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post #41 of 1798
Here's my re-intro:


Name: Jessica (I'm homeschooled)
Age: 18
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Birth Work: Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator for a nonprofit teen crisis pregnancy center
Midwifery: Currently self study; will be starting with MCU in August '08

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Most people don't understand the difference between choosing a profession and having a "calling".
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My dad in particular. He spent all four of my highschool years trying to convince me that becoming a Registered Nurse and then a CNM was the best path for me. When he grudgingly consented to me attending a CPM college, he insisted that I attend one that granted degrees (MCU), that I pay for it (he would've payed for my CNM degree), and also that I first get my Licenced Practical Nurse certificate (a "real" title; whatever. He will pay for it). So I totally get it rnchrista . He just recently told me "Jessica, I think you would really enjoy being a Nurse Anesthetist." Yeah---administering epidurals? NOT IN A MILLION YEARS! I replied, "No thanks dad, I prefer to work with well people, not sick ones. I also want to catch babies. Nurse Anesthetist is definitely not for me." He just doesn't understand that helping women birth is a calling; not a profession.

On a more cheerful note, I have been on vacation with my family for the last two weeks. We will return day after tommorrow. While I was down here in the Florida Keys having fun, I have managed to read "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin, "A Midwife's Tale" (Martha Bullard's diary), and part of "The Fussy Baby Book" by Dr. and Mrs. Sears. I've also gotten another potential doula birth lined up through e-mail; I just have to meet up with the client when I get back before we solidify things. Can you tell I've had an awesome two weeks?!

I'll talk to you girls later!
post #42 of 1798
My sister got me an gift certificate for Amazon.com and I just ordered the following books!!!

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
Bailliere's Midwives' Dictionary
Birth as an American Rite of Passage (I'm really excited about this one!)
Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born
Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (this one too!)


I can't wait for them to come in the mail!! I hope they are here in time for my vacation! We are going to Key West for a week and I would love to have a few of these to read by the pool while soaking up some much needed sun!



post #43 of 1798
Jen, awesome about the books that are coming for you!!!

I got back from a long birth last night. We were there almost 24 hours. Boy, did I ever just crash on the bed when I got home and didn't stir at all until this morning. But, the birth was absolutely amazing. I get all teary-eyed when ever I start thinking about it or telling the story. I used to cry at every birth WAY back when I attended my first few (hospital) births. But, in my apprenticeship, I think I have only been moved to tears at 2 other births...and this one, well, it really changed me as a midwife. (in a good way).
post #44 of 1798
oh, new year, new thread. i as wondering why nobody was posting in the old thread (was subbing), then i went to it and found this link

melissa
age: 27
kids: dd 8 m/o born at home
location: ABQ, NM (SUPER midwifery friendly)
birth work: doula for some friends, but that's about it. i do have a working knowledge of medicine, however, as i was an animal nurse of 7 years, and sooooooo much of what i know (anatomy/physiology/drugs/etc) transfers to people.
midwifery: began attending NCM in dec. 2007. apprenticing with 2 midwives :, both of who are on complete opposite sides of the spectrum regarding personality, but i absolutely LOVE both of them (they both attended my birth) one is a jewish lesbian from NY (blunt and kinda tough) with a relatively high volume practice 3-5 births/month and well women care, and the other is a hippie groovy woman (chooses words more carefully) with a lower volume of 1-2 births a month. i'm hoping to end up falling somewhere in the middle of the 2 spectrums both are holistic and crunchy in that respect, and do some things similar. i feel that i will have quite an adventure in the upcoming years
post #45 of 1798
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Jen, awesome about the books that are coming for you!!!
Thanks Reha!! I really want the Robbie Davis-Floyd book because I'm meeting her in March at the conference in Philly! I've read Spiritual Midwifery and can't wait to meet Ina May too! What a great week that will be!!!

Sounds like you had a long 24 hours! Glad it all went well and you left with a great experience! I soooooooo can't wait to start attending!



post #46 of 1798
Liss- sounds like a fun apprenticeship!

Jen- awesome about the books! Have fun!

Reha- sounds like a great birth!

