I am a midwifery student in Las Vegas and I apprenticed 10 years ago, attended 65 births.
My midwife(who I apprenticed with prior, and have birthed my 2 babies with) is not super busy, and I have just attended 1 birth with her in the last months.
My family and I are planning on moving to the East coast in the summer, but I would like to work on skills and attending births while I am here( I am planning on starting from scratch with the PEP process)
I am thinking of contacting other midwifes in my area, but how is the best way to go about that? Also my midwife does not have a friendly relationship with most of the other midwives here, and I don't want to upset her(but I do want to make some progress while I can).
Are you a part of the midwifery/birth community in that area? You could call other midwives and ask if you could work with them until you leave to go to the East Coast. Something that you'll have to look at, though, is if you are on call for more than one midwife, if you're at a birth for one and another's mama goes into labor, then whose birth do you attend? And will that leave one midwife in the lurch without you?
Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!
Have you thought abt doing some international work or work at a high volume maternity center such stateside for a concentrated amount of time? It can be a great way to get your numbers up/get great hands on experience.
Some good high volume centers that are approved by NARM and accept midwifery students:
Maternidad La Luz: http://www.maternidadlaluz.com/
Mercy in Action (Phillipines) http://www.mercyinaction.com/midwifery-doula-internships/
Earth Birth (Uganda) http://www.earth-birth.com/
Global Midwives (Sierra Leone): http://www.globalmidwives.org/
African Birth Collective (Senegal): http://www.africanbirthcollective.org/
I'm sure there are many more...