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post #1 of 19
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Aside from contacting ATM, does anyone out there have suggestions on how to find a reliable, hard-working, self-motivated, knowledgable birth asst and/or apprentice? (And I realize that I may not find all of the above listed qualities in one person, but a girl can dream, right? )

TIA!
post #2 of 19
Maybe asking some doula's or Bradley teachers or other CBE's... sometimes those women want to be more involved with births and just dont know where to start.
post #3 of 19
If I wasnt so far away I would be chasing you down to do it! I consider myself all of those things. Aren't there a tonne of people looking for apprenticeships? I feel like there would be. Maybe I'll look you up in a few years when Im finishing up midwifery school! Gooooood luck!
post #4 of 19
I'm right here!!!! Washington to Texas is the only requirement huh? LOL

I am a wanna be midwifes assistant. I am a new doula and hope to be a midwifes assistant in October. The midwife found me because I am a client, and because I'm in the middle of anything pro natural birth in my little area. She couldn't not find me. Recently she asked me to assist for her starting in October if her current assistant moves out of town like planned. Also I recently took over the coordination position of the child birth education class she teaches upon her request. I just keep trying to make myself useful and hope I get the job. I would think there are women just hounding you down to work with you. I would be there in a split second if you lived within an hour of me.

Anyway I would say put the word out to doulas, CBE's, and clients perhaps.

HTH

sav
post #5 of 19
Uhh... post online looking for an apprentice at the same time I get my loose strings wrapped up so I could move there for an apprenticeship?

I bet that's not the kind of answer you were looking for though.
post #6 of 19
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Aside from contacting ATM, does anyone out there have suggestions on how to find a reliable, hard-working, self-motivated, knowledgable birth asst and/or apprentice? (And I realize that I may not find all of the above listed qualities in one person, but a girl can dream, right? )

TIA!
I have interviewed for apprentices twice in the past year. The first time I just posted to my local midwifery study group and put the word out quietly. I made a job description, including my expectations for experience and commitment and then posted it. I got 5 applicants, of which 3 were pretty good candidates. The woman I chose had been to midwifery school and dropped out about 10 years previous. She was very helpful to me, but then moved away.

I hired an apprentice on a temporary basis who was working for another midwife but not as busy as she wanted to be (this is a good idea, I think). She worked out well and now is job sharing for me permanently with two other newer apprentices. Both of them came to me from either community contacts or from an ad I posted in the finding your tribe section on this board.

I like having more than one apprentice. It means that I don't need to rely on anyone 100%. Also as the women who work for me have major life changes they can rebalance their work load and still keep on working for me. I am using the more senior apprentice as a primary midwife under supervision and the less senior ones as her and my assistants. By the time the more senior one is ready to move on, the newer ones will be ready to be primaries.

My two greener apprentices came with almost no job experience, but they are really motivated learners. I them.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by TXmidwife View Post
Aside from contacting ATM, does anyone out there have suggestions on how to find a reliable, hard-working, self-motivated, knowledgable birth asst and/or apprentice? (And I realize that I may not find all of the above listed qualities in one person, but a girl can dream, right? )

TIA!
Pm'd ya!
post #8 of 19
all i can say is in a couple years when im closer to being ready, i would give some sort of major body part to find a post like this in my area
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your ideas, and sorry (really!) that I live in Texas and not Washington or Oregon.

Defenestator, more than one apprentice does sound like a good idea, but I'd take just one good candidate that is close to me (sorry paintedbison!) right now. I guess that maybe I've set my expectations a little high. I think that it comes from seeing a couple of apprentices come and go during my apprenticeship and thinking "Oh, please don't let me pick someone like that!" It's hard to tell how someone is really going to act and react until you're really in the thick of things.
post #10 of 19
what part of texas are you in? I am in Austin. I recently started assisting another midwife here. I know several others who are interested in an apprenticeship or an assistant position.
post #11 of 19
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Defenestator, more than one apprentice does sound like a good idea, but I'd take just one good candidate that is close to me (sorry paintedbison!) right now. I guess that maybe I've set my expectations a little high. I think that it comes from seeing a couple of apprentices come and go during my apprenticeship and thinking "Oh, please don't let me pick someone like that!" It's hard to tell how someone is really going to act and react until you're really in the thick of things.
You could do what Defenestrator did with me....she brought me on temporarily to help during her busy month. I never assumed it would turn into anything else, but things worked out good so she offered me an apprenticeship.
You could also do what my previous preceptor did, which was to have a 90 day trial period for new apprentices.
post #12 of 19

2 Midwifery Apprenticeships

Bella Vie Gentle Birth Center in Salem Oregon is seeking 2 apprentices to start immediately.
www.GentleBirthCenter.com

•Candidates should be reliable, resourceful, mature, thoughtful, and dedicated;
•They should be hard workers that are clear about wanting to be a part of a fast paced midwifery practice with multiple midwives that take the time to nurture women and their families;
•They should be clear that we desire positive relations and a family feel within our staff;
•They must be able to live an "on-call" lifestyle;
•They must be available 3days in the clinic assisting with prenatal appointments and birth center tasks as well as additional time in attendance of births and postpartum care;
•They must live within 30 minutes drive from the birth center;
•They should be good communicators that get along with others easily (even when they are tired
•They will need to have significant midwifery knowledge and the eagerness to learn more;
•They will be given plenty of opportunities to have hands on experience and their questions answered;
•They will be given chart review time with a midwife and the other students monthly;
•There is no charge or pay for this apprenticeship, and it needs to be understood that an apprenticeship is an exchange; an opportunity for education and experience.

***Please send an email to Patricia pcmidwife@gmail.com expressing interest and experience including your contact information and we will contact you.
post #13 of 19
Is the problem specifically with ATM?

Ancient Arts might give good referrals....
post #14 of 19
Pick me! Pick me! :
post #15 of 19
I was wondering where in Texas you are? I am in South Texas--near Brownsville.
post #16 of 19
well Seattle midwifery school doesn't provide for birth experience students have to find their own preceptor and they have to have 100 births - so you could let them know you are open to being a preceptor- I think that there are probably some other schools that would want the same and could put student together with preceptor=== probably AAMI would be open to putting student and mw together
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by TXmidwife View Post
Aside from contacting ATM, does anyone out there have suggestions on how to find a reliable, hard-working, self-motivated, knowledgable birth asst and/or apprentice? (And I realize that I may not find all of the above listed qualities in one person, but a girl can dream, right? )

TIA!
I'd volunteer if I lived in TX!!!
post #18 of 19
Do you attend any ATM meetings or homebirth group meetings and the like? Letting other midwives know you are looking can be really helpful.

I'm graduating from nursing school in December and hope to assist for awhile before I head to the hospital for L&D experience for my CNM- are you looking for an apprentice/assist or are you also considering a reliable person who would just assist without apprenticing? Just curious.
post #19 of 19
Consider your clients and other community members and think about whether there's anyone you already know that you'd like to work with. And I second the multiple-assistant/jobsharing idea. The midwife I work with has another assistant and we split clients based on geography.

I was "recruited" by a midwife who knew me well personally. She knew that I was already a doula and was preparing to return to attending births in that capacity after my second child was born. She suggested to me that I'd be a good assistant, and if I were ever interested, to let her know.

With two very young children, I am not ready (yet!) to delve head-first into being an apprentice, go to midwifery school, etc. But about 4 months after that first conversation, I began and have been assisting for about a year.
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