I meet many childbirth professionals who are interested in global health. I often find their understanding of the issues facing women globally is based on old data or common myths. Here is an opportunity to learn about maternal and newborn health in low and middle income countries.  Check it out. Childbirth: A Global Perspective | Coursera.Read More →

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 examined the pros and cons of training outside the United States and using distance learning programs. 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 toRead More →

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 waysRead More →