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Well, here goes.... I am starting this thread for people that are interested in midwifery. I am hoping that maybe we can start an online study group. Or if we are near each other, by some weird chance, maybe we can even get together in person. I will come back and introduce myself and hopefully others can start with that then we can come up with study ideas.
 

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Well, I will start (maybe I will be all alone in this thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> ). I know that there is another thread for midwives and doulas, but it seems to mostly be women working on doula training so I thought I would start another thread (hope thats all right <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> ). I am currently working my way towards a Nurse-Midwifery degree. I am in my Junior year of nursing school right now and I work part-time as a birth assistant at a free standing birth center. Prior to that, I worked part-time with a CNM with her own homebirth practice for about 3 years and now she is taking a break (to write a book- which I am very excited to read and give her feedback on). My ultimate goal, a ways down the road, is to have my own homebirth practice. I plan on working a few years as a nurse to get some quantity experience before starting my grad program. I do not have any children of my own yet, I am hoping to within the next couple of years though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> and I can't wait for that! I would like to start a study group to read good books and discuss them together and also share our experiences (like when we need to process <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ). Is anyone else interested? I can't go to nuts in terms of how fast we will read and discuss as I have so much homework right now, but I can still plug along and in the summer I can move faster. I also have a rotation in the birth unit starting next week (until the end of this semester), which will be my first hospital birth experience- so I know I'm gonna need to vent<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief">!
 

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I may one day pursue midwifery. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Right now I'm headed towards being a doula first. I'm looking at going with AMI for midwifery training and I'm on Carla's yahoogroup.<br><br>
Thanks for starting the thread!! I'll probably just lurk here mostly. <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 a student midwife...I started my midwifery course in April 2005 and started my apprenticeship in Jan. 2006. I have doula'd for 2 years.<br>
Just thought I would answer to your post so you knew I was here. <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 just started Midwifery school in New Zealand!<br><br>
My blog about it is at:<br><br><a href="http://durafemina.blogspot.com" target="_blank">http://durafemina.blogspot.com</a><br><br>
Peace!
 

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I am a midwifery student too! I live in Canada though, so I'm not sure what I can contribute, as I know our programs are structured a little differently. I'll keep track of the convo though, and pitch in! Nice to meet you women!
 

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I am currently an apprentice, having started on my midwifery journey in 1981 with the homebirth of our middle child. I have since become a childbirth educator and doula, although never certified. (didn't have the money, and I was a single parent by then, so used my doula money to help support the children). I have been trained as a midwife assistant, and had a great experience. I finished a BS in Computer Information Systems in 2004. Then moved to a more midwifery supportive state, so I can finish up for my CPM.... So here we are, enjoying every minute of our adventure. I have a wonderful, very experienced preceptor, whom I admire and respect immensely. I hope to be an asset to her, just as she has been helping me...I read constantly and have a library of about 300 volumes on childbirth and midwifery, so if anyone wants a question answered that I might have the book for, fire away! I am looking forward to studying with everyone.
 

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Hi. Glad you started this thread since the other did become mostly about doula training.<br><br>
I am a RN. First year into a Direct Entry Midwifery program in Florida. I will be a Licensed Midwife when I graduate, not a CNM.<br><br>
Hey, how is school in <span>New Zealand??!! I want to move there.</span><br><br>
I'll ask the first question.<br><span><br>
At the Birth Center where I precept they advise women to take Unisom, an OTC sleep aid, for morning sickness. I disagree wholeheartedly with thi9s recommendation. Does anyone have ideas, like increasing B vitamins, instead, but with rational. Can anyone give me the other view also, play the devil's advocate and tell me why Unisom works and could be a "good" choice.</span><br>
~Michelle
 

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For some reason I have Unisom in my notes, though the midwife I worked with never recommended that. Research has shown that increasing B vitamins (B6 especially) even pre-pregnancy results in less morning sickness. I would try everything before Unisom like small frequent meals, ginger, those accupressure wrist bands, fresh air, peppermint tea, and daily positive thoughts about self/baby.<br><br>
So, has anyone heard of a good book that we could all study together or any suggestions?
 

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I have just recently started an informal study group. Not all of us are currently attending school, but we all want to keep up on information and work on acedemics... I'm not sure if it's okay to post the link here or not so if it gets deleted please feel free to PM me. <a href="http://forum.babylady.com/forums/" target="_blank">http://forum.babylady.com/forums/</a><br>
We are currently studying by collectively choosing a topic, researching it and then publishing a written article based on our research. I hope to get a few midwives on board to help mentor and then at some point we hope to include mock case studies.
 

