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post #41 of 230
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A CNM appeals to me only because I think it is a requirement in FL for a CNM to be on staff of every birth center (please anyone correct me if I'm wrong).
No, CNM's are not required for birth centers.
post #42 of 230
from what I understand of Florida laws an LM actually has a better scope of practice- a CNM I know of changed to LM status because of this
post #43 of 230
Well you can add me to the list. Ive been a doula since October 2002. My goal since Oct 03 has been becoming a CPM.

I was attending a hospital birth as a back up doula and the mom wanted me to use a warm compress during the 2nd stage. When I felt the babies head on the perineium I was in awe! Once the babe was fully crowning the OB asked me to step aside and she streached the mom w/ her fingers.( ) (before I moved I helped the mom feel her baby too ) The mom pushed so well, had a teensey tear that was NOT stitched and I was hooked.

Well, I have a 4 yr old and a 3 month old, but we are pretty sure we aer done having our own babies. I had our daughter at home...unplanned unassisted birth. When my kids are older I plan to apprentice w/ one of the CPMs, Im hoping that my midwife is still practicing then. According to state law kids have to be 13 to babysit or stay home alone, so when ds is at least 13, but that will depend on their maturity and how they get along.
post #44 of 230
Memiles~ I thought I was just stuck with the one school in my state also until I found out about Frontier (http://www.midwives.org/), its the oldest and largest midwifery school in the country and they have a distance learning program. People from all over the world get there CNM there. I don't know if you are only interested in the CPM route, but it might be another option for you.
post #45 of 230
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Originally Posted by mwherbs
from what I understand of Florida laws an LM actually has a better scope of practice- a CNM I know of changed to LM status because of this
True, the only thing we don't have that a CNM does have is prescription and hospital privilidges. But we don't need an OB to sign our protocols, and we don't need back up unless Mama has certain risk factors which are outlined in our rules.
post #46 of 230
I heard the for the baby on my mom with the threatened miscarriage today. Since she has not had any significant bleeding for a little less than a week, this is very encouraging news. I really had my stomach tied up in knots about it, so it is a huge relief. I think I'll go get a massage tonight. (Which won't help my stomach, but the rest of me will feel just fine . . .)

My study group is all aflutter because there is an OB in rural Michigan who is trying to whip up one of the local physician's groups to support a bill in the Michigan legislature requiring lay midwives to file birth certificates and death certificates. This isn't a big deal in and of itself, because all of the midwives I know do that every time. What he is trying to do, though, is create the impression that homebirth midwives are hiding deaths. He wants to make it easier for midwives to be prosecuted (and in MI, an alegal state, we would be charged with manslaughter or negligent homicide, I believe) because the parents don't want to be part of prosecuting them. So, I am not afraid of this potential bill, but rather of the lobbying that presents us as reckless and dishonest.

The thing is, I can't imagine it would be very easy for a midwife to be criminally prosecuted for a stillbirth -- even if she made mistakes in prenatal care it would be hard to prove that she was responsible in a criminal way for a baby that died in utero. All other babies we would do CPR on until they got to the hospital and the babies would "die" there if they were going to, leaving the death certificate to the responsibility of the hospital.

The only exception I can think of with this would be Amish births -- sometimes those families have a philosophical opposition to heroic measures to save babies. But if he is going after Amish midwives, he is going to just drive the mamas further underground. They will often have unassisted births if there is no midwife to serve them.

Sorry to ramble . . . what do you think?

Stacia
post #47 of 230
My first doula client is in labor!! She called me this morning, she had false labor last week and this morning she's having strong and hard cntx. She's having to breathe through them and said they are stronger than any cntx she's had before. She's on her way to the hospital to be checked by her OB, she's going to call when she gets checked in and I'll head over. I'm really excited, and a little nervous since this is my first birth as a doula. I'm pacing the floor like an expectant father, waiting for her call It's her first baby, a girl, and she's determined to go natural

Wish me luck!
post #48 of 230
Thank you Sevenkids and mwherbs for correcting my misconceptions. I don't know where I heard that from. I've been thinking/researching some more in the past couple days and am leaning more toward a LM/CPM. Although I still have plenty of years before I take the plunge so I guess I don't have to decide now.

