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post #101 of 1798
Oh, so this is where all the midwives to be have gone!

Introduction:
Name: Lisa
Age: 34
Children: 2 girls, ages 3 and 11 months
Location: CA
Birth Work: trained but not practicing birth doula
Midwifery Student: Just reading and waiting until I can move onto the next step. At this point I believe that I will get my RN and then go on to get the CNM. I thought I would do the CPM but I am feeling more and more drawn to CNM and nurse practitioner work.
Other: I work fulltime already doing something completely unrelated to midwifery. This is my greatest hurdle because we depend on my income and I have no idea how I will switch careers and still pay our mortgage. It will happen, but who knows to what lengths I shall have to go.

I love this thread. It is totally keeping the dream alive for me.
post #102 of 1798


Hi, Lisa!
post #103 of 1798
i just wanted to pass along a link to the midwifery today e-newsletter, if anyone's interested...

http://www.midwiferytoday.com/enews/subscribe.asp

post #104 of 1798
Thread Starter 
Hi to all the folks who are newly arrived!

Today's a study day- still hammering away at vocab since I am at a relative beginning of academic study. I realize the more I learn the more there is to learn.

Is it overwhelming? Only when I compare where I am with that nebulous destination of "all that I need to know" (can one ever really know all one needs to know... as a midwife?... as a human being??).

The reality I am finding (at the ripe age of 49) is that the learning kind of creates its own momentum, to propel me along at its/my own speed. In fact, y'know, I commented to my program's director of ed. that I felt I was very slow in my work and she said that everyone needs to go at their own pace so that they get the most out of the program.

Many aspects of life are like this too. To get the most from it, we must surrender to it.

We'll never be done learning (hopefully). Every birth teaches. Isn't it really the mothers and families served who confer the real credentials?

Just some thoughts along the way...

J.
post #105 of 1798
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Originally Posted by Joyce in the mts. View Post

We'll never be done learning (hopefully).

I agree! That thought has been bouncing around in my head, particularly as I do my own schooling AND school my kids at home. But I think it's a good lesson for my kids to see that Mom is still learning too and that you're never too old or smart to stop learning.

Welcome back Lisa!

Well, I should get some work done, each of the kids is entertaining him/herself and I might be able to finish something! :
post #106 of 1798
Yes, I agree that learning is a continuous process.

I get overwhelmed by the thought of the information still out there for me to comprehend in order to sit for the NARM someday.


I FINALLY got one of my book report books in the mail (our library didn't have it and I haven't had good experience with our ILL so I just bought this book) so I can get started on that now.

We had a birth Friday afternoon that went great! She starts off the little baby storm this winter. LOL Yesterday we had an interview and it seems like she's choosing my preceptor. If she does then I have at least one birth a month (exception is March...we have two girls due) until June.
post #107 of 1798

Whew...my hand hurts!

from writing out all those post-dated checks to AAMI! WooHoo!!! I (almost) officially a student! I so can't wait to get started. Can anyone let me know about how long it takes for things to get moving?
post #108 of 1798
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from writing out all those post-dated checks to AAMI! WooHoo!!! I (almost) officially a student! I so can't wait to get started. Can anyone let me know about how long it takes for things to get moving?
Oh, I remember doing that!! There is no way I could have enrolled otherwise.

I'm no help on how long it will take for things to get moving....I enrolled so many years ago, I don't remember. I'm sure more recent enrollees can help you there.
post #109 of 1798
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from writing out all those post-dated checks to AAMI! WooHoo!!! I (almost) officially a student! I so can't wait to get started. Can anyone let me know about how long it takes for things to get moving?
Woohoo! I was way too paranoid to do it that way so I did the 10% discount for paying in full and put it on a low-rate interest card. I so didn't want to mess up the checking and bounce a check (let's just say I have to really watch myself in that area).

For me it was just about two weeks, but they'd accidentally misfiled my info so it probably would have been sooner if that hadn't happened (I called in my payment but mailed my app and that may have complicated things a bit).

Now I'm diving into all the emails... I want to work on it now but I'm thinking I shouldn't as I am detoxing and a little :yawning: and : today. I'm thinking I'll go lay with the kids while we watch Wallace & Gromit.

Isn't it exciting to be starting out?


Heather- have fun with your winter storm of births!
post #110 of 1798
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Originally Posted by andreac View Post
from writing out all those post-dated checks to AAMI! WooHoo!!! I (almost) officially a student! I so can't wait to get started. Can anyone let me know about how long it takes for things to get moving?
Believe me your hand just continues to feel that way, or at least mine has from note taking and report writing and so much more.... I know I should use my laptop for some more of that but I just can't seem to work that way as well

Anyways, you should start to get some stuff via e-mail within 2 weeks, and that will walk you through the process step by step.. Lori is actually very prompt and even when she says she is behind (which I think she is currently by 2 weeks, LOL) I never really find I am without things to do.

