I have been a childbirth educator for 5 years and I'm hoping to become a midwife someday. I was talking with a friend who has been a midwife for several years, and she still attends births as an assistant because she doesn't feel ready to attend as a solo midwife. I'm just curious about the experience of other midwives--how soon after officially becoming a midwife did you feel comfortable attending births on your own?
I feel like that's something I'll be doing when I'm done my apprenticeship, with an assistant of course, but as primary midwife.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
I'm comfortable on my own but prefer having an assistant. Not so much because I'm uneasy about being a solo midwife but because having two pairs of hands and eyes is very helpful.
Wife + Homeschooling Mama to 4 + Midwife
Not a midwife, but do you mean she doesn't attend as the primary or that she doesn't attend births solo? There were two midwives at all of my homebirths so that there was an extra pair of hands in case of something coming up where both of us might need attention. Sometimes the assistant was already certified and sometimes still in her apprenticeship.