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Completing Midwifery School and Transitioning Into the First Year of Practice

By Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN I am so thankful to have been invited to participate in this year’s ACNM Student Issues Section (SIS) as a new graduate member. One of the main reasons I joined the SIS is to work toward finding the most effective ways to help students optimize training in the last semesters of midwifery school and transition to the first year of practice. Since January of this year I have been serving that purpose by writing for Midwife Connection. Through my blog series “...

Posted 10/29/2013 1:58:53 PM
 

The Latent Phase: Check Yourself!

By Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN September marks the start of first midwife jobs for many new graduates. Do you find yourself stepping out of the exam room to check Up-to-Date, call a colleague, or email a classmate? You aren't the only one! Here are a few strategies to help you double-check your instincts smoothly. The first few days, weeks, and months at my job (now over one year ago!) were tough – and by tough, I mean mentally and emotionally exhausting. It was partly because I was ne...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 9/12/2013 3:54:52 PM
 

The Latent Phase: Finding your first impression

By Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN Lost for words when introducing yourself as a new midwife? Stumbling over the explanation of your recent role change while simultaneously trying to instill confidence in your care? Here are a few suggestions for how to make the best first impressions with clients and coworkers. “Are you sure you’re a midwife? You don’t half look young.” - Ingrid “Don’t worry Ingrid. You’re quite safe.” - Jenny Lee - Call the Midwife, Season 1 Episode 2 I remember in...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 1/15/2014 1:21:55 PM
 

The Latent Phase: Mind the Gap

By Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN Wondering what final experiences to squeeze in before being sent out on your own? Here’s a starter list of opportunities to ask your instructors and mentors for so it’s easier for you to bridge the gap between student and independent provider. In my final months of midwifery training, I decided I needed to step up my game. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what they were, but I knew there must be a few hidden gaps in the transition from advanced student t...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 10/8/2013 6:14:47 PM
 

The Latent Phase: Recapping the Series

By Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN Meeting students and new graduates at last week’s Annual Meeting was absolutely inspiring, and I was so proud of my profession as I listened to the paths new midwives have chosen within midwifery and beyond. The eloquent individuals who presented the Student Report (which will be available in the upcoming Summer issue of Quickening) to the Board and members of ACNM at the Business Meeting discussed their desire to have more support from the College in transition...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 6/6/2013 3:19:44 PM
 

The Latent Phase: Show me the money!

By Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN Outside of fast food and retail, I had only ever worked in small non-profit groups before becoming a midwife. Understanding health care salaries was beyond my reach. Thus, my earning expectations were minimally grandiose: get paid enough to 1. live, 2. pay off student loans, and, ideally, 3. make more than I did with my jobs straight out of undergrad, given all the extra education and borrowed loans. But what should I, and other full-time entry level midwives...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 6/26/2013 12:41:27 PM
 
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