On a side note: I just got hired as a birth assistant at a local birth center. I am so excited!!! It is the birth center that I had my homebirth through, so I know all the ladies there well. It is very part time...only 1 day a week in the office and 5 days a month on call for births. It is so perfect for me b/c I get to work in the preg/birth field and still get to be home with my babies.
post #49 of 230
Jilian ~ How exciting!!! Have fun!! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

mama2annabelle ~ Congrats!


Aspiring or current doulas....what organization are/did you go thru? I will be going with CAPPA (hopefully the distance learning program).
post #50 of 230
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Originally Posted by teachinmaof3
Jilian ~ How exciting!!! Have fun!! Looking forward to hearing all about it!
Thanks, I'm still waiting to hear from her. She's at the hospital now. I'll let everyone know how things went.

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Originally Posted by teachinmaof3
Aspiring or current doulas....what organization are/did you go thru? I will be going with CAPPA (hopefully the distance learning program).
I did CAPPA and really liked the training. They were also really helpful in answering any questions. I've heard nothing but good things about CAPPA
post #51 of 230
I attended a CAPPA/DONA trainging (the last one DONA accepted from CAPPA)

I personally prefer DONA
post #52 of 230
Hi mama's - I'm an aspiring miswife also. I just received my admissions package for National Midwifery Institute. I have a bunch of questions before I fill it out, so I am waiting for their response.

Can we apply for FAFSA with NMI? If, so...I will. I know they have a payment plan option, but I am still looking into the details of it.
post #53 of 230
Hello, all!

I recently made the decision to become a midwife as well! Hopefully, next year I will be attending the Oregon Midwifery School in Ashland. I am really excited and looking forward to chatting with others in my shoes.
post #54 of 230
Nosebite: Nope, no federal aid available for NMI . . . unfortunately. That is one of the stumbling blocks for me in my quest for a midwifery certification; coming up with $12,000 out of pocket is going to be difficult.

mama2annabelle: Great news! Let us know how it goes . . .
post #55 of 230
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Originally Posted by lazykate
Hello, all!

I recently made the decision to become a midwife as well! Hopefully, next year I will be attending the Oregon Midwifery School in Ashland. I am really excited and looking forward to chatting with others in my shoes.
No s*** mama!! That is the midwifery school I am applying to in March! It's the only one on my list and I am thinking of doing the distance program first, to up my chances of getting in.
We should talk some more!!
to ALL you beautiful magical birth honoring womyn!
post #56 of 230
Aspiring Midwife, struggling doula ...

I've certified through CAPPA as a CBE (though I've yet to teach classes) and a birth Doula. I'm in south western OK and am looking for a midwife to apprentice under. I really feel like for me the best option is a lengthy apprenticship as opposed to formalized schooling. I may take some school, like I feel I need an anotamy and medical terminiology class but I think hands on learning from an "old school" midwife is where I'm headed.... just hope I can find someone.
post #57 of 230
THmom ~ What city/cities are you near? I'm in the Tulsa area....I can ask my mw/friend if she knows of anyone.
post #58 of 230
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Originally Posted by Jilian
My first doula client is in labor!! She called me this morning, she had false labor last week and this morning she's having strong and hard cntx. She's having to breathe through them and said they are stronger than any cntx she's had before. She's on her way to the hospital to be checked by her OB, she's going to call when she gets checked in and I'll head over. I'm really excited, and a little nervous since this is my first birth as a doula. I'm pacing the floor like an expectant father, waiting for her call It's her first baby, a girl, and she's determined to go natural

Wish me luck!
Still nothing. She was sent home from the hospital for "failure to progress". She's still at 3 cm and having pretty regular cntx. She's getting discouraged. She's almost 42 weeks now and her OB is hoping to schedule an induction. Can you wise mamas offer me any advice for this mama? I've suggested several natural induction methods. It seems like she's already in early labor but just neeeds a little extra "push" to go into REAL labor.
post #59 of 230
To relax, stop *trying* to have the baby, and just enjoy being pregnant, at home with her husband for one more day (or two or three)

Get as much sleep as she can, watch movies, eat good foods, take long warm baths and RELAX.
post #60 of 230
BTW, around here, "failure to progress" (aka failure to wait) would have NOT ended with her being sent home...rather to the OR...so she's a lucky mama!
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