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Just checking into the thread. Currently I am an aspiring midwife- I was a student before I up and got pregnant. Now I have a 1 year old and I am not sure when I will return to midwifery school for the degree. From what I understand a lot of student midwives tend to get pregnant if they aren't already done making a family. It will be probably be 15 years or so until I'm back at it, but for now I am a student in my own world. I still teach myself anything I can about pregnancy and birth whenever I can. With a 1 yr old that isn't too often.
 

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New Zealand is fantastic! The miwifery culture here is really well-developed and women-centered even in the mainstream (75% of women have midwives).<br>
The education system here is a lot like Canada's (one reason I chose to study here).<br><br>
Peace!
 

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I'm technically done with my didactic work but I wanted to chime in and ask why you are so against Unisom? Just curious... it has been proven to be just about the safest OTC medication for pregnant women. Safer then Tylenol, even.
 

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I am not against unisom per say, but no drug is considered "safe" during pregnancy because research cannot be done on the effects- it would be unethical. So, its usually after years of use that people may find out how safe it is. I would just try natural/food remedies first.
 

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Hi everyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> I'm an aspiring midwife, but haven't done anything but lots of reading and I attended a friend's homebirth as an observer (my midwife was attending mw). So obviously, I'm at the very very beginning of my journey.<br><br>
Because I am due in ~9 weeks with my third child and the current legal situation is really sticky in Indiana right now I haven't pursued apprenticeship yet (right now it's a felony for DEMs and CPMs). I do want to do so within the next couple of years so in the meantime I'm doing a lot of reading and such (I would prefer to practice as a DEM... I would practice as a CPM *if* the state law [when passed] isn't too strict on certain issues). We are hoping legislation will be passed in 2007 that would license CPMs and change the charge for DEMs from a felony to a misdemeanor, that I can handle. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
So anyway, I'll go back to reading. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sulkoff.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="tiptoe">
 

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Actually Unisom is the most researched OTC drug WRT pregnant women. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> A decade or so ago there was a lawsuit in the UK involving whatever the British version of Unisom is. It was studied super extensively and that is how it came to be known as the safest OTC drug. Many herbal (most) and homeopathic remedies have never been clinically tested... do you feel safe advising those?
 

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I can tell you this about morning sickness.... Before I began my 4th pregnancy, I was affronted by the notion of "treating" something that is a common occurence. In some way, I honestly think that I believed that if the woman would....do whatever differently, then her morning sickness could be alleviated.<br><br>
This is simply not the case. I had hyperemesis with my fourth pregnancy. My midwives suggested all that they could, but eventually, my weight loss reached a point where homeopathics and herbs were not helping. At all. I lost 30 lbs before I stopped losing. I did it all--herbs, homeopathics, sea bands, eating before rising, beefing up protein, yoga, B6, visualization, ginger mints, ginger teas, raw ginger, boiled ginger. They did not work at all, thought the ginger sometimes made my vomit better tasting.<br><br>
I welcomed the suggestion of unisom to help with the sickness. It didn't help at all, but did make me sleepy enough to simply rest, which is something I desperately needed.<br><br>
I guess my point is that if a woman is desperate enough to do ANYTHING to help with morning sickness, then the suggestion is one that might help. I was, totally. (I even tried Zofran and phenergan, which worked, but made me unable to stay awake).<br><br>
Anyway, the suggestion is a sound one, though not what licensed midwifery wants women to embrace.
 

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I have to agree with you, wholeheartedly. Unless you have personally experience deblitating morning sickness or hyperemesis I would not cast stones at Unisom (or Zofran) users. Morning sickness can be not only physically debilitating and harmful but can cause depression and disconnection with the pregnancy.<br><br>
Speaking as someone who suffers borderline hyperemesis I can say, as a mother and a midwife, I would take anything and everything that has been proven safe to put an end to it. It is true misery.<br><br>
Someone asked what the ingredient in Unisom is that connects it to lessening m/s: doxylamine, which is an antihistamine.
 

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Me, sort of. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I'm an engineer with an MS in math and I hate it. I discovered during my pg that birth and babies are my true passion. I'm really only a pre-nursing student, but have been accepted into a competitive ADN program and will start the actual evening nursing program in September. Right now I'm finishing up A&P and will take Micro over the summer. I had hoped to go on to a CNM program as soon as possible (the only reason I wanted to become an RN was so I could become a CNM), but now I'm thinking I might be happy working in L&D for a while.
 
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