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3-4 years is pretty standard, I doubt that you would truly get all of the education that you need as a midwife in a one year program.  Also please do start with your education first and then when you are feeling like you have some understanding of midwifery care look for an apprenticeship, usually a bout 1-2 years into your book studies you will get the most out of your apprenticeship.  That being said much also depends upon the type of apprenticeship you are doing.  If...
Hello there,   I have lived in several Portland areas.  Personally I love the SW Portland area the best.  It is also for me the most convenient as I can be on the East or West side fairly easily, and has lots of green space and hilly areas.   On the West side we have Village Home which is a homeschool community that offers classes for unschooled-homeschooled kids.  My son love the community and gets to take classes in many different subjects. (we go 2 days a week for...
Hello Jenny I see you are local to me.  I would love to chat with you some time in regards to education and apprenticeships.  I actually mentor student midwives who are doing self study and the NARM PEP process for their education.  Feel free to contact me if you want to chat   Tia Rich LDM, CPM tia@inner-serenity.org
Feel free to come visit the  Portland MamaBaby Center when you are in town.  We have a donation based prenatal/well baby clinic and can help you find resources and midwifery care.  
I know that Alma Birth Center has an immediate need for breast milk right now for a mother.  She could contact them about donating.
Hello,   I have two clients, one in Salem/Keizer and another in Aloha who are looking for Pediatricians or Naturopaths who are friendly towards no vaccination or delay vaccination decisions.  It seems that this changes all the time and I recently found out that several caregivers who I previously thought where good recommendations have switched their beliefs.     Any recommendations for these families would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
Definitely ask these very same questions when interviewing your potential midwife.  Also express to them your wishes in how you want care given to you both.   As a midwife I always hope to support the mother and partner as a dyad, seeing them as one unit.  I feel that partners are the best caregivers for the mother and that I as the midwife support them in working together toward the birth of their baby.  Of course I always go with the partners ability to be involved...
In regards to whether you are to high of a risk much of this will depend on what laws your state has for CPM midwives.  In my state if you are licensed we have a list of clients who have "absolute" risks and can not be cared for and those with "non-absolute" risks and require a consult with another licensed professional to continue care.  In my state you would fall under the non-absolute criteria....     I would probably suggest blood work up that might include...
The best benefit for you will to have a record of some type of early prenatal care for when you arrive in your new home.  There is not anything very specific that would be done between 12-25wks other than a possible Ultrasound at 20wks, which you are choosing to wait for...no problem.  Usually early care consists of lab work in the first Trimester, which would be beneficial for you to have done now at 12 weeks for your caregiver in your new home to use as a baseline to...
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