I was gone 13 hours the other night/day for a birth that ended in a cute little baby girl. And we spent the night last night at my grandpa's timeshare by the new casino so we enjoyed a change of pace. I was so relieved that the client due tomorrow had her baby on Friday so I was able to enjoy the night away without worrying about the logistics of being 50 minutes further away than usual!

I'm now (rather belatedly I suppose) reading through Paths to Becoming a Midwife. It is giving some ideas for how to pursue an apprenticeship so that's good. Waiting a year or two will let us get our house ready to sell, give me time to delve in AAMI and give my nursling more time to grow up before I get busy with an apprenticeship.

So- for those of you who are apprenticing or are planning for your apprenticeship, how early is too early to start putting out feelers? I thought I'd contact some of the midwives I've found online that are 1-2 hours away but I really don't intend to move just yet as we need to tie up loose ends and get a better idea of MIL's health first.
post #47 of 1798
I did it!!!
I ordered Holistic Midwifery, birth volumes.
I know it will take about 2 weeks for them to arrive, but I can barely stop myself going out to check the mailbox every minute :

and I'm starting prenatal care with my coming twin birth (well, over the phone, since they live 1000km away). But if feels really good to be taking notes
the mama told me that she'd dreamed I was catching her baby, just after her first DD was born. seems the dream is coming true

anyways, I'm off to read up more on twins
post #48 of 1798
Oops, sorry to be late to the re-intro game.

I'm Sarah, living in Oregon with my husband and daughter in an ancient fixer house, and hoping to graduate from my CNM program this June. I was a graduate-entry student (not a nurse when I started) and so have been in nursing + midwifery school full time for almost 3 years now. The new quarter starts tomorrow and I am madly getting my books and stuff together. If all goes well and I get the number of births I need, I will be doing my integration quarter this Spring, which I am greatly looking forward to! Either way, this is my last quarter of didactic classes. Whew! It's been a long haul.

Like Joyce, I believe that every woman should have the choice on where and with whom she births. I am a staunch homebirth advocate (my daughter was born at home) and hope to help build bridges between the homebirth and hospital-based midwifery communities. I plan to serve women in as many settings as I am able, depending on where I practice. I have also found during schooling that I love well-woman care, family planning, and gynecology, and hope to incorporate a healthy portion of that into my practice, as well.

Looking forward to a great 2008!

Sarah
post #49 of 1798
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Originally Posted by mcsarahb View Post
Oops, sorry to be late to the re-intro game.

I'm Sarah, living in Oregon with my husband and daughter in an ancient fixer house, and hoping to graduate from my CNM program this June. I was a graduate-entry student (not a nurse when I started) and so have been in nursing + midwifery school full time for almost 3 years now. The new quarter starts tomorrow and I am madly getting my books and stuff together. If all goes well and I get the number of births I need, I will be doing my integration quarter this Spring, which I am greatly looking forward to! Either way, this is my last quarter of didactic classes. Whew! It's been a long haul.

Like Joyce, I believe that every woman should have the choice on where and with whom she births. I am a staunch homebirth advocate (my daughter was born at home) and hope to help build bridges between the homebirth and hospital-based midwifery communities. I plan to serve women in as many settings as I am able, depending on where I practice. I have also found during schooling that I love well-woman care, family planning, and gynecology, and hope to incorporate a healthy portion of that into my practice, as well.

Looking forward to a great 2008!

Sarah
Hi Sarah!

Are you at OHSU? Are houses actually affordable in Portland? They aren't further up I-5.

Meghan
post #50 of 1798
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Hi Sarah!

Are you at OHSU? Are houses actually affordable in Portland? They aren't further up I-5.

Meghan
Not so affordable, no...which is why we have a fixer. As in, DH redid the foundation this winter. Are you in Seattle? We lived in WA (Oly) for 4 years.
post #51 of 1798
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Not so affordable, no...which is why we have a fixer. As in, DH redid the foundation this winter. Are you in Seattle? We lived in WA (Oly) for 4 years.
Yup, Seattle -- at the UW.

