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Hello Ladies,<br><br>
Last year I moved to x from y where I had apprenticed for 2 years under 2 midwives, one a CNM, one a LM. Having just bought a home in x, I am ready to put my roots down; I am interested in finding an apprenticeship and in building ties and connections within the birth practitioner community.<br><br>
My previous apprenticeship was demanding and in a busy practice, I was the only apprentice for most of my time with them, and was therefore present for almost all prenatals and births. In total I have attended at approximately 40 births. I am proficient at blood pressure readings, glucose/iron test administration, fetal/maternal monitoring. I am also very comfortable carrying heavy bags with delicate equipment, charting and I have been known to make delicious food in the middle of the night<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I have also co-taught childbirth classes. I am very sensitive to people's needs and have a good sense for how to support my preceptor and of course, how to support a laboring mother and her family. My neo-natal resuscitation certificate is expired, but I plan on renewing as soon as an apprenticeship presents itself.<br><br>
For a little background, I hold a degree in Women's Health from Prescott College, was a yoga teacher for 3 years, and am currently a stay at home mom to my 22 month old son. My husband is the breadwinner and completely supportive of me pursuing an apprenticeship.<br><br>
Thank-you for taking your precious time to read this. I would be so grateful for any response and for you to also hold me in your mind when adding apprentices to your practice, or pointing me in the direction of midwives taking on apprentices.<br><br>
Yours,<br>
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would you like any feedback on your letter? I'm not entirely clear about that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yes, please, feedback would be appreciated. I was a bit foggy headed when I posted this last night as I was up way past my bedtime waiting for my mom's plane to get in.<br><br>
I guess I'm just wondering if I am missing anything in this inquiry, and if I seem like an appealing apprentice prospect. Any insight would be greatly appreciated, as my last apprenticeship I just kinda 'fell into' and was not seeking one out at the time (lucky me I know<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Not a midwife, but I'd say you're hired! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Since you have a child, I would mention if you have a good childcare arrangement available. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Since you have a child, I would mention if you have a good childcare arrangement available. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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This is a good point. And I subconsciously forgot to address it because I don't have it all figured out. I'm blessed that my hubby has flexible hours and can work at home pretty much as often as he needs. But, I would need to find a care-provider or two who would accept us on a drop-in basis for times that he is across the bay or it isn't feasible for him to take off work, or for marathon births.<br><br>
Yes, I will add a bit about that thank-you.
 

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Yes, I'd definitely mention childcare...in fact you might want to rewrite your comment about being a SAHM. More like "I now have a 22month old. It is my intention to be available xxx ('as much as you need me'/'for 2 births a month'/other--try to specify to some degree), and will have readily available childcare in place".<br><br>
The other thing is---your letter of appeal does a great job of describing your qualifications and so forth. It does not really ask for anything, nor specify what you want to learn. For instance, if I were looking for an apprenticeship, I'd say "hoping to learn from experienced midwives how to be attentive yet hands-off; also I want to deepen my knowledge about the use of herbs and homeopathics in pregnancy and birth". Someone else might want to know how to draw blood, administer pitocin, other, more 'medical' skills--for another possible example. Does this make sense?<br><br>
So--present yourself well (as you've done), and also use your letter to aim for any goals you may have. Well, IF you have some particular goals. Maybe you are willing to work with any midwife and just 'see it all' at this point. If so, I'd mention that "I hope to learn from various midwives the differing styles of practice".<br><br>
Hope this helps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I am going to start off with I think I know you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> . I would say, now that you have your info organized, you can send out the letter or you can start interviewing midwives to see who you might want to work with. if there are midwifery meetings or if there is a neonatal resuscitation class offered locally by the midwives then go to that it will give you an opportunity to meet with several at a time and they will see that you are serious and capable and you can get a feel for personality and who you might be comfortable with- if you are in Phoenix then you should know that Pam White LM teaches NNR - so it is a room full of midwives and students you would be taking it with - after you figure out who is someone you may possibly want to work with you can offer the info in your letter as a reference- did you get your previous experience signed off? also what are some questions you may have for a midwife? many are very organized and will tell you what they expect from a student but is there anything you may want to know about style, money handling, philosophy, conflict resolution or do they have many conflicts with others, are students allowed to be hands on- how much/including catches/birth decision making? how busy is their practice? do they care if you work with other midwives at the same time?<br>
also what are the requirements of the state you live in? is there licensing of midwives? or are you trying to get a CPM? and I would say talk to women in the region and listen to their birth stories -that may tell you a lot about who you may want to work with.
 

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this is just a guess but if you are writing this in Flagstaff, last I heard Womancare Midwifery was in fact looking for an apprentice right now, but they are a very busy practice.
 

