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post #21 of 516
I've been MIA for awhile, b/c I've had my baby! Hw was born at home on the bathroom floor after aprox 7 hrs of labor and about 20m of pushing. He had a true cord knot, which caused a lower birthweight then expected 5#5 at 39w3d, and a nuchalcord/hand. The placenta came out less then 30seconds after him, and may have been starting to be an abruption. oh and my fundal height was sp+3, which was wild to me!

Giving birth has really impacted me, and I cannot wait to be at other births to see how it is from this side. Even after attending almosty 60 births doing it myself was amazing and unreal- nothing like I'd expected! And I really can't wait to do it again.

my goals for this year are to work more on getting a solid doula client load, get certified as a ppdoula, and save for midwifery school. My DH will finish his bachelors this year in the fall prob, and we've decided that I can start school when he is done! So 2011 will hold midwifery school for me! I also will be attending more births as an assistant this year, and hope to have 85+ births under my belt before the next new year, altho we'll see how that goes, b/c baby comes first.

I also want to work on teaching CBE classes, b/c that'd be invaluable for when I'm a formal apprentice.

sorry for typos, a mama milk drunk little boy is sleepingh on my lap.
post #22 of 516
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I've been MIA for awhile, b/c I've had my baby! Hw was born at home on the bathroom floor after aprox 7 hrs of labor and about 20m of pushing. He had a true cord knot, which caused a lower birthweight then expected 5#5 at 39w3d, and a nuchalcord/hand. The placenta came out less then 30seconds after him, and may have been starting to be an abruption. oh and my fundal height was sp+3, which was wild to me!

Giving birth has really impacted me, and I cannot wait to be at other births to see how it is from this side. Even after attending almosty 60 births doing it myself was amazing and unreal- nothing like I'd expected! And I really can't wait to do it again.

my goals for this year are to work more on getting a solid doula client load, get certified as a ppdoula, and save for midwifery school. My DH will finish his bachelors this year in the fall prob, and we've decided that I can start school when he is done! So 2011 will hold midwifery school for me! I also will be attending more births as an assistant this year, and hope to have 85+ births under my belt before the next new year, altho we'll see how that goes, b/c baby comes first.

I also want to work on teaching CBE classes, b/c that'd be invaluable for when I'm a formal apprentice.

sorry for typos, a mama milk drunk little boy is sleepingh on my lap.
Congratulations!!!!
post #23 of 516
Congratulations! How cool is that! Enjoy your babymoon! True knots are pretty rare... sounds like you did a great job!
post #24 of 516
Hi all,

I am really struggling right now.

I am hating my midwifery school (PM me for details), I'm trying to decide if I want to be legal in my next-door state (not legal in my home state) which doesn't allow VBAC -- and yet I feel that VBAC is a very important aspect of midwifery -- or just go the PEP process and get a CPM and practice illegally. Also, I have no idea what state we're going to end up in.



I'm in need of some guidance.
post #25 of 516
CONGRATS REBIRTH!!! Welcome earthside LO!

DoomaYula, I wish I had words of advice for you. I'm struggling with registering in my state (when the time comes) because I disagree with some of their resitrictions. I wish you luck on your journey to discovering what's best for you.
post #26 of 516
super congrats Rebirth!

my goals for the year:

get as much as possible out of the midwifery skills lab in march
work on section 4
get my doula cert
do some serious advertising for my doula work/build clientele
collaboration with other doulas in the area for a non-profit childbirth support/education network

that seems like quite enough, especially with a new lo due in july. i hope to get lots done this year, we don't know what the next couple years may bring in terms of what state we'll be living in, california or oregon.

it is so encouraging to see you ladies achieving so much, driving forward and helping so many women and babies to have happy and gentle births!
post #27 of 516
My plans for this year are:
Have my 4th baby next month
Finish and submit orientation
Start working on phase 4
MAYBE start taking doula clients again later in the year... depending on how this little one does away from mama
post #28 of 516
Congrats rebirth!

Well, my first "plan for the year" I just finished!! and that was to get cert as a post partum doula. It was wonderful, and I'm very excited to be moving forward. I feel hugely triumphant, because I feel like I'm making tangible steps on my path, and because I am building my career on my terms. After deciding not to go through with the traditional college route, I have a lot of failure/not good enough issues, so to be moving forward, be in a place to start my own business, and again, doing it my way, on my terms, I feel so triumphant.

So more plans for the year:

(early in the year)Start up my post-partum doula-ing business and build that up to a point where it can support me at least part time

grow and learn as a post partum doula

(towards the endMove me and DP into a place where I can be on call and start doing labor doula work (mostly this means getting to a place financially where we don't need my kitchen management job (which I adore, and don't want to leave yet anyways, so this might take longer. I won't move to on call work and away from this job until I'm ready, because as I said, I adore it) and can get by on his work and my ppdoula work, because I know as a begining doula it will take time to build up my business)

do labor doula training and start working as a labor doula

start moving towards a space where I am ready to do an apprenticeship (financially, educationally, emotionally) aiming for an apprenticeship maybe 2011/2012, if that is what is right
post #29 of 516
Wow. I haven't seen some of you in a long time! HELLO!!

Congratulations Rebirth! I'm so happy to read that all went well!

I'm in the Primary Under Supervision phase of my apprenticeship and loving it. I have no plans to become certified but I am filling out my NARM paperwork in case Michigan laws change. I would be very happy being a DEM. 2009 was a good year for me and 2010 looks even more promising!

