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post #61 of 1527
Just popping in to say how excited I am to finally be starting school. I found an awesome 2 year RN program here that has the highest pass rate in the state. I will have an associates so it will still be a few more years after that before I'm actually a midwife unless I decide to do the Frontier program. Depends a lot on DH too. And any little ones that decide to join us.

I will definitely be checking in here more often now.
post #62 of 1527
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Originally Posted by BellaLuna Rayne View Post
How hard was it for you gals to find an apprenticeship?
For me, it was easy. About 6 weeks after my birth, I confessed to my midwife that I wanted to be a midwife I have no idea why I kept that from her but I think I felt that she would treat me different during the pregnancy So then about 6 months later I had a more concrete plan and could actually ask if she would be my preceptor. She agreed and the rest is history. I start school in August and start working with her Jan. 2010.

I think you just need to jump into it. Be open and honest and make sure to interview a few. You want to make sure the midwife you are apprenticing with has similar views as you so you aren’t butting heads.


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Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
But I really want to do this. I want to. I have to.

Why, oh why does this have to be so difficult?

I have faith in our problem solving abilities and resourcefulness to figure something out. Anybody else turn a reluctant husband? Mine will only turn with the right solutions, I think. Fair enough.
I get what you are saying only my DH is a little more supportive. But we have the same issues with time, money, etc. It's just hard. But have faith and try to stay positive. DH knows that this is my passion and sometimes when I ask if he is bothered by it he will comment something like "maybe if you get started on this you will stop talking about birth to ME all the time" Maybe bring that up to DH if you talk to him about birthing a lot.

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Originally Posted by majikfaerie View Post
I did a load of work on getting my birth kit really nicely stocked and organised, and I'm really happy with the result.
the acid test will be at my next birth, which is due in 2 weeks or so (edd on the 16th).
I came up with this great idea of storing all my homeopathics in egg cartons - i blogged about it if anyone's curious http://majikfaerie.blogspot.com
ooooh what a lovely idea. I love how you wrote on top what each is and it's use. And BTW your new house is amazing. I'm so jealous
post #63 of 1527
welcome to all our new members!
post #64 of 1527
Majik, I think the idea of the egg carton as holders for the homeopathics is great! How clever!

I also LOVE the house you just bought! Congratulations! :




post #65 of 1527
I just wrote out all my tuition checks and my hand is hurting a bit

Now to get all the other paperwork together and stick like 5 stamps on the envelope cause of the weight.

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post #66 of 1527
Yay, Bella! I know how you feel, but it will be awesome to get those off!
post #67 of 1527
Well, the application and tuition checks are in a medium bubble wrap type envelope. 5 stamps should do the trick according to usps.gov.

I am so nervous :
post #68 of 1527
Subbing. I was a big lurker on the 2008 thread.

I'm Ashley, a CNEP student at Frontier. Right now I'm going full-time and expect to be done sometime next year. I can't wait! :

I also work at a birth center and will be going back in a few weeks after having had my 5th babe in October.

Here's to a fabulous year full of awesome birth experiences!!
post #69 of 1527
My paperwork was mailed today!

I picked up Ina May's Guide To Childbirth at Border's today. I was bummed that they didn't have Spiritual Midwifery since I was going for that. Its all good though because I haven't read the Guide yet. I also picked up Twilight but, am going to start with Ina May first!

I am having trouble reading Heart and Hands. I think I just need a non-technical book for a bit. I am about halfway through it, so now is a good break point.
post #70 of 1527
FYI

If anyone is looking to buy Holistic Midwifery Vol. 1 PM me. I have one to pass on.

ETA - SOLD already! Thanks BellaLuna Rayne!
post #71 of 1527

Hooray!

A friend has just asked me to be there for her (potential) UC birth as a doula (of sorts)!!! everyone in my social circle knows that i have had a successful hb with a mw, a successful up/uc and have officially began mw school. and they are all very supportive and curious of what i do/believe in. i have been studying midwifery on my own for many years, but enrolled in aami last year.

a friend told me about her bestfriend who is pg with #4. she has had 3 hospital births, and although she had a pretty easy time birthing, she strongly disliked the staffs attitudes and treatment of her and her babies. well, my friend told her about my uc and being a mw student, and she became very excited and wanted to meet me. we met for tea and had an instant kinship! she is just wonderful!:

her and her dh have decided that they want to do a uc, but continue prenatal care with their current provider. she has asked me to attend her birth as a support person, just to be there, even in the other room, if she needs me. i made sure she knows the limits of my knowledge and experience, and that i'm not there to act as a mw, more like a doula.

i feel honored to be asked to help support this woman through the birth of her child. i am scared and excited all at the same time.

i just wanted to share, because this is the first birth i will be at as a support person. hooray!!!
post #72 of 1527

To carry O2 or not?