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OK, I do most of the hiring for our four clinics (2 of which are ob/midwife). Here are some changes I would like to see.<br><br>
1. Tell me what you are looking for and why you sent this letter to me. (If I think you sent it to every midwife in the phone book I will throw it away).<br><br>
2. Put the exact number of births you attended, I always look for attention to detail.<br><br>
3. Tell me what education you have had in midwifery (any courses?/books/ind. study).<br><br>
4. Tell me what you want to learn, what you want to do. Can you draw blood, check presentation, check dilation, do apgars. Are you sill at the stage where you want to be the midwife's assistant, or do you want to make decisions & deliver babies?<br><br>
5. Do you speak any other languages, have experience with certain cultures, etc?<br><br>
6. Add in childcare, take out SAHM & hubby is breadwinner, supportive is enough.<br><br>
I would also suggest going ahead and renewing your newborn resus.<br><br>
My last advice is to research the midwives & make an effort to meet some of them. This info would come much better after a conversation. In that case you could tailor it to their specifications (i.e. midfe Lu and I were talking at the LLL meeting and she mentioned that you were looking for an apprentice)<br><br>
Sorry if this is a little abrupt, but it is how I work when going through a stack of resumes. If you do decide to go the letter route, I would include a formal resume and letters of reference from your previous midwives.<br><br>
Good Luck!!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, I'd definitely mention childcare...in fact you might want to rewrite your comment about being a SAHM. More like "I now have a 22month old. It is my intention to be available xxx ('as much as you need me'/'for 2 births a month'/other--try to specify to some degree), and will have readily available childcare in place".<br><br>
The other thing is---your letter of appeal does a great job of describing your qualifications and so forth. It does not really ask for anything, nor specify what you want to learn. For instance, if I were looking for an apprenticeship, I'd say "hoping to learn from experienced midwives how to be attentive yet hands-off; also I want to deepen my knowledge about the use of herbs and homeopathics in pregnancy and birth". Someone else might want to know how to draw blood, administer pitocin, other, more 'medical' skills--for another possible example. Does this make sense?<br><br>
So--present yourself well (as you've done), and also use your letter to aim for any goals you may have. Well, IF you have some particular goals. Maybe you are willing to work with any midwife and just 'see it all' at this point. If so, I'd mention that "I hope to learn from various midwives the differing styles of practice".<br><br>
Hope this helps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Thank-you Ms Black, this is exactly the kind of feedback I was looking for. It is very hard for my to be specific about what exactly I am looking for because I am simply looking for experience and do no see myself pursuing a fast track path to full-midwifery credentials for many years. I see myself moving from apprentice to assistant and staying there for a long time. So now that I have that out, it is exactly what I should say I am pursuing. My past experience was with a midwife who had more of a medical-minded than hands-off approach, and that was uncomfortable for me. So I do need to express that
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am going to start off with I think I know you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> . I would say, now that you have your info organized, you can send out the letter or you can start interviewing midwives to see who you might want to work with. if there are midwifery meetings or if there is a neonatal resuscitation class offered locally by the midwives then go to that it will give you an opportunity to meet with several at a time and they will see that you are serious and capable and you can get a feel for personality and who you might be comfortable with- if you are in Phoenix then you should know that Pam White LM teaches NNR - so it is a room full of midwives and students you would be taking it with - after you figure out who is someone you may possibly want to work with you can offer the info in your letter as a reference- did you get your previous experience signed off? also what are some questions you may have for a midwife? many are very organized and will tell you what they expect from a student but is there anything you may want to know about style, money handling, philosophy, conflict resolution or do they have many conflicts with others, are students allowed to be hands on- how much/including catches/birth decision making? how busy is their practice? do they care if you work with other midwives at the same time?<br>
also what are the requirements of the state you live in? is there licensing of midwives? or are you trying to get a CPM? and I would say talk to women in the region and listen to their birth stories -that may tell you a lot about who you may want to work with.</div>
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Hi MWHerbs, yes we do know each other! I've moved to the East Bay in the SF Bay Area and even after a year here miss Tucson almost everyday. There are a lot of homebirh midwives here, and a surprising amount that are CNMs, which I am not completely closed off to, but have my reservations about. The questions you brought up are great and are helping me reflect on some of the parts of my previous apprenticeship that were to say the least, challenging and that eventually led to my decision to stop my apprenticeship.<br><br>
I will say that since apprenticeships are 'hard to come by' it can be hard to not jump on any opportunity that presents itself, even if the personality/style match with the preceptor is less than ideal. Ideally I would find a way to work with more than one midwife as my skill set and experience increased.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">OK, I do most of the hiring for our four clinics (2 of which are ob/midwife). Here are some changes I would like to see.<br><br>
1. Tell me what you are looking for and why you sent this letter to me. (If I think you sent it to every midwife in the phone book I will throw it away).<br><br>
2. Put the exact number of births you attended, I always look for attention to detail.<br><br>
3. Tell me what education you have had in midwifery (any courses?/books/ind. study).<br><br>
4. Tell me what you want to learn, what you want to do. Can you draw blood, check presentation, check dilation, do apgars. Are you sill at the stage where you want to be the midwife's assistant, or do you want to make decisions & deliver babies?<br><br>
5. Do you speak any other languages, have experience with certain cultures, etc?<br><br>
6. Add in childcare, take out SAHM & hubby is breadwinner, supportive is enough.<br><br>
I would also suggest going ahead and renewing your newborn resus.<br><br>
My last advice is to research the midwives & make an effort to meet some of them. This info would come much better after a conversation. In that case you could tailor it to their specifications (i.e. midfe Lu and I were talking at the LLL meeting and she mentioned that you were looking for an apprentice)<br><br>
Sorry if this is a little abrupt, but it is how I work when going through a stack of resumes. If you do decide to go the letter route, I would include a formal resume and letters of reference from your previous midwives.<br><br>
Good Luck!!!!</div>
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This list is so helpful, I kinda think it should be a included a permanent post in this forum since so many people come in here asking about how to get an apprenticeship. Thank you.
 

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You're welcome! I hope you find just the right mentor/s for you and your situation and wishes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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