussion in one of two ways. One way would be to talk about the training available outside the US for those who will work outside the US. The second is to talk about training outside the US for those who intend to work inside the US. This discussion will be about the later — training outside the US to be licensed as a midwife in the US.