Learning midwifery Is not just in a classroom and it doesn’t stop when we graduate. Our education extends to each and every birth and each and every situation that we encounter. Today, Emily was giving repair tips to Mary, who is learning new repair techniques. Emily is an expert at suturing and is eager to teach. This is part of the joy of midwifery..passing our skills from one to another.
Emily joined my practice as a third year student and has been practicing with me a few years now. She has MAD skills, she’s an excellent professional midwife. And it’s really wonderful having her youth and exuberant personality in this practice..after all, I’m no spring chicken anymore. She helps keep the balance in the office!
Mary is a third year student, getting ready to graduate from her program. Student midwives sometimes attend hundreds of births prior to state licensure. Student midwives complete their 3 year didactic training program, during which they are placed in clinical settings where they will learn daily prenatal skills of diagnosing problems and handling complications that can develop during pregnancy. They learn to manage birth situations and to handle complications that can occur in birth rooms that these skills have been trained specifically for, such as hemorrhage, newborn resuscitation, or shoulder dystocia. It can take years to develop these skills and these skills are drilled constantly, just like in hospital settings.
Training midwives has been one of the most honorable parts of my career. I have been honored to have been involved in the growing stages of more than 20 midwives over the years. These midwives and their individual characters are woven into the tapestry of my midwifery life. They train and go out to pursue their own careers. Each has made me proud. Watching Emily and Mary today pulled at my heartstrings. I am watching the new generation of midwives as they change the landscape of midwifery itself, bringing it out of the dark ages. Although I honor traditional midwifery, I have always believed that we as midwives need to be an integral part of our modern medical community. I like being a bridge between the traditional model of midwifery and the more modern stream of evidence based medicine that OBGYNs provide. Lets say that we love the diagnostic skills of OBs, with the compassion of midwives!
Join me in celebrating the future of midwifery.