Were you Greeners? I married one!
post #52 of 1798
Oh yes, I was a Greener.
post #53 of 1798
"I'm Sarah, living in Oregon with my husband and daughter in an ancient fixer house, and hoping to graduate from my CNM program this June. I was a graduate-entry student (not a nurse when I started) and so have been in nursing + midwifery school full time for almost 3 years now. The new quarter starts tomorrow and I am madly getting my books and stuff together. If all goes well and I get the number of births I need, I will be doing my integration quarter this Spring, which I am greatly looking forward to! Either way, this is my last quarter of didactic classes. Whew! It's been a long haul."

Sarah[/QUOTE]

Sarah--I have a 1 year old daughter and am starting a CNM program in March. I'm a bit nervous about how we'll coordinate her care, since we have no family in town. How did you manage with the clinical portion? What were the clinicals like as far as hours per week, etc.? What is the "integration" quarter? I'm anxious to learn more and haven't really met anyone that is almost graduated! Very excited for you!!
TIA! Jennifer
post #54 of 1798
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Originally Posted by 636Jen View Post
I soooooooo can't wait to start attending!

Me either. I know it's a while off for me but, I can't wait.

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I did it!!!
I ordered Holistic Midwifery, birth volumes.
Awesome! I ordered Vol. 1 It should be here in a couple days.
post #55 of 1798
Reha, hotwings or anyone else enrolled in AAMI... how long does it generally take to receive enrollment verification? I called Carla on the 1st to pay my tuition and I mailed my application that same day so I'm sure she's only just received it in the mail. Yes, I'm impatient!

It's great so see more CNMs-to-be join the group, we need all kinds of midwives!

A question for those going the direct-entry route... are you aiming for CPM and/or LM? Why, or why not?
post #56 of 1798
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Originally Posted by majikfaerie
I did it!!!
I ordered Holistic Midwifery, birth volumes.
Awesome!!! I have a list that I'm shopping for now. My official school start date is Aug 1st so I have some time to gather it all.
post #57 of 1798
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Reha, hotwings or anyone else enrolled in AAMI... how long does it generally take to receive enrollment verification? I called Carla on the 1st to pay my tuition and I mailed my application that same day so I'm sure she's only just received it in the mail. Yes, I'm impatient!
It is hard to wait, isn't it? I would give it 2 weeks and if you haven't recieved it, then make a call and see if it has been taken care of yet. I would bet they are probably a bit backed up because of the holidays. They are busy, busy women. I was so anxious to get going, it was so hard to wait for my stuff to arrive!
post #58 of 1798
I'm aiming for a CPM. Here in NH, that's pretty much our certification. You also get a NHCM (New Hampshire Certified Midwife.) We're not planning on staying in NH long term, so I figure that will give me the most versatility with regards to the different states we might move to. Although, the cost of the test is scaring me. Seriously, I think I need to start saving now!

to all the newcomers!

I have to get back into studying now that the holidays are over....
post #59 of 1798
Ack! I'm so behind already!

I guess an intro is in order first. I'm Heather and I'll be 32 in April. My dh and I have been married 10 years and have 4 kids (9yog, 7yog, 5yog, 2yob). This is our fifth year to homeschool. My first two were hospital births and my other two were home waterbirths (one w/ mw here, one UC).

Last Summer I took my doula/cbe training with CAPPA. I have my CCCE but am not seeking doula cert. right now. Last November I started MTB. It's going much slower than I would like but I just keep plugging along the best I can. I am apprenticing with the mw that I used for my last two babies and absolutely love working with her!

busybusymama ~ Congrats on starting with AAMI!!!!!!!! I'm aiming for CPM. Right now, there is no licensure in Oklahoma.

Jen ~ That sounds like a lovely way to celebrate the new year!! A gc to Amazon is probably one of the best gifts ever! LOL I love the BIRTH book...very eye opening.

touka ~ Will your friend's birth be the first one for you to attend?

Reha ~ Sounds like an amazing birth...can you share a little about it with us sometime?

majik ~ Ooo..I'm completely jealous!! I can't wait to have my own copy of those books!!!


Ok. I think I'm caught up!

We're getting ready to be busy with births here. I'm excited..haven't done a birth since August!
post #60 of 1798
It came! I wasn't expecting it (h. m vol 1) for a couple more days but I just got it! woohooo! :
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