So congratulations on the beginning of this journey...

Tia
AAMI #1940
post #111 of 1798
Oh, postdated checks! Yes, took me forever to get them all written out, dated correctly, counting them to make sure I sent enough in. And now, I can't remember for the life of me when the last one is supposed to be cashed. I am thinking in September, but I can't remember if I had to send 20 or 24 checks.... so it could be earlier than that. It is in an account that I never use except to put money in for my tuition to come out of. I will close it as soon as my tuition is all done and paid for! I would say it takes 2 weeks or less to start getting all the emails to get started on stuff.
post #112 of 1798
The kids killed my studying momentum! I was doing really well and then the stomach flu went through our house and I spent 2 days cleaning up ill children (ooooh, it was BAD!) and now I am falling into a procrastination thing again. Last night I ate ice cream and watched American Idol when I could have been doing something much more beneficial with my time. But it is really fun to do nothing important!
post #113 of 1798
Last night I finally started back at my work. I am getting close to being done with my shoulder dystocia research file! :

Sorry about all of the sickness, Erika. I think you can allow yourself one night of relaxing. I always just try to remember why I am doing this all in the first place, and then my motivation comes flooding back.
post #114 of 1798
hi all sounds like everybody is learning and doing, which is great! midwifery seems to be somewhat progressive, and information can change- there is never an end to the learning!!

i'm still awaiting my acceptance packet from national college. from what i've been made to understand they are backed up with about 30 enrollments, and the process is slow.

in the meantime i've begun my apprenticship with 2 midwives, and it's going well. i'm doing leopolds, blood pressures, and did my first human blood draw. i was a veterinary technician previous to this endeavor and i must say human phlebotamy is easier. i don't need to find the vein thru fur it sure is nice to have the medical know-how from being a vet tech, as i find it transfers to people easily. i have yet to attend a birth, but have 2 coming up in the next few weeks.

i was wondering what you ladies do at prenatals; like, what is your role? so far, i'm just watching and saying a few words here and there, then doing what i described above, so long as it's ok with the client (it has been for all of them so far). at what point did you become more "involved"? don't get me wrong, i'm feeling involved in appropriate fashion at this point. i guess i am just wanting to hear about different experiences, and what it's like when you lead a prenatal for the first time. i don't have any other students around me to talk to about this sort of thing, kwim? i figure perhaps there will be a wide range of what everyone here does as well.
post #115 of 1798
At prenatals, the midwife does most of the talking and I just pipe in here or there and really just learn. When it is time to do the skills, I jump in and do them with my preceptor double checking my work. It used to be that she would do a full prenatal and then I would maybe practice leopolds or listen to the heart that she found with the fetoscope. Now, I just try to be ready to do all those things without her needing to prompt me. It feels really nice to be more and more confident in my clinical skills.
post #116 of 1798
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Originally Posted by liss_420 View Post
i was wondering what you ladies do at prenatals; like, what is your role? so far, i'm just watching and saying a few words here and there, then doing what i described above, so long as it's ok with the client (it has been for all of them so far). at what point did you become more "involved"? don't get me wrong, i'm feeling involved in appropriate fashion at this point. i guess i am just wanting to hear about different experiences, and what it's like when you lead a prenatal for the first time. i don't have any other students around me to talk to about this sort of thing, kwim? i figure perhaps there will be a wide range of what everyone here does as well.
about the blood draws. I can't even image HOW I would be able to draw blood with animal fur everywhere.

I think the role of the apprentice in prenatals probably does vary A LOT midwife to midwife. My preceptor really believes in just throwing the apprentice in, so to speak, in regards to skills and appointments. Of course, if at any time, I felt like I wasn't prepared to do a certain thing, she would be there to do it or help me do it. With that said, my preceptor does most of the talking simply because she is more of a talker than I am. But, I began doing blood pressure checks, palpation and checking FHTs from the very beginning. It was probably only for the first month that she would check baby's position first and then I would. After that, and since then, she only palpates if I ask her opinion on a funky position. It is nice to not feel like she is always 'checking' me.
post #117 of 1798
Yay!!!
My Holisitc Midwifery Vol I and II came in!!!!
: : :

its soooooooo beautiful

and it was so cool how it came in the mail; the box was in a huge big mail sack with US Mail stamped on it (I'm in australia, so that's rare), so I walked out of the post office looking like santa, and feeling like christmas had come early
post #118 of 1798
Yay! Congratulations!

I have my vol 2 copy open before me right now. Ok, back to the Woods maneuver I go....
post #119 of 1798
Majik, that's awesome!!! How much did the shipping set you back for??? If it's not too bad, it's probably better than lugging it back from the USA in a suitcase!
post #120 of 1798
hooray on getting HM I & II! I LOVE those books. My only wish is that my VI had the same binding as VII as it is starting to come apart and I worry about losing good pages! But, wonderful, wonderful books. You have lots of reading ahead of you!!
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