As we talk about midwifery education, I wanted to spend some time exploring different ways of categorizing midwives. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with midwives from around the world, and I am always amazed at how these categories do not always mean what I had been trained to think they mean.
The first case in point is nurse midwifery, a common midwifery training where I live in the United States. My training as a midwife is as a nurse midwife. The question is, what does it mean to be a nurse midwife? Continue reading
Last week we looked at the International Confederation of Midwives Core Competencies for Midwives and the Educational Standards as documents to help you evaluate your midwifery training options. Today we will look at the ICM Core Documents on Midwifery Regulation as the final triad to helping us understand the unique challenges of midwifery in your corner of the world.
Earlier this week I introduced you to the ICM Core Competencies for Midwifery. Today I want to introduce you the the ICM Education Standards for Midwifery.
The educational standards document is a bit different from the core competencies document because it deals with a different aspect of the process of becoming a midwife. Specifically, it deals with the quality of the training program rather than the quality of the student. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered who decides what you need to know to be a midwife? This is an important question, because the answer to this question helps define who is (and is not) a midwife. The answer to this question defines the difference between a nurse and a midwife, a doula and a midwife, or a physician and a midwife. The answer to this question explains why midwifery is a unique form of health care, and also the limits of a midwife. Continue reading
In the United States, fall is the time families begin the transition to a new school year. I thought this would be a perfect time to begin a series on the ins and outs of midwifery education. Why talk about education?
You Have Options
The process of training to be a midwife varies around the world. This means you may have a variety of paths to choose from. Understanding what those options may be can help you make a wise decision from the beginning.
Your Education Matters
When selecting an educational program, it pays to understand what work you desire to do as a midwife. Choosing your educational path on something like the convenience of attending the training may limit the work you are able to do if you don’t take the time to thoroughly investigate what care you can legally provide in the area you want to work with the level of training you will have. It may also backfire if the work you do cannot be transferred to future education.
Your Education is an Investment
To chose to become trained as a midwife means you must set aside money, time, energy, and other goals to become a competent provider of care. It is always disheartening to invest this much of one’s self only to discover the return on your investment wasn’t what you expected.
As we explore midwifery education this month we will talk about not only what that education should include, but also how to compare different educational programs.
Breastfeeding month is coming to a close. I hope you’ve enjoyed the multitude of resources I’ve shared over the past few weeks. To wrap up the series, today I will share links to resources of a different sort. These links are just to make you feel good.
For example, The Breastfeeding Project keeps a gallery of extreme nursing photos.
Sometimes a woman would really benefit from using a pharmaceutical — but she worries because she is breastfeeding. What is her friendly, neighborhood midwife to do? Today’s breastfeeding list is a collection of tools to help you provide the best information to women who will use medications while breastfeeding.
Today’s list of breastfeeding links will take you to peer-reviewed journals. If you want to stay up to date on the latest breastfeeding research, subscribe to the RSS Feed or email list for new publications.
I hope you are not tired of breastfeeding yet, because there are even more great resources to share with you today. Continue reading
How timely, Lamaze is doing a webinar next week on low milk supply. I just had to pause and let you know about it. Lamaze members can attend for free. It is $20 if you are not a Lamaze member.
Need more information? Check out the Webinar Flier.
If you attend the webinar, let me know how it goes.