Question for all of us students...
As I've been eeking out money for supplies to add to my birth bag and realizing more and more how much everything costs, I've been thinking hard about what is really necessary and what is just "nice" to have.
I know from my previous training that O2 doesn't really "DO" a whole lot for normal patients who are able to ventilate normally. It's something to do, but based on evidence, it doesn't actually raise oxygen saturation levels signifigantly, and they're expensive and slightly dangerous to carry....
So, for those homebirth midwives... are you planning on or do you already carry O2 or would you feel comfortable not bringing it?
What do you think your clients would think if you DIDn't bring it?
inquiring minds want to know....
- Jen
post #73 of 1527
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Originally Posted by BellaLuna Rayne View Post
I picked up Ina May's Guide To Childbirth at Border's today. I was bummed that they didn't have Spiritual Midwifery since I was going for that. Its all good though because I haven't read the Guide yet.
Honestly, I much preferred the Guide to SM. I actually finished reading the Guide while we were out running errands one day and we stopped in a local pet food store while the owner was talking with another customer about her "emergency" c/s, and her disappointment. I actually whipped out the book and gave it to her, bought myself another copy the next week. I wouldn't have done that with SM, which I think is a little to "woo-woo" for a lot of people.

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Originally Posted by fairydoula View Post
Question for all of us students...
So, for those homebirth midwives... are you planning on or do you already carry O2 or would you feel comfortable not bringing it?
What do you think your clients would think if you DIDn't bring it?
I was intending to include it, and then I took NNR with Karen Strange. After everything I learned that day, I now doubt I would be carrying it unless it is required by the state. Not only because of it's lack of need, but also after hearing the stories of some of the local MWs, how in a situation, they don't even grab for the resus bag, they tend to do mouth-to-mouth because it saves time.

As for what your clients would think... how many of them ask about it now? Admittedly before taking that class, I might have asked a prospective MW whether or not she carried oxygen, but if she responded by telling me why she doesn't (including possibly offering reading material), then I would have been fine with that, once I was informed as to the true "need" for it. If the question has never been asked all along, what is the likelihood that anyone is going to notice during labor that there's not a tank? So long as you're prepared to answer the question, I don't see a problem with it.
post #74 of 1527
Has anyone read "Mainstreaming Midwives"? It got a good review in Mothering, but wondering of personal opinions...

BellaLuna Rayne-I loved Heart and Hands, but I did have to read some of the more technical chapters twice (or more than twice) and did return to them for reference at times too.
Ina May's Guide is a much easier read...at least it was for me!
P.S. I'm waiting for tomorrow when I'll get Twilight from a friend!
post #75 of 1527
I'd like to intro myself. I did it once on the last thread but things have changed. Reading the 2008 thread just about everyone convinced me (without knowing) to go through with AAMI. I plan to start this year as long as things work out money is tight with all the debt we've been trying to pay off. I have a very supportive DH who demands I never give up on wanting/dreaming to be a midwife, 2 adorable kiddos 3 yrs and 1 yr. It was their births that led me to pursue becoming a midwife, though I had the desire to be part of birth work most of my life, going through a horrible birthing and then a victorious birth gave me the strength to move forward and embrace my dream. So that's me! I feel like I've learned some much from the ladies that were posting last year it's like I know all of you. I hope I can truly get to know all of you.
post #76 of 1527
I am about to finish Ina May's Guide To Childbirth. If I didn't have to eat, use the bathroom, keep my house up and sleep I would have finished it yesterday. I love Ina May and hope to one day have the pleasure of meeting her or attending one of her lectures.

However, has anybody noticed through reading her books that is seems like she does a few more VEs than one would think a midwife would do?
post #77 of 1527
Ina May has changed throughout the years in the way she deals with her births. She also in her books encouraged massaging the perineum, which I do not believe she does any longer. Every midwife has to grow and learn constantly, right? I love Ina May. Hopefully next year I will be able to afford to go down to the Farm and meet her and Pamela, etc...
post #78 of 1527
Thread Starter 
Yes she did, but she's really scaled back how she practices now compared to how she did in the early years. I'm not too big of a fan of hers as she is totally against UC
post #79 of 1527
True, every midwife does have to grow and learn. I just wanted to see if I was the only one getting that impression from the book.

That is sad to hear that she is against UC. I hope to UC one day. DH is not comfortable with me doing that for my first birth, his last son was 6 weeks premature and it was a hard birth. Of course, we had this discussion before I decided to finally enroll in AAMI
post #80 of 1527
I think Ina May is fantastic. I don't necessarily agree 100% with all of her practice, but when I look at where she came from and how far she's come since then, she has all my respect and admiration.
seriously, this woman trained in homebirth midwifery on the job, with basically no background, training or experience, and in a pretty harsh climate too. she blazed a trail for us all (as did others at the time, and as we continue to do for the women who will follow us), but she was a true revolutionary. and unlike so many others in the mainstream side of birthing profs, she has changed her practices on so many things.
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