Just a word to the poster who was asked not to be at a birth.... Don't take it personally because it's not about you. Some moms feel comfortable only having one person in attendence. They don't want to feel watched. As you said, some moms are very private. I have been asked not to come to a birth before in the Amish community. At first I asked myself what was wrong with ME?....was I offensive in some way? Did I come across as rude? In the end, I found that the answer was no...that she just wanted my preceptor because they had a long history together and that she didn't want anyone else there. I respect that. Also, learn from everything, every experience...and grow from that. Never pass up an opportunity! Go to conferences if you can. Those are incredible places to learn from more experienced midwives and the friendships last a lifetime!


post #30 of 516
My goals for the year are:

Finish up sec. 4B by April 1st for submission 1st quarter 2010.
Attend the trust birth conference in March (thanks so much for your help Lisa!)
Find a way to attend the skills lab in april (no idea how that will happen yet)
Submit section 3 in the 2nd quarter 2010.
Work on section 2 and submit later this year.
start working on sec. 1 and 5 as time permits
Advance in my apprenticeship and take on more of a position during prenatals.
Continue to work on cleaning up my financial mess.
post #31 of 516
how did it get to be 2010 so quickly?

mamarabbit and i have been busy here in bali catching babies together and trying to keep up on our paperwork. she flies home to thailand with her family today and i am sad to see her go.

i am struggling to find a post partum exam form online that i could print and use while here. it needs to be brief and concise plus printable on just one page...it can be two sided though. any suggestions?
post #32 of 516
I have to say when I had my VBAC a few years ago, my midwife had an assistant/apprentice type person working with her and I asked my midwife to not ask her to be at my birth. She just didn't jive with me personality wise and I think she would have gotten on my nerves. It worked out well because we had so many friends and family there that there wouldn't have been much for her to do anyways.
post #33 of 516
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i am struggling to find a post partum exam form online that i could print and use while here. it needs to be brief and concise plus printable on just one page...it can be two sided though. any suggestions?
I ended up creating my own in Publisher. Have you checked midwiferesource?
post #34 of 516
hi all

my goal for this year:
- finish my last 5 weeks of clinicals & graduate!
- pass National exam (I'm in New Zealand)
- convince a rural hospital/birth centre to hire me
-be a midwife and catch some babes!

whew. . . scary/exciting!
post #35 of 516

getting back into AAMI

I need help! It's been a long time since i've posted, a long time since i've seriously picked up my midwifery study materials and worked... I am one of those aami students that derailed during orientation. The challenge of orientation plus some financial and logistical pressure made me decide to take some time off from AAMI and take college classes. Now i am ready to get back on track w miwifery studies, but honestly, the AAMI curriculum causes me so much anxiety, it is huge and feels like a maze--maybe i just haven't figured out the logic of it. But i am determined to dig back into it, so does anyone whose BTDT have advice for me re: re-engaging with AAMI and with orientation especially?
post #36 of 516
What class are you in? What point in Orientation are you? Have you received the full curriculum yet?

I suggest going through all the emails, pdf's etc. that you have received and make a master list of every assignment that is mentioned as being required for orientation. Then take it just one step at a time. Give yourself a break on feeling like you have to take on the whole thing. Just focus on the little accomplishes or as Carla says "finishes" that will get you to the end.

Also, it helped me to see that the rest of the course after Orientation is very well laid-out and not even close to as confusing. Once you get past orientation you'll feel such a feeling of accomplishment that it will be easy and exciting to jump into the regular work :-)

Do you have a mentor you can check in with regularly?
post #37 of 516
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i am struggling to find a post partum exam form online that i could print and use while here. it needs to be brief and concise plus printable on just one page...it can be two sided though. any suggestions?
http://www.1cascade.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=2822

This is what we use. If I get a chance today, I can scan it and post it up so you can look at it.

post #38 of 516
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Wow, thanks for all you support ladies.
I feel like I could totally satisfy my time with the questions that come up in prenatals and the reading material my preceptor gives me. I have very little time to do the actual schoolwork. Does anyone else have that problem too? I really only have a couple hours at night, though sometimes I can get some stuff done here and there when my husband is home (he works on a boat) but that is not often.
This is why I chose not to go the midwifery school route. I think I am getting everything I need by studying on my own and my apprenticeship. I am 18 months unto a 3-4 year apprenticeship that I will end with an intensive 5 week birth center work in a developing country. I have been a busy doula and cbe for the last 7 years so that adds to my confidence. Licensure is optional in my state. I will probably sit for the narm. Still not sure. I study when ever I can. Mt dh is an attorney and works a lot. I have kids 7,4,2 and 2 months so I do what I can.
post #39 of 516
Dooma-

rebirth- Congratulations!

completebeginnings- I am in your state, up in Utah Valley. I am so grateful licensure is optional here!

My goals for this year:

CPR class in February
NRP with Karen Strange in March
Buckle down with the self study thing



Considering CBE. Is anyone here a Birthing From Within Mentor or working on becoming one? I think I remember that someone was...
post #40 of 516
Sijae, thank you for your response. It is good advicre, and consistent with what i've read from others who've made it through Orientation to the other side! I guess i just need to trust the process

I do have the full curriculum now, and i am NC7. I will move forward, and post here when i can-- i lurk pretty often, you ladies are totally encouraging
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